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How-to Ship to Canada Guide

Overview

When it comes to international trade, no country has more to offer than Canada. Literally. Canada, after all, is the U.S.'s second-largest trading partner, with more than $1.8 billion worth of trade moving between the two nations daily. Canada also has a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $1.7 trillion and industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace, mining and renewable energy.

Capital: Ottawa
Population: 35,881,659 (July 2018 est.)
Area: 9,984,670 sq. km
Language(s): English, French
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Major industries include machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, crude oil, chemicals, electricity, durable consumer goods.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Your primer on entering this market begins with a few insights on how business is done.




Canadian Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Canada falls on the second Monday in October and it’s as much of a holiday there as it is in the U.S. Most people have the day off and no one is expecting to receive or send a shipment. So save your delivery expectations for Tuesday.

Technology Triangle

Canada has a hub of technology industries dubbed the Technology Triangle or Ontario Technology Corridor, centered around the cities of Waterloo, Ottawa and Toronto. Located in a province that generates 37% of Canada’s GDP, it’s the perfect region to start in if you are looking to expand a tech business or cater to a cosmopolitan workforce.

Multiculturalism

Canada embraces its multicultural population, regardless of ethnicity or background. This makes Canada one of the best places to do business. From having both English and French as official languages countrywide to hosting the biggest Caribbean festival outside the Caribbean, Canada is truly the sum of its diverse parts.

Video: What you need to know before you export to Canada

Getting Started

Visit our international shipping section for step-by-step instructions on how to ship, including:

  1. Select a shipping service
  2. Choose a billing option
  3. Prepare your shipping label
  4. Create required documentation
  5. Entrust it to UPS for delivery
  6. Track your shipment

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UPS in Canada

Established: 1975

Employees: 12,000+

Flights: 88 weekly

Air Hubs: Mirabel, QC; Hamilton, ON; Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Winnipeg, MB; Calgary, AB; Vancouver, BC

Delivery Fleet: Over 2,900 (package cars, tractors and shifters) of which more than 40% run on alternative fuels

Operating Facilities: 63

Essential Information

  • Import/Export

    Import/Export

    Use this UPS Country or Territory Regulations tool to find all of the specific documentation and regulations that may affect your international shipments.

    • Import and export forms
    • Customs clearance information and duties and taxes
    • Areas served
    • Billing options
    • Gift exemptions
    • Invoice requirements
    • Items classified as documents
    • Prohibited or restricted items
    • Transportation options
    • Special clearance requirements
    • Value limits
    • Weight and size limits

  • Customs Brokerage

    Customs Brokerage

    Our expertise with Canada’s unique documentation and customs requirements may help to reduce the chance of delays and extra fees. We offer 24/7 customs services with commodity and security inspections, smooth entry into the country and clearance procedures that begin before our planes land.

  • UPS® Services

    UPS® Services

    With UPS, your shipments will arrive when they're needed, wherever they're needed around the world.

    • Package and freight transportation
    • Calculate time and cost

  • UPS Capital®

    UPS Capital®

    UPS Capital offers a suite of financial and insurance services to help protect your bottom line and grow your top line. Options for exporters can include cargo insurance and trade credit insurance which can help mitigate the risks of selling globally.

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