Limit for Canadian Customs: How to Send a Parcel without Paying Duty with Meest Canada
04.12.2023

Limit for Canadian Customs: How to Send a Parcel without Paying Duty with Meest Canada

Meest Canada stands out for its swift delivery and reasonable prices, making it a convenient option for shipping parcels globally from Canada. Ensuring proper completion of accompanying documents is crucial to avoid surpassing limits for Canadian customs and adhere to the recipient's country regulations for swift package delivery. For further details on Canadian customs limits, you can explore additional information below.

What Is a Customs Declaration?

As the sender, you must complete the CN 23 international customs declaration form when preparing your parcel. This form is mandatory for all shipments crossing international borders.

Complete the declaration correctly:

  • A description of goods is required in English for any shipment, with a specific indication of the product name, quantity, and price. This ensures smooth processing and delivery.
  • Accurate completion of this declaration expedites customs clearance worldwide.

IMPORTANT! All parcels must be addressed only to real recipients who live at the specified addresses.

How Do Customs Fees Work?

Each country, including Canada, has its own customs limit on the free import of parcels. Suppose the declared value of the parcel exceeds Canadian duty limits. It means the recipient will have to pay customs duty.

Suppose you're sending a parcel from Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, or any other province to Ukraine or an EU country, and the declared value of the package remains under 150 EUR. In that case, the recipient won't be required to pay duties. The parcel will be swiftly dispatched to the recipient's address without experiencing delays at customs or incurring any additional fees.

If the Canadian border limits are exceeded, the recipient pays a fee when the parcel passes through customs. The cost is calculated using the following method:

Parcel value - 150 EUR = 10% duty and 20% VAT.

Who Pays Custom Duty in Canada?

The recipient is responsible for paying the fee. If your parcel is delayed at customs, you'll usually have some time to pay charges before the box will be sent back.

IMPORTANT! Meest delivers parcels from Ukraine to Canada with post-payment. In this case, if you exceed Canadian customs declaration limits, it should be indicated in the declaration that the Recipient agrees to pay for the delivery of the parcel, brokerage fee for customs clearance, and/or duty or VAT upon arrival of the parcel in Canada if the parcel’s cost is more than 20 CAD.

Learn more about customs duties in different countries on the Meest Canada website by selecting the recipient country and going to the Customs Declaration section.

Reasons for the Parcel Delay at Customs

There may be several reasons for a parcel being detained at customs:

  1. The parcel's contents are prohibited or restricted for import into the country.
  2. The documents incorrectly indicate the contents of the parcel or its quantity.
  3. There were errors in the data about the final recipient.
  4. The price of the parcel exceeds the duty-free limit of 150 EUR.

If your package was detained at customs, contact the customs authorities to find the reason for the detention.

Shipping across the Canadian Border with Meest Canada

Meest Canada makes every effort to expedite deliveries, ensuring your parcels move seamlessly between countries. To facilitate a smooth shipping process, completing the customs declaration correctly and remaining within the specified customs limits is crucial.

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