How long does parcel delivery from the Canada to the UK take?
Due to excellent postal links, parcels can be sent from Canada to the UK quickly and easily. Most shipping companies will deliver from Canada to the UK in around 3 days, with delivery unlikely to take longer than 9 days with any courier.
Do I need to deal with customs when sending from Canada to the UK?
When sending a parcel from Canada to the UK, you will have to be aware of customs checks. Any items sent from outside the EU to the UK must be posted with documents disclosing what is being sent and its value.
The good news is you do not have to pay customs duty on any item under £135 sent to the UK. However, importing gifts between the value of £135 and £630 will usually incur a 2.5% charge, while the duty on anything else over the value of £135 and gifts worth more than £630 will vary depending on the item. The amount charged will depend on the estimation of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
You must also be aware of VAT which will be charged on most imports to the UK from non-EU nations as well as excise duty which must be paid on alcohol and tobacco coming from outside the EU.
How should I address my parcel to the UK?
Parcels should be addressed to the UK in the standard UK format as follows:
Name of recipient
Company name (if applicable)
Building name (if applicable)
Number and name of street (in this order)
Name of locality (if needed for differentiation)
Name of town or city (preferably in all capital letters)
Postcode (preferably in all capital letters)
It is advisable to include a return address on the rear of the parcel if necessary and, if you are writing the address by hand, to ensure all lines are written in capital letters for clarity.
What items are prohibited from shipping to the UK?
Several items are banned from being imported into the UK. Most of these are consistent with the EU’s own procedures. Items banned for import include:
Endangered plants and animals
Food or plants that are diseased or were grown outside the EU.
Always check what you are shipping is allowed in the UK. You can check with HMRC or your local chamber of commerce if you're unsure.
ParcelBroker also operate a list of prohibited items for transport, so ensure none of the items you wish to import from Canada appear on these lists.
What are the import restrictions from Canada to the UK?
Some types of imported goods require pre-authorisation with the carrier to accept their transport and registration or licencing with HMRC. Some examples of these would be shipping alcohol with a high ABV, tobacco based products, military equipment or guns.
Always check the prohibited items list for the carrier you are shipping with, in addition to the import restrictions for the destination country. Here's a list of ParcelBroker's restricted items.
Are there any other considerations for sending a parcel from Canada to the UK?
You can ensure successful Canada to UK shipping by finding a reliable courier using our tool. Accurately measure your parcel's weight and dimensions to avoid extra costs. Safely package your items to protect against damage during transit. Choose the best courier, measure correctly, and package securely for a smooth shipping experience.