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5 Factors to Consider Before Shipping Products From Canada to the U.S.

Pramod Bhat
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April 5, 2022

Your job isn't done after you've convinced a customer to place an order. As an e-commerce seller, it is also your responsibility to make sure every order reaches your customer's hands in a safe and timely manner. The challenge here is how to do it despite the strict border restrictions between the two countries. Here are the essential factors to consider before shipping products from Canada to the U.S.:

Choose Right the Shipping Partner

The shipping companies are responsible for delivering your products to the end receiver. Their job is to ensure that the items are well-delivered on time because your reputation as an online seller can be affected during the delivery process. So, finding the most suitable shipping partner will help you lessen the troubles of sending your package to the United States. 

They need to be professional, able to match your shipping needs and whom you can trust. Furthermore, they need to have a seamless process to avoid additional stress shipping your items.

Stallion Express is a well-trusted shipping company by thousands of online sellers in Canada. They let Canadian online sellers compete with US sellers, as they offer the cheapest shipping rates with fast delivery times, with a partnership through USPS (US National Carrier). They also provide a fast and hassle-free transaction through their seamless, user-friendly website.

Don't forget to check and explore our website to learn more about the company, the terms and conditions, and how US shipping works at Stallion Express. Plus, don't hesitate to send us a message because we will be delighted to accommodate your questions. We put our customers first so you are always talking to a friendly customer service representative, and not a robot. 

When you're ready, create an account and take advantage of the numerous perks the company has in store for you. 

*Items you are not allowed to ship to the U.S.

Each country's government has its own way to safeguard its citizens, especially for the goods that reach its borders. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), here are the products they prevent from entering:

"The products CBP prevents from entering the United States are those that would injure community health, public safety, American workers, children, or domestic plant and animal life or those that would defeat our national interests. Sometimes the products that cause injury, or have the potential to do so, may seem fairly innocent. But, as you will see from the material that follows, appearances can be deceiving."

So before you sell items including alcoholic beverages, dangerous toys, prescription drugs, and more, keep in mind that these are items forbidden by law. On the other hand, restricted items require special permits or licenses before entering the U.S. Examples are animal products, specific fruits and vegetables, firearms, and animal by-products. Generally speaking, Stallion Express also does not handle shipments that are governed by US FDA. Therefore, nothing that enters the mouth (including oral hygiene tools) is permitted.

Accuracy and completeness of the information about your goods

Keep in mind that U.S. Customs charges severe penalties for negligence or gross negligence. It could cost you as much as 40% of the value of the goods or up to four times the duty. So make sure each documentation is free of errors.

Don't forget to clearly identify the items you are shipping. The vagueness of your items can cause problems and delay during the customs and export declaration. For example:

Put the size, quantity, and other relevant information to accurately describe the items.

Here’s an example: “1 womens t-shirt (blue), size small' instead of just putting ‘shirt’ on the description. See the list below for more accurate product declarations.

Preferred: 1 paperback book, pages, size, 'The Little Prince', ISBN - 9783140464079

Instead of: book

Preferred: 1 pencil, black lead core, quality wood casing, yellow color, hexagonal shape

Instead of: pencil

Preferred: 1 pair of pants, cotton spandex material, 28 waistline, stretchable, black

Instead of: pants

Preferred: 1 ream newsprint, 24" x 36" size, 610mm x 914.4mm ISO

instead: paper

Moreover, don't forget to put the ASIN number too for Amazon FBA shipments. You can find it on the item's product information at Amazon website. 

Estimated shipping time

The standard shipping from U.S to Canada is different because it is more complicated than the other way round. So, try Shippsy by Stallion Express for importing instead. Shippsy allows cross-border shipping from the US to Canada easy. You can purchase from any US online store with your own unique address at a very low cost and receive the same quality of service without any problems or delay.

How much is Amazon shipping? It depends on the weight and size of your package and the package’s destination. If you want detailed information about how Amazon FBA shipping works, read our comprehensive guide here.

While we are on the subject of shipping fees, you may be wondering how much the cheapest shipping from Canada to U.S. is. Rates will depend on the postage/service type and carrier you choose. Shipping with Stallion Express means you’ll have budget-friendly options like USPS non-tracked to premium options like FedEx Standard Overnight. Shop different packages for different customers.

Tax and Customs Fee

You might be thinking of shipping tax and customs fee and did some research about it. However, you don’t need to worry about that because there will be no additional tax or duties to pay as long as your packages are within the $800 limit set by the US customs. 

In closing

Shipping products from Canada to the U.S. can be hassle-free when you keep in mind the factors above. Better yet, develop a shipping strategy that will keep your shipping costs to a minimum, win more customers, and keep your business ahead of the competition. Choosing Stallion Express can be the best option for your lifelong shipping partner, especially if you plan to expand your business to the U.S. Ensure you’re paying the lowest possible cost without compromising delivery time. We have never missed a cross-border delivery in the last 5 years of business because we always plan ahead.

Stallion Express has years of experience in shipping products from Canada to the U.S. We also have a team of experts that will assist you in trying Amazon FBA or shipping goods from the U.S. to Canada. For inquiries, you can call +1 877-863-7447 or email [email protected] We’d love to hear from you!

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Pramod Bhat
Written by Pramod Bhat

Pramod is the CEO of Stallion Express - the leading eCommerce shipping provider in Canada. His vision, leadership, and innovative strategies have catapulted Stallion into one of the industry's most trusted brands. He is on a mission to help online sellers in Canada scale and succeed. He is also the reigning office ping pong champion.

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