When it comes to expanding internationally, Canada is a great place to start for U.S. online businesses. You can find major success by opening your door to Canadian customers, since they are enthusiastic about American goods and you share a common language.
Before you get started shipping to Canada though, make sure you’re up-to-date on the shipping rates for packages headed to the land of maple syrup, Tim Hortons and ice hockey. Shipping costs vary depending on the carrier you choose, whether it be FedEx®, UPS®, USPS® or a mix of all three.
Before making a decision, take into consideration that the following changes will impact the cost of shipping to Canada:
- USPS Postage Price Change 2015: Most recently, the USPS implemented zone-based pricing for Priority Mail International® shipments to Canada. Rates are now determined by the U.S. origin ZIP code and the Canadian destination postal code, which means that USPS is able to charge shipping rates based on distance, rather than factoring expensive routes into one blanket rate.
- FedEx and UPS Dimensional Weight Pricing: Earlier this year, FedEx and UPS started charging based on dimensional weight, rather than actual weight for all Ground and UPS Standard to Canada shipments.
To help you understand how the carriers stack up with these recent changes in place, we’ve developed the FedEx vs. UPS vs. USPS shipping rates comparison chart below, featuring a breakdown of shipping costs per carrier. To provide you with the full picture, the infographic includes an example from each USPS zone and a wide range of medium to large-sized boxes.
For domestic shipping, check out our 2015 FedEx vs. UPS vs. USPS shipping rates comparison chart.
For a printable version of the infographic, click here.
For the new 2016 domestic shipping carriers comparison chart click here.