Postage to Canada

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International Tracked & Signed

Added peace of mind for sending important or valuable items
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked from end to end
  • Signature on delivery
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.10
Online from £ 6.10

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.65
Online from £ 8.65

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.00
Online from £ 9.80

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 10.00
Online from £ 9.80

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International Tracked

End-to-end tracking for peace of mind
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days1
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 5-7 working days
  • Fully tracked from end to end
  • Online delivery confirmation
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Compensation cover up to £50

Options

  • Additional compensation cover up to £250

 

1 Delivery aim to Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg is 3-4 working days

Visit International Tracked
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 6.10
Online from £ 6.10

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 8.65
Online from £ 8.65

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 10.00
Online from £ 9.80

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 10.00
Online from £ 9.80

Ready to send?

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International Standard

An affordable service for everyday international mail
Max 2kg

Features

  • Europe delivery aim: 3-5 working days
  • Worldwide delivery aim: 6-7 working days
  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.35
Online from £ 1.35

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 3.45
Online from £ 3.45

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 5.25
Online from £ 5.05

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 5.25
Online from £ 5.05

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International Economy

For heavier parcels that don't need to arrive in a hurry
Max 2kg

Features

  • Compensation cover up to £20 included
  • Free returns for undelivered items
  • Buy online and print the label at home, or go to a Post Office®

Delivery aims

  • Western Europe in up to 2 weeks
  • Eastern Europe in up to 5 weeks
  • North America in up to 6 weeks
  • South America, Africa and Asia in up to 8 weeks
  • Australia in up to 12 weeks
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Letter
Max 100g | Max L 24cm x W 16.5cm x D 0.5cm
e.g. Greetings cards, personal letters and postcards
Branch from £ 1.20
Online from £ 1.20

Large Letter
Max 750g | Max L 35.3cm x W 25cm x D 2.5cm
E.g. Magazines, CDs and DVDs
Branch from £ 2.75
Online from £ 2.75

Parcel
Max 2kg | Max L 60cm x W * x D *
*L+D+W must be under 90cm
Branch from £ 4.25
Online from £ 4.25

Tubes and Rolls
Max 2kg | Max L 90cm x W * x D *
The length plus twice the diameter must be less than 104cm, with the greatest dimension less than 90cm
Branch from £ 4.25
Online from £ 4.25

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You are responsible for checking postal restrictions and prohibitions for your destination.

There are rules about what Royal Mail will carry and each country has their own restrictions which may differ, so it’s important to check both.  

Can I send it to Canada?

Check our quick guide to restrictions on mail to Canada:

Gifts valued at CAD$60 or less are exempt from duty and tax, but please note that alcohol does not qualify as a gift.  

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l 

  • Alcohol over 24% ABV (rum, whisky, vodka) 

(These are prohibited by Royal Mail

  • Meat or fish products with offensive odours 

(See the Universal Postal Union guide

 

Check restrictions on 

  • Fish, game, meat and poultry 

  • Plants and seeds 

(See the Universal Postal Union guide

Send food items in their original manufacturer’s packaging if possible. This helps to speed up the customs clearance process. 

Don’t send 

  • Liquids over 1l 

  • Aerosols 

  • Perfumes or aftershaves containing alcohol 

  • Nail varnish, polish or gel 

(These are all prohibited by Royal Mail

Gifts valued at CAD$60 or less are exempt from duty and tax, but please note that tobacco does not qualify as a gift.  

Check restrictions on 

  • Tobacco 

  • Electronic smoking and vaping products 

Canada Post has more information. 

Check restrictions on 

  • Prescription drugs 

Canada Post has more information. 

Gifts valued at CAD$60 or less are exempt from duty and tax. If the gift is worth more than CAD$60, the Canada Border Services Agency will charge duties and taxes on the excess amount. The gift must be sent directly to the recipient, and include a card or other clear indication that it is a gift. 

Items that do not qualify as gifts: 

  • Tobacco 

  • Alcoholic beverages 

  • Advertising material 

  • Items sent by a business to a consumer in Canada 

Here is an indication of prohibited items for mailing to Canada. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the Canada Post website

Please also refer to:

- The Universal Postal Union - UPU - prohibitions and restrictions full list

- The Postal Guide which provides the most up to date information and procedures for restricted and prohibited items to Canada: https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/default-e.asp?ecid=murl07001132

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary.

The information below is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Prohibited items

Prohibited products are not permitted in the mail under any circumstances.

Under Canadian law, any person using the mail for the delivery of any one of the following items commits an offence:

- Articles that are obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous.

- Any information relating to bookmaking, pool-setting, betting or waging.

- Articles relating to unlawful lottery schemes.

- Any article relating to schemes to deceive or defraud the public.

- Articles or special messages sent to any person with the intention to obtain money under false pretences.

- False representation on any customs document is considered an offence

  • bee-keeping apparatus, used
  • chain letters and other literature pertaining to fraudulent schemes
  • contraceptive devices and literature
  • corrosives, nuclear substances or oxidizing substances
  • counterfeit or imitation coins
  • explosive, flammable or combustible liquids, gases or solids
  • firearms, weapons and ammunition
  • gold bullion, gold dust or non-manufactured metals
  • hate propaganda
  • live animals
  • manufactured goods bearing insufficient markings or origin
  • margarine or butter substitutes
  • metallic labels
  • obscene, immoral, indecent or scurrilous matter
  • poisonous or infectious substances
  • prison-made goods
  • unlawful lottery tickets and advertising.

In addition other items prohibited from posting to Canada include:

  • Electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipes, as well as cartridges of nicotine solutions and related products.

Further information can be found on the Health Canada website (new window). Any additional questions on this policy can be referred directly to the Partnerships Division, Admissibility Branch, Canada Border Services Agency headquarters in Ottawa on 613-946-0240.
 

Here is an indication of restricted items for mailing to Canada. For further information, or further clarification please refer to the Canada Post website

Please also refer to:

- The Universal Postal Union - UPU - prohibitions and restrictions full list - PDF - link

- The Postal Guide which provides the most up to date information and procedures for restricted and prohibited items to Canada: https://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/default-e.asp?ecid=murl07001132

You must not send any item addressed to a country in which the item is unlawful or prohibited. When an item is restricted you must comply with the restriction. Prohibitions and restrictions vary from country to country, and can sometimes apply to items which you may think are ordinary. The information above is provided in good faith, but Royal Mail is not responsible for it, and it should be viewed as a guide only. Specific restrictions and changes may be enforced at short notice, so for clarification please contact the destination country's trade, postal, and customs authorities as appropriate. Business customers are strongly recommended to do this.

Please remember that Royal Mail also prohibits and restricts certain categories of items. For more information visit royalmail.com/prohibitedgoods

Restricted items

  • copyright works
  • currency
  • dead animals, including wild birds or their parts
  • diamonds (rough)
  • drugs and other controlled substances
  • eggs, milk and other dairy products
  • films
  • fish, game, meat, poultry, fruit, vegetables and their products
  • intoxicating liquors
  • liquids, liquefiable substances and powders
  • live chicks, parasites, leeches, bees and bees' wax
  • medical material, including specimens
  • plants, seeds, fruits, bark, plant parts and soil
  • seed potatoes, onions and other raw root crops
  • tobacco
  • wheat, straw, bran, chaff, barley and their products.

Alcoholic Beverages
The importation of alcoholic beverages (including wine) to Canada is strictly prohibited unless being mailed to a Provincial Liquor Board or Commission, or to a manufacturer or distributor of such beverages in Canada.

Periodicals
Canada prohibits periodicals:

  • that contain advertisement primarily directed to a Canadian market and which does not appear in identical form in all copies of that issue in the country of origin
  • in which more than five per cent of the advertising content indicates specifically where goods or services may be obtained in Canada, or indicates specific terms or conditions relating to the sale or provision of goods or services in Canada.

Tobacco products
Tobacco and tobacco products may be imported for personal consumption in limited quantities, provided that they meet the requirements of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Importation of tobacco products must also meet the requirements of the Tobacco Departmental Regulations available at the following website: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/E-14.1/sor-2003-288/219094.html and the Tobacco Act at: http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/T-11.5/.

NOTE: Labelling and stamping requirements of the Tobacco Departmental Regulations do not apply when an individual imports five (5) or less units of packaged tobacco. A unit is defined as: 200 cigarettes; 50 cigars; 400 tobacco sticks; or 400 g of manufactured tobacco.

Electronic smoking products (i.e. electronic products for the vaporization and administration of inhaled doses of nicotine including electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipes, as well as cartridges of nicotine solutions and related products) currently require market authorization by Health Canada prior to being imported. Failure to obtain this authorization will result in your items being refused entry by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). For additional information, refer to the Notice - To All Persons Interested in Importing, Advertising or Selling Electronic Smoking Products in Canada on the Department of Health Canada website at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodpharma/applic-demande/pol/notice_avis_e-cig-eng.php.

Additional information

Items sent by a business to a consumer in Canada (including advertising materials) are always subject to applicable duties and taxes. 

When you send mail from the UK to destinations that are in a different customs union, we require you to provide electronic customs data. This is to satisfy existing and future legal, security and customs requirements in destination countries. 

Find out more about electronic customs data

Remember to use the correct address format 

Canadian provinces have two-letter abbreviations, e.g. QC for Quebec. 

The city, province and postal code should be written on one line.

'CANADA' in capital letters should be on the last line. 

 

Example: 

PIERRE MARTIN 

405 E MAIN ST NW 

MONTREAL QC H45 6N8 

CANADA 

 

Return address: The sender’s name and address must appear on the item. Items without a return address may be sent back to the UK by Canada Post. 

Please write the addressee's mobile telephone number on your parcel, in case we need to contact them about their delivery.

Attach a customs label

You’ll need to apply a customs declaration form to your package. 

If you buy postage online with Click & Drop the label will be generated automatically, and we will also send customs data in advance of your parcel. 

Alternatively, customs declaration labels are available online or in a Post Office® branch. 

  • For items with a value up to £270, you will need customs form CN22 (pdf, 232.35 KB)
  • For items with a value over £270, you will need customs form CN23 (pdf, 227.98 KB) and clear plastic wallet SP 126, also available at any Post Office® branch. 

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