International Postage Rates
Canada Post ships direct mails internationally to around 192 countries. You can send both personal and business mail efficiently and affordably using metered postage instead of stamps. Numerous Canadian businesses ship internationally to various countries on a regular basis for various purposes. Moreover, a lot of companies send direct mail to their high-end or targeted customers, even if they reside outside Canada.
Hence, it is important to have a strong postal network, which Canada Post provides to its customers. There are specific weight and size guidelines that customers need to follow. All the international postage rates depend majorly on the mail dimensions, weight, and destination country.
Standard and Non-Standard Size Mail
Standard Size Mail
Mail items like standard cards, postcards, and letter envelopes are considered as standard size mail. The weight restrictions state that these items should not exceed 50 grams. Furthermore, there are also several size guidelines for standard size mail.
Before getting into the international postage rates to the USA and other countries to send standard-sized mail, it is essential to know the difference between postage meters and postage stamps. If you purchase postage stamps and affix them to your mail as a mode of postage payment, the standard international postage rates are applicable to you. However, there is another way of making the postage payment – available to both businesses and individuals. It is an alternative to postage stamps. The postage meters are directly printed on your mail rather than affixing, and the good news is that they cost you less. For your standard size mail items weighing up to 30 grams, the rate is $2.71. If it falls within the weight range of 30 to 50 grams, the rate is fixed at $3.88. On the other hand, postage meters can help you send the same mail at $2.64 and $3.84 for mail up to 30 grams and between 30 to 50 grams, respectively.
Non-standard size mail items are the ones that exceed the weight and/or size restrictions for standard size mail. Postcards and letters that weigh more than 50 grams are supposed to be sent as oversize mail using the international postage rates to UK, India, and several other countries. Irrespective of its international destination country, the rate for sending an oversize mail weighing between 50 to 100 grams, equal to up to 20 paper sheets, is $6.39. Non-standard mail items that weigh between 100 to 200 grams – equal to up to 40 paper sheets will cost you $11.14 for international destinations. However, if your mail item weighs over 200 grams but equal to or less than 500 grams, which is equivalent to up to 100 paper sheets, the international postage is $22.28. You can save a lot on bulk shipping as the rates drop to $6.24, $10.85, and $21.70 for the weight ranges of up to 100 grams, 100 to 200 grams, and 200 to 500 grams, respectively – when you use postage meters.
Parcel Services for International Shipping
1. Priority Worldwide
The worldwide priority service is suitable for time-sensitive parcels. It is the fastest option to mail to more than 192 countries across the world. You can check the international postage rates to Germany, the USA, Australia, and other countries under the worldwide priority option. The delivery is completed within 2 to 3 days, except in the US, wherein your mail is delivered the next business day. There are plenty of additional features that are included in its postage rates, such as tracking, effortless customs clearance, on-time delivery guarantee, and signature confirmation on delivery. You can purchase additional insurance for precious mail items.
The international postage rates for sending mail through priority worldwide outside Canada and the US starts at $90.23. The rates differ from country to country and increase with your mail’s weight. This starting rate of $90.23 is for mail that weighs 500 grams or 1.7 lb. The postage increases the charges to $108.04 for the weight range of 500 grams to 1 kg. Please note that these rates are the least prices for that particular price range and increases according to the destination country. For the maximum weight rate of up to and including 30 kg – the international postage rates are between $437.85 and $1,666.46.
Xpresspost is the second fastest international shipping option provided by Canada Post. It is an affordable option as compared to priority worldwide. Hence, you can get your parcels and mail shipped fast and at cheaper rates, getting both the advantages under one mailing option. The time frame for completing express post deliveries is mentioned to be within 4 to 7 days. However, the xpresspost mailing option is not available for all countries. See this list to check whether your mail can be sent to the destination country using this option. If not, you can avail of the international parcel mailing option – about which we will talk below. There is an on-time guarantee included, along with free tracking and signature confirmation features.
For parcels weighing up to 500 grams, the international postage rates are between $57.03 to $86.53, depending on the destination country. If your mail crosses over 500 grams but does not exceed 1 kg – you will be charged between $59.65 to $90.98. The rates keep increasing for every 500 grams. The international postage rates to India, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and other countries under the xpresspost option is between $62.56 and $100.42 for parcels weighing between 1 to 1.5 kg. The last weight range is between 29.5 to 30 kg – the rates of which starts at $473.74 and can increase up to $719.42 according to the destination country.
3. Tracked Packet
Small parcels that weigh up to 2 kg can be sent using the tracked packet service offered by Canada Post. Individuals and companies can use this option for sending lightweight parcels that aren’t very time-sensitive as the delivery takes around 6 to 10 days. It should be considered that customers can send parcels through this option to only 31 select countries, including Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Turkey, and several others. You can check the international postage rates to Australia and other countries as all the rates differ. Free tracking, customs clearance, and $100 insurance are the prime features of this mailing option.
The rate for sending a mail of up to 100 grams will cost you between $28.31 to $43.02, depending on the destination country. For over 100 grams and up to 250 grams, the international postage rates fall within the range of $39.09 to $54.85. Parcels weighing between 250 to 500 grams are charged between $47.49 to $70.91. If your mail exceeds 500 grams but is less than or equal to 1 kg, the postage starts at $56.13 and can increase up to $82.41. Any parcel falling within 1 to 1.5 kg will be charged between $59.46 to $93.67. The last range is for parcels within 1.5 to 2 kg, for which the rates are between $64.82 and $106.18.
4. Small Packet
The small packet mailing service also allows you to deliver small parcels that weigh up to 2 kg. This option is the most economical one for lightweight parcels that aren’t time-sensitive. For delivery via air, the delivery can take place anytime after 12 days. If you are mailing your parcels using the surface small packet service, the delivery can take any time between 1 to 2 months for European and South American countries, whereas it can take around 2 to 3 months for delivering to Africa, Australia, and Asia-Pacific.
Air mailing – For parcels up to 100 grams, the international postage rates to India and other countries start at $10.84 and can rise up to $12.94. These rates increase with every 500 grams. Parcels that are over 1.5 kg and do not exceed 2 kg are charged between $54.30 and $78.09.
Surface mailing – The international postage rates to Germany and other countries for mailing parcels weighing up to 250 grams are between $9.23 and $10.24. If your mail weighs between 1.5 to 2 kg, the postage is between $31.39 and $38.51.
5. International Parcel
International parcel service is an affordable alternative to mail internationally through Canada Post. Moreover, this option can be used for destination countries where the xpresspost option is not available. The deliveries are completed within a span of 6 to 10 days for air mailing, whereas it can take as long as 1 to 2 months to mail to South America and Europe by surface. Delivering to Asia-Pacific, Australia, and Africa can take between 2 to 3 months to deliver if you are using surface mailing.
Air mailing – The international postage rates for parcels that weigh up to 500 grams start at $46.58 and can go up to $75.01. These rates rise to the range of $49.36 to $82.64 for mail weighing between 500 grams to 1 kg. If your mail weighs around 30 kg – which is the maximum weight limit, the postage will be between $457.82 to $786.36.
Surface Mailing – The surface rates are much cheaper and start at $38.58 and increase up to $54.62 for mail weighing up to 500 grams. The rates gradually increase with every 500 grams up to the price range of $252.81 to $330.57, which is for mail weighing between 29.5 to 30 kg.