Shipping to Canada

Exporting to Canada can either be done via sea freight or air freight. Sea freight options mostly depart from Liverpool in the UK and call at Montreal and Toronto, which is a short shipping route of around 10-14 days. The east cost of Canada is pretty straight forward and swift to reach via sea freight.

Sea freight vessel loaded with shipping containers

Sea Freight to Canada

The west coast can take longer as the vessel sails via the Panama Canal and will reach Vancouver in around 40 days.  The destination port for shipping to Canada will depend on the final destination of your goods.  Bear in mind that if your shipment (for example) is destined for Calgary, it might still be cheaper and quicker to ship it to Montreal/Toronto and then truck the goods to Calgary, rather than ship it to Vancouver round the other side of the country.

Export Shipping to Canada

Sea freight shipping to Canada loads include full container loads (FCL – anything from 20’ shipping containers to 40’ high cube), less than container loads (LCL – this is where your shipment shares a shipping container with other export shipments to Canada), and oversized cargo containers (flat racks, open top containers and so on).  We handle all kinds of cargo and all sizes for export shipping to Canada.  Some examples of goods we have previously shipped to Canada include: carpets, aluminium frames, machinery, seeds, coffee capsules and branded packaging.

Air freight to Canada takes a matter of hours (plus time for loading, unloading and customs clearance in Canada).  There are export air freight to Canada departures from the main London airports daily.  Destination airports in Canada include Gander Airport (Newfoundland), Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.

Sea freight shipping Vessel loading at port

Shipping from Canada to UK

Our import freight services from Canada to the UK cover every aspect of the shipping process.  From collection from your supplier in Canada, delivery to nominated port or airport, air or sea freight from Canada to the UK, UK customs clearance, and delivery to your door in the UK.  Our freight forwarding partner agent in Canada will take care of the Canadian side of the shipment, whilst we will arrange the import side: the safe arrival of the goods, any declarations to HMRC, UK customs clearance and trucking to anywhere in the UK.

Get in touch for your free quote today

Mercator is a family run freight forwarder, in business for over 30 years.  We handle import and export freight to and from Canada, offering a comprehensive service, so you can hand the work over to us and concentrate on running your business.  If you wish to discuss your shipping to Canada or shipping from Canada, please get in touch, we will be happy to assist: +44 2392 756 575, or email