Postage To Canada From The U.S

So you’re looking to send a letter or parcel from the U.S to Canada?

There are many ways of doing this, and it’s important that you know what the different prices are for each before deciding how to ship your items.

Cost Of Posting Letters To Canada From The U.S:

Sending a letter from the U.S to Canada which ways up to 1oz will cost $2.40.

Letters weighing less than 3 ounces can also be sent to Canada for $1.20.

You can do this by using either a Global First Class Forever Stamp or three standard First Class Forever Stamps (total cost $1.65).

Letter WeightHow Many Forever Stamps Are Needed*Required Postage Cost

*You can save money by using Global Forever Stamps. These cover $1.20 worth of postage, whereas standard forever stamps cover $0.55 of postage. 2 Global forever stamps will cover the cost of postage for a 1oz letter, saving you $0.35 compared to the total stamp cost if you use standard forever stamps.

If you need to quickly send official documents then you may need to use one of USPS priority mail services below:

Total Cost
First-Class Mail International Postcard
(Maximum size 6″ length x 4-1/4″ height)
Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Envelope
(USPS-Produced Envelope: 10″ x 6″, Maximum weight 4 pounds)
Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Envelope
(USPS-Produced Envelope: 12-1/2″ x 9-1/2″, Maximum weight 4 pounds)

Be aware letters that are bigger than the sizes above will cost more based on their weight and dimensions.

You can calculate exactly how much it will cost to post a letter of any size, shape and weight to Canada from the U.S here.

Just make sure you have the measurements and you know the postcodes you are sending from and to.

How To Calculate Postage To Canada With USPS:

Before you start make sure you have the following:

  • The postcodes you are shipping from and to.
  • The dimension of the parcel or letter.
  • The weight of the parcel or letter.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Visit the USPS postage calculator page here.
  2. Select ‘Canada’ as the destination country (if you used our link it should already be selected).
  3. If you’re sending a parcel enter an estimation of the value of the parcel, if you’re sending a letter enter $0.00.
  4. Select the date and time you plan to send the post.
  5. Then at the bottom select the type or parcel/letter you are sending.
  6. On the next page (depending on your selection) you may need to enter the dimensions and weight of your parcel.
  7. You will then be shown a range of shipping options.

Cost Of Posting Parcels To Canada From The U.S:

Parcel WeightExpected DeliveryStarting Price*
1lb – First-Class Package International Service
(Min. length 6″, Min. height 4″, Max. length 24″)
Varies by destination$21.25
1lb – Priority Mail Express International
(Max. length 59″, max. length plus girth 108″)
Within 3 days$50.30
10lb – Priority Mail International
(Max. length 79″, max. length plus girth 108″)
6-10 business days$64.25
25lb – Priority Mail International
(Max. length 79″, max. length plus girth 108″)
6-10 business days$108.60
50lb – Priority Mail International
(Max. length 79″, max. length plus girth 108″)
6-10 business days$182.60

*The cost of shipping parcels to Canada will vary depending on where in Canada you want to send it. The further away it needs to go the more it will cost.

Please note the prices shown above are for USPS. If you want to send a parcel weighing more than 66lb we recommend you go with UPS to get cheaper delivery prices.

The table above gives a rough guide on the sort of price range you could expect to pay for various parcels to be shipped to Canada.

However, be aware that these prices are starting points. The further your parcel needs to go the more expensive it is likely to be.

To work out exactly how much postage will cost for your parcel get a precise quote on the USPS website here.


There are numerous carriers available for postage from the U.S to Canada including The United States Postal Service, Federal Express and the United Postal Service.

In terms of pricing, USPS is typically the cheapest carrier. However they will only deliver packages up to 66lb.

For parcels exceeding 66lb the United Postal Service is usually the most affordable option.

FedEx is typically more expensive than USPS & UPS however if you need a letter delivering quickly or you need to know exact delviery dates then they are a good choice.

Also Read: Where To Buy Stamps in Canada

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