How do I export my book to Canada?

Question posted by Fiona McWilliam, on behalf of Outhouse Publishing Ltd in BN1

I publish a yoga book here in the UK and have just received an order for 60 copies from a yoga studio in Canada. Arranging to ship the books seems straightforward enough, but does anyone know what do I need to do with respect to import duty etc?

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Fiona, it depends on your terms of sale. Are you selling Delivered Duty Paid? if so you pay the duty here. Or are you selling Delivery Duty Uncleared? if you so your buyer is responsible.

Kind reds

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Roger Frampton, on behalf of ExportAction in Clearwater, Florida, USA.

Hi Fiona

We may be able to assist. We have a couple of clients who export books to the USA and to Canada.

Would you like to tell me who (eg FedEx, UPS, etc) you propose to use for shipping, please? That will help us better answer your question without charge or obligation.

Good luck


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Depending on how you plan to ship the goods (ie by post or by parcel carrier service), any destination customs duty would normally be collected by the carrier from the buyer. If you have specifically agreed to include destination customs duty in your sale price (known as selling delivered duty paid, or DDP), you can arrange for it to be billed back to you if you do ship the goods by a small parcel carrier, although I doubt whether the post office / Parcelforce will offer this service.

In any case, I suspect that books may be free of customs duty in Canada. You can confirm this by visiting

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Dear Fiona
We suggest that you sell the books on a free delivered cleared basis duty unpaid and therefore any duty goes forward to the purchaser.But we do believe books going into Canada are duty free . if you let us the weight and size of the shipment directly we will calculate the freight costs etc.
.our email is ; or phone 01263 513127
best regards
Colin; Crown Freight Ltd

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Darren Playfoot, on behalf of ROCHARD SHIPPING LTD in KT15.

Dear Fiona,

It is as the other answers advise, dependent on your terms of sale, I have checked the Canadian tariff and can confirm that printed matter is zero rated for Import Duty, there will probably be some local import taxes payable, but these would normaly be paid by the importer. I am guessing that the books would be packed in 1 - 2 cartons, and your best option would be to send by an economy door to door courier service. I would be happy to quote you and assist you through the process.

Best regards

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Sally Barlass, on behalf of Transvalair Group in Gatwick.

Hi There Fiona,

Thanks for the question and I hope you are well.
If the book is imported into the UK, it should have no duty, so I would suggest it would be the same in Canada. If the book is of a 'non advertising nature', then it will have no duty.
We offer a courier service where we can ship door to door for you with great ease. If this is of interest, please get in touch!

Many Thanks & Kind Regards

Sally @ Transvalair

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting are given in HMRC Public Notice 275. Information regarding Certificates of Origin can be found in
HMRC Public notices 827 and 828. All notices can be found on our website under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

I would also suggest that you contact the Canadian Customs Authorities regarding their import requirements.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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