Shipping ASOS clothing and accessories to Canada used to be a hassle, but not anymore. This post lays out a dead-simple process for getting your order from ASOS—or any other U.K. retailer—shipped right to your doorstep in Canada with zero trouble and minimal fees.
ASOS is one of the largest online fashion retailers in Europe. Founded in 2000, ASOS got started by selling imitations of clothing seen in popular movies (at the time, ASOS stood for “as seen on screen”). It quickly grew out of its copycat roots, though, and flourished as a general retailer. Today, two decades later, ASOS earns $3 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 4,000 workers in the U.K. and abroad.
ASOS sells more than a thousand different brands, from Levi’s to Mango to Topshop to PULL&BEAR. It carries everything from shoes to watches, from workwear to activewear, and even has a substantial inventory within beauty and cosmetics. It offers its own products under the brand ASOS DESIGN, and has made a name for itself for offering top-quality brands at significantly reduced prices.
Does ASOS Ship to Canada?
Yes, ASOS does ship to Canada, but you’ll generally get smacked with a huge duty charge ($50 or more) when your package arrives. Plus, only a small selection of ASOS’ styles can be shipped to Canada, so you can’t buy everything you want. However, I’ve designed a process for getting any ASOS order shipped to Canada with zero headaches. Here’s that process, explained step-by-step.
How To Get ASOS Orders Shipped To Canada
To get any ASOS item shipped to Canada and avoid an inflated duty charge at the same time, you need to use a package forwarder: a warehouse in the United Kingdom that will accept your ASOS package and forward it on to you in Canada. Here’s how to make it work.
Step 1: Choose A Package Forwarder
Choosing the right package forwarder is a big deal, because that decision will determine how quickly you get your ASOS order, and how much you have to pay for the service. I spent many hours doing some deep research on the top package forwarders in the U.K., scoring each of them on a wide variety of relevant metrics. Here are five of the main metrics I looked at:
- Service Fees: How much do they charge to provide their core service of accepting and shipping packages, plus ancillary services such as long-term storage, re-packing, package consolidation, and more.
- Monthly/Annual Fees: How much do they charge in monthly or annual fees, if at all.
- Pricing Transparency: How much do I know about their pricing structure before sending a product to their warehouse.
- Speed: How quickly will they process my package.
- Customer Service: How satisfied are other users with their service, and how thoroughly/quickly do they respond to my questions.
After reviewing the data I collected on these and other metrics, it became clear to me that Planet Express was the best choice. Their customer service team responded to my emails quickly and thoroughly, they have thousands of 5-star reviews online, and their fees were consistently lower than all of the other package forwarders I looked at.
Here are a few other things I like about Planet Express:
- Planet Express will consolidate multiple packages into a single box, saving you a significant amount on shipping when you make multiple purchases.
- Planet Express sends you free photos of your package as soon as it arrives at their warehouse.
- Planet Express has a tax-free warehouse in Oregon, so you can avoid paying sales tax on anything you order from the USA.
- Planet Express offers extremely cheap storage for your packages. Every package receives 10 days of free storage, but after that, Planet Express only charges one cent per pound per day. That means storing 1 lb of clothes from ASOS—something like a shirt, a jacket, and a pair of jeans— in their warehouse for a month would only cost you $0.30!
Step 2: Ship Your ASOS Order To Planet Express
As soon as you’ve signed up for Planet Express, you’ll receive a unique mailing address at their warehouse in the U.K. Once you find the products you want to buy, just enter your Planet Express mailing address instead of your home mailing address and you’re all set.
Step 3: Forward Your Package
As soon as your ASOS order arrives at Planet Express’ warehouse, they’ll send you photos of the package to let you know it’s arrived. You’ll also be given a series of shipping options to choose from. I find that there’s generally at least 4 shipping options corresponding to 4 different price-speed combinations. Sometimes there can be as many as 10 or more shipping options—it just depends on the weight and size of your package.
My Personal Experience Shipping An ASOS Order To Canada
I’ve used Planet Express a handful of times to ship clothes from ASOS to Canada, and the experience has always been very smooth. Here’s how things went the last time I did it.
First, I found the clothes I want on ASOS.com. I generally buy my clothes in-store in Toronto, or somewhere else online in Canada, but ASOS’ incredibly large selection and (mostly) very low prices make it too good to pass up in some situations.
Second, I ordered the clothes to my unique address at the Planet Express warehouse in the U.K. Less than 24 hours later, I received an email from Planet Express letting me know that my clothes had arrived. This remarkable speed is partly due to ASOS’ extremely fast shipping, and partly due to Planet Express’ extremely fast processing. Some of the other package forwarders I tested took 2-3 days just to process my incoming packages, so this is very quick.
Third, I filled in Planet Express’ super-easy customs declaration form with the four pieces of information required:
- The item being shipped: “Clothes”
- The number of items: “1”
- The value of the item: “$50”
- Whether the item contains batteries: “No”
Then I chose the shipping option I wanted from a list of eight. Prices ranged from $6-$35 USD, plus insurance at an additional $2 USD, so I chose the cheapest one ($8 USD, including the insurance), and I was done. My clothes were shipped out later that same day. When they arrived, I paid duties of $9 CAD upon arrival, and everything was in perfect shape.
In my experience, the price I paid ($6 USD + $2 USD in insurance) is pretty standard for shipping ASOS clothes to Canada. The most I’ve ever paid in duties was $14 on an $80 order, though it’s possible that you’ll have to pay more, especially if you’re making a particularly large purchase. However, the duties I’ve paid when using Planet Express have always been significantly lower than what other Canadian ASOS shoppers report in online forums. Many shoppers have expressed frustration when paying $50 or more in duties, often on orders no larger than mine.
ASOS + Honey = Greater Savings
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Overall, shipping ASOS clothes to Canada using Planet Express is extremely easy and smooth. The costs are low, and in my experience you’ll actually end up saving money, since ASOS’ prices can be much lower than those of Canadian retailers. If you’re shopping on ASOS.com, or any other retailer that only ships to the U.K., I highly suggest making use of Planet Express.