How To Get FabFitFun Subscription Boxes Shipped To Canada

July 8, 2020
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Shipping FabFitFun subscription boxes to Canada used to be a hassle, but not anymore. This post lays out a dead-simple process for getting your order from FabFitFun—or any other U.S. retailer—shipped right to your doorstep in Canada with zero trouble and minimal fees.

FabFitFun is a subscription service billed each season ($49.99 USD) or annually ($179.99 USD for 4 boxes). It delivers the season’s best beauty, fashion, fitness, and lifestyle products straight to your doorstep. Each FabFitFun box is filled with 8-10 full-sized, premium products valued at over $200.

Past FabFitFun boxes have included the following items (and many more):

reVive Light Therapy Glo Wrinkle and Anti-Aging Light DeviceDONNI. Ribbed Sweater CoatCaravan Diamond Woven Rug
Summer & Rose Navy Diamond Totewest elm Indigo Tie-Dye BowlsElemis Peptide4 Night Recovery Cream-Oil
Summer & Rose Celine Trinket DishLavido Aromatic Body Lotion in Mandarin, Orange, & BergamotSalt + Stone Stick SPF50, 15 g
Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream, 2.19 fl ozCALPAK Set of 3 Packing CubesMurad Rapid Collagen Infusion
tarte Rainforest of the Sea drink of H2O hydrating boosttarte tarteist PRO glow highlight & contour paletteShoshanna Umbrella

Does FabFitFun Ship to Canada?

FabFitFun has halted its shipments to Canada until further notice, but I’ve designed a process for getting any FabFitFun order shipped to Canada with zero headaches. Here’s that process, explained step-by-step.

How To Get FabFitFun Orders Shipped To Canada

Since FabFitFun doesn’t ship to Canada directly, you need to use a package forwarder: a warehouse in the United States that will accept your FabFitFun 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 FabFitFun box, and how much you have to pay for the service. I spent many hours doing some deep research on eight different package forwarders, 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.

Planet Express Canada
The Planet Express homepage

Here are a few other things I like about Planet Express:

  • Planet Express has a tax-free warehouse in Oregon, so you can avoid paying sales tax on your orders.
  • 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 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 a 1-lb subscription box in their warehouse for a month would only cost you $0.30!

Step 2: Ship Your FabFitFun Order To Planet Express 

As soon as you’ve signed up for Planet Express, you’ll receive a unique mailing address at their warehouse. Just give FabFitFun 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 FabFitFun 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.

Planet Express Shipping Options Canada
Four of the shipping options I was presented with for my order. There were much faster shipping options available as well, but I chose a slower, cheaper option, since I wasn’t in a rush.

My Personal Experience Shipping FabFitFun Boxes To Canada

I’ve used Planet Express a handful of times to ship FabFitFun boxes to Canada, and the experience has always been very smooth. Here’s how things went the last time I did it.

First, I chose the products and add-ons I wanted in my box on FabFitFun.com.

Second, I had the box sent to my unique address at the tax-free Planet Express warehouse in Oregon. Less than 24 hours after FabFitFun shipped the box, I received an email from Planet Express letting me know that it had arrived. The other package forwarders I tested took 2-3 days to process incoming packages, so Planet Express is extremely quick on this. 

Third, I filled in Planet Express’ super-easy customs declaration form with the four pieces of information required:

  1. The item being shipped: “Subscription box”
  2. The number of items: “1”
  3. The value of the item: “$50”
  4. Whether the item contains batteries: “No” 
Planet Express Customs Declaration Canada

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 box was shipped out later that same day. When it arrived, I didn’t have to pay duties upon arrival, and everything inside the box was in perfect shape.

How long does FabFitFun take to ship to Canada?

Using Planet Express, it will take 5-35 days to receive your box, depending on the shipping option you choose. As the photo above shows, if you want your box soon, you can opt to pay more for shipping, but if you’re patient, you can choose a slower shipping option and get a better price.

The Costs

In my experience, the price I paid ($6 USD + $2 USD in insurance) is pretty standard for shipping FabFitFun boxes to Canada with Planet Express. You also won’t need to pay any customs or duties on your imports thanks to the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) trade deal that came into effect on July 1, 2020, which allows Canadians to import up to $150 CAD worth of goods from the US or Mexico without paying any customs or duties. This is a huge jump up from the previous threshold ($20 CAD), and means you probably won’t have to pay any customs or duties on any of your imports moving ahead.

FabFitFun + Honey = Greater Savings

Honey is a browser extension that automatically finds you coupon codes for thousands of online stores. It crowdsources coupon codes from users and the Internet at large to offer you the best deals every time you shop online. Honey is completely passive and completely free—just install the Honey plugin, and whenever you reach the checkout page of a store Honey has codes for, it will automatically apply every code in its database to find you the best deal.

Honey Browser Extension Canada

On top of working on FabFitFun.com, Honey has discount codes for over 5,000 online stores, including marketplaces like eBay and Etsy, big-box stores like Best Buy, Walmart and Target, online titans like GoDaddy, Microsoft, Udemy and Adobe, and even offers the odd discount on Amazon. You won’t find a working code every time you try, but I can’t count how many times I’ve saved 10% or more thanks to Honey.

Sign up for Honey (free!) using this link and you’ll receive an extra 500 Honey Gold (worth $5) after your first purchase using a Honey discount code.

Is FabFitFun worth it?

If you enjoy using high-quality products but aren’t interested in paying full price, FabFitFun is a great choice for you.

In Summary

Overall, shipping FabFitFun boxes to Canada using Planet Express is extremely easy and smooth. The costs are low, and in my experience you’ll end up saving quite a bit of money, since FabFitFun boxes offer brand name goods at rock-bottom prices If you’re shopping on FabFitFun.com, or any other retailer that only ships to the USA, I highly suggest making use of Planet Express.

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