How To Get Ktown4u Orders Shipped To Canada

October 31, 2020
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Shipping Ktown4u orders to Canada used to be a hassle, but not anymore. This post lays out a dead-simple process for getting your order from Ktown4u—or any other retailer—shipped right to your doorstep in Canada with zero trouble and minimal fees.

Ktown4u is one of the world’s largest K-pop shops carrying K-pop albums, “K-food”, “K-beauty”, and all the latest merch and products released by your favourite K-pop groups.

Does Ktown4u Ship to Canada?

No, Ktown4u does not ship to Canada. However, I’ve designed a process for getting any Ktown4u order shipped to Canada with zero headaches. Here’s that process, explained step-by-step.

How To Get Ktown4u Orders Shipped To Canada

Since Ktown4u doesn’t ship to Canada directly, you need to use a package forwarder: a warehouse in the United States that will accept your Ktown4u 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 order, 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 order 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 order (a hoodie and a new album, for example) in their warehouse for a month would only cost you $0.30!

Step 2: Ship Your Ktown4u Order To Planet Express 

As soon as you’ve signed up for Planet Express, you’ll receive a unique mailing address at their warehouse. Once you choose the products you want, 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 Ktown4u purchase 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 Ktown4u Products To Canada

I’ve used Planet Express a handful of times to ship Ktown4u purchases 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 K-pop album I wanted on Ktown4u.com. In this case, BTS’ Map Of The Soul: 7.

Second, I had the order sent to my unique address at the tax-free Planet Express warehouse in Oregon. When it arrived, I received an email from Planet Express letting me know and asking what I want to do with the item.

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

  1. The item being shipped: “Music album”
  2. The number of items: “1”
  3. The value of the item: “$25”
  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 order was shipped out later that same day. When the album arrived, I didn’t have to pay duties upon arrival, and everything was in perfect shape.

The Costs

In my experience, the price I paid ($6 USD + $2 USD in insurance) is pretty standard for shipping Ktown4u orders 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.

In Summary

Overall, shipping Ktown4u orders 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 Ktown4u’s prices can be much lower than buying the same items on secondary markets in Canada. If you’re shopping on Ktown4u.com, or any other retailer that only ships to the USA, I highly suggest making use of Planet Express.

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