Shipping Nike SNKRS shoes to Canada used to be a hassle, but not anymore. This post lays out a dead-simple process for getting your order from Nike—or any other U.S. retailer—shipped right to your doorstep in Canada with zero trouble and minimal fees.
SNKRS is an arm of Nike.com where sneakerheads can buy Nike’s most highly coveted new drops. Launched in the U.S. in 2015, Canadian shoppers have been praying for a Canadian SNKRS equivalent ever since. SNKRS does drop a limited number of its sneakers in Canada, but the selection is poor and competition is high. That has many Canadian consumers (like me) seeking alternative ways of getting their favorite sneaks north of the border.
Nike accepts returns within 30 days of purchase for any reason, even if you’ve worn the shoes. This applies to Nike SNKRS orders as well. Nike also accepts returns beyond 30 days if the shoes are still unworn and unwashed.
Does Nike Ship Its SNKRS To Canada?
No, Nike only ships its SNKRS within the USA, but I’ve designed a process for getting any Nike SNKRS order shipped to Canada with zero headaches. Here’s that process, explained step-by-step.
How To Get US Nike SNKRS Orders Shipped To Canada
Since the US SNKRS shop doesn’t ship to Canada directly, you need to use a package forwarder: a warehouse in the United States that will accept your SNKRS order 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 SNKRS, 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.
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 pair of shoes in their warehouse for a month would only cost you $0.30!
Step 2: Ship Your SNKRS 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 find the pair you like, 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 SNKRS 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 Nike SNKRS To Canada
I’ve used Planet Express a handful of times to ship SNKRS shoes 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 shoes I want on Nike’s website: a pair of Jordan Mars 270 Londons.
Second, I ordered my Jordans to my unique address at the tax-free Planet Express warehouse in Oregon. Less than 48 hours later, I received an email from Planet Express letting me know that my shoes had arrived. This remarkable speed is partly due to Nike’s 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: “Shoes”
- The number of items: “1”
- The value of the item: “$140”
- 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 shoes were shipped out later that same day. When they arrived, I didn’t have to pay duties upon arrival, and my Jordans were in perfect shape.
The Costs (Customs & Duties)
In my experience, the price I paid ($6 USD + $2 USD in insurance) is pretty standard for shipping Nikes to Canada. 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.
SNKRS + Honey = Greater Savings
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On top of working on Nike.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.
Overall, buying SNKRS from the US Nike store and getting them shipped 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 buying direct from Nike is generally much cheaper than buying the shoes on the Canadian aftermarket. If you’re shopping on Nike.com, or any other retailer that only ships to the USA, I highly suggest making use of Planet Express.