Shipping your purchases from Zalando to Canada used to be a hassle, but not anymore. This post lays out a dead-simple process for getting your order from Zalando—or any other European retailer—shipped right to your doorstep in Canada with zero trouble and minimal fees.
Founded in Germany in 2008, Zalando is more or less the Amazon of Europe (before Amazon itself arrived, of course). From Day One, Zalando has been all about bringing a wide variety of fashion-forward and high-end brands together in a single place.
Zalando sells thousands of different shoe and clothing brands. They have Europe’s largest selection of clothing, accessories, and shoes online, a choice mix of popular High Street labels, luxury brands, and independent designers.
Does Zalando Ship to Canada?
No, Zalando does not ship to Canada, but I’ve designed a process for getting any Zalando order shipped to Canada with zero headaches. Here’s that process, explained step-by-step.
How To Get Zalando Orders Shipped To Canada
Since Zalando doesn’t ship to Canada directly, you need to use a package forwarder: a warehouse in the UK that will accept your Zalando 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 Zalando 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 my 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.
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 of clothing (eg. a light jacket and a pair of jeans) in their warehouse for a month would only cost you $0.30!
Step 2: Ship Your Zalando 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 clothing 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 Zalando 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 Zalando clothing To Canada
I’ve used Planet Express a handful of times to ship Zalando clothing 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 item I wanted on Zalando’s website. In this case, it was an ochre hoodie.
Second, I had the hoodie sent to my unique address at the Planet Express warehouse in the UK. Less than 24 hours later, I received an email from Planet Express letting me know that it had arrived. This remarkable speed is partly due to Zalando’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 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: “Hoodie”
- 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 hoodie was shipped out later that same day. When it arrived, I didn’t have to pay duties upon arrival, and it was in perfect shape.
In my experience, the price I paid ($6 USD + $2 USD in insurance) is pretty standard for shipping Zalando items to Canada with Planet Express. I’ve never had to pay any import taxes or duties on my orders, though it’s possible that you’ll have to, especially if you’re placing a particularly large order. Generally, if your order is worth less than $60 CAD (and Zalando has many items for sale for less than $60), you won’t need to pay any import taxes or duties when importing your items to Canada. In the case that you do, the most you should have to pay is your province’s GST or HST.
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Overall, shipping Zalando 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 Zalando’s prices can be much lower than those of Canadian retailers. If you’re shopping on Zalando, or any other retailer that only ships to Europe, I highly suggest making use of Planet Express.