How To Get FYE Orders Shipped To Canada

January 3, 2021
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Shipping items you buy from FYE to Canada used to be a hassle, but not anymore. This post lays out a dead-simple process for getting your order from FYE—or any other retailer that doesn’t ship to Canada—shipped right to your doorstep in Canada with zero trouble and minimal fees.

Founded in 1973, FYE is a leading specialty retailer of pop culture merchandise. Known for their wide selection of collectibles and music & film memorabilia, FYE operates nearly 200 stores across the United States.

FYE Canada

Does FYE Ship To Canada?

No, FYE does not ship to Canada, but I’ve designed a process for getting any FYE order shipped to Canada with zero headaches.

It involves using a package forwarder: a warehouse in the United States that will accept your FYE order and forward it on to you in Canada.

Here’s the exact process, explained step-by-step.

How To Get FYE Orders Shipped To Canada

Step 1: Choose A Package Forwarder

Choosing the right package forwarder is a big deal, because that decision will determine how quickly you receive 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 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.

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, significantly reducing shipping costs 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 package in their warehouse for a month only costs $0.30!

Step 2: Ship Your 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 decide on the items you want to buy, just enter your Planet Express mailing address instead of your home mailing address and you’re all set. 

If you’re not able to enter your home address as your credit cad billing address, you should also be able to use Planet Express’ warehouse address without any issues.

Step 3: Forward Your Package

As soon as your 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, size and value 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.

Here’s Planet Express’ shipping calculator, which tells you how much you’ll pay to have your package forwarded. In my experience, the prices shown by the shipping calculator are actually higher than I’ve actually had to pay, since most retailers ship their products in smaller packaging than you’d expect.

My Personal Experience

I’ve used Planet Express more than a dozen times to ship packages to different parts of the world, and the experience has always been very smooth. Here’s how things went the last time I did it.

First, I decided what I wanted to buy. To be honest, this might be the hardest part of the entire process.

Second, I had my order sent 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 it had arrived. Some of the other package forwarders I tested took 2-3 days just to process my incoming packages (not including the shipping time), so this is extremely quick.

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

  1. The item being shipped
  2. The number of items being shipped
  3. The value of the item
  4. Whether the item contains batteries
Planet Express Customs Declaration Canada

Fourth, 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 package was shipped out later that same day, and when it arrived, everything was 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 packages from Planet Express 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.

If your purchase is worth more than $150 CAD, this table shows the customs duty you will have to pay.

Item CategoryCustoms Duty
Electronics0%
Toys8%
Jewelry8%
Home Appliances8%
Fashion18%
Health & Beauty18%

In Summary

Overall, getting FYE items shipped to Canada is extremely easy and smooth. The costs are low, and in my experience you’ll actually end up saving money, since buying direct from FYE is often cheaper than buying from other comparable retailers in Canada. If you’re buying from FYE, or any other retailer that doesn’t ship to Canada, I’m confident this method will serve you well.

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