Does Canada Post deliver to Australia?

Does Canada Post deliver to Australia?

Canada Post will deliver documents-only envelopes and parcels to Australia as do various couriers available to Canadians (Purolator, UPS, and FedEx).

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by Paul Bourque

Feb 06, 2024

Key Points

  • Canada Post delivers to Australia, but shipping can be pricey and take days.
  • Delivery time varies; sea freight can take months, air freight 4-12 days.
  • Reduce costs by minimizing parcel size to lower billable weight.
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Does Canada Post deliver to Australia?

Canada Post delivers mail and parcels to more than 192 countries worldwide, which definitely includes Australia, a strong ally and trading partner with Canada. But Australia’s position down under means that even small parcels can be quite expensive to ship there from Canada, and at best will take several business days to arrive.

This article explains the different shipping options of parcel delivery from Canada to Australia, and their consequences to shipping costs; how to reduce shipping costs; and introduces you to Secureship. Secureship has fifteen-plus years of experience helping its clients navigate the details of international shipping, and most importantly, save them money in the process.

Table of Contents

  • What is the Delivery Time to Australia?
  • How to Reduce Shipping Costs
  • How Secureship Can Help Your Shipping Needs
  • Conclusion

What is the Delivery Time to Australia?

If you ship a parcel with Canada Post and select sea freight, it could take 1 – 3 months for the goods to arrive at their destination. The advantage of this choice is a lower shipping cost. However, if time is the important factor, then Canada Post’s air freight service can promise delivery anywhere from 4 – 12 business days.

Speedier options are available through carriers such as Purolator, FedEx, UPS, and DHL. They can arrange deliveries of 3 – 5 business days to major centres (Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane). However, expect to tack on a day or two to the delivery time if the recipient is located in the outback or far inland from a big city.

How to Reduce Shipping Costs

After distance to destination, the two main contributing factors to shipping costs are weight and size of the parcel. It is difficult to reduce the weight, but a smaller box will potentially help lessen the billable weight of the shipment.

Billable weight is determined by calculating the box’s volume (length x width x height) then dividing it by 139 (if Imperial units are used). This number is compared to the actual weight of the parcel with the bigger of the two dictating the shipping charge. So, even if two parcels weigh the same, the one packaged in a smaller box will likely have a lower billable weight.

How Secureship Can Help Your Shipping Needs

There are a number of steps to prepare a package for a long voyage to Australia that range from ensuring the goods are wrapped against damage, completing a number of required forms, and finding a courier within your budget. First-time shippers can find this process confusing and annoying, and it is also time-consuming even for seasoned shippers.

Secureship can help you through the entire process and save you time and money. By taking advantage of our bulk buying power with noted couriers such as Purolator, UPS, and FedEx,

shipping fees could be up to half the cost whether your parcel is headed across the city, country, or ocean.

Our website also offers you numerous resources. The Learning Centre discusses paperwork for internationally-bound parcels, shipping insurance, and packaging recommendations. Our International Shipping Guides section explains the customs rules, duties and taxation practices, and prohibited and restricted goods for over 135 different countries and territories. As well, the Support Centre has a comprehensive number of FAQs and an Instant Help bot with answers to over 5,000 questions about Secureship and shipping.


So, Canada Post will deliver documents-only envelopes and parcels to Australia as do various couriers available to Canadians (Purolator, UPS, and FedEx). But whomever you choose for your shipments, be prepared for a costly surprise.

There are ways, however, to mitigate shipping costs – choosing longer delivery times and packaging the contents in a smaller box.

But remember Canada’s Secureship, whose intuitive online platform can save you money and time when shipping to Australia, domestically, or anywhere in between.

About Secureship

About Secureship

Secureship® offers an online service that helps businesses and organizations ship more efficiently and affordably.

Providing instant price shopping across multiple carriers, Secureship is the best choice for reduced rate shipping. In addition, Secureship offers benefits such as a consolidated shipping system regardless of the carrier you choose, built-in address book, convenient invoicing and shipment management.

Visit our shipping estimate tool to see how much you can reduce your shipping expenses.