The name Uruguay derives from the indigenous Guarani language and probably means 'bird-river'. The country is the second smallest in South America, but is renowned for its farming of cattle and sheep, and its exports of high-quality soccer players.
Uruguay is also a high-income, egalitarian, and socially progressive nation. So, no surprise then that 90% of the population is connected to the internet and retail e-commerce activity is booming at 25% per year.
Easily compare the best and cheapest shipping options to Uruguay through a variety of carriers using Secureship
Secureship provides safe and affordable shipping from Canada to Uruguay. In case you are an everyday shopper or a business,
you can easily save up to 50% on your international shipping costs by way of accessing our group buying power.
Shipments through Secureship come with full, easy to read tracking information to Uruguay
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jul 8, 2022
Artigas, AR, UY
Jul 7, 2022
Melo, ME, UY
Jul 6, 2022
Rivera, RI, UY
Jul 6, 2022
Salto, SA, UY
Jul 6, 2022
Toronto, ON, CA
Jul 5, 2022
Ottawa, ON, CA
While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is
important to consult a licensed broker in Uruguay before shipping any goods.
Types of Shipments
Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different
paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Here is a list of the most common types of shipments:
Shipping gifts to Uruguay from Canada may be exempt from duty depending on the quantity and type of items being shipped.
Shipments from Individual-to-Individual
Shipments sent from an individual in Canada to an individual in Uruguay are exempt from duty and taxes if:
The shipment is valued at $50 USD or less (about $60 CAD)
Items are sent for personal use only
They have no commercial value
Only 3 gift shipments per year are allowed to benefit from the exemption
Shipments from Business-to-Business
A gift shipped from a business in Canada to a business in Uruguay will incur duty and taxes.
Shipments from Business-to-Individual
A gift shipped from a business in Canada to an individual in Uruguay will be exempt from duty if its value does not exceed $50 USD (about $60 CAD). Items shipped must be for personal use and have no commercial value.
A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time
List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.
Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts
Carlos Páez Vilaró Av Toma Giribaldi 2283 11300 Montevideo Departamento de Montevideo Uruguay
Phone: +598 2711 6054
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment
Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export:Permanent/Sold Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming.
So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading
This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels).
These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.
When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.
Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Uruguay. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.
When an item with a COO is imported into Uruguay, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI)
Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise,
it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and
ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.
No specific form required, but generally includes information regarding:
The exporter, importer and transport company
Date of issue
Number of freight invoice
Type and number of packages
Contents of each package
Marks and numbers
Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package
Prohibited & Restricted Imports
Prohibited items are not allowed to be shipped to Uruguay while restricted items may enter but may be limited in quantity or must abide by other rules.
Foodstuffs containing meat
Food and rations for animals of any species
Perishable goods, including plants and their parts
Seeds and grains
Crafts made with vegetable products
Home made products without labelling
Vegetable products in packages over 500 g (teas, spices, and marinades)
Paints and varnishes
Electronic devices for smoking
Medicines containing triazolam
Drugs or controlled substances
NOTE: For authorized products, they must come in their original packaging, factory sealed, and labelled in one of the 3 official languages used in the World Trade Organization (English, French, or Spanish).
You can purchase
through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.
Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.
Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.
Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:
Liquids (including alcohol)
Jewellery in excess of $500
Glass or Ceramic
And many more items
For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.
Shipping to Uruguay from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform.
More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.