Many Canadians find themselves trying to purchase something online only to find out that the company will only ship the item to a US shipping address. This can be incredibly frustrating and deters many from moving forward with the purchase. Those who are determined to purchase the item often look at renting a US P.O. box to have their item sent to. The problem is, this is costly, especially if you only want to order a few items a year. The second frustration is all the paperwork you need to fill out to get a US P.O. box.
There is another solution that is not only much less expensive, but also way more convenient for Canadians and that is using a US KinekPoint. There are two types of KinekPoints:
1) US border KinekPoints (located directly on the US border to act as a US shipping address for Canadians)
2) “Regular” KinekPoints (located all over the United States for use when you are on vacation or on a business trip)
What’s a KinekPoint? Good question. KinekPoints are businesses that have become authorized parcel pick-up locations for Kinek users. You can sign-up (for free!) with Kinek to use their locations, they have nearly 1,000 throughout the United States. The only time you pay anything is when you stop-by to pick up your package. The pick up fee is usually $5 for average sized packages, but can be more if the package is quite large or heavy. The best part? As soon as your package arrives, we’ll notify you by text message and email!
Want to learn more? Head on over to:
would like to order from Amazon or Midwayusa some gun accessories like stock barrel optics
to your shipping depot so it doesn’t fall under ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) can you verified that for me plz and where is the closest point for pick up near Montreal
KinekPoints do not accept guns, parts for guns, or ammo.
Was wondering if you accept reloading supply such as propellant?
Kinek locations do not accept gun powder.
Live in Windsor, Ontario Canada – wud like to order a crocheted article from a crochet website – where wud I be able to pick it up in the U.S. – a good site where it is safe in Detroit.
Kinek has a location called Computing Express in Detroit. You just need to sign up to ship there.
Do you offer the reverse? I now a number of industries that are insane to ship to the USA but ship to Canada reasonably.
Kinek currently does not have that type of scenario set up. Feel free to send Kinek a few examples of companies that you would use this option for. – http://www.kinek.com
I live in Calgary, Alberta; any service close by?
The closest would be Babb, Montana. A fair drive but worth it if you have a few items to pick up.
Hey I work from home in canada for a US Based company I have to travel to the states to pick up items I can’t get in canada. & more often than not the place u order from requires the address on yr cc be the same as the delivery address so how do fix that
Most companies do not require the address be the same as on your credit card. That’s actually quite rare. If yours does, then update your credit card with the KinekPoint address, or checkout with PayPal or another payment option.
any service close by Vancouver BC?
Yes, there is a location in Blaine, Washington right at the border.
I would like to order an item (only domestic shipping) on Amazon to eventually be shipped to Australia.
Would I be able to get shipped to you and picked up by a courier, or could you forward to Australia?
Kinek does not currently offer forwarding services.
Any location close by Ottawa?
There sure is! There’s a location in Ogdensburg. You can sign up at http://www.kinek.com/sign-up.
I want to order an article name Ten-7 from the Bio Skin Company but they don’t ship to Canada.
I want to know if I can give them the Kinek address and then Kinek ship it to me? I’m ready to pay for this.
Kinek currently does not forward/ship packages.
Will Amazon ship to your company. I know that Costco will not.
Yes, Amazon will ship to KinekPoints. Costco is the only retailer in the U.S. that we know that has issues shipping to Kinek addresses.
How long will they hold a package, or packages, is there a charge? Sometimes EBay Items
arrive a day or two late…….
Each location has their own pricing and storage times. It’s typically around $5 per package for 30 days.
Any Locations Close to Saskatchewan? North Portal possibly?
All the locations on the Kinek network are listed on their website http://www.kinek.com.
Once I get my package and pay $5 is there also customs or taxes on top of that? or Do I just pick my items and drive back home to Toronto? Thanks
When you cross the border back into Canada you pay the HST.
How would it work for electronic cigarette liquid (with nicotine). Also, any locations near Montreal? 🙂
You would need to check with customs about bringing electronic cigarette’s across the border as there may be extra taxes for such items. There are close locations to Montreal in the Kinek network in Champlain, NY.
HI, I live in Tooronto, where would be the nearest pickup place i could go to
I would be buying hockey cards from USA
The closest would be Niagara Falls/Lewiston area.
I am in Toronto, Ontario, wher is your nearest pick up location?
We have several KinekPoints to service customers in Toronto. The two closest are New York Mailboxes and The UPS Store of Lewiston.
Seems the Lewiston location is offering $10. minimum service. That’s double what you are advertising. I just need to be able to pick up a letter while I am in the US travelling. That’s way, way, way too steep for just a letter. If I got 5 pieces of mail that would be $50 -US!!! now $62.50CAD!!!!!!! Guess I need a USPS box, eh?
The UPS Store of Lewiston will accept small items under 3 lbs for $5. They currently do not have this posted on their Kinek profile but I will check with the manager to ensure it’s updated.
Hi: I am in Ottawa… what is the closest point? are there custom fees? thanks
Our closest KinekPoint to Ottawa is N.A.C. Logistics in Ogdensburg, NY. Because you are picking the packages up yourself, you will only be required to pay your provincial sales tax at the border.
Can I have gifts sent to me through KinekPoint? Your terms and agreements states that you may have to show your receipt/ proof of payment when picking up your item. Of course if it’s a gift I would not have one to show.
Yes, you can send gifts. Instead of the receipt/invoice simply bring a copy of the Kinek delivery notice as a backup.
Yes, our KienkPoints can receive personal packages such as gifts. When picking these up, you would need to show your photo ID and a copy of the email delivery notification from Kinek.
I want to buy in amazon a soccer jersey but is not possible outside USA, this option could help me out thx
I can get to Niagara Falls NY or Buffalo NY quite easily. Are there any locations there? I am thinking of having some small items delivered from Restoration Hardware. Do you know if Restoration Hardware will deliver to your locations? Since the delivery address in in NY state, will Restoration Hardware charge me NY state sales tax?
Yes, we hare KinekPoints conveniently located in both Niagara Falls, NY and Buffalo, NY. All you need to do is sign up for an account at http://www.kinek.com and choose one as your KinekPoint. For inquiries relating to Restoration Hardware, you will need to contact them directly.
is there any close to thunder bay
Unfortunately, at the present time, we do not have any KinekPoints that are reasonably close to Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Hello! I am trying to purchase bedding as I am moving into residence in the fall but can’t ship to Canada. I’m from Toronto, is there a location nearby that I can pick up/ ship to?
Kinek has several locations in New York, along the US border, where Canadians from Toronto ship packages. It has locations in Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Tonawanda, and Buffalo. All you need to do is create an account at http://www.kinek.com and choose one of these locations as your KinekPoint. Once you have completed this, you can add other KinekPoints to your account. Click on “View Hours and Pricing” for your KinekPoints to compare hours, pricing, and other important information.
I live in Toronto, ON, Canada. What will be the nearest mail box in my case? Can I send text books and Lego and robotics toys to my mail box in US? Thank you!
Kinek has KinekPoints conveniently located in both Niagara Falls and Lewiston, NY. Yes, you can send many types of items to KinekPoints, including textbooks and Lego.
Are there locations in buffalo?…I’m from Toronto and shop at thenoutlets/Walden a couple times a year
Yes, Storage Central and AMZ Wholesale are both available to receive packages for Kinek customers. You can easily sign up for an account at http://www.kinek.com.
Hi there 🙂
I live in montreal and would like to ship stroller to the border. Im assuming it would be quite a big box. What can i expect to pay to pick up there? And is there a way to avoid paying costoms fees as i plan on using the stroller in the US before returning back into Canada
I must warn you that many toddler items are not approved in Canada and cannot cross the border. I suggest checking to make sure the specific stroller you are purchasing is approved by Canadian requirements. You can ship large items to the Champlain border without issue. You just pay the Canadian tax at the border, there’s no brokerage or import fees since you would be bringing it across.
is there any places near by chatham ontario? and if so does this involve any border crossing?
The Kinek network requires you to cross the border. You can check on the Kinek website at http://www.kinek.com.
I am planning to order something from Newegg.com to the Newyork Mail Box and have a couple of questions:
1) Is it the nearest on Toronto?
2) Does new egg ship to Kinek?
3) I have been given an address with a number I believe is my Unique code, so when I place an order should I treat that as PO Box or I should order as if its a regular address?
Hi Asad, I will do my best to answer your questions.
1) It’s in Niagara Falls, so it’s close
2) Yes, NewEgg will ship to a Kinek location
3) It’s not a PO Box, that’s your Kinek# and is tied to your account. Make sure you include that in the address.
How do I find the address for the Blaine Washington Kinek location.
You must click the sign up button or go to http://www.kinek.com/sign-up to create an account and get a Kinek#. It will show your custom address in your account.
Hi quick question just making sure I do the right thing .. For the shipping I state my name and last name and I provide the address on the location near me but after that where do I put my kinek number to link this package to me ? And Also what’s it the amount per person you can bring across the board without paying taxe or dutie taxe ?
Details on exactly what to do would be best asked over at http://www.kinek.com, where there are Kinek customer service reps to help you. That is where your account is located and where the service is managed.
In reference to personal tax exemptions you can read the article at – http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/pdt-pdt-eng.html
I live in Mississauga, Ontario any locations near by?
Yes, there are! You can view them all on http://www.kinek.com.
Hello if I change my credit card billing address to my new Kinek one do I include the part of the address “Storage Central –Kinek” or is the 146 Virginia Street, #xxxxxxxx Buffalo, NY 14201 sufficient ?
Kinek recommends using the address as is with Storage Central -Kinek on the address.
Hello, Some US drug company will only ship medicen to US addresses.
Can I do it through a kinek pickup location?
You could ship it to a KinekPoint in the U.S., however, you would need to make sure that border services has that medication on an accepted list when you cross back into Canada.