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Moving to the Canada

What you need to know when moving to Canada

Moving to the CanadaAt Transworld International Removals, we're experts in making your move to Canada seamless and stress-free. Whether you're moving your home, family or business to live in Canada, we've got the whole process covered.

We're with you every step of the way, from the major logistics right down to the finer details, and answering all your questions in between. Plus, we cover all of Canada via both the East Coast and West Coast ports.

For your transition to living in Canada, we’ve put together useful tips and advice around:

  1. Shipping options
  2. Canadian customs
  3. What you can and can't take


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

When planning your move to Canada, you've got plenty of options. To help you choose the best shipping method for your needs, we've compiled some key questions to ask yourself:

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What's your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?

FCL: For when you're moving the lot

We recommend FCL (Full Container Load) when you need to move your whole household. As the name suggests, you get a full container to yourself.

It's also one of the faster shipping methods available for moving to Canada, because there's no one else's freight to wait for before the container can be shipped.

Key benefits:

  1. Space: Fit your whole household into one of our containers.
  2. Speed: Once it's packed up and ready to go, there's no more waiting around for other people's belongings, and your container will be shipped.
  3. Ship to everywhere in Canada: No place is too remote for our team.


Groupage: for when you're happy to share the load

Options for Shipping to CanadaIf you've got a smaller load, we offer the choice to share a container with others also moving to Canada.

Our Groupage option will be more cost-effective, but does mean waiting until the container is full before it gets shipped.

Key benefits:

  1. Economical: Groupage is the cheapest shipping option for your move to Canada.
  2. Space efficiency: Only pay for the space you're actually taking up in the container.
  3. Ship to everywhere in Canada: No matter where you're moving to in Canada, we've got you covered.


Air Freight: when time is of the essence

We offer this service for those who need a few things shipped quickly. This option is the priciest, but the quickest, and very handy for essential items.

Key benefits:

  1. Speed: this is our fastest shipping option.
  2. Emergencies: For something you need sent over ASAP, this option is for you.
  3. Ship to everywhere in Canada: Door-to-door service, no matter where you're living in Canada.


How long will shipping take?

  1. FCL: Approximately 6-7 weeks via Vancouver or 8-9 weeks via Toronto.
  2. Groupage: Approximately 12-16 weeks via Vancouver or 16-20 weeks via Toronto.
  3. Air Freight: Approximately 2-3 weeks.

Want to know how much shipping to Canada costs? Get a free quote!


We'll guide you through customs

Canadian CustomsAs part of our door-to-door service, we'll see you and your items through the customs process of moving to Canada. It's what we do best, and we draw on years of experience to ease you through the process.

Under Canadian law, you need to be in Canada when your shipment arrives, and will need to be present at the Customs office to clear your items.

We take care of:

  1. Making sure you have all the paperwork you need to fill out.
  2. Instructing you on which CBSA office (Canada Border Services Agency) you need to be at to clear your goods.

What you need to do:

  1. Complete Form BSF186 before your arrival in Canada. This is essentially a full list of the goods you plan to ship, including value, make, model and serial number (where applicable). Those belongings which have been used for 6 months or more prior to shipping can be brought in duty-free.
  2. Make sure to bring your up-to-date Passport, Visa and Residency Documents to clear your items at Customs.

As there are certain items, such as jewellery, which require a full description, we recommend taking a look at the customs website before you prepare to pack up.


What you can and can't ship to Canada

What you can't: prohibited and restricted items

When relocating to Canada it's wise to take into account their shipping restrictions, as they have fairly strict regulations on some items.

Some items that are restricted or prohibited include:

  1. Health products and medicines.
  2. Fruits and vegetables. Avoid shipping food because of the additional clearance process and costs. If you do, expect delays.
  3. There is no restriction on alcohols but taxes will apply, and each province has their own process for importation.
  4. Anything contaminated with soil.

These requirements can change frequently, so if you have any questions, give us a ring, we're happy to help!

Bringing firearms and weapons into Canada

Bringing Firearms into CanadaIf you're planning on shipping any firearms or weapons into Canada when you relocate, there are several things you need to do:

  1. Declare them. Make sure our team is aware so they can be included in the inventory of your items.
  2. Obtain a permit before shipment, which can be obtained from the Canadian Firearms Centre, Ottawa.
  3. With a permit, your firearm can join your other goods in shipment.

What you can: shipping vehicles to Canada

Because of its harsh conditions, Canada has strict safety restrictions when it comes to bringing vehicles in. Each province also has its own licencing and importing regulations for vehicles, so we recommend contacting your soon-to-be local authority. Before you prepare to ship your car, make sure you have met these requirements:

  1. Ensure your car complies with Canadian standards. You can see details of these requirements here.
  2. You are carrying proof of vehicle ownership when you clear Customs.
  3. You are carrying your passport when you clear Customs.

What you can: bringing your pets to Canada

There are no quarantine requirements for entering Canada, which makes bringing your pet on your move to Canada a whole lot easier.

  1. Pet dogs do not have to be quarantined, nor do they need a microchip. All dogs must have the necessary vaccinations (with certificates) according to their age. Your dog will undergo an inspection upon arrival, for which a small fee applies.
  2. Pet cats must be accompanied by a rabies vaccination certificate, or a veterinary certificate that declares the cat is from recognised rabies-free country.
  3. For other, non-traditional pets, other restrictions may apply. Give us a call and the Transworld team will be happy to help!


Our comprehensive Transworld service

Here at Transworld, we pride ourselves on our door-to-door service that takes care of your shipping needs at every step of the journey.

We handle the packing of your goods, the shipping, a smooth transition through customs and safe delivery to your new home in Canada.

Throughout the process, you will have your own allocated Transworld member on hand to keep you updated, answer your questions and make sure your items are safe.

We would love to help make your move to Canada simple and stress-free! Give us a call today for a free quote!


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