Shipping and Removals in Canada
The best advice for expats considering shipping items to Canada is to leave it unless it is essential. Even though the east and west coasts of this massive country are home to large, efficient ports, shipping is expensive and, in most cases, expats can purchase new goods once they arrive in Canada for less than they'd pay to bring household goods overseas. Furthermore, there are plenty of furnished accommodation options available in most Canadian cities.
For those settling in Calgary, or in other inland Canadian destinations, shipping will be especially costly, as the process will require a combination of different delivery methods.
That said, if one can’t bear to part with their beloved bedside tables, couches, paintings, etc., then it is best to spend some time looking into shipping companies and soliciting quotes from providers before committing to an agreement.
Be sure about shipping
If you decide to ship over furniture or heirlooms, firstly make sure your new home can accommodate them. There is nothing worse than navigating the potentially difficult shipping process and then discovering your couch cannot fit through the doorway. There are also large retail chains, such as Sears and IKEA, which can potentially deliver to your door via online purchasing. This makes things a little easier if you’re busy settling in at home and are without a car.
Hiring an international shipping and removals company
For those expats moving from the United States, the cheapest method of shipping to Canada is via the United States Postal Service. Those items with a value that exceed 20 CAD will subject to a handling fee, as well as the applicable import duties and taxes. FedEx is also a reliable option, operating around the world with a wide-ranging service that encompasses everything from small boxes to large freight.
Shipping pets to Canada
Shipping pets to Canada requires proof of a rabies vaccine that needs to be obtained prior to arrival. Import requirements have been established on animals and animal products. These apply to temporary or permanent stays for animals, or if they are travelling through Canada in transit. Any undeclared pet or those lacking in the necessary documentation will be confiscated. Authorities are also extremely wary of any sick animal. If your animal is regarded as endangered, the appropriate permits are vital for their entry into Canada.