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Moving to Canada – International Moving

Trust Mayflower Transit's International Moving Services when Moving to Canada


Even though Canada neighbors the U.S., there are still many things you need to know about moving to Canada - and Mayflower's international moving experts are here to help.

We want to ensure that your cross-border/international move is as stress-free as possible. Understanding your responsibilities, documentation requirements and what to expect at Canada Customs is key to the success of your relocation.

Here are some things you need to know about moving to Canada with Mayflower’s international moving services:
 
  • You must be present when your shipment clears Customs in Canada.
    • Your driver will make arrangements to meet you at the Customs office closest to your delivery address. If you are not present to clear Canada Customs, the goods will be "held in bond" by Customs.
  • All boxes you have packed yourself must be labeled as "Packed by Owner" along with the contents listed and numbered on the outside of the carton.
  • Make sure that your required personal identification for each family member is up to date.
  • Check with Canada Customs concerning the import of food, liquor, tobacco, pets, plants and firearms.
    • Prohibited items include: protected wildlife and any goods made from endangered species, explosives, ammunition, fireworks and pyrotechnics.
  • Do not include any food or beverages in your shipment as they may cause delays in clearing your shipment through Canada Customs.
   
 
Required documentation
 
All of the documents below should be copied and provided to your agent before your move:

U.S. citizens moving to Canada require:
 
  • A Canadian work visa and confirmation of residence status for each family member traveling with you
  • Valid passport or birth certificate for each family member traveling with you
  • Two copies of a detailed inventory list of all items being shipped and their value
  • Two copies of a list of items that are arriving at a later date and their value (if applicable)
  • Letter from new employer indicating validity of transfer
 
Canadian citizens returning to Canada from the U.S. require:
 
  • A valid passport or birth certificate and photo identification for each family member traveling with you
  • Two copies of a detailed inventory list of all items being shipped and their value
  • Two copies of a list of items that are arriving at a later date and their value (if applicable)
 
Shipping a motor vehicle from the U.S. to Canada
 
  • Copy of vehicle registration/title must be presented to customs 72 hours prior to the vehicle entering Canada.  The original registration/title must be given to the dirver at the time of loading. Depending on your port of entry, requirements for documentation may vary.
  • Duties and taxes may be assessed on your vehicle. We recommend that you contact Canada Customs prior to shipping or driving your vehicle to Canada.
 
Contact references:
Government departmental phone numbers change on a regular basis. We have provided the best online references available. Phone numbers posted on these sites will be the most current.
www.cic.gc.ca
www.canadianembassy.org
www.inspection.gc.ca
unigroupworldwide.com
www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
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