International Removals to CANADA from the UK
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Thinking about moving to Canada and need a reliable UK removal company? Our expert international removals service is ready to handle everything for you – every step of the way.
Relocating from the UK to Canada requires careful planning and professional guidance. Canada, with its sweeping landscapes, diverse wildlife, and bustling cities, offers a host of new experiences. As you gear up for this major move, choosing a specialist international removals company like us, known for our expertise in removals to Canada from the UK, can make a world of difference.
Whether you’re eyeing the vibrant pulse of Toronto or Vancouver, the cultural diversity of Montreal and Quebec, or the majestic natural beauty of Alberta, our team is here to help. From the quaint charm of Newfoundland to the Pacific allure of British Columbia and even the rugged wilds of the Yukon, we’ve got all of Canada covered. We ensure your belongings reach your new location safely.
As part of a leading global network, our dedicated team of trained professionals understands the intricacies of international relocations and will make your move to Canada as uncomplicated and as frictionless as possible.
Trust us with your household removal to Canada so you can focus on the other aspects of your move. Before you know it, you’ll be embracing the Canadian way of life – whether it’s trekking through stunning national parks with jaw dropping scenery, experiencing multicultural events, or exploring the scenic and pristine beauty of the Rockies.
Ready to make the leap? Complete our online form, and we’ll get back to you with a quote for your international removals to Canada. Alternatively, feel free to give us a ring at 01942 55710. Our friendly team is eager to answer any questions you might have about your removal to Canada from the UK.
We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In Canada You Are Moving To!
Our comprehensive service and expert teams will take care of everything for you, no matter how big or small your move.
Our removals to Canada service includes:
- Complete door-to-door service
- Free video or home survey
- Your own personal Move Coordinator
- Highly experienced packing crews
- Quality packing materials as standard
- Full or shared load container shipping
- Customs clearance dealt with on your behalf
- Help with the required paperwork and documentation
- Shipment Protection Cover available
- Local teams to handle your delivery
- Storage facilities available in the UK or in Canada
We offer a full and comprehensive Canada shipping service…
We handle everything for you, taking the stress out of your international relocation.
Professional Export Packing
Our dedicated team of packers will ensure all your belongings are safe and secure.
Our local customs agents will ensure everything goes smoothly on arrival in your country.
How long do removals and shipping to Canada take?
Removals times to Canada vary considerably depending where in Canada you are moving to. It takes longer to reach British Columbia and the east Coast and Ontario. It can also take longer to reach inland destinations as your shipment will need to travel overland.
Typically though, we estimate around 6-9 weeks for a sole use or full container (FCL) and 8-12 weeks for a shared containers (LCL). On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by customs and how long this takes can vary depending on how busy the port is. For this reason, all shipping times are only estimates. It is important to mention that there is a good chance that a part load container, sometimes referred to as groupage or shared, will take longer to arrive than a full container load, FCL.
Unfortunately, the timescales for shipping to Canada are not precise. We would love to be able to give our customers exact timings for international removals to Canada, but several factors come into play when shipping internationally, and some of them are beyond our control.
How much do removals to Canada from the UK cost?
The cost of removals to Canada will depend on a number of factors, such as the volume of goods you are sending, what packing is required, and the distance you are from the port.
As a rough guide, expect to pay £1500 – £3200 for an apartment move and £7800 – £9300 for a full household removal to Canada.
Additional costs will also need to be considered, such as optional insurance/shipment protection and Canadian customs inspection fees that need to be paid on arrival.
The best way to get a more accurate price or estimate is to call our team or request a removals quote online. They can also advise on the best way to reduce your removal costs to get the cheapest removals to Canada.
NB: As prices are regularly changing, we highly recommend you contact us to get an estimate of current removal costs and book a free home or virtual survey so that we can give you a more accurate removals quote.
What is included in the cost for removals to Canada?
We offer a fully comprehensive removals service to Canada, which will take care of everything for you. The removals service includes door-to-door pick-up and delivery (not door-to-port), export packing by professional international removal packers, specialist cartons, crates and antique packing as required, help with customs paperwork and inventory listing, shipping via accredited shipping lines, transport to and from the port, customs clearance service.
Additional fees not included in your removal costs quote include customs inspection fees, duties and port fees payable on arrival in Canada, storage services and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover, which is recommended but not required.
Beware of cheap removals quotes to Canada which do not include all the costs.
Whats is the container shipping or removals process to Canada?
Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to Canada via a sea freight service. The overseas removals service can be quite complicated, but with United Removals’, our expert teams will make the process as easy and stress free as possible. You can sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting!
Our Canada removals service includes the following steps:
1) A home or video survey to provide you with an accurate quote or removal estimate.
2) A personal Move Coordinator to plan and manage all aspects of your home removal.
3) They will guide you through completing all the necessary paperwork for sea freight shipping, customs clearance and shipment protection.
4) On move day, our movers and packers will take care of all the packing and export wrapping of furniture and other belongings.
5) If you require a full-load container (either 20 ft or 40 ft), the shipping container will be delivered to your property and loaded by the packing crew.
6) For shared or part load containers, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removals van to one of our depots for loading onto the shipping container as groupage.
7) The container will then be sent by sea freight to Canada.
8) On arrival at the port (we ship to all major ports in Canada), our local partner agents will handle the customs process for you. Once your shipment has been cleared and all customs fees and duties paid, it will be released for final delivery.
9) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or to storage if required. Our partner, Canadian removals service, will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.
What about small moves to Canada?
If you are only sending a few personal belongings such as luggage and boxes, we recommend our baggage or box shipping service.
We can deliver boxes and other packing materials for you to self-pack. Once you are ready, we can collect them and deliver them to your address in Canada.
Our baggage shipping service for small moves includes up to about 20 boxes or suitcases and can include items such as TVs, bicycles, surfboards and toolboxes.
Often it will be more cost effective for smaller shipments to be sent by our air freight service.
It does not, however, include large items of furniture.
Are there any prohibited and restricted items for Canada I need to be aware of when packing?
As you prep for your voyage to Canada, it’s important to keep a keen eye on the list of items that Canada restricts or outright prohibits so you can prepare in advance.
Prohibited Items For Importing Into Canada include:
Cannabis: Even though cannabis is legal in Canada, bringing it in from other countries is a strict no-no.
Endangered Species: Any items made from endangered species are off-limits. So, leave that ivory carving at home!
Risky Food, Plants, and Animals: Some food, plant, and animal items can pose risks to Canada’s delicate ecosystem and are not permitted.
Restricted Items That Might Need a Permit Include:
Health Products and Prescription Drugs: If you’re bringing in prescription drugs or health products, you might need a permit or written authorization.
Antiques or Cultural Objects: If you’ve got an antique or cultural object with historical significance to its country of origin, be prepared to get a permit.
Explosives, Fireworks, and Certain Ammunition: If you plan to bring any of these into Canada, you’ll need to get approval before you travel or arrange the relocation of your goods.
Weapons and Firearms: All weapons and firearms must be declared when you enter Canada. So, if you’re planning to bring your hunting rifle or shotgun, make sure you’ve filled out the necessary paperwork.
Financial Products: if you’re bringing in money or monetary instruments like stocks, bonds, or cheques worth $10,000 or more, you’ll need to declare it when you enter or leave Canada.
For the full list of what you can and can’t bring into Canada, head over to the official Canadian Border Services Agency website or send an email for up-to-date info on import restrictions.
Do you provide an air freight service to Canada?
If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to Canada, then our air freight removal service is for you. We can provide you with boxes and cartons, or you can use your own bags and suitcases. This is the quickest removals service but also the most expensive. Many people, therefore, use a combination of both air freight and sea freight shipping services.
What if I have other questions about removals to Canada?
You can check out our more detailed Canada International Removals Guide below or why not call one of our advisers on 01942 557102?
They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you some guideline prices and arrange a home survey consultation to provide a more accurate price.
We move hundreds of people and families to Canada every year…
No matter where in the UK you are moving from and where in Canada you are moving to, we are to help and provide a friendly, personal removals service.
Popular Canadian Destinations Include:
- Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa)
- British Columbia (Vancouver and Victoria)
- Quebec (Quebec City and Montreal)
- Alberta (Edmonton and Calgary)
- The Prairie Provinces, including Manitoba and Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Saskatoon & Regina
- The Atlantic Region and East Coast of Canada, including Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (Halifax, & Cape Breton Island)
- The North of Canada, including Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut
Albert (Edmonton & Calgary)
Prince Edward Island
Essential tips to make removals to Canada easier and stress free
If you have not undertaken an international removal before then it can be daunting. There are a lot of things to consider. Our guide below gives you a quick overview of what you need to know about overseas removals from the UK to Canada.
However, remember, your United Removals Move Coordinator will guide you step by step through the process and take care of the details for you.
Planning your move – Start early!
When it comes to any house move, planning and preparation are the most important things you should consider, and this is particularly important when you are moving overseas.
The best advice we can give you regarding removals to Canada is to start planning everything early. Do not leave everything until the last minute; otherwise, you could find that you have forgotten something important.
We recommend that you begin by booking your initial free home survey with us at least 3-6 months before you move. Whilst we do our best to accommodate last-minute and urgent moves, your relocation will be much smoother and stress free if you have time to prepare in advance.
Get quotes from about 3 specialist international removal companies
We recommend getting a few quotes for your move so you can compare the different styles of companies and ensure you are happy with their service. Make sure, however, that you are comparing like with like. For example, are the volumes the same? Is everything included?
Also, overseas removals are very different to domestic moves. It is therefore essential to ensure that your removalist is experienced, if not specialising in international moves.
We are confident that you’ll find your quote from United Removals to be very competitive and can be assured that standards of service are second to none.
Find the right balance of what to take and what to leave behind
In recent years, shipping costs have increased, so you may want to keep this in mind when you consider what you want to take with you to Canada and what you can leave behind. However, it isn’t all bad news; remember, it becomes relatively cheaper as you ship more.
You need to think about the cost involved in replacing some of your items in Canada if you are not sure about shipping them. Even when they are only small items, this cost can soon add up, particularly if there are a lot of belongings.
Research the cost of replacement items as some things are more expensive, and some may not even be available – it may turn out that shipping them may be more economical in the long run.
Storage services for your household goods in UK or Canada
Will you need storage in the UK or Canada?
Moving from one location in the UK to another is rarely the smooth process that people hope for, so it goes without saying that when you move to another country, the entire process can become a little trickier.
Often people find that they have a period of time once they have sold their property and before they move when they need to place their belongings in storage, which we can help you with.
We have several storage solutions depending on your needs. We can arrange storage for your personal effects in the UK before they are shipped or in Canada after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.
If the issue is that you do not have a fixed address in Canada to ship your belongings to, then we can arrange for your household goods and personal effects to be placed in storage in Canada whilst you sort out accommodation.
Once you have a property ready, our local movers can arrange delivery of your belongings from storage.
Packing for your move to Canada
Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to Canada. The journey is lengthy, and they will be moved from one form of transport to another more than once.
This means that there is a chance that items could move within your shipping container, and if they are not adequately protected, then they could become damaged.
A high standard of export packing is, therefore, essential, so it is recommended that you use a professional packing service. This will also save you a lot of time and stress.
Our team of professional packers are expertly trained to deal with all the issues encountered with export wrapping. The boxes that we use to transport all of your smaller items are double-walled, and we also ensure that all of your furniture is export wrapped to ensure that it arrives in good condition at your destination.
For those delicate and fragile items, such as artwork and antiques, we can arrange specialist packing to offer better protection to your articles. This includes custom-built crates.
Our expert packing team is here to help you with as little or as much of your packing process as you want. We offer all of our customers the following packing services:
- Full international export standard packing & wrap service
- Fully trained export packers
- Provision of export quality boxes, cartons, packing paper & packing materials
- Custom wood casing/crates if required
- Professional antique wrapping for delicate items
- Advice on preparing your items for transport to Canada
- Premium grade disinfectant available for outdoor items
- Complete inventory list for customs
You may wish to start packing some boxes before your move day. Speak to our team about using export quality cartons and remember you’ll need to keep an inventory of items for customs.
Preparing your items for removal and shipping
You will need to ensure all your belongings are clean and in condition before they are packed. It is also essential that they are dry to avoid mildew and mould forming on the long journey.
Take time to consider what items to take and what delicate and valuable need extra care when packing.
Shipping furniture to Canada
Our international removals service is perfect for shipping your furniture to Canada from the UK.
For furniture removals, every item is carefully packed or ‘export wrapped’ using packing materials such as blanket wrap. All furniture pieces, including sofas, armchairs, beds, tables and cupboards, can be packed and shipped in a container.
As large items are bulky, you consider which are cost effective to send. For example, most houses and apartments in Canada have built-in wardrobes, so shipping these might not be worthwhile.
Arranging collection and shipping from Self-storage in the UK
You may wish to put your belongings in self-storage units whilst you are selling your property or waiting for your visa to come through.
Shipping your belongings to Canada from storage is a simple process. If your household belongings and furniture are in self-storage units in the UK, our team can arrange to collect them and professionally pack them for shipping either at the self-storage unit or back at our depot.
If you wish to pre-pack yourself, please ensure you have appropriate international shipping cartons/boxes and that everything is carefully wrapped and packed for its journey.
Customs clearance and inspection
Many of our customers worry about customs clearance for all of their belongings when they arrive in Canada. This is something that we can help you with. However, you may find the following helpful information when planning your move.
If you are a returning Canadian citizen or a migrant with a permanent visa who has been away from Canada for over 12 months, there will be no Customs Duties or GST to pay on any household effects you ship. It is important to check if you meet these criteria. However, other customs-related charges, fees and duties may need to be paid.
Customs regulations and duties are subject to change, so it can be a good idea to check for the most up-to-date guidelines and information.
In the event that you do not meet the criteria for household effects, or it is deemed that your goods are commercial imports, then Customs duty and GST may be applied.
On arrival in Canada, your household goods and personal effects will require inspection and clearance from Canadian Customs before they are allowed into the country.
For your shipping container to be released, you will need to pay any customs duties, inspection fees, and also any other charges. These will be payable locally. Our agents in Canada will be able to assist you with the customs clearance process.
The personal Move Coordinator who is assigned to you when you choose us to assist with your removal will be able to advise you with information regarding what you can and can’t take to Canada and how you can prepare and clean your items for shipping. If you prefer, our expert packers can help you with this.
This information is essential as it can help minimise customs inspection and quarantine fees that the Canadian Customs Service may change.
Insurance and shipping protection
United International Removals take great care to ensure your belongings are well-packed and taken care of during their journey. We only use accredited shipping lines and partners to ensure the highest levels of service.
However, due to the nature of international shipping and removals, it is recommended that you take out your own maritime insurance policy or shipment protection cover for complete peace of mind. Just like when you mail a parcel overseas, the shipping company cannot cover the full value of your goods in the unlikely event of something going missing or being broken.
We can offer and recommend Shipment Protection Cover that is highly flexible and will offer you lots of advantages.
This cover is simple and easy to put in place. All that is required is the completion of a shipment protection valuation form detailing the items that need to be covered and their value.
The shipment protection costs are calculated on the value that you want to cover and are based on whether you have packed the items or they have been packed professionally.
Shipping cars and other motor vehicles with your removal
It is possible to ship your car or other vehicles in a 40 ft container alongside your house contents.
However, Canada does have strict import criteria for cars so speak to our team to ensure that importing your vehicle is feasible and cost effective.
Some paperwork will be required but we can help you ensure it is all completed correctly and our agents will take care of customs clearance for you.
Relocation, while often exciting, is never a simple task. When it involves setting foot on entirely new soil on the other side of the pond, the challenge magnifies. The duties of securing a new home, establishing employment, and choosing an ideal neighbourhood can indeed be quite an undertaking. Here, we provide a comprehensive guide filled with practical advice to assist you in your transition to Canada.
Where to move to in Canada?
Canada’s vast landscape offers a plethora of desirable destinations, with distinct climates, beautiful scenery, abundant work opportunities, and a relaxed lifestyle. Regardless of where you decide to establish your new home, we can help transport your valuable possessions there. Our removal services cover all regions of the UK and can safely facilitate your move to any city or town across Canada!
Ontario (Toronto and Ottawa):
Ontario, home to the bustling cities of Toronto and Ottawa, offers a vibrant urban life mixed with breath-taking natural beauty. Toronto, with its diverse culture and robust job market, offers an attractive prospect for newcomers. Ottawa, the nation’s capital, offers a unique blend of history and modernity, making it an appealing destination.
British Columbia (Vancouver, Victoria):
Renowned for its stunning coastline and lush forests, British Columbia presents Vancouver, a cosmopolitan city known for its thriving arts scene, and Victoria, a charming city that boasts an incredible array of outdoor activities.
Quebec (Quebec City and Montreal):
Quebec offers a unique fusion of European charm and North American modernity. Montreal is a bustling city with a thriving job market, while Quebec City, known for its rich history and beautiful architecture, presents a slower pace of life.
Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary):
Alberta’s vibrant cities, Edmonton and Calgary, offer a plethora of opportunities in oil and gas sectors and a lower cost of living compared to the coastal cities. Alberta’s proximity to the Rocky Mountains also provides endless options for outdoor enthusiasts.
Prairie Provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan):
The Prairie Provinces are characterized by their stunning landscapes, friendly locals, and strong agricultural and manufacturing sectors. Cities such as Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Regina present opportunities for employment and a peaceful pace of life.
Atlantic Region and East Coast of Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island):
The Atlantic Region is renowned for its picturesque coastlines, rich history, and welcoming communities. Whether it’s Halifax’s bustling harbour, the serene beauty of Prince Edward Island, or Newfoundland’s rugged charm, this region presents many appealing options for relocation.
Northern Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut):
The North of Canada, while remote, is characterized by its awe-inspiring natural beauty and strong sense of community. For those looking for a unique living experience, the vast landscapes and cultural richness of this region could provide an appealing prospect.
Remember, relocating is a journey, not a race. Each of these Canadian regions has unique opportunities and distinct lifestyles to offer. Take your time, do your research, and make the choice that feels right for you. Happy moving!
Buying property in Canada
The Canadian real estate market can seem daunting, particularly for those unfamiliar with the country’s property landscape. Prices vary greatly depending on the location and type of property, with urban areas typically carrying a higher price tag. However, exploring residential areas in suburbs or smaller towns can often uncover more affordable and appealing housing options.
Property values across Canada can differ greatly. Toronto and Vancouver, for example, are known for their expensive real estate markets with median house prices over $1 million. More affordable options can be found in cities like Ottawa, Calgary, or Winnipeg, where median house prices range from $400,000 to $500,000.
Navigating the process of purchasing property overseas can be complex, making the expertise of a local real estate agent invaluable. They can guide you through the unique aspects of the Canadian property market, including the buying process and legal requirements, which may differ from the UK.
Consider renting a property initially when you first arrive in Canada. This allows you to familiarise yourself with different neighbourhoods and decide on an area that suits your lifestyle before making a long-term commitment.
Relocating your pets
When bringing your furry or feathered friends to Canada, it’s important to comply with the regulations set by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Several months before your departure, familiarize yourself with the specific requirements for your type of animal and situation.
The main requirement for immigrating to Canada with a pet such as a dog is a valid rabies vaccination certificate or a valid Rabies Country-Freedom Certificate. Ensure that your pet receives the rabies vaccine within the required timeframe, which is typically 21 to 365 days before departure. Keep the proof of vaccination readily available as it is an official requirement for entry into Canada. Additionally, obtaining a certificate of good health from a veterinarian can facilitate the smooth entry of your cat or dog.
To transport your pet, procure an appropriately sized pet carrier that meets the airline’s requirements. It’s beneficial to help your pet become accustomed to the carrier in the days and weeks leading up to the journey. Some pet owners also opt to use sedatives to ensure a more comfortable trip for their furry companions.
Remember that customs agents have the authority to refuse entry to an animal that does not meet CFIA’s sanitary requirements. By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure a safe and hassle-free journey for your beloved pet to their new home in Canada.
Looking for a job in Canada
Working in Canada provides abundant opportunities for career growth and a high quality of life. With a strong and diverse economy, professionals can explore various sectors and industries that align with their skills and interests. The country’s commitment to work-life balance, competitive wages, and access to social benefits contribute to a rewarding work experience.
Canada’s multicultural work environment fosters collaboration and a rich exchange of ideas. With its emphasis on education and skills development, individuals have the chance to enhance their qualifications and thrive in their chosen fields. The country’s commitment to diversity and inclusion creates an inclusive and welcoming work environment for professionals from all backgrounds.
Websites like the Government of Canada’s Job Bank can provide valuable insights into job vacancies, wage rates, and job market trends.
Visas for moving to Canada
Working in Canada provides numerous advantages for British individuals and families looking to migrate on a permanent visa. Check out the many options here. With a strong and diverse economy, Canada offers ample opportunities for career growth in sectors such as technology, healthcare, finance, and natural resources. The country’s emphasis on work-life balance, competitive wages, and access to healthcare and social benefits ensures a high standard of living for newcomers.
Obtaining a work permit or permanent residency in Canada is a key consideration for British individuals looking to work in the country. Canada offers various visa programs based on skills and experience, such as the Express Entry system and Provincial Nominee Programs, providing avenues for long-term settlement. British workers in Canada can also benefit from the strong cultural ties and shared values between the two nations, making the transition smoother and fostering a sense of familiarity.
Moreover, Canada’s natural beauty, clean environment, and safety appeal to British individuals and families looking to enjoy a high quality of life. The country’s commitment to education and skills development ensures ample opportunities for professional growth and advancement. Overall, working in Canada as a British migrant offers the prospect of a fulfilling lifestyle, promising career prospects, and a warm and inclusive society.
Transferring money to Canada
There are no specific limits on transferring money to Canada, but for large amounts, it is advisable to consult with a financial advisor or a foreign currency specialist. They can guide you through the process, helping you make the most of exchange rates and avoid potential pitfalls.
If you’re planning to relocate to Canada, our team of experts is here to assist you in planning and executing your move. We’re here to ensure that every stage of your move, from packing to transportation, is handled with care and precision.
New to moving overseas? Why not contact us for a no-obligation chat?
Moving overseas can be challenging and complex, especially in these challenging times. A lot of things have changed for both overseas and European moves.
Our experienced advisers and Move Co-Ordinators handle international moves every day – all over the world. They will be happy to talk to you about your move, explain all the processes, answer all your questions and put your mind at ease!