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International Removals from Canada

When you first organise your move abroad, one of the first contacts you will likely make is with a shipping agent. They will normally take care of transport logistics including packing and unpacking when you arrive at your new home. Let us guide you through some of the things you’ll need to consider when moving from Canada.

Packing pre- and post-arrival

When moving abroad, lots of people decide to use a door-to-door removals services and this often includes the added bonus of a packing and unpacking service too. We all know how stressful moving can be and that’s why using a packing service as part of your overall shipping package is not a bad idea.

Transportation by air or sea?

Your options for moving your household goods will depend on your proximity to an airport or shipping port. You’ll also have to consider how far you’ll be travelling and how much you’ll be taking with you. Travelling by air is the quicker option but it’s more expensive, whereas shipping by sea container can often be more economical and the most practical option for people moving from Canada.


If you’re lucky enough to be moving somewhere in close proximity to where you arrive - whether by sea or air - you could save yourself money by choosing to collect your belongings in person rather than using a delivery company. If you collect your household goods yourself you’ll avoid costly warehousing fees that are often charged when containers need to be stored before arriving at their destination in port.

Prohibitions and Restrictions

When your consignment arrives at port you can expect your shipping fee to already cover the cost of clearing customs. However, any unexpected charges that may be applied at this time will be invoiced to you. Customs regulations vary from country to country but we’ve included some items that are prohibited on Canadian export. It’s important to be clear on the restrictions and prohibitions of the country you’re moving to. Your shipping agent should also be able to provide more information on what you’re able to take with you from Canada.

Items you cannot export from Canada:

- Cuban made products

- Alcoholic beverages

- Dog and cat fur

- Drug paraphernalia

- Fish and wildlife

Time and money

Below we’ve included a general guide to timescales and costs of shipping your belongings from Canada to a selection of international locations. Please be aware that these prices should be used as a guide only. Montreal has been used as the port of origin for these estimates, and timescales and costs will vary, depending on exact points of origin and destination. Sea freight costs are based on a full container load valued at £6,000. Air freight costs are all based on a 250kg consignment, equal to three very large suitcases. Air freight typically takes around one week, no matter what the distance is.

Canadian removals costs comparison


Sea Freight Cost (FCL)

Sea Freight Time

Air Freight Cost (up to 250kg)

Air Freight Time


1700 CAD (£1000)

19 days

1500 CAD(£900)

< 1 week


2100 CAD (£1300)

30 days

1500 CAD(£900)

< 1 week


2900 CAD (£1700)

24 days

1600 CAD(£1000)

< 1 week


4200 CAD (£2500)

33 days

1500 CAD(£900)

< 1 week


2000 CAD (£1200)

35 days

1600 CAD (£1000)

< 1 week