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International Removals to Canada

Wherever in the world you’re moving from, let us introduce you to some of the first things to consider when it comes to household removals and moving to Canada.

Unpacking and packing

Lots of people moving abroad opt for a door-to-door removals service, which often includes a helpful packing and unpacking service at either end. Considering that the two potentially most stressful situations when moving are the packing and unpacking, it’s not a bad idea to add packing and unpacking to your overall shipping service.

By sea or by air?

Options for moving your household goods abroad are air cargo or and sea freight, and one factor in deciding which option to go for is how close your new Canadian home is to a shipping port. If you’re moving somewhere landlocked, the typically more expensive air freight option may, in fact, be cheaper than the combined costs of shipping and then transporting by road. Air cargo is course quicker, but sending your goods by sea container usually makes the best sense to long-distance movers with lots of furniture to bring with them.


You can shrink your logistics bill by arranging to collect your goods in person once they arrive at their port of destination – whether that’s an airport or shipping port. Not possible for many, but if you live within a reasonable distance this will save you having to pay for the last leg of your consignment’s journey, plus any unpacking costs or warehousing charges that might have been applied.

Customs restrictions

Your dedicated shipping agent should equip you with comprehensive advice on import and export restrictions before the time comes to start packing your things, and your full sea cargo or air freight quote should always include customs costs. Unforeseen charges at customs aren’t unusual, however, so you’ll be invoiced with delivery for any unexpected fees attracted on arrival. The list of items and groups of products you can’t bring into Canada is extensive - but our list below covers some of the major prohibited goods. Do also check export restrictions for your country of origin. Again, your shipping agent should be able to advise you on these.

- Live animals

- Meat and other animal products

- Explosives, firearms and ammunition

- Used or second-hand mattresses without a certificate of cleaning and fumigation

Rough guide to costs and timings

Below you will find a helpful guide we put together giving estimated timescales and costs of shipping your belongings to Canada, from a few different locations. Timings and prices should be used as a guide only, and the sample port of destination for both sea and air freight times and costs is Montreal. Details will of course vary depending on exact points of origin and destination. All sea freight costs estimated below are based on a full forty foot container load (FCL) with a contents value of £6,000. Air freight costs are based on a 250kg load, which is normally the maximum weight allowed.

Moving to Canada rates and freight times


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