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Tips on moving from the US to Canada

March 18th, 2013 - 1:45 PM

(Updated 2/18/2015)

Thinking about a move from the USA to Canada?

If takes some planning to coordinate a long-distance move – and if you’re crossing an international border, there’s even more to check off your list. While U-Pack® makes it easy to move from the U.S. to Canada, there are some things you need to do on your own to make the move go as smooth as possible. Since there’s a lot to cover, let’s get right to it.

moving household goods to Canada from the US.

How U-Pack moves household goods to Canada

It’s easy to move to Canada with U-Pack. Here’s how it works:

U-Pack has the authority to cross into Canada with your items “in bond” and take them to the destination service center (a customs hold will be placed on your items when they cross the border). U-Pack will hold your goods until you clear your shipment with a local Canadian customs office. This is great news – you don’t have to meet us at the border! Once you clear your items, the customs hold will be lifted and we’ll deliver your trailer or moving container to your new home in Canada.

Call 800-413-4799 to get a U-Pack quote for your Canada move if you haven’t already. A U-Pack consultant is ready to help you coordinate your move.

What you need to move to Canada from the US

Because you’ll be shipping furniture from one country to another, you’ll need the correct documentation to enter Canada and clear your belongings for delivery. You’ll need to give U-Pack a copy of the page that includes your photo in your passport, a copy of your visa ((if you won’t get your visa before arriving Canada, let U-Pack know by emailing moving@upack.com), and a copy of your completed B4 and B4-A (an itemized list of your items in their approximate Canadian dollar value). Providing U-Pack with these three documents will make moving from the U.S. to Canada possible.

U-Pack provides a useful guide on moving from the U.S. to Canada that includes links to download the required documents and helpful information. Be sure to check it out!

What to do after your household goods cross the Canadian border

A U-Pack representative will let you know when your belongings arrive in Canada. You’ll have up to 40 days to clear your shipment with the Canadian Customs Office. To clear, you’ll get a shipment manifest from the destination service center and take it to the Canadian Customs Office. You’ll also take your original B4 and B4-A, passport, and visa. The service center will tell you where to go to clear your items.

The Customs Office will stamp the manifest, removing the hold placed on the shipment when it crossed the border. You’ll then return the stamped manifest back to the service center and schedule delivery. It’s that easy!

Helpful tips for moving from the US to Canada

  • When completing your B4 and B4-A, keep your itemized inventory list as organized as possible to prevent any hold-ups at the border.
  • Read the U-Pack Do Not Ship List so you know what can and can’t put in the trailer or container. Keep in mind that U-Pack can’t transport anything with a VIN Number into Canada.
  • Refer to your U-Pack Move Plan for origin and destination service center contact information, pricing, and other important information.

What other questions do you have about moving to Canada?

Just let us know – leave a comment in the section below. You can also call the Canada Border Services Agency at 204-983-3500 for specific Canadian customs questions.

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