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U-Pack Moving - Canada

October 12th, 2012 - 1:48 PM

(Updated 2/18/2015)

Need to move household goods to Canada or from Canada?

U-Pack®can help. As a “you pack, we drive” moving company, we’ll take care of getting your items across the border – you just pack, load, and unload. Whether you need to move your household goods from the U.S. to Canada or vice versa, you can rely on U-Pack to make it as easy as possible. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of moving across the Canada-United States border with U-Pack.

Moving household goods to or from Canada

What areas of Canada and the U.S. does U-Pack service?

U-Pack provides service all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, and these Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.

To see if U-Pack services your location, or to get a free moving quote, call 800-413-4799.

Note: U-Pack doesn’t provide service for intra-Canada moves – only moves from Canada to the U.S. or from the U.S. to Canada.

How does a U-Pack Canada move work?

  • If you’re moving from the U.S. to Canada, U-Pack will move your shipment across the border into Canada for you. You’ll have up to 40 days after your items cross the border to clear your shipment with the Canadian customs office. Once you clear your items, you can schedule delivery.
  • If you’re moving from Canada to the U.S., U-Pack will move your shipment across the border into the U.S. for you and clear your items on your behalf. When your shipment arrives at the destination service center, you can schedule delivery.

Because you don’t have to meet your items at the border, you can travel to your new home however you want – no rental truck necessary.

What documents does U-Pack need to move my household goods across the border?

If you’re moving from the U.S. to Canada, U-Pack needs the following:

  • A copy of your BSF186 and BSF186A Canadian customs forms
  • A copy of the page in your passport that includes your photo
  • A copy of your visa (not required for Canadian citizens)

U-Pack provides a helpful guide for moving to Canada that includes download links for the BSF186 and BSF186A forms and more important information.

If you’re moving from Canada to the U.S., U-Pack needs the following:

  • Form 3299 U.S. Declaration of Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles
  • A copy of the page in your passport that includes your photo
  • A copy of your visa (not required for U.S. citizens)
  • A copy of the I-94 stamp or form granting you access into the U.S.

U-Pack provides another helpful guide for moves from Canada. It also includes detailed instructions and a download link to Form 3299.

What equipment options does U-Pack offer for moving to or from Canada?

U-Pack offers two types of equipment for Canada moves: the moving trailer or moving container

  • The trailer is 28 ft. externally and is great for small or large moves. You only pay for the linear feet you use inside of it (down to a 5 ft. minimum). That means that if you use 15 feet, you pay for 15 feet.
  • The container is 6’ x 7’ x 8’ externally and can hold a studio-size apartment. You can reserve as many Cubes as you think you need, but you only pay for the ones you actually use. Reserve three Cubes but use two? Two is all you pay for.

Try this Room-by-Room Estimator tool to see how much space you could use in the trailer or how many Cubes you might need. Keep in mind that the locations you’re moving to/from can determine which type of equipment is available for your move.

How long does it take to move to or from Canada with U-Pack?

U-Pack delivery times typically average 5-7 business days – much faster than the 2-4 weeks it could take full-service movers. And, you can track your shipment while it’s on the move at upack.com, or by contacting the destination terminal directly.

Can I store my shipment bound for the U.S. or Canada?


  • If you need storage before your move takes place (if you’re still getting documents in order or if you’re unsure of your destination), you can store at the origin terminal closest to your location or at your home.
  • If you want to store your items at the destination service center before delivery, you’ll need all your documentation ready for your shipment to cross the border. Remember, if you’re moving to Canada, you still need to clear your shipment within 40 days after it crosses the border – even if it’s going directly into storage.

Note: If you won’t get your visa before you arrive in Canada or the U.S., let U-Pack know. Your shipment will still depart from your origin, but can’t cross the border without the correct documentation.

Can U-Pack move my car into Canada or the U.S.?

U-Pack can’t ship anything with a VIN number (cars, boats, ATVs, motorcycles, jet skis, trucks, etc.) from Canada or into Canada. U-Pack also can’t ship anything illegal, poisonous, flammable, corrosive, or perishable. Click here to see the complete Do Not Ship list of items you can’t move with U-Pack.

How much does it cost to move to Canada or from Canada with U-Pack?

That depends on a few details of your move, like when your move will take place, where you’re moving to and from, and how much you plan to move. You can get a free moving quote from U-Pack online or by calling 800-413-4799 to get a quote from a U-Pack representative.

We’re ready to make your move to or from Canada easy and affordable. If you have questions about U-Pack Canada moves, leave a comment below. If you have custom-specific questions, contact the Canada Border Services Agency or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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