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What is the cheapest way to move from Canada to the U.S.?

October 30th, 2017 - 3:27 PM

How much does it cost to move from Canada to the U.S.?​

Moving company costs depend on details such as the cities you’re moving to and from, how much you’re moving, and when you’re moving. If it’s an international move,, you’ll also need to consider potential Customs fees and expenses for traveling to your new home. How can you move to the U.S. from Canada without breaking the bank? The easiest answer is to do some of the work yourself, and a DIY service like U-Pack® is often the cheapest option. Learn more about moving from Canada to the U.S. with U-Pack —start by getting a free moving quote to compare.

U-Pack makes moving from Canada to the US simple.

How U-Pack makes shipping from Canada to the U.S. cheap

U-Pack is designed to be affordable. It’s a “you pack, we drive” service, which means you save by doing the packing and loading, and we transport your items across the border safely and securely. With an efficient transportation network, U-Pack offers direct service to all 50 states in the U.S. and thousands of cities across Canada. Here’s how U-Pack keeps prices low when shipping furniture and household goods, no matter where you’re moving:


U-Pack pricing is simple: it’s “pay for the space you use.” Instead of renting an entire moving truck or paying based on the weight of your items, you can clearly see how much space you’re using in the moving equipment as you load to know how much you’ll pay. A U-Pack moving quote estimates how much space you’ll need based on the size of your home, and includes a per-foot rate in case you end up needing less or more space.  

For example, a standard 3-bedroom home is estimated to need 17 linear feet in a moving trailer.  Let’s say you packed and loaded your items well and ended up only using 14 feet — we’ll subtract your per-foot rate to adjust your price accordingly. U-Pack also offers ReloCube moving containers, which are priced per container. You can order as many Cubes as you think you’ll need, and only pay for the ones you use. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to ship furniture from the U.S. from Canada, U-Pack options put you in control of your price. To save even more, consider purging or downsizing before the move to use as little space as possible.

No extra fees

U-Pack rates include the equipment, transportation, liability coverage, taxes and fuel — there’s no surprises. The only “extra” from a move within the U.S. would be the Customs Broker Manifest Processing Fee, which is currently $26.95 for outbound Canadian shipments.

Transportation system

One of the most cost-efficient benefits of moving with U-Pack is the way your shipment is transported. Our primary transportation provider, ABF Freight®, adds commercial freight behind your shipment, which allows you to “share” transportation costs with other shipments traveling in the same direction. There’s only one household move per trailer, and the commercial freight could be things like boxed electronics or palletized items, which are never co-mingled with your belongings. This transportation method is an excellent way to utilize unused truck space to keep costs low. Shipments also move quickly between service centers, meaning less time on the road.

How moving from Canada works with U-Pack

U-Pack makes international moving much easier than you’d think. A move from Canada to the U.S. works like this:

  • A moving trailer or moving container(s) is delivered to your home
  • You load your furniture and belongings inside
  • U-Pack picks up the equipment and takes it across the border on your behalf
  • After you clear customs, your items are brought to your home
  • You unload
  • U-Pack picks up the empty equipment

With all U-Pack shipments from Canada to the U.S., the owner of the goods must be moving and changing residency status. Check out this guide on moving to the U.S. from Canada for all of the paperwork and details, including Customs forms.

Get a quote to compare

See how you can move to the U.S. from Canada affordably with a U-Pack quote. Remember that prices include fuel and transportation, so you don’t have to worry about driving your belongings across the border. If you have questions about the process or need help getting a quote, give us a call at 800-413-4799 or leave a comment below.

Note: U-Pack doesn’t service intra-Canada moves.