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Moving to Canada is an exciting prospect, but it will require planning. Among the things you need to arrange is a reliable removal company for your possessions. By using one of our verified partners, you could save up to 70% on your international removal costs.
Canada currently has 13 international airports, with Toronto Pearson being the largest. Montréal–Trudeau International Airport, however, serves a higher percentage of international passengers.
Over 600,000 UK citizens currently live in Canada, drawn to its natural beauty and vibrant culture. Vancouver, British Columbia is where the largest population of UK-born citizens reside. Whether you’re headed to Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto, we can find you the best price for international removal companies in your area.
Before you begin packing for your international move, you will need to research the shipping options available. Depending on your budget and time scale, you can transport items to Canada via sky or sea.
For moving a large number of items to Canada, you will need to use one of the following:
The option you choose should depend on the size and volume of goods you have to move. The more you have, the more expensive it will be. You can opt for more than one of the services listed, depending on your needs and circumstances.
A professional international removal company will always discuss all freight options with you.
Shipping your items to Canada by sea is the more affordable option. However, be aware that this option will take longer than air freight.
A 2-3 bedroom home will likely need a 20ft shipping container, depending on the number of items. On average the cost of container shipping for this size from the UK to Canada is £2,221. Note that these costs do not include additional fees such as pickling up the container.
There are a number of factors which will determine the cost of container shipping to Canada. These include the volume and weight of the items, the time of year/season and distance travelled.
Additionally, you will need to consider costs such as customs and inspection fees. Quarantine, holding fees and delivery charges may also apply.
One benefit of transporting your belongings this way is reducing your carbon footprint. It is considered a more environmentally conscious option than transporting items via air. Additionally, there will be ample room aboard a sea freight vessel. This means you will not be as limited as you may be with air freight.
Part-Load is when you are given a portion of a container, rather than paying to use the entire thing. This is far more cost-effective if you are sending a limited number of items.
You will be given a section of a container to fill, with the rest made up of other people’s belongings. That said, it is one of the slowest shipping methods. This is an option if you do need the items right away. Other, more essential items can be sent via another method, such as air freight. Air freight shipping can take around 8-13 days from the UK to Canada on average. Sea freight, however, will likely take closer to 22-26 days.
Your removal company can provide details of this option, including how much space you will have. They will also advise you of the logistics and packing for this option.
If you’re looking to get your items to Canada quicker, you may want to consider sending them via aircraft. This will be more expensive but will cut the time it takes for you to receive your items in Canada.
To reduce costs, you may want to consider sending essential items via air and the rest of your belongings via sea.
The cost of air freight will depend on the volume and weight of the items you are sending. It will also depend on where in Canada they are being sent to. Be aware that there will also be insurance fees to consider.
Your international removal company will be able to give you an estimate of air freight to Canada. They will also be able to advise you on the logistics. Items sent via air freight must be professionally packed. This is a security regulation and is non-negotiable. Your removal company will be able to organise packing and arranging your items in robust cartons for transit. Be aware that your items will be x-rayed during the process as a matter of security.
The cost of furniture removals and other home goods will vary depending on the volume of items and what size container you require.
Here are the average costs when shipping furniture and large goods to Canada:
|20 ft Container||£2,221|
|40 ft Container||£2,972|
The costs listed above are averages and the final price you’re quoted will vary depending on how much you are moving. It can also depend on where in Canada you are shipping them to.
When moving to Canada, proper documentation must be included in your application for immigration. This includes:
Currently, in Canada, foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated are prohibited from entering the country.
Between 6,000 and 10,000 UK citizens become permanent residents of Canada each year. This is mainly by applying as a skilled worker via the Express Entry route.
If you are moving to Canada with one of these programs, the principal applicant’s fee is $2,075. If a spouse is joining you there is an additional $1,325 and $225 for each dependent child.
For more information on Visas read: All You Need-to-Know About Visas
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