Advice on shipping household goods to Canada

This article comes from Anglo Pacific and who better to advise on what is involved in planning and preparing for moving your household goods to Canada. Their details are at the end of the article.

WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT OVERSEAS REMOVAL COMPANIES?

It is never too early to make a start. In an ideal world we would recommend you commence your search for a specialist international mover two to three months in advance, to allow yourself sufficient time to obtain competitive quotations, finalise your shipping and/or storage requirements and make all the necessary arrangements.

The home survey should be free of charge and without obligation. The sales consultants can discuss when you wish to move, what you are taking with you and what you may need to store. He or she will advise on what may or may not be practical to transport and assess any special packing requirements for the safe removal of your goods.

HOW DO I PREPARE?

It’s never too early to make a start. It is a good idea to start sorting out the essentials well in advance. Attics, cellars, garages, sheds all need to be cleared, and appliances need disconnecting and fixtures and fittings dismantling. Try to have a clear picture in your mind of those possessions you wish to move.

HOW DO YOU CALCULATE THE REMOVAL COSTS?

Sea freight charges are calculated on the overall volume of goods for packing and shipment. Volume is generally expressed in cubic feet.

WHAT SHOULD THE REMOVAL QUOTATION INCLUDE?

The quotation should be for a door to door service including full export packing service, labour, freight and delivery costs to your new home in Canada. Needless to say, no two moves are alike and quotations will be tailored to your specific requirements. The quotation will exclude storage at origin or destination, import duties & taxes.

WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED FROM SHIPMENT?

Certain items cannot be accepted for storage or transportation under general conditions of carriage and terms of insurance. For example: food, cash, bonds, jewelry, alcohol, ammunition or firearms, scuba cylinders, gas cylinders, aerosol cans and other hazardous items. It is also advisable to exclude liquids, which could leak in transit causing extensive damage.

HOW MUCH NOTICE SHOULD I GIVE TO BOOK MY REMOVAL?

The moving date can be governed by a number of factors; typically completion of a home sale, the commencement of a new job and the end of the school term, etc. We suggest you give as much notice as possible and, if practical, try to avoid moving on a Friday – everyone’s favourite!

WHAT HAPPENS ON ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION?

When your consignment arrives an appointed representative will contact you to arrange customs and agriculture clearance, storage (if required) and a suitable date for delivery.

When your household effects arrive in Canada they will be inspected by:

Canadian Border Services Agency

Customs will be inspecting your consignment for items which duty and/or GST is payable, as well as for prohibited items or any goods that are subject to import controls – you will be required to complete a B4 Personal Effects Accounting Document. Please note you will be required to present yourself at your local Canadian Boarder Services Agency (customs) and make a personal declaration at the time of clearance.

This article was kindly submitted by Hayden Hills at Anglo Pacific World Movers; you can contact them for a free information pack, a quote or survey by clicking here.

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