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Relocating from the United States to Canada

Posted on May 17th, 2010 by

Once you’ve decided you want to or have to move to Canada from the United States, there are several steps that you need to take. It is certainly not as easy as an local move because you are moving cross country. On top of that, there are many other factors that could affect you being able to relocate there. As with everything else, the most important thing is not to leave it until the last minute. Keep in mind that it is never too early to start contacting moving companies. In fact, there are many that recommend you to start planning at least 12 weeks prior to your move. Don’t think this is too early; there are many that start their search as early as 12 months before! You need to make sure that you select a good, reputable international moving company that could make moving so much easier.

The first step is to get some moving quotes. There are many companies that offer them for FREE. Obviously this price will depend on many factors: how big the place is, the amount of stuff you are moving, if you require packing, shipping, and unpacking among other factors.  How much your moving service will cost will vary, and like anything else in life, cheapest is not always best. Once you start calling for various quotes, make notes about what is being offered for the price given, this way you will know what you’re comparing. There is no other way to know how much this relocation will cost unless you call and have a moving estimate. It might be even needed for the movers to go physically to your place; this way they would have a more accurate idea of what will be moved.

Keep in mind that since you are moving cross-country, quotations will generally exclude Customs Duties and Taxes, customs or quarantine inspection fees and any additional fees incurred beyond those covered in the moving company’s terms and conditions. Also, there are specifications once your stuff gets there. Canadian Customs’ clearance of any goods generally requires the importer to be present in person. However, Toronto and Vancouver ports offer a ‘Fast Track’ or ‘Speed System’ that allows the moving company to act on the importer’s behalf and present their documentation. Transit times also vary and it depends on the area you are planning on moving to. Preparation and being aware of your insurance is very important. Check that all your Inventory items are covered for everything. It all sounds like a lot to think about, but as long as you have the best moving help by your side, one that knows exactly what needs to be done and when, and will guide you every step of the way, you should be all set.

Contact the best moving service providers in your area as early as possible. Organize yourself and do the preparation, then leave it to the professionals, leaving you free to concentrate on your new life.

Tags: canada move, customs, international moving

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