Moving to Canada
The big country! Canada is the world's second largest country by area and New Zealand Movers are here to assist you with your moving needs to any part of Canada.
Canada Moving Services
Moving to Canada is made easy when we provide our door-to-door moving services using our knowledge, experience, affiliated partners and competitive pricing. We have the following moving services available for moving to Canada:
Canada Moving Destinations
Distances don't come much bigger than those between the major destination cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. But no matter which part of Canada you're moving to, we'll deliver your shipment door-to-door no matter where your final destination is.
Get a Quote for Moving to Canada
We don't need much to work out the cost of moving your belongings to your new home in Canada. Whatever your requirements, New Zealand Movers have a variety of quote options to suit your moving needs. To get started, simply complete the Free Quote request form on this page and we'll be in direct contact with you.
Moving Your Household Goods to Canada*
Like all countries, if you are immigrating to Canada one of the most important things to do is ensure that you have the appropriate visa. In order to import your household goods into Canada they will need to be cleared by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). This is a rather unique process in Canada and you need to be prepared in advance of travelling there to take up residence. To get your shipment cleared you will need to go to your nearest Customs office to attend a meeting with the CBSA.
Canadian Customs Information*
As a new immigrant to Canada you are allowed to import your household goods free of duty provided you have owned and used them abroad. For immigrants there will be duties payable on any brand new furniture and appliances. Canadian citizens can import their goods in duty free. If you are a returning residence then you must have been outside Canada for more than a year. There are duties payable on all alcohol and cigarettes into Canada.
* Disclaimer: All information provided is a general guide only and can change without notice. We suggest making contact with the appropriate authorities for verification.
Approximate Transit Times to Canada
Depending on the method of shipping we can advise the following approximate door-to-door transit times to Canada. These times are based on an average and given as a guide to assist you in your planning. The transit time for shared containers can vary and are subject to having enough shipments to fill a container.
- Via the West Coast of Canada
Sole Use Container & Crated LCL 8-9 weeks, Shared Container 10-16 weeks
- Via the East Coast of Canada
Sole Use Container & Crated LCL 9-10 weeks, Shared Container 12-18 weeks
- Air freight: 1-2 weeks
Packing Your Belongings
It is our recommendation that we professionally pack your goods for shipping to Canada. We use the best materials available and use the best techniques to ensure your goods arrive safely to Canada. We also have a variety of speciality cartons, purpose-designed for items such as flat screen TVs, golf clubs, hanging clothes, bikes, and artwork. We also custom-build wooden crates for fragile and precious items.
Every single item moving will be packaged in some form, thus if it is not packed inside a carton then it will be export wrapped. Once packed, all goods will be numbered with a label sticker and recorded on a removal inventory. Whilst it is our recommendation that we pack your goods it is not mandatory, you are welcome to pack some or all of your goods yourself. We can assist you in this process by providing you with our packing materials and a handy packing guide.
Storing Your Belongings in NZ or Canada
We have storage services available in both New Zealand and Canada. The advantage or storing in Canada is that when you are ready to receive your goods they can be delivered quite quickly. Whereas if you store them in New Zealand, you will have to plan around shipping transit and wait for their arrival. On the other hand, if you are not sure of your final destination in Canada we are able to store your goods here in New Zealand until you are ready to make your decision. This can reduce unnecessary shipping costs if you change your mind.
Insuring Your Belongings
It is very important to consider the protection of your goods during relocation to Canada as there is always an element of risk. Peace of mind is paramount, thankfully, we are able to offer a range of insurance options to ensure your personal possessions are well covered should the unlikely happen. You are in good hands with our policies being underwritten by Vero marine, one of the world's largest and most reputable insurance providers.
Special Moving Services
And to top it off and make your move to Canada complete we can provide house cleaning after emptying your home, arrange the transferring of your funds to Canada with foreign exchange services and perhaps even valet unpacking at your destination to really put the finishing touches in place.
Foreign exchange transfers with XE Money Transfer
If you require currency exchange, we will introduce you to XE Money Transfer, one of New Zealand's leading Foreign exchange companies, to arrange the transferring of your funds to Canada. With discounted fees and the best exchange rates available as a benefit to you by moving to Canada with New Zealand Movers.
Moving to Canada FAQ