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Shipping to Canada

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Whether you’re looking to send something to a friend living in Canada or you’re moving to your new home in Canada and need to ship over your furniture, we can help.

How does our international shipping to Canada service work?

We’ve designed our international shipping service to be as efficient as possible. We’ll handle everything from packing your items to managing everything that’s involved with customs and clearance. All you need to do is fill in our online form and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Step 1. Fill in our online quotation form. 
  • Step 2. We will arrange a survey if you're shipping furniture and supply you with your free quote. If  you're sending baggage we will deliver your boxes ahead of your shipment so you can pack yourself.
  • Step 3. We will arrive at your property and collect your items. If you’ve asked Canada to pack your items our teams will professionally pack them at this stage.
  • Step 4. We will transport your items to Canada via your chosen shipping method.
  • Step 5. We will arrange for the customs clearance of your shipment.
  • Step 6. We will deliver your items to your chosen end destination.

How will my items be transported to Canada?

You can ship your items via sea freight to Canada, or you can fly them via air freight. Sending your items to Canada via sea freight is the most cost effective method and recommended if you’re planning on sending large items. Air freight is more expensive but faster, so if you need to send small items urgently then this might be the best option for you.

There are two ways to ship your items to the Canada. If you’re shipping a box or a small number of items then we recommend opt for a Shared Container service. If you’re looking to send a whole house then we recommend our  Exclusive Container option.

  • Shared Container: Your personal and household effects will be loaded in a shared shipping container and you will only be charged for the space your boxes or goods take up.
  • Exclusive Container: This is the recommended option if you're shipping a whole home load or wanting to ship a vehicle to Canada.

How long does shipping to Canada take?

Shared container Exclusive container
Calgary 9-15 weeks 4-6 weeks
Edmonton 9-15 weeks 4-6 weeks
Halifax 8-12 weeks 3-6 weeks
Toronto 6-10 weeks 4-6 weeks
Vancouver 9-13 weeks 6-8 weeks

Why choose Pickfords to ship your items to Canada

  • We are the largest international shipper in the UK and operates a consolidated or shared service to Canada.
  • Centuries worth of experience in the international moving sector.
  • We operate as part of a trusted and extensive international shipping network.
  • Door to door international shipping.
  • Personal move manager to help plan your shipment and answer any questions you may have.
  • We are acclaimed and accredited by worldwide organisations including the British Association of Removers’ Overseas Group (BAR) and we are a FIDI Accredited International Mover.
  • We offer comprehensive Goods in transit insurance to protect your goods on the move.
  • We offer a professional packing service to ensure that your shipment is packed correctly and protected throughout the journey.

What items can I send to Canada?

Canada is proud of its unique and diverse environment and seeks to protect this heritage for future generations. As part of this process, household and personal effects being imported to Canada are considered from several angles – safety/security, customs tax/duty revenues and environmental protection.

Your personal shipping manager will provide you with an extensive list detailing what you can and can't send to Canada. If you have any concerns just let us know.

What documents do I need?

The importers first declaration will be made at the airport on arrival, where they will need to complete a B4E form, together with a copy of their packing list.

Other required documents:

  • Passport
  • Copy of immigration papers
  • Purchase receipts or proof of value for any items under 12 months old
  • Descriptive inventory of goods in English

How do we calculate our costs?

If you are shipping baggage or luggage, the cost of your move is determined by the number of cartons you will be shipping and the dimensions of your items. Other factors include the transit method and the destination location in Canada. 

If you are shipping furniture and household effects by sea the cost of your move is influenced by the volume of goods you will be shipping,  the destination location,  the packing service you have chosen and the transit option you have requested.

If you send items to Canada using air freight, you can expect to pay considerably more as the bulk of your costs are calculated based on the weight of your items. However, air freight is a great option when you need to send a small load, quickly.
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