Shipping 20FT 40FT Containers & Less than
Container Loads (LCL/Shared Container Servoces) to
Moving your goods from Australia to Canada is stress and hassle free with our comprehensive service that helps Canadians with their relocation.
Whether you are moving your possesions to any of the popular Canadian ports: Port Metro Vancouver, Port of Halifax, Port of Montreal , Port of Prince Rupert
or to inland destinations within: Alberta, British Colombia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec
we provide all the services you need: cheap international shipping, professional packing, loading, insurance, Door to Port and Door to Door options for both 20ft and 40ft containers.
We also provide a Less than a Container Load (LCL) service to Canada destinations offering very affordable sea-freight shipping rates to:Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg
What documents do I need when moving to Canada?
When you are entering Canada you will need to present the following documents to the authorities:
Canadian immigrant visa (only if applicable)
A valid passport for each member of your family traveling with you
Two (2) copies of a detailed packing list of the personal/household items you are bringing with you
Two (2) copies of a detailed list of the items that are arriving later and their value
(Carry these documents with you personally, do not pack them into your luggage)
If you are entering
Canada and you are carrying CAN$10,000 or more,
please read the reporting requirements here.
Before arriving into
Canada make sure you prepare two copies of your
packing lists of all the goods you are taking with
you, one list is for the goods that you carry with
you when entering Canada and the other one is for
the unaccompanied goods, sent via air or sea. For
electronics, electric appliances etc the packing
list needs to show the make, model, serial number
(if the item has one).
You will need to complete two (2) forms for the Canada Border Services Agency, the first is the B4 personal effects accounting document, and the second B4A personal effects accounting document with includes the list of imported goods. Please read more about how to complete these documents from the CBSA webpages as follows. B4 here and B4A here.
Both the B4 and B4A forms are available to download from the right hand side of this page and through the Canada Border Services Agency links above.
For customs clearance in
Canada, only the owners of the household goods or
their spouse are the ones that can clear goods
through the customs.
The owner must be available to clear when the goods arrive to avoid storage or demurrage charges.
How do I import my motor vehicle into Canada?
a vehicle into Canada ( Detailed information from
the CBSA are available here
or please download the detailed PDF guide by the
CBSA from the top right hand side of this page or
from the link above)
If you wish to import a
new vehicle into Canada it will be on the condition
that it is designed, manufactured, tested and
certified to meet the Canada
Motor Vehicle Safety Standards or the U.S.
Federal Motor Vehicle Standards and bears a
compliance label affixed by the original
manufacturer which has not been altered.
If you wish to import a used vehicle, you must be importing the vehicle for your personal use and you are the person who bought it new. A vehicle that was manufactured to meet the safety standards of a country other than the U.S. or Canada cannot be imported unless the vehicle is 15 years or older.
Vehicles are duty-free, but may be subject to local taxes. Vehicles over 15 years old are subject to different regulations and costly modifications may be required. Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety and Emission control regulations apply.
What items are restricted from importing into Canada?
Some items are restricted
from importation into Canada, examples are firearms
and weapons (check below links to the Canadian
Firearms Program to get more information if you may
import your firearm), explosives, fireworks and
ammunition, goods subject to import controls (such
as clothing, handbags and textiles), food, plant,
and animal products and related products, consumer
products (such as baby walkers and jequirity beans),
endangered species, obscenity, child pornography,
hate propaganda, prescription drugs and certain
More on restrictions here.
to import firearms into Canada
If you wish to export
firearms from Australia contact the Australian
Government Department of Defence and complete
the Restricted Goods Permit for Export (RGP) form
available on the right hand side of this page. Also
read the detailed guidance from the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (Canadian Firearms Program
information page). Be sure to contact them to
inquire how to import a firearm and what types of
firearms are permitted for import.
Tobacco and alcohol allowances
Importing alcohol and tobacco may be subject to heavy duties to prevent excessive importation, check the Moving back to Canada detailed guidance page for allowable limits and applicable duties/taxes.
You are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcohol free of duty and taxes:
1.5 litres of wine
1.14 litres of liquor
A total of 1.14 litres of wine and liquor
24 x 355 milliliter of beer or ale (maximum of 8.5 litres)
I be taxed on shipping personal effects and
household goods in Canada?
Duty-free entry with used household goods and personal effects is permitted as long as the returning citizen has lived outside of Canada for at least 12 months prior to moving.
You may consider contacting your local embassy in Australia to find out more information regarding tax minimization on used personal effects being imported into Canada.
your local Canadian Consulate here
Timing of your Move and Tips
Moving to Canada can be stress free with the right planning, the right advice and the right people to move your world.
Can I use my Australian driver's licence in Canada?
Yes you can, when swap your Australian licence with a Canadian driver's licence.
It is also a good idea to bring your driver's record and insurance record with you, this will help you get much better deals for car insurance in Canada.
Call your current insurance company and ask for a "history of claims" and they will issue you a letter stating how many claims you have had and how long you have been insured for. Anything over 6 years no claims history is an excellent no claim record. For a driver's record contact your local RMS office, you can find your local RMS motor registry here.
Planning your move
***Plan what you intend to ship to Canada, and how much space you will need for your move.
for common container sizes
(more types and detailed internal dimensions here)
Width Height Volume
20 ft (6.1 m) 8 ft (2.44 m) 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) 1,360 cu ft (38.5 m3)
40 ft (12.2 m) 8 ft (2.44 m) 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) 2,720 cu ft (77 m3)
you need a larger 40 ft container we can organise a
High Cube container which is 9 ft 6 inches in
***Type a detailed list of goods that you wish to ship overseas from Australia. You can use our packing list template here.
***Plan when you want your goods to arrive in Canada, average shipping transit time to destinations within Canada is typically between 35 and 45 days from the vessel departure, with vessel sailings weekly.
***Make a booking with us at least 3 weeks prior from the date you intend to have your goods shipped. This will help reserve space on the container vessel with the optimal arrival date in Canada.
***If possible, try to avoid weekends and public holidays for any container or LCL drop-off and pick-up, this minimizes unnecessary extra charges that can be avoided by planning correctly.
***If you have decided to do the packing yourself, ensure all your goods are packed before the container arrives at your premise. If you require the container at your premise for a few days to load, we can plan with you the container delivery within the free period prior to vessel departure, thus avoiding possible extra hiring charges from the carrier. If you require us to do the packing for you, not a problem, we will arrange everything on time, every time!
***Check that your chosen place of residence at the destination can handle the goods you wish to ship, packing goods yourself in the first place makes unpacking much easier at the other side.
***Contact us, we are a team of professionals who will take care of all your shipping needs.
there is always a possibility of damage to any
cargo or a mishap on the carrier vessel during
transit, being adequately covered will put your
shipping worries aside. If you wish to
take out insurance cover for your goods (this is
something that we always recommend our clients to
do), think about what the actual replacement value
of your goods are and insure them appropriately.
Shipping to Canada is quick
and easy with Moving Your World, contact us today for
a free non-obligatory and hassle free quote.