Moving To Canada  Canadian flag

If you are planning on moving to Canada, whether to Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.
Time Zone : Various (UTC 3.5 to 8) - Summer (DST) (UTC 2.5 to 7)
Calling Code : +1
Currency : Canadian Dollar ($) (CAD)

Moving personal effects to Canada Moving Personal Effects To Canada

Shipments of household goods are allowed duty free entry provided that you have owned them for at least a year prior to importation. All household effects will be subject to physical examination by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. You will need a Canadian immigrant visa in order to move to Canada. To move your household items, an inventory or packing list is required, and Britannia will provide you with the correct customs forms that must be completed prior to the goods leaving the UK.

Prohibitions and Restrictions in Canada Prohibitions And Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

Firearms & ammunition
Inflammable goods & substances
Plants & plant material
Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
Narcotics and dangerous goods
Offensive materials
Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit times in Canada Transit Times

Groupage or shared load consignments usually take 6 to 10 weeks door to door. However, this can vary depending on the volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and weather conditions. Sole use containers usually take 4 to 6 weeks port to port, and there is a weekly service to all major ports.

Bar coding Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.

Domestic pets when emigrating to Canada Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.
To find out more about pet transport, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving motor vehicles to Canada Moving Motor Vehicles To Canada

Used cars other than current models are generally prohibited from importation. Your local Britannia member will give you further advice if you are planning to move your car to Canada.

Transferring money Transferring Money

When you are moving overseas it's often more cost effective to use an international currency exchange company. Britannia Movers works with IFX; a well known, reliable brand that has been a leading operator within this market for many years. Using IFX can not only save you money but can also help make your move overseas smoother and more efficient. 

To find out more about transferring money, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving To Canada With Britannia

  • Customs Clearance - It will usually 10 to 14 days for customs clearance and delivery. The time taken to clear goods through customs can be affected by Government policy, X-raying of goods, physical inspection, volume of traffic and the levy of any import duties or taxes.
  • Packing & Delivery - Our trained removers can pack and wrap all your items to ensure that they are transported safely. If you choose a full door to door shipping service to Canada, Britannia will deliver the goods to your new home. We can then unwrap your furniture and unpack your moving boxes onto a flat surface, and all used packing materials will be removed from the site.
  • Additional Removal Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional removal services when moving to Canada. We are authorised to provide comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.