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Removals & Shipping Services to Canada
Removals Finder provide weekly removals and shipping services to all Canadian destinations, we also offer shipping and removals services from Canada to the UK and can arrange removals from Canada to any European destination via our UK warehouse. Storage can be arranged in the UK or Canada. Part loads, full loads, single items and a full door to door excess baggage service to Canada.
You must have residence status in Canada for your overseas shipment to clear customs. In Toronto our agents will clear customs on your behalf provided all relevant documents are completed and returned to us in good time. However in West Canada (Vancouver) you may need to visit a local customs office, you can also advise customs officials at the airport of arrival that you have “goods to follow” and provide them with a copy of the inventory or packing list.
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Further Information on Moving to Canada
Canada has a culturally diverse population made up of over 30 million inhabitants. Canada’s official languages are English and French. Although the majority of Canadians are Roman Catholic or Protestant, many belong to other religions including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism. The country takes pride in its multiculturalism. For instance, Toronto hosts a festival called Caribana in June, a celebration of ethnic food, music and dance. Most Canadians believe in equality and that everybody is entitled to the same rights and respect, regardless of gender, race, cultural background or religion.
Canadians enjoy the great outdoors and a lot of families use the summer to go out for hiking, kayaking and cycling. Every province in Canada has wilderness walks. The Trans Canada Trail happens to be the world’s longest recreational trail, linking Newfoundland in the east to Nunavut in the north. The winter is taken advantage of to take part in popular winter sports such as skiing, skating, snowboarding, ice hockey and curling.
Climate in Canada
Contrary to what some might think about Canada’s weather being all cold and snow, the country has a fairly seasonal climate. Summer in Canada is often warm and sunny, and in some areas, can get very hot, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius and higher. It tends to humid in central parts of Canada, hot and dry in the prairies, and usually milder in the coastal regions. Spring is usually pleasant throughout the country, and autumns are generally crisp and cool.
Winters are usually cold with times of snow. Temperatures during winter generally fall well below freezing point throughout most of the country and can fall down to -25 degrees Celsius in some parts. Southern Alberta occasionally experiences warm dry winds coming the western mountain ranges, and winters tend to be wet and mild on the west coasts in cities like Vancouver and Victoria.
Geography of Canada
Canada is a huge country, taking up an area of 9.9 million square kilometers, and is in fact the second largest country in the world. It is situated in the northern part of North America, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Arctic Circle above. Canada’s capital city is Ottawa, which has a population of about 1 million. It’s other major cities include Toronto (4.5 million), Montreal (3.4 million) and Vancouver (2 million).
Canada is made up of 10 provinces and 3 territories, and the country is known to have quite a diverse landscape. A large part of Canada is wilderness, covered by the Canadian shield and boreal forests, which extend from the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains to the Atlantic Coast. A major part of western Canada, including British Columbia, the Yukon, and western Alberta, are covered by mountain ranges such as the Rocky Mountains. West-central Canada is mainly prairie, made up of flat grasslands. The east-central part of Canada include the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, while the Maritime provinces lie on the east coast. In the southeast of Canada there are the Great Lakes, St Lawrence River and Niagra Falls.
Canadian Customs’ clearance of any goods generally requires the importer to be present in person. If you wish to enter Canada, there are documents you must have in order to cross the border. Without these documents, you will not be allowed into Canada. You may also need many of the other documents listed below. You may wish to have your important documents translated into English or French before arriving to make it easier for people in Canada to understand them.
To enter Canada, you will need to present the following:
- A Canadian immigrant visa and Confirmation of Permanent Residence for each family member traveling with you
- A valid passport or other travel document for each family member traveling with you
- Two (2) copies of a detailed list of all the personal or household items you are bringing with you
- Two (2) copies of a list of items that are arriving later and their money value.
Do not pack these documents in your luggage. Keep them with you at all times.
Before you arrive, you should prepare two copies of a list (preferably typed) of all the goods you intend to bring into Canada as settler’s effects, showing the value, make, model and serial number, if the item has one. Divide the list into two sections: the goods you are bringing with you and the goods to follow.
Present this list to the border services officer on your first point of arrival in Canada, even if you are not bringing in any goods at that time. You can make the process easier by completing a B4 form in advance and presenting it to the officer when you arrive.
Visit the Canada Border Services Agency website to download a copy of the Form B4, Personal Effects Accounting Document.
Transit time to Canada is normally between 6-8 weeks depending on sole use or shared container, we offer express solutions via airfreight for essential items if required.