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Moving to Canada

Are you planning on moving to Canada from the UK? Abels Moving Services have been providing discrete export packing and shipping services for a variety of clients for over 50 years.

About Canada

Canada is a North American country and is located in the northern part of the continent. The country consists of ten provinces and three territories and extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean.

Canada is the second-largest country by total area in the world and has a border with the United States and has the longest land border in the world,

Canada has a population of around 33.5 million people. However, because Canada covers a large area of over 3,854,085 sq miles this means there are less than 9 people per square mile. This is important to consider when moving to Canada.

The climate in Canada is very varied, with average high temperatures in the low 20s degrees centigrade on the east and west coasts, while between the coasts, the average summer high temperature is often over 25 degrees centigrade. Winter can be very harsh in Canada and often sees average temperatures near -15 degrees centigrade, but can drop down to -40 degrees centigrade, so good warm clothing is needed for those moving to Canada.

The key exports of Canada are Machinery and equipment, automotive products, metals and plastics, forestry products, agricultural and fishing products, and energy products.

Places of interest for those moving to Canada include the coastal areas of British Columbia for Whale watching, and seeing the filming of Hollywood movies. Other places to visit when moving to Canada include the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Cypress Provincial Park, Fort Gibraltar and the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology.

Canada has a unique approach to culture and life ambitions. It is one of the youngest countries, with a growing national pride, this has encouraged those planning to move from the UK to Canada and those within other Western countries.


Planning Your Move

At Abels, we encourage you to discuss your moving process with a specialist international removal company.

What are the crucial steps you need to take for moving overseas to Canada?

To speak to our international advisor call or email us today to receive more information, specific to your requirements.

When contacting our team directly, you will be given the resources to make a formal enquiry with a precise overview of the regulations we undertake to make sure your moving process to Canada is smooth sailing. This includes an overview of the approach we will take to complete a thorough, premium, end-to-end moving service.

When enquiring about moving from the UK to Canada, please provide us with the following: the volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method – so that we can provide the best reliable resources unique to your relocation.

After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator, booking, organising and managing matters when moving to Canada.

Talk to our experts

Let Abels plan and coordinate your move to Canada or anywhere else in the world.

Export Packing

Abels Moving Services advises that Export Packing is a fundamental requirement for all your items and possessions when moving to Australia. As we have Expert Packing Services, we can provide you with bespoke guidance for exporting and shipping goods to Canada.

Export Packing is a way of protecting items when in transit. It considers external environmental impacts, providing water resistant resources and additional packaging to preserve the item’s condition. Whilst also meeting the requirements for shipping goods from the UK to Canada.

The level of protection that is needed when moving items for example by road is less stringent but for moving your items travelling thousands of miles in either 20ft Containers or 40ft Containers on their sea journey to Canada then they will need additional Export Packing protection. We take the protection of goods very seriously, your trusted advisor will provide an in-depth overview of the processes for exported goods. Including how your items will be handled and monitored through the moving process to Canada.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality export materials are utilised. Our expert packing guidance provides a plethora of information which will offer resources to ensure your belonging are correctly preserved during your move abroad.


Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to Canada. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock, packing and shipping Barometers, and transporting chandeliers. The use of special cases built especially for these items are utilised to give the highest level of protection. Find out more information about Moving Antiques, Fine Art, and Valuables.

The Abels team is specially trained in moving objects abroad, taking care and precision when handling specialist goods. With years of expertise, we have a plethora of Moving Advice to relieve stress ad provide reassurance.


In Canada, there are many International Airports. The main International Airports include Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC), Edmonton International Airport (YEG), Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW), Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ), Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG), Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB) and the Saskatoon John G Diefenbaker International Airport (YXE).

The two largest airports in Canada are Toronto Pearson International Airport which handles over 33 million passengers per year and Vancouver International Airport which handles over 17 million passengers per year.

With sea transit times for shipping your possessions from the UK to Canada taking in the order of 6 to 7 weeks, you may consider sending some of your consignment by Airfreight. Items for Airfreight will need to be Professionally Packed (due to security restrictions not permitting owner packed cartons) and are then loaded into heat-treated modules of various sizes and then waterproof covered for added protection against the elements.

Please allow 2 weeks of transit door to door for airfreight to allow for UK and Canadian Security and Customs assessments before delivery is permitted to your new home.

See More information about airfreight shipments.

Enjoy a stress-free move abroad

Get in touch with our removal experts to see how we can help with your move today.

Customs Information

The import of your personal items and household goods into Canada are subject to import and export rules and regulations. 

Your Abels Move Manager will provide you with tailored information to guide you through this part of the relocation process.

For now, here is a little breakdown of what to expect to help you start planning your move abroad.  

For your items to clear customs, you will need to provide some specific documentation. Our friendly team will discuss these requirements with you ahead of your move, the documents required at customs will depend on your status and personal situation. 

Explore the FIDI Customs Guide for Canada, for further guidance ahead of your move consultation with a trusted member of the Abels team.

Immigration and passport control at the airport woman border control officer puts a stamp in passport


Shipping Services

Larger volumes and full house moves will be shipped within a 20ft or 40ft shipping container. If access permits we always try and load the container outside your residence. This allows you to see our removal team’s skill and care of loading and stowing safely and the sealing of the container with our uniquely numbered container bolt seals. Where access is not suitable for this size of the vehicle, goods may be loaded via Abels warehouse ( you are of course welcome to come and witness the loading ) or in a location close to your property utilising a small shuttle truck to ferry between your home and the container.

Shipping lines will offer some companies low-cost freight yet there is a big risk to the quality of the container that arrives and the transit time it then takes. Abels buys our containers through an organisation that negotiates for a supply of A1 class containers that are without fractures to the outer case, dry, clean, odour free containers on our behalf that have an almost guaranteed transit time.

If goods stay within a container that has an odour this will remain on the goods when delivered, and fractures in the outer will gain water ingress.

Smaller volumes can be shipped as LCL (less than container load). Your possessions will be taken to Abels warehouse for loading into heat-treated wooden crates ready for shipping.

Transit times to Various Ports in Canada from the UK, ie from port to port is normally between approximately 14 to 28 days on the water. Vessels depart the UK weekly to ports such as Halifax, Montreal and Vancouver. There are other locations that are onward served by Rail Links from these ports such as Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Winnipeg. You should allow approximately 6 to 7 weeks door to door from your property in the UK to your property in Canada (times depend on delays due to weather, strikes, re-routing containers, vessel malfunction, and customs inspections – however this guide is normally reasonably accurate)

Read more on these methods about shipping options when moving abroad.

Destination Services

Abels selects our partners from those with the highest quality accreditations. These will normally hold the FIDI-faim quality award to ensure that the standards enjoyed with Abels Moving Services is continued to perform the Customs Clearance and Delivery Service. It’s too late to find that the agents selected are not of the highest standard, so we ensure we use the best on your behalf.

Our destination partners will be advised of your shipment shortly following the departure of the container from the UK. They will make contact with you near to when the container is due to arrive in Canada so that they can perform the Customs clearance process on your behalf.

Following Customs clearance our partners will contact you to arrange the delivery date of your possessions. Normal service includes delivery, unpacking, set up of normal furniture (not Ikea kit furniture unless agreed) removal and disposal of waste packaging materials and return of the shipping container to wharf. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put away service / maid cleaning / relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customs Service Manager or Customs Liaison.

Our destination agent will have the professional experience and local knowledge to handle all the details of import documents, customs clearance and delivery of your possessions for you in Canada Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.


Above all, we want you to think of Abels for your next move and the one after that, we don’t simply wish to buy your current move at the risk of losing your future business, goodwill and recommendations!

In conclusion if you are moving to Canada you are welcome to ask Abels Moving Services to provide you with a removal quotation for your move. If you are moving to another destination other than Canada we would also be glad to assist you with your move.

Abels Moving Services:
Telephone: +44 (0)1842 816600