Moving from the U.S.A. to Canada
Special Note to Atlas Agents and Customers
Although the formal clearance of a household goods shipment is done in person at a Canada Customs facility in or near the destination city, Canada Customs at border entry points have recently started requesting that the moving company Van Operator present a copy of the passport and work visa for the owner of the goods.
However, the mover is still not permitted to deliver your personal possessions to your new home until the owner of the goods meets the Atlas Van Operator at the Canada Customs's facility closest to your final destination to personally clear your shipment. You cannot assign a third party to clear on your behalf.
When your shipment arrives in Canada, your Atlas driver will contact you to advise where to meet in order to clear your shipment. You will need to bring the following documentation:
Returning Canadian Residents:
Duty or Taxes:
In the event that there is any duty, fees or taxes owing to Canada Customs, you will be
Please note that alcoholic beverages cannot be transported on the moving van.
If you intend to import the contents of a bar or wine collection, you must contact the
Importing Motor Vehicles to Canada
To be eligible for importation, personal motor vehicles must comply with Canadian
To import your vehicle to Canada, you need to contact the "Registrar of Imported Vehicles" (RIV) in Canada at 1-888-848-8240 (US and Canada).
You will need to provide RIV with the year, make, model and vehicle identification number to determine if your vehicle is eligible for importation into Canada. RIV's web site at www.riv.ca has step-by-step instructions, fees, and a list of vehicles that can be modified to Canadian standards.
In addition to the certification from RIV, you will also need to produce your title documents (ownership certificate), sales receipts, registration and proof of insurance documentation.
Note: If you are going to be in Canada for 36 months or less you are exempt from the RIV certification but you must notify US Customs on the export of your vehicle(s). See below for more details.
You must also notify US Customs about the export of your vehicle. A copy of your title of ownership must be forwarded to US Customs a minimum of 3 business days prior to the vehicle arriving at the border crossing. If you are hiring a moving company to ship your vehicle instead of driving it across the border, discuss this with your representative from the moving company. Complete details about this procedure can be found at: www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/basic_trade/export_docs/motor_vehicle.xml
Importing Firearms into Canada
Canada has very strict laws regarding firearms. All gun owners living in Canada must obtain a firearms "Possession and Acquisition" (PAL) licence. If you are moving to Canada and plan to import any firearms, you need to be aware of the regulations and procedures that are in place.
Returning Canadians with firearms that were previously acquired in Canada must provide proof to Customs that the firearms were exported and are now being re-imported.
Prohibited and Restricted Firearms:
For more information contact:
Moving Pets to Canada
Dogs over eight months of age and cats over three months of age must have a current rabbies vaccination (within 36 months prior to entering Canada) and the vaccination certificate must accompany the animal.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
For a list of Canadian Consulate or Embassy offices in the U.S, go to Foreign Affair's website at:
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