Removals to Canada

Andrew Porter Limited is an ideal choice to handle your removals to Canada. If you book with us, you can be sure that your prized belongings are in the safest of hands.

Shipping to Canada can take between five to seven weeks to the east coast and six to nine weeks to the west coast.  For groupage shipments, which is a cheaper option because the space in your shipping container is shared with other people's belongings, you should allow seven to 10 weeks for either coast.  You should also allow for travel time of up to 10 days after your items are collected from the port, depending on which area of Canada you are moving to.

If you require any items delivering quickly, we can arrange an air freight service for added convenience.

When moving to Canada with Andrew Porter Limited, we will assign you with a dedicated move co-ordinator to guide you through the move process, making your life as stress-free as possible.

Your move co-ordinator will inform you of your shipment vessel and arrival date, as well as explaining customs protocols to you to ensure you are properly prepared.  It is advisable to let professionals pack your belongings to move to Canada because Canadian customs officials require a detailed inventory of shipments coming into the country. 

We can advise you on restricted items which may not be allowed into Canada.  Any treasured items you cannot take with you can be stored at our secure storage warehouse until you need them again.

Transporting vehicles to Canada

Andrew Porter Limited is an expert in car transportation and we can assist you with all your needs when shipping cars to Canada.

All vehicles being imported into Canada must comply with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards which were in effect on the date the vehicle was manufactured.  Any vehicles which were manufactured for sale in countries other than Canada and the USA will not comply with the standards and cannot be altered to become compliant.  The only exceptions are if the vehicle is more than 15 years old or is a bus manufactured before January 1 1971.  If this applies to your vehicle, you must have documentary proof such as receipts or registration papers.  You must then contact the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) to confirm that your vehicle is eligible to enter Canada and that it is possible for it to be modified to be compliant with Canadian standards after import.

Andrew Porter Limited provides containerised vehicle shipment to Canada.  Your motor vehicle can be secured in a dedicated container or can be packed in a larger shipping container alongside your household items.

Moving pets to Canada

Andrew Porter Limited can assist with moving your beloved pets to your new Canadian home.

Permits from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are required for the importation of a number of animals entering Canada.  These include:

Turtles and tortoises, which must accompany owners to Canada

Birds are subject to the approval of the import specialist in the area of Canada where the importer resides and must meet quarantine requirements

Dogs eight months old and older, which must have a rabies vaccination certificate or veterinary certificate declaring that the animal comes from a country recognised by Canada as being rabies-free.  Additional conditions apply to younger dogs

Cats, which must have a rabies vaccination certificate or veterinary certificate declaring that the cat comes from a country recognised by Canada as being rabies-free

Certain types of fish.  Other species will just require the owner to present proof of identity and ownership of the animal and it must be kept in the household aquarium for 90 days following importation

Rabbits, which must accompany the owner to Canada

Small rodents and other amphibians and reptiles (with some exclusions) do not require import permits.

Further restrictions may apply to these and other animals.

If you have specific questions relating to removals to Canada or would like a quote please contact our International Removals Canada team today on 0800 389 1222.

This information is intended as a guide only and full checks on immigration requirements and import restriction should be carried out before your move.

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