Expats moving to Canada have a lot to consider when it comes to shipping household goods. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if it can be replaced in Canada, it's best to leave it.
Even though the east and west coasts of this massive country are home to large, efficient ports, shipping is expensive and, in most cases, expats can purchase new goods once they arrive in Canada for less than they'd pay to bring household goods overseas. There are also plenty of furnished accommodation options available in most Canadian cities. For those settling in Calgary, or in other inland Canadian destinations, shipping will be especially costly, as the process will require a combination of different delivery methods.
Shipping household goods to Canada
Those who do decide to bring household goods with them to Canada can streamline the process by dividing their belongings up strategically. The most essential goods should be shipped by air, which is faster but more expensive than shipping by sea. Household goods that won't be needed right away should be sent via slower and cheaper methods.
It's also important to spend some time looking into shipping companies and getting quotes from providers before committing to an agreement. Insurance is essential, and should not be purchased from the shipping company but rather from an independent insurance provider.
Shipping pets to Canada
Shipping pets to Canada requires proof of a rabies vaccine, and in some cases, a veterinary certificate. Microchips are only required for animals brought into the country for commercial purposes. However, we recommend that pet owners do nevertheless have their pet microchipped as an extra precaution.