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Moving To Canada?

Full container loads | Groupage | Baggage | Air Freight

Here at Burke Bros Moving Group we have over three decades of experience relocating couples and families to Canada. With our long established overseas Canadian agents means your mind will be at rest with your relocation to Canada. You’ll benefit from an experienced Canadian export packing team along from with our Canadian Quarantine and Customs & Excise expertise. Plus, if required, UK Storage pre your Canada shipping.


Emigrating To Canada?

  • One of our experienced estimators will visit you in your home so we can accurately calculate the volume you wish to take and any of your packing requirements. Calculating the correct volume is key to a realistic quotation and the estimator can offer you some invaluable advice in preparation for your move.
  • All of our removals men are trained overseas packers and will ensure your goods are safely packed. Other considerations are tailor made crates for items such as pianos, clocks and glass cabinets etc. Your items are then ready to be loaded on to the shipping container or can be put in to storage for any amount of time you require.
  • As you are shipping your personal effects to Canada you may require a full 20t, 40t container, we also offer part-loads or groupage containers, where you only pay for the space your possessions take up within a container.
  • We will arrive at your home to pack and wrap your items ready for shipment over a two to three day period with the container being loaded on the last day and the inventory checked, ready for the container to be locked, sealed and driven to the UK port.
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  • We offer Marine Insurance on all of our international moves that is sufficient to cover your entire move, including cover for the cost of your goods and the cost of the shipment itself, on all effects, packed by Burke Bros.
  • Your items can take on average between 5 to 16 weeks to be shipped for a full container and 8 to 10 weeks on a groupage container. Times can also vary depending on the final destination in Canada.
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  • Upon arrival in Canada, one of our trusted agents will then take care of your goods and move. In line with all countries around the globe; importing foodstuffs or plant materials in a household effects shipment is not recommended, such items may not be permitted and any special examination may cause delays and add inspection costs. Canadian Customs reserve the right to carry out random inspections on any shipment.

Documents needed:

There are several documents that you will need to ship your items to Canada, the importer’s first declaration should be made at the airport upon arrival, where they will complete a B4E form, together with a copy of their packing list. This should include make, model and serial number of all electrical items. Other required documents include; copy of passport and immigration papers, purchase receipts or proof of value for any items under six months old and a descriptive inventory of goods in English.

Clearing Customs & Quarantine Procedures:

All used household and personal effects being imported into Canada are duty free provided they have been owned and used by the importer for at least 6 months prior to importation, while returning former residents must also have lived outside Canada for more than 12 months. Seasonal residents are allowed a one-time entry of effects and cannot dispose of any goods for a year and will have to hold a property deed or rental agreement.

Personal attendance during Customs clearance by the importer is mandatory and should begin with completion of a Border Declaration of ‘goods to follow’ at the airport on arrival (B4E). Once goods arrive a second Personal Declaration at customs will be required.

Delivery to your new home:

Once your items have been cleared our agent’s operations department will arrange a mutually suitable day for delivery to your new home, or your shipment can be placed in to secure storage facilities. Their services should include full unwrapping of all furniture items, re-assembly of items that require non-specialist attention such as beds, dressers and bookcases etc. Other services may be available at an additional cost.

Prohibited Items

  • Narcotics, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates and tranquillisers
  • Foodstuffs of any type, herbs, spices
  • Plants, soil, seeds
  • Skins, hides, ivory, feathers
  • Bones, horns, tusks

Canada is a signatory to the CITES agreement that controls trade and movement of endangered species. www.cites.ec.gc.ac

Restricted items or items likely to attract interest:

  • Alcohol and tobacco will attract tax and duties at a high level, best to avoid inclusion where possible- import declaration is required from the Provincial Liquor Control Board, list of type, make % and volume must be submitted if included
  • Firearms- full weapon details and copies of licenses required. A firearm permit is required, this should be applied or in advance from Canadian Firearms centre in Ottawa. www.rcmp.gc.ca?cfp-pcaf/fs-fd/moving-emmenager-eng

Electrical Items:

Electrical items will not generally function on the Canadian system, due to the different voltages utilised.


For the same reasons, i.e current/voltage issues and differing broadcast systems, it is not recommended to take TV’s from the UK to Canada.


Pets are permitted entry into Canada, but will be subject to the following:
Have an examination with the vet no more than 72 hours prior to export

Be more than three months old at the time of travel.

Have been in continuous residence in the UK since birth or; for at least six months after being imported.

Hold a valid DEFRA Export Health Certificate

The logistics when moving a pet are detailed and for this reason we would recommend asking Burke Bros to refer you to an approved specialist in this area.

Motor Vehicles

Car_on_recovery_truckUsed or second hand vehicles are generally prohibited (with a few exceptions), unless of current year manufacture. Any vehicle considered for importation would need to have been made for the Canadian market and suitable to pass all Canadian safety and emission standards.

Overseas Removals Canada – Our Complete Coverage:

Moving to Toronto, Canada?
Toronto in the province of Ontario, is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America and is home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most liveable cities. The Ontario capital is nestled between the Two Great Lakes of Huron and Ontario, after which the region is named. The lakes are one of Canada’s most distinctive features and many tourists come to hike, swim and boat along their shores.
Official Website: https://www.toronto.ca

Moving to Montreal, Canada?
Montreal is a city in the Canadian Province of Quebec and is the second largest city in Canada, with French being the city’s official language. It is named after ‘Mount Royal’ the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city and the city is located on the Island of Montreal. The City benefits from Canada’s social development programmes such as universal health insurance and free education as well as a reasonable cost of living compared to other larger cities in Canada.
Official Website: https://ville.montreal.qc.ca

Moving to Calgary, Canada?
Calgary is the largest city in the province of Alberta in Canada. It has an estimated population of just over 1,097,000 making it third largest municipality in Canada. It is situated between the confluence of the Bow River and Elbow River in the south and is approximately 80km East of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Those looking to move to Canada, who wish to have a career in construction, engineering, agriculture, high-tech or energy sectors would have many opportunities in Calgary.
Official Website: https://www.calgary.ca

Moving to Ottawa, Canada?
Ottawa is the capital of Canada. The city has an estimated population of 944,000 making it the fourth largest city by population in Canada. Founded in 1826 as ‘Bytown’ the city has since evolved into the political and technological centre of Canada. Ottawa finds itself on the border of the predominantly French-speaking Quebec, which gives those looking to relocate a unique experience at the crossroads between French and English Canada.
Official Website: https://ottawa.ca/en

Moving to Edmonton, Canada?
Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta and is situated on the North Saskatchewan River. Edmonton is the northernmost North American city with a population over one million, the city population is estimated 815,000. Edmonton is home to the largest stretch of urban parkland in North America with more than 22 major parks and 150km of trails. Edmonton has many attractions & recreational activities and play host to over 30 festivals & events each year.
Official Website: https://www.edmonton.ca

We are often asked to contribute expert advice to leading publications on emigrating to Canada


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Moving to Canada, is becoming an increasingly popular option for those in the UK who want a new life overseas. There are many reasons to explain this but many say its due to its commodities and national services such as healthcare and police force, wealth and job creation and being deficit free in 2015. This strong economy coupled with Canada’s welcoming, ethnically diverse culture makes this a sought out destination in the western world for expats....
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Relocating to Canada can almost seem impossible for some. But In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) are launching a new electronic application management system called Express Entry as a faster and more effective way to welcome skilled immigrants. If you are a skilled worker, moving to Canada may become easier as overseas applicants in the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, Federal Skilled Trades Programme, Canadian Experience Class and a portion of the Provincial Nominee...

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