Mostly Immigrants and newcomers come across the dilemma of Shipping Stuff To And From Canada. but it is not limited to just newcomers. Many Canadians who have to move abroad for job or other purposes, they some times also face this Question.
I came across a very interesting article on MovingtoCanada website. This a major concern for any immigrant or newcomer as well as a Canadian who is moving abroad for a job and other purposes. I have been asked many times on how to select a shipping company or how can we ship items to and from Canada. Are there any restrictions ? etc
Here is an excerpt from the Article. Follow the link at the end to read the full article.
This article provides some useful information on shipping contents from abroad to Canada and vice versa. Thanks for Victoria Janssens for kindly offering her experiences in international shipping to Canada, from Vancouver back to Europe.
It is difficult to find a company that ships to the west coast. You can send boxes by air quite easily, but that is a lot more expensive. We did quite a bit of shopping around and the best quote we got was from Excess Baggage Company, based in London. We sent three boxes (13 ft^3 total) door-to-door from Dublin to Vancouver, which cost about £350 GBP and arrived three months later. When calling for quotes you need to specifically request the shipping rate and that you are prepared to wait three months for your stuff, as this seems to be the standard travel time. All of the companies are quick to quote the air freight rate unless you request shipping.
Finally, most airlines allow you to purchase extra checked baggage, which can work out cheaper if you don’t have too much stuff. I know British Airways charge €50 for the first extra bag and the cost increases for the second, third, etc. Only for the fact we needed to bring some heavy books this would probably have been more economical than shipping boxes.
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