Moving to Canada
All moves are backed by the Britannia Bond
Importing Personal Effects
Shipments of household goods and personal effects are allowed duty free entry, provided that they have been owned and used for at least 12 months prior to importation.
We will provide you with the correct customs forms that must be completed prior to the goods leaving the UK.
To avoid additional charges it is essential that documentation is completed and returned promptly.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
When emigrating to Canada it is generally in your interest not to import the following items:
- Firearms & ammunition
- Inflammable goods & substances
- Plants & plant material
- Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
- Alcohol, narcotics and dangerous goods
Through satellite and computer technology we are able to monitor the progress of your consignment.
It normally takes 10 to 14 days for customs clearance and delivery. The time taken to clear goods through customs can be affected by Government policy, X-raying of goods, physical inspection, volume of traffic and the levy of any import duties or taxes. Charges raised by customs or quarantine officials will be paid for by our Britannia agents, who will seek reimbursement from yourselves prior to delivery.
Britannia in Canada
Britannia has established a long standing successful relationship with a network of dedicated removers, who will assist you with your destination services. Their full contact details will be provided at the time of the forwarding of your consignment. Our agents are part of our extended Britannia family and we meet with them on a regular basis to ensure high standards of service are maintained so that you can emigrate to Canada comfortably with minimum fuss.
Should you require storage prior to delivery this can be arranged. You should expect to pay a one off storage handling fee, plus a monthly storage charge N.B. these charges are payable locally. It is vitally important that you ensure that your marine insurance policy is extended for the period of the storage.
Groupage or shared load consignments usually take 6 to 10 weeks door to door. However, this can vary depending on volumes being shipped, customs or immigration delays and prevailing weather conditions. Sole use containers usually take 4 to 6 weeks port to port, and there is a weekly service to all major ports.
All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.
Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pets from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.
There are few countries outside the EU where it is practical or possible to send motor vehicles. Your local Britannia member will be able to guide you further on this.
Following customs clearance your consignment will be delivered to your home, on a mutually convenient date - please note this is only for customers who have paid for a 'Door to Door' service. Goods will be delivered into your new home and placed in the relevant rooms as directed by you.
Professionally wrapped and packed goods will be unwrapped and cartons unpacked onto a flat surface.
All used packing materials will be removed from site on the delivery day.
Although there may be insurance implications, you do retain the right not to have some or all items unpacked or unwrapped should you so choose.
Britannia Goodwins can offer fully comprehensive marine insurance cover. Although every effort is made in the preparation of the effects for shipment, our choice of shipping lines and indeed the agents that deal with the destination services, there can be the unforeseen incident that could arise - so insurance cover becomes an important factor.
An Insurance information pack can be supplied on request.