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Shipping a Container to Canada from the UK

Cost of Shipping Furniture from the UK to Canada

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Moving from the UK to Canada and shipping the contents of your house? Sounds like you’re in need of learning how to ship a container to Canada from the UK and how much that’ll cost. Lucky for you, you’re in the right place! Here at Sirelo, we’re moving experts and we’re ready to guide you through the ins and outs of shipping a container from the UK to Canada.

Shipping costs from to
20ft Container
40ft Container

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Container From the UK to Canada?

If you’re planning on moving, it’s important to figure out the shipping container sizes and prices to Canada so you don’t end up spending more than you have to.

The prices will depend on the size of the container and the port to which you are shipping. Below we’ve made tables with all those factors, which is very handy, if we may say so!

Destination20-foot container40-foot container
Montreal£4,895- £5,205£7,615 – £8,120
Toronto£5,050 – £5,515£8,69- – £8,855
Vancouver£4,975 – £5,400£8,375 – £8,625

They are estimates and may change on several factors.

To start your budgeting on the right step, the average cost for shipping a container from the UK to Canada is £5,000 – £8,400 for a 20-foot container and £7,800 – £8,900 for a 40-foot container.

Cheapest Shipping from the UK to Canada

Looking for budget-friendly ways to transport your stuff overseas? There are a few things you can do:

  1. Compare different shipping companies to Canada and request quotes
  2. Estimate the number, size, and weight of your items. This will give you an idea of the costs involved in moving. You can check your volume with our free calculator tool:
  3. If you’re not in a hurry, schedule your shipping dates during the off-season when demand is lower. This way, you can save some money.

💡 Extra tip If you’re not bringing with you that much, you could even consider sharing a container, your costs will be dramatically reduced!

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Moving Household Goods to Canada

Before getting into detail, a quick tip for packing – it’s always best to only bring along the essentials to save some cash. And if you’re heading up to Canada, keep in mind that shipping costs for furniture can vary depending on how much you’ve got. Here are the prices you’ll need to know:

Bedroom SizeAverage Price
1 Bedroom House£1,600 – £3,500
2 Bedroom House£3,000 – £4,800
3 Bedroom House£4,800 – £5,000
4+ Bedroom House£6,300 – £7,000

They are estimates and may change on several factors.

The average cost to ship furniture to Canada can go from £1,600 for a 1-bedroom house to £7,000 for a 4 or 5-bedroom house.

Canada Customs

There are some things that you need to be aware of. While we recommend you to check carefully Canada’s government website, we have an abridged version here, that’s also easier to read. 😉

Customs Declaration: Prepare a detailed list of all the items you’re shipping to Canada in duplicate. Include the value, make, model, and serial number of the goods when possible. You may need to split the list into two sections: items you’re carrying with you and items that will follow in your container.

Customs Duty and Tax: To ship your furniture to Canada free of charge, you just need to have owned all your goods before sending. Additionally, you can’t sell or give away anything for up to one year, otherwise, you will be charged the duty and GST (Canadian VAT).

⚠️ Be aware: a returning resident needs to be mindful. Any item that exceeds $10,000 (£6,075, it’s Canuck dollars) is not exempt from duty-free import!

Cost of Shipping a Car from the UK to Canada

Shipping a car to Canada has two options:

🚗 The cheapest one is Roll-on-roll-off (RORO) which costs up to £1,000 but may only be available on the East Coast.

🚗 The second option is to ship it in a container, costing between £3,000 to £8,000 depending on the type of vehicle and destination port. Make sure your car is legally allowed in Canada if you choose the container option.


When shipping your car to Canada, you should know that there are some restrictions. For a car to be allowed it must be either:

  • 15 years or older
  • A non-regulated class vehicle
  • Bought new from the manufacturer and meets all Canadian standards. Proof must be provided by the manufacturer

⚠️ Be aware: Failure to meet the above requirements can result in fines and being saddled with the cost of return shipping to the UK!

Ready to Ship Your Container to Canada?

Alrighty, you’ve made it to the end! That means you should be able to ship a container to Canada from the UK with no problems or at least be aware of how much it could cost you! So, it’s time to get cracking on taking that big step on moving to Canada, there’s no place more beautiful than the Great White North, as long as you don’t mind the cold. 🥶

Before you go, you can also take the time to read some of the most frequently asked questions. They’ll be very helpful! Otherwise, we wish you the best of luck with your move.

Frequently asked questions

How Long Does It Take to Ship a Container from the UK to Canada?

Which Size Shipping Container Do I Need?

What Can’t Be Shipped in a Container to Canada?