Shipping a Container to Canada from the UK

Cost of Shipping Furniture from the UK to Canada

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.

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How Much Does Shipping a Container to Canada Cost?

If you’re moving from the UK to Canada and planning on shipping your furniture in a container, it’s best to know how much it can cost, since all those moving costs will add up! To start your budgeting on the right step, the average cost for shipping a container from the UK to Canada is £3,400 – £5,400.

However, this does depend on the size of the container and the port to which you are shipping. Below we’ve made tables that highlight the cost difference between the sizes and the destinations, which is very handy, if we may say so!

Cost to Ship a 20Ft Container from the UK to Canada

Montreal£3,150 – £3,350
Toronto£3,250 – £3,550
Vancouver£3,200 – £3,475

💭 Did you know: the best way to get an accurate cost for shipping a 20ft container from the UK to Canada is to request quotes! Just click below and receive quotes from up to 5 removal companies for free!

Cost to Ship a 40Ft Container from the UK to Canada

Montreal£4,900 – £5,225
Toronto£5,585 – £5,700
Vancouver£5,390 – £5,550

With a house over 3 bedrooms, you’ll most likely need a 40ft container. As they say, the early bird catches the worm, so request quotes by clicking below today to find the best price for you!

Which Size Shipping Container Do I Need?

Are you scratching your head trying to figure out which container size would best suit you? Put your hand to better use and use our removal volume calculator! It’s a super handy tool that will let you calculate the volume of your move so you can choose the right shipping container for your move from the UK to Canada!

All you need to do is tell it which pieces of furniture you’ll be shipping from the UK to Canada and the calculator will do the hard work of calculating the volume. Once you have the volume, all you need to remember is that a 20ft shipping container holds a volume of up to 33m2 while a 40ft container can hold up to 76m2.

One last option you might consider is shared shipping from the UK to Canada. However, is really only an option if your volume is less than half that of a 20ft container, 15m2 or less. If you’re in the mood, you can read more about shared container shipping (also called Less than Container Load) over on our container shipping page, it’s as riveting a read as it can be!

Request Quotes for Shipping Furniture from the UK to Canada

If you plan on shipping furniture from the UK to Canada, it might be best to find professional removal help, filling a shipping container is difficult! However, finding a removal company can only add to the struggles and stress of moving to another country.

That’s where Sirelo comes in, your hero (we hope)! We’ll make finding a removal company a breeze. Instead of calling hundreds of firms that may not even offer a route to Canada, we’ll connect you with up to 5 removal companies that definitely do. With us, it’s less work and saves you precious time. Click below to find the right removal company for you!

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

Nothing follows a question of money better than a question of time, and when you’re moving to another country, knowing how long shipping a container from the UK to Canada takes is important, time is money after all. You don’t want your belongings to arrive weeks after you do, who can live without their favourite chair!

In general, you can expect it to take 2-5 weeks to ship a container from the UK to Canada. However, should you avail of a shared option it can take even longer, up to 9 weeks! The delay is due to waiting on others, but it saves money.

An alternate option that we have yet to mention is air freight from the UK to Canada. This option takes at most 5-8 days, alas, it’s really only an option when shipping a small volume of boxes to Canada from the UK. So, it’s not an option for your whole house, but maybe the essentials that you can’t part with until the last moment.

Cost of Shipping a Car from the UK to Canada

We don’t want to rain on your car parade by telling you that your pride and joy can’t be imported, however, you should know that are restrictions when shipping a car to Canada from the UK. 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 when shipping a car from the UK to Canada can result in fines and being saddled with the cost of return shipping to the UK!

As for the cost of shipping a car to Canada from the UK, the price differs by the option that you choose. Roll-on-roll-off (RORO) is by far the cheapest option and can cost up to £1,000 and is often limited to the Canadian east coast, which could be very far away from where you need it!

The second albeit costlier option is shipping our car to Canada in a container. It can cost upwards of £3,000 – £8,000 depending on the type of vehicle and destination port. Thus, it’s even more so important to ensure that your car can legally enter Canada if you decide to ship it!

Shipping from the UK to Canada Customs

When shipping a container from the UK to Canada, there are some things that you need to be aware of when it comes to customs. While you can read, and should, read in great detail everything you need to know about customs when shipping furniture to Canada on the government website, we have an abridged version here, that’s also easier to read. 😉

Customs Declaration

Firstly, you’ll need to prepare a list of all the items you’re shipping to Canada in duplicate. Make the list as detailed as possible with the value, make, model, and the serial number of the goods when possible.

In the case of Jewellery, the language needs to be precise, so use the words of your insurance company or a jewellery appraiser and include photos!

Furthermore, you might need to make two sections in the form of what’ll you’ll be carrying and what will follow in your container. Remember, if you leave it off the list it won’t be applicable for duty- or tax-free importation!

Customs Duty and Tax

As you might have gathered from the last paragraph, you can indeed ship your furniture from the UK to Canada free from duty or taxes, however, there is a small catch! Honestly, it’s a very small catch, you just need to have owned all your goods prior to sending them in a shipping container from the UK to Canada.

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

Additionally, you can’t sell or give away the furniture that you shipped to Canada for up to one year, otherwise, you will be charged the duty and GST (Canadian VAT). So, look at everything twice before sending it in a shipping container to Canada and be sure it’s still something you’ll still want in a year!

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

Before you start filling the shipping container when going to Canada from the UK, you better make sure that you can take everything. It can be easy to presume that you can just take any old thing that you have at home, but alas, the regulations differ. Take a look below to see what you can’t take to Canada and what’s restricted.

🚫 Don’t Even Try

We really mean it! The following items are prohibited in Canada and shipping them in a container will only cause you problems. While there’s a great chance you won’t be trying to send any of the following, double-check to be sure and leave novelty relighting candles in the UK!

  • Counterfeit products or materials
  • Any goods that were made with prison or forced labour
  • Inappropriate or pornographic material
  • Second-hand cars and vehicles that do not comply with Canadian standards
  • Certain firearms, weapons, and ammunition
  • Certain chemicals including corrosives, oxidizing and nuclear substances
  • Baby walkers
  • Lawn darts with elongated tips
  • Relighting candles

📝 You Better Have a Permit

While you might not need an actual permit in all cases, we were being a little dramatic, you will need some documentation to import the following items. So, unless you like bureaucratic headaches, you should avoid the following when shipping a container to Canada from the UK:

  • Firearms and weapons
  • Explosives, such as fireworks
  • Food and other animal-derived foods
  • Plant (fruit, vegetables, and more) or animal-related materials
  • Certain consumer products that potentially endanger the public
  • Certain drugs and medical materials – some over the counter medication requires a prescription in Canada
  • Tobacco
  • Certain liquids
  • Used mattresses

💭 Did you know: Used or second-hand mattresses can only be brought into Canada if it’s accompanied by a treatment certificate from a qualified professional!

Of course, when shipping a container to Canada from the UK with a removal company, they will help guide you through what is and is not restricted. Thus, if you want to smoothly ship your furniture in a container to Canada, consider finding a removal company.

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, we just wanted to take the time to highlight the links we’ve selected for you below. They’ll be very helpful to help you when planning your move to Canada, just give one a click and start a learning journey! Otherwise, we wish you the best of luck with your move.