Cost of Moving Companies Canada to Europe
Most shipping to Europe from Canada happens by way of shipping container. For household goods, you can choose between a full container (FCL) or a half container (LCL). In terms of space, a full container is roughly 12 meters long and should be sufficient to pack a 2-bdrm home.
The cost to ship from Canada to Europe depends on where you are going. Shipping a full container to Italy, for example, will cost between $8,800 – $11,900, which is similar to the cost for moving to the Netherlands. Moving to the U.K., France, or Norway? You can expect to pay between $9,000-$12,500.
The journey across the Atlantic will take between 3-6 weeks, a timeframe that is dependent on many external factors such as weather conditions, container availability, geopolitics, and more. That said, with a journey that long, you will certainly want to use extra care when packing your items for shipment.
International shipping is very different from a move across town. Each box must be carefully packed and inventoried in what may feel like excruciating detail. Serial numbers and purchase receipts can be very helpful with getting you through customs hassle-free, but the upfront work that goes into that is daunting.
What about Taxes and Customs Duty?
For the most part, your household goods can be imported to Europe without a need for customs duty or taxes, as long as you meet the basic requirements. These countries are going to want the items you bring with you to be items that you have owned and used personally in Canada for at least a year prior to your move. Most countries have restrictions on the import of goods such as firearms, alcohol, tobacco, and other sensitive items, so check with your local embassy for guidance.
What can I bring?
Aside from restricted items such as those referenced above, you are welcome to bring your household goods and personal items to Europe when you move. However, you may wish to reconsider bringing any of your electronics with you. Canadian power outlets are different in design and voltage, so even if you could plug your hairdryer into a European outlet, the difference in voltage could start a fire. This goes for all electronics, so you’ll want to plan ahead if you intend to charge your phone or any other personal electronics while you are in Europe.
What about my vehicle?
Vehicle imports from North America can be especially challenging. It’s not because it’s hard to put these vehicles in a container and ship them – that part’s pretty easy. North American vehicles are built to different technical standards. They are manufactured to be driven on the right-hand side of the roadway, when in Europe cars are driven on the left-hand side of the roadway.
It can be pretty tempting to try to import your vehicle from Canada. In North America, cars are viewed differently, and people purchase them for their size, power, and utility. The truth is, in Europe, you would really never see a full-size SUV like the Ford Expedition or Chevy Tahoe. Europeans prefer vehicles with better fuel economy and a smaller footprint, making them a better fit for Europe’s narrow roads and crowded cities.
In addition, vehicles imported to Europe from North America must undergo extensive technical modifications to make them roadworthy. Homologation, as it is called, is the process by which vehicles are made to comply with European vehicle standards. The results, while effective, can be unsightly at best.
Three Men and a Truck
Moving internationally can be a long, stressful process but it doesn’t have to be. Working with Three Men and a Truck will afford you great peace of mind. Whether you need help with the packing or the logistics, our team of shipping experts has the experience and connections you need. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help with your international move, contact us today for your free shipping quote.