International Movers Ottawa

Overseas Moving Companies In Ottawa

International Movers Ottawa

International Movers Ottawa


People around the world may make fun of Canadians just a little because they seem so civil, friendly, and trustworthy. Secretly, we are probably just a little jealous because Canada seems so lovely and pure. You never know, being Canadian could make things a little easier when moving overseas.

That being said, customs officials in every country are a notoriously suspicious bunch, and you don’t want to ruin that goodwill by being sloppy with your paperwork. You will need to provide an accurate and comprehensive inventory of your goods and customs officials will check this inventory carefully when they visually inspect your shipment. Keep it strictly above board, and you will be fine.

What works in Canada may not work everywhere

This is true culturally, and practically as well. Canadian vehicles and electronics may also fit into this category. Depending on where you are moving, you may need to modify your vehicle (for example, if you are moving the UK and need to be able to drive it on the left side of the road) or may even need to leave behind your hair dryer or television because outlets are different abroad.

While we aren’t saying that you can’t be nice overseas, some countries can be dangerous for foreigners, even, or especially the nice ones. Check with the government of Canada’s travel guidance so you understand your risks and responsibilities abroad. Always check in with the Canadian embassy when you arrive abroad so they can help you when you need it.

How do I pack my goods for an overseas move?

Packing for an international  move requires a lot more care than moving across town. You have to hope for the best and pack for the worst. Overseas transport can take several weeks and inclement weather and rough seas can make the journey especially hard on your valuables. When in doubt, use more packing material than you think you need. Nobody has ever unpacked their grandmother’s antique vase and said, “I’m glad this didn’t get broken, but I wish I hadn’t packed it so well.”

If you are moving the contents of a 2 bdrm home, you can get most of your goods into a full container. These containers offer 12 meters of space, which is enough for most of your furniture and maybe even a vehicle. Even if you don’t think you can fill a full container, you might still consider this method. If you choose to ship a less than container load, you will save money but your container will be shared with other customers, increasing the chances of damage.

What does it cost to move overseas from Ottawa?

Budgeting for an overseas move can feel like a moving target. There are so many factors that influence the cost of your move, from transfer and storage fees to customs duty and taxes. Shipping container quotes can be easily obtained online, but they are so vague that they make it impossible to budget. For example, one quote for shipping a full container from Ottawa to London, UK is between $8,900 – $12,100. From Ottawa to Tokyo, Japan could cost anywhere from $11,400 – $15,500.

If you work with an overseas moving company like Three Men and a Truck, we will give you a comprehensive shipping quote that covers all aspects of your move. Need help with packing? We can help with that. Need help with paperwork? We can help with that too. To learn more about how Three Men and a Truck can give you a seamless, stress-free move, contact us today for a free shipping quote.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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