International Moving Companies Nigeria to Canada


Moving to chilly Canada from tropical Nigeria can be a big change. You will need to invest in some warm clothing and depending on where you are moving to in Canada, and where you are moving from in Nigeria, you may have to learn some English or French. Many Nigerians have already moved to Canada, with large numbers settling in cities such as Vancouver and Toronto. Nigerian expat communities in the country are thriving, embracing the charms of this comparatively frigid country.

This is a guide to what you need to know about moving from Nigeria to Canada.

How do I import my household goods?

Most people moving internationally work with an overseas moving company. The process is complicated and navigating customs regulations is just not something most people enjoy doing. Even just packing for an international move is next level. Not only do you have to pack your items so they can survive the trip, you also have to provide a detailed, box-by-box inventory for shipping declarations.

When you arrive, you will submit the following forms to declare your shipments. If you work with a shipper, you’ll have help through this process.  If you are traveling with your shipment, you would complete Form BSF186 – Traveling with Goods. If you are arriving separately, you should submit Form BSF186A – Goods to Follow. Either way, you will need to be physically present as your goods move through the customs declaration process.

Most household goods can be imported to Canada free of tax and customs duty. However, any goods imported to Canada tax free must remain in your possession for at least a year, or retroactive taxes must be paid.

What will it cost to import my belongings?      

When you ship your household goods, you have a number of sea freight options available. For vehicles, you can choose to ship by RoRo, (Roll on, Roll off) or by container. A full container load is roughly 12 meters of cargo space. Half containers are for smaller loads or vehicles.

The cost to ship a full container from Nigeria to Canada is ₦2,516,500 – ₦4,138,200 and the trip will take 4-6 weeks. That figure, however, is not all-inclusive. Working with an international moving company will allow you to get a reasonable cost estimate. That information can be hard to obtain on your own.

Are vehicle imports permitted?

In most cases, no. Canada does not permit imports of vehicles except in special circumstances. Vehicles that are not meant to be driven, for example, might be permitted. Vehicles manufactured for use outside of North America do not comply with the Canadian government’s mechanical standards, and mechanically modified vehicles cannot be imported. Touch base with your local Canadian embassy for further guidance.

Three Men and a Truck

If you’d like peace of mind when you move from Nigeria to Canada, Three Men and a Truck has the international shipping expertise you need. Every move has the potential for unexpected complications. Working with our team will help you glide over all the bumps in the road, secure in the knowledge that your move is being handled by experts. For a free shipping quote, tailored to your needs, contact us via phone or email.


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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