Moving Overseas from Canada

Moving International from Canada

Moving Overseas from Canada

Moving Overseas from Canada

If you are moving overseas, you have a lot of decisions to make. You must decide what you are bringing, and what you are leaving behind and how you are going to ship it all. Unless you plan an overland transfer from Canada south, you will need to decide whether to ship your items via air or sea freight.

Air Freight

Have some valuables that require special handling? Air freight might be the right choice for you. Air freight is commonly used to transport extra special items, such as antiques or rare cars, but you could also ship personal items that are carefully packed into boxes and loaded onto a pallet.

The cost of air freight is based on the higher of two values: your actual weight and your chargeable weight. The chargeable weight of your shipment is actually a measure of volume. If you work with a shipper, you can skip all of this math and let them handle the minutiae.

While air freight is expensive, it is much faster. Your items will arrive in roughly a week to ten days, barring complications. The only thing you need to do is make sure that your items are packed carefully and that all documentation is in order for customs declaration.

Sea Freight

Sea freight is the most economical choice for most people. You can choose between a full container load (FCL) or less than a container load (LCL), depending on how much you are bringing with you. Some people choose to go with the FCL even when they can’t fill it all. This is because you have to share LCLs with other customers, which can delay your shipment and increase the chances of damage due to overhandling. While it is marginally cheaper, the disadvantages are significant.

The cost for shipping via FCL will depend on where you are going. Shipping a FCL from Halifax to London will cost between $8,800-$11,700 and take from 3-5 weeks. Shipping that same container to Sydney, Australia will cost between $11,400-$15,200 and take from 6-8 weeks.

Canada’s Ports

When it comes to sea freight, Canada is uniquely positioned. Bordering the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west, this country is home to some of the largest, most modern ports in the world. The port you choose will depend on your location in Canada and where you are moving to. You may find that it is cheaper to move your items across Canada via rail so that it can ship out of a port on the West Coast rather than ship it around the globe from the East Coast. Your shipper will be able to help you see what the best value would be.

Canada’s busiest ports include:

  • Port of Vancouver – The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and is one of the largest in North America.
  • Port of Halifax – The Port of Halifax is located in Nova Scotia, on Canada’s East Coast.
  • Port of Montreal – At first glance, Montreal appears to be an inland city, but container ships move up and down the Saint Lawrence River to this port every day.
  • Port of Prince Rupert – This port was built to serve as an alternative to its nearby competitor the Port of Vancouver.
  • Port of Saint John – This is the largest port on the East Coast of Canada.

Overseas Shipping from Canada

When you are shipping your household goods or vehicles from Canada, you don’t have to handle it all alone. Three Men and a Truck are a full-service overseas moving company with international shipping experience. We can work with you to ensure a smooth and seamless transfer, helping with everything from paperwork to packing. To learn more about how Three Men and a Truck can help with your move, contact us today for a free, no-obligation 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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