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BC Moving Tips – Guide for Moving to the USA

This time we’ll go through all the important information you have to be acquainted with in order to prepare for your international move from BC, Canada to the US. Moving abroad is always thrilling and exciting.

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First thing you should do is to create a moving checklist. There is a lot of paperwork to be done, so since you will be doing many other things at the same time, you have to be sure everything is going as scheduled. Write down each moving related task and set deadlines.

Moving to the USA – Rules and Customs

If you are moving to US, consider that there are some rules and regulations imposed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department of Homeland Security that you have to comply with. In order to ship and import your belongings, you have to meet Customs’ requirements. You can locate your port of entry and ask for further information there.

Moving Household Items

If you are taking your furniture and other personal belongings, consider that furniture, dishes, artwork and similar household items for personal use are free of duty, only if the items have been in a possession of your household for at least one year.

Household effects designated to duty-free entry don’t need to accompany you during your move to the United States.  You can have them transported to your U.S. address later. Your shipment of  household goods must be cleared through Customs at its first port of arrival. You can ask your freight forwarder if he can arrange to have your effects sent in Customs custody in-bond from the port of arrival to another, more convenient port for clearance.

If you ship your belongings separately, know that Customs won’t send you notice for the arrival of the shipment. It’s responsibility of the shipper to notify you. After the arrival of the shipment you have 15 days to appear to clear your shipment. You have to fill in the CBP Form 3299 “Declaration For Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles” and the CBP Form 6059B.

Moving to USA and Shipping a Car

Foreign-made cars (new or used) imported into the USA, whether for personal use, or for sale, are subject to tax – 2.5%. Duty rates may change on an annual basis. In order to import your car yourself, the vehicle must meet certain emission and safety standards. For Customs clearance, you will need all the documents covering your car, and you will have to fill in EPA form 3520-1 and DOT form HS-7.

Moving to USA – Customs

In order to import your household items, you have to justify all the US Custom Border Protection Department of Homeland Security rules and regulations.

If your car doesn’t meet certain emission standards, you have to import it through an Independent Commercial Importer. After your car is modified to justify EPA requirements, you will be allowed to import it. Mind that ICI’s fees are quite higher.

Another case is when your car doesn’t meet some safety standards imposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If this happens, you’ll have to pay DOT-registered importer to modify your car, so you will be allowed to import it.

Moving to USA – Taxes

You can import free of duty and internal revenue tax, up to one liter of alcoholic beverage – beer, wine, liquor – for personal use.  Quantities above this limitation are subject to duty and internal revenue tax.

You can also take not more than 200 cigarettes (one carton), 50 cigars or 4.4 lbs. of smoking tobacco. Cigars of Cuban origin are prohibited.

Firearms and ammunition are subject to certain restrictions and import permits. Mainly, firearms and ammunition may be imported, but only under permit.  For further information, write to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of the Treasury, Firearms and Explosives Import.

International Movers

In order to guarantee yourself a safe and smooth trip, you have to find a reliable international relocation company.

Under federal law, moving companies must be licensed or registered with the Federal Maritime Commission. They have to either be a freight forwarder or non-vessel-operating common carrier, according to their registration with the commission. If you’re uncertain about the legitimacy of your chosen company, check their license number here. Take your time to research your potential mover well. Of course you want to save money, but it is inexcusable to save money at the cost of quality. Don’t forget that the moving company that you choose will be responsible for overseeing, and financially dealing with trucking companies, storage facilities and other ocean transportation intermediaries within the whole international move process. Choose your international movers wisely.

Cost of Moving to the United States of America

Your international moving-to-USA cost will be based on the weight and volume (overseas) of the shipment. Mind that most international movers have minimum charge for about 200 c.f.

Packing labor and packing materials are charged separately. Full service packing of a two bedroom home would cost you around $1000 – $1200. Whether it is an overseas or air shipping, minimize your shipment to the lowest possible.

International Moving Insurance for USA

Usually insurance price is about 2-3.5% of the declared value of the inventory. When obtaining insurance, look through the insurance policy your international mover is offering to you. If there is something you do not understand thoroughly, just ask. Another option for you is to obtain insurance from a third party provider. Mind that most insurance providers will require from you to opt for professional packing services.
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Survival Kit for Your Vancouver Moving Day

We know that moving day is stressful time for everyone in the family. Preparing your moving day survival kit can make your moving day go smoothly and take much stress out of your next move. You will not have to search through boxes to find needed items and will be able to concentrate on unpacking things and settle in your new home in Vancouver, BC or elsewhere in Canada.

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Moving Day Survival Kit Defined

Moving day survival kit is a box or a bag you need to pack for your move and keep it aside. It needs to stay with you to make sure all the things stored in it are available when you require them. It must contain essential things that you will require every day.

What to Put in Your Moving Day Survival Kit

  • Medications

You must put all your medications in the moving-day survival kit, especially the ones you need every day.

  • Towels and Toiletries

You need to have toothpaste, toothbrushes, soaps, deodorant, shampoo shower towels and a razor handy for the initial days of your move into your new home.

  • Coffee, mugs etc.

A moving-day survival kit helps you to make your stay in your new home easier for several days after the move. So, you need to pack coffee, mugs and a coffee maker in your survival kit to help you stay fresh during the process of unpacking and organizing your home. If you love tea, then don’t forget to include instant tea and a kettle in your survival kit.

  • Bottled water and Ready-to-eat Snacks

If you cannot get a meal on your moving day, then you need to have some ready-to-eat snacks with you in your moving-day survival kit.

  • Dishes and Cookware

Until your new kitchen gets running, you need to have some basic essentials like cups, plates, pans and pots in your moving-day survival kit.

  • Mobile Phone Charger

You must have a mobile phone charger and a power strip for plugging in items like a laptops, lamps etc.

  • Screwdriver and Other Tools

You will need some basic tools like screwdrivers, drill and hammer for putting your furniture together in your new home. You should also pack a torch, scissors, a utility knife and a PVC tape and keep these tools handy in a moving-day survival kit.

  • Trash Bags

You will require clear recycling bags and trash bags to recycle your packing materials including tissue paper, bubble wraps and your boxes.

  • Bandages 

Paper soap, paper towels and a box of bandages is what you must include in your survival kit for moving.

  • Linens, Blankets and Pillows 

To make sleeping cozy and comfortable for everyone in your family, it is good to set aside a couple of bed linens, blankets and pillows. It will help you at nights when you have not finished unpacking your bedding.

  • Change of Clothes for Family

You also need to have a few pairs of clothes for all family members during the initial days after your move to your new home.

  • Flashlight

Pack a flashlight along with a couple of light bulbs, a few extra batteries and a nightlight. Keep them handy in your new home.

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Preparing for a Long Distance Move to or from Vancouver BC

Moving is, undoubtedly, an adventure. But organizing a long distance move in BC is an enormous and overwhelming task. So, it’s advisable to evaluate your situation at the earliest and have a reliable plan.

You need to be aware of some of the vital strategies for executing a long distance move successfully.

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Here are some tips to help you for preparing for a long distance move to or from Vancouver BC.

Keep a timeline in your mind

You must keep a timeline in your mind once you know that you are moving long distance. You need to keep up with various dates, be it inspections, appraisals or closing dates. You must ensure to plan for each and every significant event. When planning a long distance move, you need more planning whether it’s choosing Vancouver moving company or travelling to your new house.

Planning ahead ensures that you will not forget anything vital before your move.

Find a professional Vancouver moving company 

Deciding on Vancouver moving company that provides the services you require is the first step to prepare for a long distance move. Opt for Vancouver moving company that you can rely on.

You can do this by seeking referrals from your family or friends or browsing online. Ask for free long distance moving quotes from different Vancouver moving companies before choosing a particular moving company.

In-home moving estimates

Ask in-home estimates from a couple of long distance Vancouver moving companies to find the best pricing. It’s a good thing to start but don’t just go for the pricing while choosing any long distance Vancouver moving company.

There might be some hidden fees as well. So, make sure to carefully read the details of the fine print to know what is included in the final long distance moving price. Another fact to be taken care of is that your Vancouver moving company must be insured and licensed and should have sufficient experience in the move you are planning.


You need to know that the cost of your long distance move will be based on the total weight of the things to be shipped. So, it’s vital to downsize. For this, you need to go through your items and decide what items are going to be of use and which ones can be discarded. You can sale or donate the items you no longer need.

Pre-move preparations

You need to make some pre-move preparations as well before the moving day to ensure your move goes smoothly. Look to your new home and find out what you need to do for pre-move preparations. It includes considering furniture placement locations, applying for a new driver’s license in the new place, finding new doctors, enrolling your children in school, checking on insurance needs and calling about utilities. You should also update all your mailings to the new residential address. Never forget to update with insurance companies, banks and credit card companies.


Now, you can start the process of packing. All items must be organized by category, type or room. Make sure to pack all the things in boxes and mark them with color-coded labels.

Mention a list of all the items packed inside each box. This will save your time and effort when unpacking and locating the items in your new home.

On the moving day

Your moving day has finally arrived. So, call your Vancouver movers and supervise their move to make sure all items are handled with utmost care. After you have reached your new house, you can start the process of unpacking.

Need advice on planning your local or long distance move in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Maple Ridge, Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland, BC?  CLICK HERE to get in touch with one of our moving specialists who can assist with setting up your move and will make sure your entire moving process goes smooth.

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