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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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Reasons for Moving to Vancouver BC

Our team at Real Canadian Movers has prepared a list of the top reasons you should consider moving to Vancouver, BC.

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1. Vancouver is One of the Best Cities to Live in the World

For the seventh year in a row, in 2016 Vancouver was ranked fifth in the world by Mercer’s list of top cities to live in internationally, based on quality of living.

Mercer ranks quality of living based on the following ten criteria: Political and social environment, Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment, Medical and health considerations, Schools and education, Public services and transportation, Recreation, Consumer goods, Housing, Natural environment.

2. Great Public Transport

With public buses, the Sky Train, Aqua Buses and the Sea Bus, it’s very convenient to travel around Vancouver without a car. The easily accessible bike lanes and paths also make getting around Vancouver super affordable and environmentally friendly.

3. The Great Outdoors and Mild Climate

A hub for outdoor adventures year round, Vancouver is the perfect place to live and take full advantage of everything the great outdoors has to offer: hiking, biking, swimming and even camping.

Whether you’re a true mountain person at heart or you prefer to observe nature via Netflixs nature documentaries, Vancouver has it all. You can enjoy the urban downtown lifestyle while still being surrounded by nature.

Vancouver’s climate is incredibly mild by Canadian standards; its winters are easily the warmest of Canada’s big cities. Snow falls in Vancouver on an average of 11 days a year, rarely reaching depths of more than a few centimeters.

4. Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

Vancouver is an ethnically diverse city. About 50 percent of the city of Vancouver’s residents and about 44 percent of Metropolitan (Greater) Vancouver’s residents don’t speak English as their first language.

5. Live a Healthier Lifestyle

Vancouver is a city that is passionate about health and feeling good in your body. With local farmer’s markets, organic earth to table restaurants, and many fitness classes and activities, healthy options are always in abundance. Vancouver is known for its population being active and healthy.

Also, according to Forbes, Vancouver is the 10th cleanest city in the world.

Here’s a video by Expedia to help you learn more about living in Vancouver, BC:

 

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Reasons for Moving to British Columbia

Our team at Real Canadian Movers has prepared a list of the reasons you should consider moving to BC.

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1. Quality of Life

The standard of living is high in BC and Canada in general. The United Nations Human Development Index consistently ranks Canada as one of the world’s best countries to live in. And the people of BC, like the rest of Canada, are friendly and welcoming.

2. Ethnic and Cultural Diversity

Communities in BC are culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse, with immigrants accounting for approximately 27% of population. An additional 5% of the population is made up of indigenous Aboriginal peoples.

English and French are Canada’s official languages, with English being the main language of BC. There are many other languages spoken in BC, including multiple Aboriginal languages, Chinese, Panjabi (Punjabi), Korean, and more.

3. Mild Climate

The Pacific Ocean and mountain ranges have a strong effect on BC’s climate making it mild comparing to the rest of Canada, but it will be different depending on whereabouts in BC you live.

Vancouver Island, the coastal regions of BC and Vancouver have a mild climate with pleasant warm, dry summers and mild, wet conditions in spring, fall and winter. It rarely snows in the lower areas of this region and if it does snow it usually doesn’t stay around long.

Thompson-Okanagan and the Cariboo region enjoy pleasant temperatures during spring. Summers are some of the hottest in BC with temperatures often in the high 30’s (degrees Celsius). By late October the temperature drops and brings a cooler fall with temperatures continuing to drop through to winter.

Kootenay region is in the southeast corner of the province. The climate in this region is known to fluctuate and change suddenly. Temperatures range from mild to cold in spring, fall and winter, and warm to hot in summer accompanied by high winds and dramatic lightning storms.

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast stretches from the Cariboo and Columbia mountains in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, with a vast plateau area in between. The climate will vary dramatically as you travel across this region. The Cariboo and Chilcotin areas typically enjoy warm and dry summers while winters are cold but not damp. The coastal parts of this region are mild all year-round with October-February being the wettest months and May-August being the driest.

Northern BC encompasses more than half the province. Temperatures in this region are typically cooler than in the southern regions of BC for all seasons. Northern BC has high rainfall levels for spring, summer and fall, and cold winters.

4. Stable Growing Economy

Cost of living

The cost of living in BC varies depending on where you live. WelcomeBC’s Cost of Living Calculator lets you compare things like housing, healthcare, taxes, utilities and transportation in different regions of BC.

Employment

Employment in BC is expected to grow by an average of 1.8% each year through to 2019, creating a total of 450,000 new jobs. Visit WorkBC for an overview of regional labour market information including employment information by industry and workforce breakdowns.

Visit WelcomeBC for more information on B.C.’s Economy.

Here’s a video to help you learn more about living in BC:

 

 

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Moving Tips & Key Info for Moving to Greater Vancouver, BC

Greater Vancouver, also known as Metro Vancouver, is the metropolitan area with its major urban centre being the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As a geographic region, Greater Vancouver is part of the Lower Mainland, one of British Columbia’s three main geospatial/cultural divisions, and overlaps with the Lower Fraser Valley.

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The 2006 Census estimated the population of Greater Vancouver at 2,116,581.

Economy & Employment

Greater Vancouver is defined as the Vancouver census metropolitan area (CMA), which contains 39 census subdivisions, including the city of Vancouver. It is Canada’s third-largest metro region, in population and economic activity. It has around 2.5 million residents and in 2014 produced goods and services valued at $119 billion – 58% of British Columbia’s real Gross Domestic Product.

Greater Vancouver’s real GDP per capita growth has outpaced the national average since 2005. Between 2010 and 2014, the metro region’s annual average real GDP per capita growth was 1.9%, 0.5 points above the national average of 1.4%. Real GDP surpassed 3% growth in four of the past five years.

The region’s recent economic success can be attributed to strong in-migration, an influx of businesses and private investment, and the growing importance of its role as Canada’s Pacific gateway to Asia.

But Greater Vancouver has a lot more going for it. Financial services, insurance, tourism and information technology are some of the sectors where the metro region has demonstrated its competitive advantage in relation to the rest of Canada.

Living & Things to Do

Vancouver and Greater Vancouver area have been named as one of the top five worldwide areas for liveability and quality of life.

Vancouver’s scenic location makes it a major tourist destination. Many visit to see the city’s gardens, Stanley Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden and the mountains, ocean, forest and parklands which surround the city. Every year over a million people pass through Vancouver on cruise ship vacations, often bound for Alaska.

However, Greater Vancouver area is the most stressed in terms of affordability of housing in Canada. Vancouver city has adopted various strategies to reduce housing costs, including cooperative housing, legalized secondary suites, increased density and smart growth.

Here’s more information about living in Vancouver, BC: http://www.metrovancouver.org

Here’s a quick video for you to learn more about visiting and living in Greater Vancouver, BC:

 

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Moving Tips & Info for Moving to West Vancouver, BC

West Vancouver is a district municipality in the province of British Columbia, Canada. West Vancouver has a population of 42,694 (according to 2011 census).

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Economy and Employment

West Vancouver has no manufacturing industry by law and is mainly a residential district as many residents are retired, work at home, or take the short commute to downtown Vancouver.

A 25-block strip of  Marine Drive serves as a commercial district, featuring shops, small offices, garages and gas stations, restaurants, banks, and other common amenities. This area is commonly known as ‘Ambleside’, with a one-block section separated from that area known as ‘Dundarave’.

West Vancouver is also home to Park Royal Shopping Centre, Canada’s first mall. Opened in the 1950s, it now takes 2 km of both sides of Marine Drive near North Vancouver, and is home to several department stores and large retailers, as well as many small retailers.

Living and Things to Do

West Vancouver is a home of Canada’s first shopping mall, Park Royal Shopping Centre, and also of the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, one of the main connecting points between BC mainland and Vancouver Island.

West Vancouver has several public recreation facilities, including an 18-hole par 3 golf course, a pool, an ice rink, basketball and tennis courts, skateboard parks and numerous public parks.

The new West Vancouver Community Centre (or WVCC) has been rebuilt and opened in 2009. West Vancouver is also home to Cypress Provincial Park with mountain biking trails and a large ski and snowboard facility, which served as one of the venues for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Here’s more information about living in West Vancouver, BC: https://westvancouver.ca

And here’s a quick video for you to learn more about visiting and living in West Vancouver, BC:

 

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