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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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BC Moving Tips – How to Make Your City Relocation Smooth

Relocating to a new city is usually hard work and takes a long time. There are so many things to prepare for and learn. Making a new start in another city like Vancouver, BC or other city in Canada, is not an easy task.

The truth though is that the better you are prepared for your moving, the easier you will be able to adapt later on.

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The questions to ask when relocating to a new city are discussed below, and answering them will make your city relocation process more smooth and easy.

What to Look for When Relocating to a New City in BC

Think about the neighbourhood you want to live in and choose it carefully – some city areas are safer to relocate to.

Also, your work location is important – why travel 3 hours to your work when you can travel 1 hour or less? In big cities traveling from point A to point B may take longer time. On the other hand finding a nice home is also important – a place that is convenient for you and your family.

A family with children or a couple that are planning to start a family should definitely think of finding a larger home for their city relocation.

Things to Know when Relocating to a New City in BC

Before making the final decision about moving try to get a glimpse of what is ahead of you and what you can expect.

Go on a holiday to the city you are thinking of relocating to or visit friends/ family for a few days. What is it like? Explore it – the schools, traffic, stores, entertainment and hobby alternatives, job market, etc.

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What are the travel opportunities that you have – train, bus, tram or other? If you are in the city of your future relocation without your car you can hire a taxi whenever going somewhere and speak with the driver. Ask him about everything – for example the neighborhood you are going through – you may be surprised how much these people know.

Talk to the local residents about what they like and dislike in their city – that could be the guides in the museums or shop assistants at stores. That should give you a better idea of what to expect and will you like living in this place.

Relocation to a new city

Think about the little details of your move and arrange them – packing, finding the right job for you, sifting through your belongings, etc. These will ease up the process of relocating to another city for you.

In the meantime – if you don’t have a job yet, it is good to start your search as soon as possible. Does the city you are moving to offer jobs in your professional qualification? If so, find out the opportunities for you and arrange the details of it – sending application documents, appointing an interview, etc.


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BC Moving Tips: Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers

The level of consumer complaints about movers has concerned all stakeholders in the Canadian moving and storage industry: reputable movers, consumer associations, trade associations and government.

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To address these concerns and to act as a complement to legal protections already in place, the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada formed a multi-stakeholder working group of moving-industry professionals, consumer group representatives and government officials to develop good practice guidelines for reputable movers, and an associated checklist for consumers. It is hoped that the existence of the Good Practice Guidelines for Canadian Movers and the Consumer Checklist will assist movers in identifying and adhering to high standards and aid consumers in selecting reputable, ethical and professional movers.

Canadian movers wishing to ensure continued good relations with their customers should follow these good practices:

  • Provide customers with a pamphlet that outlines customer and mover rights and responsibilities, mover liability for loss or damage, optional programs available, limitations on liability and additional costs associated with each level of liability. The pamphlet should be written in plain language and be easy to understand. Where local move customers request an estimate by telephone, movers should offer to provide the pamphlet by mail, fax, or e-mail.
  • Provide written estimates of costs that describe the shipment and the cost of all services requested by the customer. The estimate should be on company letterhead, and state the name, telephone number and address of the company, a full estimate of the number of boxes to be moved, the size and value of items, the cost per hour or flat rate, terms of payment, and timing of services to be provided. The estimate should be signed by both the company representative and the customer.
  • Abide by the terms of the estimate as provided to the customer, in compliance with all applicable laws.
  • For long distance moves, tag all goods and prepare, prior to the shipment leaving the residence, a descriptive inventory of the goods to be moved that should be signed by the customer or the authorized representative who is present at origin for loading and again at destination as the goods are unloaded. A copy of this descriptive inventory should be provided to the customer prior to shipment. Any existing damage to goods should be noted in the inventory.
  • Provide customers with a bill of lading at the time of pickup which clearly delineates critical customer service details such as the terms and amount of payment and the date of delivery.
  • When charges are based on weight, determine the weight of each shipment by the use of a certified scale at origin and if requested, provide evidence of that weight to the customer. When the actual weight exceeds the estimated weight by more than 10 percent, the mover upon request will perform a “re-weigh” of the shipment and provide evidence of the re-weigh to the customer.
  • Make reasonable efforts to fulfill the arrangements made for servicing a shipment, including the performance of pickup and delivery as agreed upon. Keep customers advised of any service delays and provide them with information as to when service may be expected to be performed. This should include providing the customer with the company contact name and telephone number.
  • Ensure the customer receives a copy of the bill of lading or invoice on delivery, with a clear description of charges and services provided.
  • Acknowledge, in writing, within 30 days of the receipt of a written loss or damage claim or delay claim, to pay, decline, make a firm compromise offer or advise the claimant of the status of the claim. Movers should also provide any reason for a delay in making a final disposition within 120 days of receipt of any documented claim for loss or damage, or for any documented claim for delay in delivery beyond the dates shown on the bill of lading, when the claim is filed by the customer within 60 days (long distance moves) or 30 days (local moves) after delivery.
  • Promptly and fairly attempt to resolve disputes concerning loss or damage claims to household goods, through in-house complaints-handling and external dispute resolution processes as appropriate and available. In terms of guidance on what constitutes a fair dispute resolution process, movers should draw on the federal-provincial-territorial Consumer Complaints Management: A Guide for Canadian Business (PDF, 349 KB).
  • Communicate with the public through fair and accurate advertisements, estimates and sales literature regarding the services that may be performed.
  • If working in conjunction with other agents, ensure that these agents also comply with the above commitments.
  • Maintain and regularly clean facilities and equipment in accordance with good industry practices.

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BC Moving Tips: Canadian Moving Laws & Regulations

Customer rights and responsibilities

It is mandatory for Canadian movers to provide their customers with a pamphlet detailing customer rights and responsibilities, mover liability for loss or damage, additional liabilities and any optional programs available.

Canadian Moving Laws and Regulations

The pamphlet you receive should be in simple language and easy to understand. If you request an estimate by phone, your BC movers are entitled to send the pamphlet by mail, fax or e-mail.

Written estimates

At your request, a written estimate on the company’s letterhead should include:

  • The number of boxes to be moved
  • Size and value of items
  • Flat-rate or cost per hour
  • Terms of payment
  • Timing of services
  • You and the company representative have to put your initials on the document and the mover has to abide by the terms and conditions of the estimate as per the law.

Weight of shipment

A certified scale should be used to determine the weight of each shipment at the place of origin. If you ask for this information, then the evidence should be provided.

If the actual weight exceeds the estimated weight by more than 10%, your BC moving company can do a re-weigh of the shipment. This is information which should also be provided to you.


An inventory of goods with details about any existing damage(s) should be given to you before shipment. You and/or a representative from your BC moving company should be present at the time of the loading and unloading of goods to sign the inventory.

Bill of lading

A bill of lading or an invoice should be given to you at the time of pickup and delivery. It includes information about the amount of payment, date of delivery and services provided.

Claim period and resolution of issues

A written claim for loss or damage should be acknowledged in writing within 30 days after delivery for local moves and 60 days for long distance moves.

  • A decision advising you about the status of the claim should be made
  • A compromise offer should also be made
  • Your BC movers should try to resolve the issue within 120 days after the claim
  • Issues regarding claims should be resolved through an in-house complaint cell or an external dispute mechanism
  • “Consumer Complaints Management: A Guide for Canadian Business” is a federal, provincial, territorial guide on dispute resolution process which the movers can refer to


It is reasonable on the part of your BC moving company to inform you about any service delays and when the service should be expected as a result.

Fair service

A fair policy should be adapted while communicating with the public through advertisements, estimates, and prices of various services.

The above guidelines complement the legal provisions that are already in place. While these aid BC movers in maintaining high service standards, you can also use them to help you make an informed decision about choosing a reliable BC moving company.

References: Acts and Regulations, Canadian Association of Movers

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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 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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