Moving Vehicles, Personal, and Household Effects Between Canada and the U.S.

You can count on abbeyWood Moving  to make your cross border move as stress-free as possible
When you understand what is expected at Canada/U.S. Customs, you will avoid unnecessary delays or. abbeyWood Moving will provide you with all of the necessary Customs forms and guide you to complete them. Your move coordinator will check all documents to make sure they are properly filled out.

Did you know that when you move between Canada and the U.S. with abbeyWood Moving it is not necessary for you to be present when your goods cross the border? You must, however, have legal status and the proper paperwork.
Both countries have specific regulations regarding the items you can or can’t import and a list of items that are prohibited.

Moving from Canada to the United States

Your citizenship will dictate what documents are required for the driver to move your household across the border.

Returning U.S. Citizen

  1. Valid passports (picture ID page) for all persons.
  2. Declaration for Unaccompanied Personal and Household Effects (3299 form)
  3. Supplemental Declaration for Unaccompanied Personal and Household Effects
  4. Power of Attorney

Canadian Citizen

  1. Valid passports (picture ID page) for all persons.
  2. Declaration for Unaccompanied Personal and Household Effects (3299 form)
  3. Supplemental Declaration for Unaccompanied Personal and Household Effects
  4. Power of Attorney
  5. I-94 Departure Record

Foreign National

  1. Valid passports (picture ID page) for all persons.
  2. Declaration for Unaccompanied Personal and Household Effects (3299 form)
  3. Supplemental Declaration for Unaccompanied Personal and Household Effects
  4. Power of Attorney
  5. I-94 Departure Record
  6. U.S. Visa

Shipping a Vehicle to the United States

  1. The appropriate documents from above plus:
  2. Letter of compliance from the manufacturer.
  3. Department of Transport HS7 form
  4. Department of the Environment EPA form
  5. If the vehicle is leased, a letter from the leasing company authorizing the move.

 

Moving from the United States to Canada

Shipping your personal and household goods to Canada is very different. Your goods do not clear at the border. Your goods will travel “in bond” to the final destination. You will meet your driver at the closest customs office to clear your goods.

The driver that loads your goods at origin will require:

  1. Valid passports (picture ID page) for all persons.
  2. Visa / immigration documents

When you enter Canada, you will declare your goods to follow. You will give the customs officer a copy of your bill of lading and inventories that the driver gave you on loading. You will receive a “B4″ entry. Take all this paperwork with you when you are clearing your goods with the driver.

Customs Bonded Storage

If you are not in Canada when your goods arrive by truck, they can be put into a “bonded warehouse“. When you arrive, you will receive information including an “A8A customs manifest“. This tells customs that your goods are in the country. Once you have cleared your goods, they will give you an “acquittal number“. Return this to the bonded warehouse and then you can arrange delivery.

 Shipping a Vehicle to Canada

Not all U.S. vehicles can be imported into Canada. Canada has different environmental and safety requirements. Please visit the Transport Canada web site Importing Vehicles Purchased in the United States. Some vehicles might require minor changes before the can be registered in Canada.