Planning the International Relocation

Planning for the origin services, transportation, destination services and the human element of families and workers involved is the single biggest contributor to the highest quality of success when relocating a family, corporate office or production facility. It all starts a couple of months in advance.

What You Can Expect About Your Overseas Move

Before You Move

1. Contact Bekins Worldwide to discuss your moving plans.
2. We will arrange an in-house survey. We will assess quantities and any special services needed, i.e. crating for valuable or fragile articles.
3. We will give a guaranteed price based on the items shown.
4. If this is a company move and they are paying on your behalf, they may have a policy or procedure to follow or a specific dollar budget or weight/volume limit.
5. Insurance coverage must have an itemized valuation list. Separate valuations are necessary for shipments by air and sea and for storage.
6. Finalize your immigration and work permit status in your new country for easy, no hassle entry.
Use experienced staff to make your move out and move in quick, reliable and stress free.

Moving Day

1. Bekins Worldwide will arrive at your home to pack and wrap your goods. If you have valuable or fragile items, we can custom build crates, tag and number every piece and prepare an inventory list with a copy supplied to you.
2. Depending on the size of your shipment and the services you require, wrapping and packing can take several days. When this is completed, a truck or steamship container will be sent to your residence for loading.
3. Bekins Worldwide will complete the export documentation for the sea or air shipment and forward the paperwork to the dock or air terminal.
4. Bekins Worldwide will send a set of documents to our designated agent overseas with our instructions on the services you require.
5. Your shipment will be on its way as you make your arrangements to arrive at your destination city. We always require a contact address and telephone number where you can be reached by our agent so you can be updated on shipment status.

Arrival and Deliveries

1. Upon your arrival at your destination, contact our agent. You should also complete personal entry formalities and documentation so that your legal entry is complete.
2. Our agent will organize customs clearance and release of your shipment and arrange for it to be delivered to your new residence or picked up at their facility.
3. Should you require storage, this can be arrange through our agent.
4. Our agent will arrange for delivery, unpacking, unwrapping, setup as required and for the disposal of packing and wrapping materials on the day of delivery.

Canada Customs Regulations

Those moving to Canada, with the intention of establishing a residence for more than twelve months may import free of duty and taxes used household and personal effects that were owned and used by owner in their former country of residence.

Returning Canadians:
May bring back, duty free, all household and personal effects - provided they have been acquired and used 6 months prior to arrival in Canada. There is however, a valuation limit placed on these goods of Cdn $10,000.00 per item. Duty and taxes will be levied against items exceeding that limit. Train container forwarding is a frequent way to get your goods from the seaport.

Motor Vehicles:
No vehicle may be imported into Canada unless it meets Canadian Safety Standards. Vehicles purchased in countries other than Canada and the U.S.A. are not eligible for importation unless specifically ordered to meet Canadian safety and emissions standards. If you ship a vehicle to Canada which does not bear the statement of compliance label affixed by the manufacturer, you will have to export the vehicle out of Canada and are liable for a fine of up to Cdn. $5,000.00. The only exception is for vehicles manufactured over 15 years or more prior to importation.

Customs Clearance:
Individuals entering Canada must take personal declaration to Customs to clear their effects. The first declaration must be made at the point of entry into Canada. At this time, the importer will need to submit two detailed lists, in duplicate. The first list should cover accompanying goods and the second should be marked 'goods to follow'. Each must show all items, values, makes, models and serial numbers.

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