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Moving to Canada

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Moving to Canada

If you are planning a move from Chester, Wirral or North Wales to Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, British Colombia and Nova Scotia then Britannia Cestrian can help.

Moving your belongings to Canada is a complex process involving packers, drivers, customs people, port authorities, shipping lines and destination agents. This may sound like a tall order but its justs a day’s work for Britannia Cestrian, as we have over 40 years experience in migrating families to Canada.

We can provide you with a complete door to door delivery service from your existing home to your new home in Canada

Groupage Shipment: We operate a regular part-load consolidation service to all areas of Canada. This service is ideal for small consignments or loads and usually takes between 8 to 12 weeks door to door, however this can vary depending upon the volume being shipped or customs delays.

Full container Shipment: If your consignment is larger, we would suggest either a sole-use 20ft/40ft container, this has great advantages when planning your overseas move. Sole-use containers usually take between 2 to 3 weeks port to port and there is a weekly service from all major ports.

Packing: Our trained removers can pack and wrap all your small items into export quality cartons to ensure that they are transported safely and all furniture will be export wrapped or crated accordingly. Once prepared all consignments will be inventoried and will be bar coded before loading, this will ensure that no items are left at origin.

Customs clearance: Usually takes between 10 to 14 days. You must be present in Canada and you must have your status to live in Canada in order for your consignment to customs clear, you will be required to attend the formal customs clearance.  (FIDI regulations)

Your household goods and personal effects are allowed duty fee on the basis you have owned and used for at least 12 months prior to importation. Custom fees are applicable on all imported consignments, this charge varies consignment to consignment and is determined by Canadian Border Services, the fees that are applied cover X-ray, inspection, fumigation and bonded customs storage. Charges raised will be paid for by our Britannia agent who will seek reimbursement from yourselves prior to delivery.

Destination Services: following customs clearance of your consignment our Britannia agent will arrange delivery to your home on a mutually convenient date (note this is based on door to door service). Your household goods and personal effects will be delivered into relevant rooms as per your instruction, all effects originally packed by Britannia Cestrian will be unwrapped, all cartons will be unpacked onto a flat surface and all excess packing material will be removed.

Britannia Cestrian also offer additional services such as Marine Transit Insurance Cover which is a range of international insurance policies to suit your personal needs. Advance Payment Guarantee (BRITBOND) This is designed to give you the protection and peace of mind of knowing your overseas removal contract, with us as a Britannia member, will be honored in the event that we are unable to fulfill it as a result of insolvency, bankruptcy or otherwise ceasing to trade.Currency Transfer and Pet Transport.


Living in Canada

While often overshadowed by its southern neighbour, the USA, Canada is a vast country with a strong economy, multi-cultural society, and spectacular scenery, attracting great numbers of immigrants from all over the world.

Located north of North America, extending from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, Canada is the second largest country in the world by land mass. Originally inhabited by aboriginal groups, explorations in the late 15th century led to British and French settlements. Canada is nowadays a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with both English and French as official languages. Canada is one of the world’s leading economies, that relies on the country’s diverse natural resources and mineral reserves. The country can also boast a high life expectancy, and good levels of literacy and school enrolment, and is known to have the highest quality of life in the world, according to the United Nations Human Development Index.

While Canada might not be as diverse as the US, it offers a truly multi-cultural atmosphere, a better quality of life than many European destinations, stunning places to visit, and a variety of employment opportunities.

Tips About Moving to and Living in Canada:

  • To be able to work in Canada, you will need a work permit, which is however only a temporary immigration document.
  • To live in Canada permanently, you need to qualify for immigration under one of the categories of the Canadian Immigration Authorities.
  • The cost of living and housing in Canada is considerably cheaper than in the UK. Cities, for example Toronto and Vancouver are generally more expensive, than rural areas.
  • Some of Canada’s social policies differ markedly from those in the US. Health care is publicly funded, taxation is higher so as to distribute wealth more evenly, and there’s more focus on liberal social policies, while capital punishment is outlawed, and gun ownership is controlled very strictly.
  • You should also consider employment opportunities before moving to Canada. Expats can choose from a variety of jobs, and there are skills shortages in many industries, so it can be relatively easy to find something that will fit your skills.
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Mike Cairns
Mike Cairns
08:50 09 Oct 20
I first used Britannia in 2011, very professional and competitive then and equally so now in 2020. Exceptional... inter-personal skills of "Movers" gained from many years insight into peoples lives, are much appreciated and I note being passed on to Apprentices. Britannia at its best during stressful times with Covid on more
Maxine Hough
Maxine Hough
16:07 08 Oct 20
We used Britannia Cestrian on 1st Sept for our house move from Chester. They were very professional and efficient from... start to finish. We were visited by them under strict covid rules in order to gain an understanding of our requirements and to provide a quote and were dealt with as human beings throughout the process. Delivery of packing materials was timely and when I ran out of packing paper (I packed myself due to covid restrictions) they were on the ball sending more out. We had a provisional date which kept moving but along the way they did their best to help us. Finally moving day arrived and the removers were just outstanding. I am so glad we got the professionals in. On arrival at our new property everything was left clean and tidy and not one item was damaged. Our clothes were even hung in the wardrobe. All in all a very positive experience during a very stressful time. Thank you all very much. Huge thumbs up from us. 👍read more
Ruth Maguire
Ruth Maguire
11:10 15 Mar 20
The 2 men who came on Tuesday 25th worked hard and efficiently all day but still left a fair mount of packing for the... following day. On the day of the move, Wednesday 26th, completion of the sale was finalised by 11am but we couldn't vacate the premises until 1pm due to the amount still to be packed. The addition of a 3rd man did little to help and in fact the quality of packing he did was hurried and not up to standard. Overall we would recommend more
Alan Fryer
Alan Fryer
16:10 18 Dec 19
We chose Britannia as they seemed the most professional of the three removal companies that we approached. They were... clearly experienced in moving long distances across the country. They did not disappoint. The removal men could not have been more helpful or considerate. Our new house does not have the easiest of access but they coped admirably. I would thoroughly recommend them - indeed we have done do to our nephew and his wife who are moving south more
Susannah Hill
Susannah Hill
11:26 20 Nov 19
I would highly recommend Britannia Cestrian. They have assisted me with various library moves over the last few years... within in Cheshire including Storyhouse and more recently in Flintshire. They are highly organised and handle the book stock and specialist items with real care. They are always helpful and professional and nothing is ever too much trouble. The company will help you plan your move to ensure that everything runs smoothly. A top class service and real value for money!read more
Shooting Star .
Shooting Star .
15:50 27 Sep 19
I have always received great service from this company. I have used them on several occasions, both for removals and... storage. They are always polite, friendly, helpful and professional. I have moved several times and the guys have always been punctual and very careful with my belongings. The storage side of the business is also great. The price for my container was very reasonable and it was stored in a clean, dry and secure environment. Whenever I have had cause to email the office, my mails have been answered quickly and politely at all times. I wouldn't use anyone else and highly recommend them. more
Peter Palmer
Peter Palmer
07:42 02 Aug 19
My wife and I were very happy with the service provided right from the first contact with the request for a quote to... the offer to collect the boxes and packing materials after we have finally moved into our new home. Special mention needs to be made for the driver who was loading and unloading during the hottest days of the year. He was courteous, considerate and friendly at all times. He and the team coped very well with the move into our fourth floor flat - they were careful not cause any marks to the recently refurbished entrance foyer for the block of more
Mike Reynolds
Mike Reynolds
09:21 27 Jul 19
Used Britannia for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Very happy all round, good contact with head office when... needed, lads were very cheerful and helpful. They really struggled with a wardrobe refusing to fit around staircase. eventually they stripped it down to smaller sections to complete the move. Would definitely recommend to any more
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