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Cross Border Moving Companies

Published on 2021-12-29

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Planning to move cross border from the USA to Canada? First of all, congratulations! Whether you’re planning to relocate for work, for a change of scenery, or simply for a fresh start, Canada is an excellent choice. The country is rated highly when it comes to healthcare, public education, and overall quality of life. It’s no wonder that U.S. News ranked Canada the best country in the world for 2021.

Although cross border moving – whether it’s to Canada from the U.S. or vice versa – is a complicated process. Fortunately, the highly-trained cross border movers at Three Movers are here to serve you and ensure that your relocation is a success.

Moving from USA to Canada

While moving cross border can be a very exciting life-altering experience, it can also be rather daunting. At Three Movers, our goal is to ensure that your international relocation from the United States to Canada is as smooth, seamless, and stress-free as possible. There is so much that goes into uprooting your entire life and transporting yourself, your family, and your belongings across the border.

A successful cross border move begins with professional consultants. When you work with Three Movers, you will be assigned a personal move coordinator who specializes in the cross border moving process and will be with you every step of the way. As your single point of contact, your coordinator will lock in dates and ensure that all the necessary services and resources are in place on your behalf.

Additionally, our team are experts in the customs process and will help guide you through this intimidating process from beginning to end. We will take care of all the pertinent forms and documents to ensure that customs clearance goes as smoothly as possible.

Customs Clearance – USA to Canada

Once your shipment arrives in Canada, your Three Movers driver will be in touch about where to meet in order to clear it. While we will handle all the preparation for your cross border move on our end, here are documents that you’ll need on your end:

Returning Canadian Residents

  • Passport for each of your family members.
  • Proof showing the length of time spent away from Canada (pay stubs, leasing documents, etc.)
  • A detailed inventory list of your goods and their value.
  • Receipts for any goods obtained while you were out of the country.


  • Passport for each of your family members.
  • Work or Study Visa
  • Marriage certificate for spouse, if applicable.
  • Employment offer letter or letter from employer, if applicable.
  • A detailed inventory list of your goods and their accompanying value.

Seasonal Residents

  • Your passport.
  • Proof showing ownership or lease of seasonal property.
  • A detailed inventory list of your goods and their accompanying value.
  • Proof of United States residency.

If there are any fees, taxes, or duties owed to Canada Customs, these must be paid before your goods can be released. For returning Canadian residents, duty/taxes must be paid on any item bought in the United States that is valued at $10,000 or more.

Moving from Canada to USA

With Three Movers, moving from Canada to the United States has never been easier. We transport more than eight million pounds of goods cross-border every year. So, you can have peace of mind placing your trust in us. Whether you’re relocating from Ontario to Oregon, Toronto to Tennessee, or Alberta to Arizona, you do not have to worry about transporting your household goods across the American border. That’s our job!

Just like if you were to move in the opposite direction cross-border, you will be assigned a dedicated move coordinator to serve as your main point of contact. They will ensure that your move is arranged without delay and give you all the necessary paperwork for moving from Canada to the U.S. Every little detail of your relocation will be taken care of, including guiding you through the customs process.

Customs Clearance – Canada to USA

If your belongings have been in your possession and only used by you for at least a year, they are permitted to pass through into the U.S. duty-free. Though, it’s important to keep in mind that if you do not declare new items or underestimate the value of something, the United States Customs Department can confiscate the and assess duties and/or charge a penalty.

So, if you plan to make any major purchases before moving to the United States, it’s best to compare the cost in the U.S. first. Since antiques have to be 100 years or older to qualify for duty-free entry, it may make more sense to wait to purchase the item(s) until you arrive in the U.S. Customs will ask for poor, so come prepared with an appraisal or original purchase receipt.

While U.S. Customs doesn’t generally charge duty on used personal items, there are some exceptions. Things like vehicles, photographic equipment, and consumable goods may be dutiable. For more information, you can speak with your nearest U.S. Consulate or consult with your personal move coordinator at Three Movers. While the customs clearance process may seem overwhelming, that’s what we’re here for!

How Much Does It Cost to Move Cross Border?

On average, the cost of moving cross border is between $4,500 and nearly $7,000. Though, there is really no one-size-fits-all answer, as each move is unique. Whether you’re planning to relocate from the USA to Canada or vice versa, there are several factors that will influence the final cost of your move.

With that said, here are the major factors that influence the cost of cross border relocation:

  • Transportation method – container shipping vs. air freight: The method of transport you choose has one of the biggest impacts on the cost of a cross border move. While air freight is the fastest and most convenient method, it is the most expensive. Whereas, container shipping via sea may take more time, it is the most cost-effective option. Regardless of whether you choose container shipping or air freight, moving trucks will likely still have to be implemented to perform the first and last leg of every move.
  • The distance of your move. The further that your belongings need to travel to reach their final destination, the more you’re going to pay.
  • The size of your move. Generally speaking, the bigger your move, the more expensive it’ll cost. In other words, the more stuff you have to move, the more it’ll cost to move it. This cost factor is determined based on the total weight and volume of your goods, which is especially important when it comes to overseas transport.
  • Relocation route. While there are many transport routes that are common and frequently travelled, there are also some rare ones. International moves between Canada and the U.S. are relatively common. However, when either the start or end location (or both) is in a rural area, your move will cost more. By contrast, you can expect the more common routes to be cheaper because of the competition and demand.

Your Cross Border Moving Company

Fortunately, Three Movers specializes in cross border moving – whether it be from Canada to USA or USA to Canada. Our expertly trained, experienced professionals will handle all of the packing, transport, delivery, and customs regulations for your cross-border relocation.

So, if you landed here in search of cross border moving companies, you’ve come to the right place. When you’re ready to get the process started, fill out our convenient online form or give our office a call at (888) 908-6496 to receive your free, no-obligation moving estimate.

Contact us today to learn how you could save up to 20% when you choose Three Movers as your cross border movers!

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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