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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects
Motor Vehicles
Pets
Antiques, Artifacts, Carpets, Paintings
Wedding Trousseau / Gifts
Restricted/Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Consignment Instructions
Cultural and Other Information
Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Document Required

  • Copy of passport (photo page only)
  • Proof of residency abroad for at least 12 months (bank statements, utilities, rent receipts, income tax statement, etc. for first and last month of 12-month period) (returning citizens)
  • Detailed inventory / packing list in English or French
    • Owner of goods should be prepared to provide a valued inventory if requested.
  • Receipts for new items
  • Personal effects accounting document (form BSF186 formerly known as form B4)
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Liquor permit, if applicable
  • Immigration papers, if applicable
  • Work permit / student visa holders, if applicable
  • Proof of residence in Canada (copy of deed / sales agreement / lease agreement) (seasonal residents)
  • Copy of death certificate (import of inheritance items)
  • Copy of will or letter from the executor of an estate (import of inheritance items)
  • Obligation for privilege from the Canadian Ministry of External Affairs (diplomats)

   

Specific Information

  • The owner of the goods must be present for Customs clearance, or use a licensed Customs broker to handle the clearance on their behalf.
  • Returning Canadians may import household goods and personal effects duty free under the following conditions:
    • The goods were owned and used by the owner of the goods for at least 6 months prior to importation.
    • The owner of the goods lived abroad for a minimum of 12 months. 
      • If the owner of the goods lived abroad for a period greater than 5 years, the owner of the goods is exempt from the 6-month ownership rule.
    • The goods must still be owned and used and the shipment does not include goods that are for resale or otherwise disposed of within 12 months of importation.
  • Shipments must be declared to Customs at the port of entry (POE) (airport/U.S-Canada border) when the owner of the goods arrives in Canada.
    • Customs will then issue documents needed for Customs clearance:
      • BSF186 personal effects accounting document
      • BSF715 casual goods accounting document. 
    • The owner of the goods must present a list of items to be imported. 
    • It is recommended that a copy of the packing list / inventory be hand carried for presentation to Customs.
    • Customs may request a value on the shipment (returning citizens).
  • For immigrants and holders of work / students visas, the goods must be owned and used prior to importation and the shipment must not include goods that are to be sold or otherwise disposed of 12 months after importation for duty-free import.
  • Any single item of household goods or personal effects, including automobiles, that were acquired after March 31, 1977, and are valued at more than $10,000 are subject to regular duty and taxes on the excess amount.
    • Seasonal residents may import household items and personal effects duty free under the following conditions:
      • The shipment can include household furniture and furnishings for a seasonal residence, excluding construction, materials, electrical fixtures or other goods permanently attached to or incorporated into a seasonal residence and tools and equipment for the maintenance of a seasonal residence.
      • The goods must have been owned and used prior to arrival.
      • The goods cannot be sold for at least 12 months.
      • The goods are for the personal use of the owner of the goods or their family and are not for any commercial, industrial or occupational purpose.
      • Proof of purchase or a copy of a lease agreement is required for any person who is not a resident of Canada but owns a residential property or has leased a residence for at least 3 years for personal use.
      • Only one shipment of this type is allowed.
  • The copy of the will or letter from the executor of an estate must state that the owner of the goods is the beneficiary of the named items for duty-free import (duty-free inheritances). 
  • Diplomats can import household goods and personal effects duty and tax free.
  • The Canadian Government adopted ISPM-15 (International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Publication 15) Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade (aka NIFM-15) to standardize the treatment of wood packing materials used for the transport of goods. 
  • ISPM -15 requires that wood packaging either be heat-treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with the internationally recognized International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) mark, or in lieu of the mark, the consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate specifying the treatment used.
Motor Vehicles

Document Required

  • Copy of passport (photo page only)
  • Original proof of ownership (can be sent with the vehicle)
  • OBL
  • Previous registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Must pass Canadian safety and pollution standards test

  

Specific Information  

  • The car must comply with Canadian standards.
  • All vehicles are inspected by the Canadian Agricultural Inspection Agency upon arrival into Canada.
  • The vehicle must be owned and used for more than 6 months in order to qualify for tax and duty relief.
  • For returning residents, a tax and duty exemption applied to the first $10,000 of the vehicle’s value. 
    • Anything in excess of $10,000 will be charged applicable duty and taxes.
  • For work permit / student visa holders, duty and tax will be waived for the duration of the permit.
    • The vehicle will be imported on a temporary basis for the duration of the work permit / student visa must be re-exported upon departure from Canada.
  • All cars / motorbikes should be clean on arrival and free of any soil or containments.
  • It is recommended to include proof of cleaning (receipts) with the shipping documents.
    • Steam cleaning may be required.
  • The vehicle cannot contain household goods and personal effects items.
  • Motor vehicles imported into Canada cannot be licensed in Canada unless cleared through Canadian Customs. 
Pets

Document Required

  • Vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

 

Specific Information

  • The veterinary health record certificate must identify the animal by breed, age, gender and color.
  • Check with agent for specific information prior to import.
Antiques, Artifacts, Carpets, Paintings

Document Required

  • No documents are required if the items are part of the household effects shipment.
  • Proof of age will be required if item is over 100 years old.
  • The items are permitted duty-free entry if the following conditions are met:
    • The works of art are part of a bona fide household removal.
    • The works of art are not for sale or other disposal.
  • Antiques and works or art imported into Canada for resale, are subject to different regulations.
Wedding Trousseau / Gifts

Document Required

  • Wedding "trousseau" means goods acquired for use in the household of a newly married couple, but does not include vehicles, vessels or aircraft; wedding "gifts" means goods of a non-commercial nature received by a person as personal gifts in consideration of that person's recent marriage or the anticipated marriage of that person within three months of the person's return to Canada.
  • Wedding trousseau and gifts may be imported duty and tax free providing:
    • A bride's trousseau / gifts owned by, in the possession of, and imported by a recently married person or a bride-to-be whose anticipated marriage is to take place within 3 months of the date of her return to Canada or has taken place no more than 3 months prior to arrival in Canada.
Restricted/Dutiable Items
  • Alcohol (a detailed list including type, size, and quantity is required and an import permit must be obtained prior to importation; duties and taxes apply)
    • Import permit must be obtained from the Provincial Liquor Control Board.
  • Do not ship wine between October 1 and March 31 to avoid the possibility of freezing.
  • Tobacco products are subject to duties and taxes.
  • Foodstuffs can cause extensive delays / additional charges (importation is discouraged)
  • Meat (authorization is required; importation is discouraged)
  • Pornographic materials
  • New items (a bill of sale may be required by Customs)
  • Hunting trophies (restrictions apply, especially for endangered species; a CITES Certificate may be required; check with agent before shipping).
  • Firearms (strict regulations apply; check with agent for details)
  • Any one item valued at $10,000 or over is subject to duties and taxes.
Prohibited Items
  • Live plants
  • Narcotics, drugs, incitements
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Live ammunition and explosives
Consignment Instructions
  • Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.
Cultural and Other Information

Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While MoversZone has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, MoversZone makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

​​Moving from Dubai to Canada - FAQ's

How much is cost of moving from dubai to canada?

On average, it is estimated that shipping to Canada from the UAE by sea will cost you anywhere from AED 20,000-27,000 for a 25 cubic meter shipping container. Knowing the shipping cost on average will allow you to cross out any international movers that are charging you too much or even too little for the service.

Should I move from Dubai to Canada?

Canada will give you permanent residency /nationality while Dubai will not. Dubai is closer to India/Pak and Asia while Canada is far. Canada has more IT opportunities while Dubai has more sales jobs. Dubai will give you more disposable income, Canada will give you more social benefits.

Is it easy to move from Dubai to Canada?

Canada is an ideal country to settle permanently. If you want to immigrate to Canada from UAE, you can apply for the same through various pathways, i.e. express Entry System, QSWP, PNP etc. Canada is a wonderful country for immigration and permanent residency.

Is Dubai more expensive than Canada?

In short (and I know that this is a very brief comparison) the UAE is more expensive in terms of health care, schooling and housing, and Canada is more expensive in terms of taxes, utilities, car petrol and more. ... In the UAE your residence is linked to your work.

How can I move from Dubai to Canada?

For those who want to work towards a residency card in Canada using a work visa they need to qualify for Arranged Employment which requires a Labor Market Opinion and a full-time, permanent job offer from a certified employer. Moving from Dubai to Canada as a skilled worker will increase your odds of success.

Is moving to Canada a good idea?

Today, Canada is the ideal country for skilled professionals looking to move overseas, for better career, life and job opportunities. Canada has been ranked as the second best country in the world for immigrants based on various parameters of immigrant living by the US News and World Report.

Why do Indians migrate to Canada?

Indians move for economic prospects to Canada's economy and job market and have been performing well against many European and some American states. Lastly, individuals have decided to settle in Canada in order to reunite their family who may have settled in both the United States and the UK and not in Canada. - 

How can I get permanent residence in Canada from Dubai?
You must apply to the PNC in two (2) steps:

  1. You must first apply to the province or territory where you want to live and be nominated, and.
  2. After a province or territory nominates you, you must apply to IRCC for permanent residence. An IRCC officer will then assess your application based on Canadian immigration rules.
How can I move to Canada?
For those who actually want to head up north, here's how you move to Canada.
  1. Preface: Make sure you're not already a Canadian citizen. ...
  2. Be at least 18 years old. ...
  3. Or enter the pool for skilled immigrants. ...
  4. Have a permanent residence in Canada. ...
  5. Declare your intent to reside. ...
  6. Spend six years at that residence.
How can I apply for Canada immigration?
Express Entry is an online system that we use to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.
  1. Step 1: Find out if you're eligible. ...
  2. Step 2: Get your documents ready. ...
  3. Step 3: Submit your profile. ...
  4. Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence.

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