What to Expect from A Cross Border Move

If you are moving from the United States to Canada, there is a great lot more stress than moving between the states.  Kenwood cross border moving involves a lot of paperwork and a few restrictions that, while understandable, can be difficult to manage if you are not prepared. As such, here are few things to remember as you approach your cross-border move.


One of the first things you will learn when you try to move across an international border is that you have to pay various duties and taxes on your belongings.  The rate you pay on these possessions depends on a few things:

  • The country you are importing from
  • The country you are importing to
  • The product category (jewelry, electronics, automotive, apparel, etc.)
  • How many pieces you are importing
  • The overall value of these pieces

As a reference here is a simple breakdown of the possible duties and taxes you could expect to pay when bringing your car across the border from the United States to Canada:

  • An Import Duty of 6.1 percent of your vehicle’s value (only on non-NAFTA vehicles)
  • A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5 percent of your vehicle’s value
  • A Provincial Sales Tax (PST); which depends upon the current tax rate for the province where you plan to register your vehicle


When you bring your belongings into Canada, from the United States you may have to go through the goods clearance process.  This is important because some things—like cars—have different regulations than in America.  Customs is important for making sure that appropriate taxes are paid and that your transport of goods is simply for personal reasons (and not for business or illegal trade).

The clearance process can take several days, depending upon the goods you are transporting:

  • To transport by boat can take as many as 2 days [after the boat has docked]
  • To transport by plane the goods must be placed into a warehouse once the plane has landed for personal examination and clearance, which can take several days
  • To transport by truck customs clearance officials will only process documents 6 to 12 hours before crossing the border and will then be completed once the truck successfully crosses.

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