Immigrating to Canada: How to bring your belongings with you

People immigrating to Canada often wonder whether they can take their belongings with them or have them sent later. The good news is that you may bring many of your belongings to Canada, without paying duty. You can bring the stuff you own, possess, and have been using before immigrating to Canada.

No matter for how long you have owned and used your belongings, you would be required to fill out a BSF-186 (Personal Effects Accounting Document). You would be asked to mention the goods you have with you when entering Canada and the stuff you plan to bring in later. Anything that is not mentioned in the BSF-186 will not qualify for duty-free entry into Canada.

If the space in the form is not enough for listing your belongings, you can make your own list or fill out another BSF-186, which often referred to as BSF-186A. You should mention the name and value of your belongings in the BFS-186. Also, be sure to keep a copy of each list and hand over the BFS-186 to the customs officers at the time of your arrival in Canada.

If you are immigrating to Canada from the US and want to bring your vehicle with you, you should first confirm whether your vehicle is permissible in Canada and whether it meets the Canadian standards. And if you want to bring your vehicle from outside the North American region, it must meet the safety standards set forth by the Canadian government. Once you bring your vehicle into Canada, you must immediately register and insure it with the motor vehicle authority in the Canadian province where you want to live.

You can also bring your pets with you if they satisfy the essential criteria. For some pets, it is essential to get an import permit. You must apply for the permit before the entry of your pet into Canada. Also, the CFIA and CBSA may inspect your pet and ask you for the inspection fee.

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