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Moving to Canada and need to bring your car or household goods? Working for a multinational business, or as an importer-exporter? Whatever your reasons may be, you may need to work with a reputable logistics provider for ocean or air freight container shipping to Canada – which means that you need A-1 Auto Transport.
With our years of experience, we’ve helped thousands of customers ship their goods to Canada. We work with the best transportation companies and customs brokers to streamline the shipping process, and ensure your items arrive at their destination on time and on budget. Get more details about our services below, or contact us to get a free quote now.
FCL (Full Container Load) shipping consists of loading an entire 20-foot or 40-foot shipping container with your items, and shipping it directly to Canada via an ocean-going container ship.
This is, by far, the most common type of shipping for most importers/exporters and other businesses that operate in Canada. Shipping via FCL is affordable, simplifies logistics, and ensures timely delivery of your goods.
LCL container shipping is a good alternative to FCL container shipping if your freight will not take up an entire 20-foot shipping container. In this type of shipping, multiple companies or individuals can share the space in a single container, and will be charged accordingly.
For example, if you take up 60% of the capacity of a container, other individuals can pay to have their goods shipped in the remaining 40% of the container – and you’ll pay proportionally, based on the amount of space you use. If you often ship multiple, small shipments, LCL shipping is right for you.
80% of the world’s freight is transported by ocean-based container ships. Ocean freight is ideal for non-perishable goods or items with a long shelf life. It’s the most cost-effective way to ship goods, particularly extremely heavy items that may not be ideal to ship using air freight.
You’ll send your items to your home port using a truck, and the cargo container will be lifted off of the truck and put onto the cargo ship. Then, the shipments will be sent to the destination. It usually takes somewhere between 20-45 days for ocean freight to be delivered, but this can vary quite a bit depending on your home port and destination port.
Air freight is a good option for goods that are relatively lightweight and time-sensitive – such as perishable foods, or a delivery that must make it to a customer within a few days. Most air freight shipping takes about 3-5 days to deliver your goods, but some express shipping services offer turnaround times of 1-3 days for an additional fee.
Wondering how much it costs to ship your goods to Canada? Here are a few of the factors that may influence the overall cost of shipping your items.
However, LCL is definitely a better option if you don’t ship enough items for LCL loads. It’s a cheaper overall option if you can’t fill up an entire shipping container.
The same is true of air freight, but the costs are based on weight, not volume. The heavier your items are, the more they’ll cost to ship. Shipping very heavy items – liquids or metals, for example – by air is often not cost-effective.
There are a lot of other factors that can influence the cost of your shipping, too. To learn more and get a quote for your shipment, just contact A-1 Auto Transport now. We’d be happy to give you a free, no-commitment estimate for your shipping needs.
Canada has a number of large shipping ports. Here are a few common destinations to which those in the U.S. and other countries ship their goods.
Depending on the destination of your items, any of these ports may be a good option for you.
During the process of clearing customs in Canada, it is usually a good idea to work with a customs broker to streamline the process of importing your goods. We can assist you in working with a reputable broker to import your goods.
To clear customs in Canada, you will need to begin by obtaining a Business Number (BN) from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRN), which is a quick and simple process. Then, you will need to arrange documentation about your items. This documentation will be used to determine the tariff classification of your shipment.
Certain goods are not allowed in Canada at all, such as some second-hand mattresses, obscene materials, and most imported or second-hand used vehicles. Some items are importable but restricted, such as firearms, items made from animal materials, and agricultural products. You can learn more about these items from the relevant agency here.
At A-1 Auto Transport, we have years of experience shipping goods to Canada by the ocean and by air. We can work with you to arrange the logistics of your shipment, and to ensure that you work with a reputable customs broker to get your items through customs when they arrive in Canada.
So whether you need FCL or LCL ocean freight transport to Canada, or you have a time-sensitive shipment that needs to be sent via air freight transport to Canada, you can trust A-1 Auto Transport to get it done.
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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