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Moving From Africa To Canada
Moving From Africa To Canada

Moving To Canada From Africa – Understanding Your Options


Canada has plentiful opportunities for Africans, and there are large communities of Africans from countries like Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Cameroon, Senegal, and Côte d'Ivoire throughout cities in Canada. Interested in moving to Canada from Africa? Let’s discuss some basics about the process.

How Can I Get Approval To Move To Canada From Africa?

The simplest way is to find a job with a Canadian company, and get a sponsored visa. You may also move to Canada from Africa to attend university, or to join family members who are citizens or permanent residents. Canada also accepts refugees from certain African countries, so this may be an option, as well.

If you want to explore opportunities to work and study in Canada, you can look at the immigration and citizenship page from the Government of Canada to see your options and how to get residence in Canada. This refugees and asylum page has more information about applying to become a refugee moving to Canada.

Am I Allowed To Bring My Personal Items & Household Goods To Canada Tax-Free? 

Yes. If you are moving to Canada from Africa permanently or temporarily and wish to bring your household goods and personal effects with you, you can bring them into the country tax and duty-free, with only a few restrictions. Most items like clothing, electronics, appliances, furniture, tools, and other household goods can be imported completely tax-free.

When moving to Canada from Africa, you will need to prepare a list of all of the goods you will be bringing into Canada as part of your personal effects, and fill out paperwork with customs to claim your tax exemption. You also must not sell or dispose of these goods until at least a year after you move overseas. You can learn more about the basics of bringing personal items and household goods into Canada from the Canada Border Services Agency here

How Can I Ship My Personal Items & Household Goods To Canada From Africa? 

When flying to Canada, you may bring whatever personal items fit into your luggage, as long as they are not restricted. But for larger items, you will typically need to arrange to ship them via truck to an ocean port, where they will be loaded into a container and shipped on a freighter to Canada from Africa. 

You should work with a reputable international moving company to ship your personal items and household goods to Canada from Africa to ensure they arrive safely. In addition, make sure to fill out all of the necessary paperwork and work closely with your shipping provider to ensure that your items pass customs in Canada.

Moving To Canada From Africa? A-1 Auto Transport May Be Able To Help! 

We have helped people from many different countries move to Canada – and depending on your home country in Africa, A-1 Auto Transport may be the best choice for moving your household goods as well as shipping a car to Canada. To learn more and see if we can offer these services in your area, contact us online or call us toll-free. 

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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.

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