- Can I Bring My Personal Items To Canada?
- Can I Import My Private Vehicle From Finland?
- What’s The Easiest Way To Get Started?
Moving to Canada from Finland may feel like a lateral move. After all, the climate of Finland is comparable to Canada, with warm continental summers and snowy winters. Even some of the wildlife is similar with elk native to Canada and reindeer native to Finland.
If you are moving to Canada from Finland, you are going to need to know more than a new language. Yes, you may have to add English, or at least French, to your list of languages, but what about your vehicle? What about your personal belongings? Should you just buy all new stuff?
This guide will give you the basics of importing your household to Canada.
Can I bring my personal items to Canada?
Yes. When you move to Canada from Finland, you are permitted to bring your personal household goods to Canada without paying taxes or duty.
Common household goods include:
The Canada Border Services Agency has forms available online for you to prepare to declare your goods at customs, both for goods that come with you, and follow you later.
Upon your arrival in Canada, you will be required to present this documentation for customs declaration and clearance. These forms are easy to identify by name:
If you choose to work with professionals like A1 Auto Transport, you will need to meet your shipment at the arrival port to receive your goods and be present for the customs declaration process.
Any goods imported into Canada as personal goods must be items that have, and will be, used by you, for you. These duty-free goods cannot be sold, leased, rented, or loaned for a period of at least a year after you arrive in Canada. For this reason, you must declare your business assets separate from your personal items as they cannot be imported duty free and are subject to additional taxes and fees.
Can I import my private vehicle from Finland?
Sadly, unless your vehicle was manufactured for sale in Canada or the United States, it is not eligible to be imported into Canada. Vehicles manufactured for use in Finland do not comply with the Canadian government’s motor vehicle safety requirements and the rules will not allow the vehicle to be mechanically altered to comply with those rules. Vehicles 15 years or older are exempt from this rule but check with your local customs officials to be sure.
What’s the easiest way to get started?
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation shipping quote. We will get you in touch with one of our international shipping experts. Our experts can guide you through every step of the process, from preparing your goods for shipment, filling out paperwork, or clearing customs. Whatever it is you need to move your best move will always be with A1 Auto Transport.