Moving From Canada To London: A Quick Overview Of The Process
London is one of the world’s top cities, and offers lots of opportunities to Canadians who want to live, work, and study. But how can you get started with a move from Canada to London? Find out now, and get started by learning the basics of moving to the UK from Canada.
What Are My Options For Moving From Canada To London?
There are a lot of different options if you want to move from Canada to London. The most common immigration permits are issued for Canadians who will work in the UK, who will study in London, or who are joining a partner, spouse, or another family member in the United Kingdom.
Depending on your personal situation and how long you want to stay in London – permanently or temporarily – the proper visa and immigration methods for you may differ. We recommend consulting this GOV.UK web page for a full overview of the various options available to Canadians moving to London.
Can I Bring My Personal Items And Car When I Move From Canada To London?
You can bring your personal items and household goods duty-free when you move from Canada to London, though there are restrictions on alcohol, some types of food, plants, and animals, and other restricted goods. Cars can also be imported, and you can apply to HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) office for tax relief if you are moving from Canada to avoid duties and taxes.
However, since Canada drives on the right side of the road and the UK drives on the left side of the road, you will need to modify your headlights, get a special insurance policy, and take some additional steps to legally register your car.
In addition, it’s very expensive to own a car in London, and the city is very walkable and has great public transport, so you may not need to ship your car from Canada to London. It may be worth selling your vehicle in Canada and buying a new car in the UK.
How Can I Move My Household Goods & Car From Canada To London?
Usually, you will work with an international moving company to send your stuff to an ocean shipping port in a truck. Then, your goods will be loaded into a cargo container and shipped to London via ocean-going shipping routes. This is the least expensive way to ship your stuff, but it may take several weeks for it to be sent.
You can also ship your stuff by air freight. This is much more expensive, but if you are not shipping many heavy items and you need to get your stuff quickly once you move, it may be a good option.
Move From Canada To London With A-1 Auto Transport
The best way to move from Canada to London is to contact A-1 Auto Transport. We’re experts in international moving, and our shipping partners will ensure you get the help you need every step of the way. Contact us online now or give us a call at to get a consultation and a quote if you’re moving from Canada to London!
Written By:Joe Webster
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.