Shipping a Boat to Canada

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Shipping a Boat to Canada

Whether you’re moving to Canada, or just want to enjoy your boat while in Canada on an extended vacation, there are plenty of companies that are willing to ship your boat from stateside or another country into Canada. Shipping services vary based on the company and the type of watercraft being shipped, but there are generally a few options available to choose from. Some people decide to pull their boat using a trailer and handle the shipping themselves, but often it’s more cost-effective and reliable to use a company instead.

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While traveling to pick up a boat using your own personal truck could cut transport costs initially, it’s often not worth the effort and could be a bad idea depending on the condition of your boat trailer. Fuel costs for long-distance transport can’t be discounted, and it’s vital to keep in mind the wear that a long-distance trip will put on your boat trailer. Professional shipping companies often rely on flat beds to avoid putting wear on a boat trailer, and this is often the best way to go for long-distance transport needs.

Shipping a Boat to Canada


There are taxes and duties due if you’re planning to move your boat to Canada from another country permanently. It’s important to plan for these costs when having the boat shipped so that you are prepared for them when the time comes. Most competent shipping companies will build this cost right into the quote provided, but it’s always a good idea to ask to make sure you know what the expected costs are for the full project.

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Trailer or Tow Shipping

There are two different methods of shipping a boat over an extended distance. Towing it and moving it by trailer. Most customers prefer that a boat is trailered over a long distance to prevent wear on the trailer, but it’s possible to save on shipping costs by going with tow shipping instead.

Generally, it’s affordable to ship a small to mid-sized boat on a trailer, but once the boat gets to a certain size it becomes necessary to have it towed by a special truck or put into a very large container. It’s important to ask about size limitations when going over the available shipping methods with your prospective transport company to find out exactly how the boat is going to be moved.

No matter what you’ll be using your boat for in Canada, there are several different ways to move it to the country permanently or temporarily. Talk with a local shipping company about their services and how much they will cost you, and choose the one that provides the best value based on your specific needs.

Ready to set sail when you arrive in Canada? A-1 Auto Transport offers safe and secure boat transport to Canada and other locations worldwide. For a fast quote, be sure to fill out our easy quote form and an agent can book your boat as soon as today!

Joe Webster

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.

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