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Q: Moving stuff from Canada to Europe ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Moving stuff from Canada to Europe
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: motdiem-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 26 Apr 2002 07:23 PDT
Expires: 03 May 2002 07:23 PDT
Question ID: 6174
I'm going back to france, after spending one year in Canada, and I was
wondering what are the options to mov some of the stuff I bought here.
I don't have a lot of things, most of them could probably fit in a
couple of suitcases, but I have some bigger items (a bike) that I'd
like to bring back too.
What I'm looking for is:
Where can I find information related to this kind of issue (not moving
a full house but just a couple of things)
Is there a not too expensive way to do this
Subject: Re: Moving stuff from Canada to Europe
Answered By: trailhead-ga on 26 Apr 2002 11:24 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Motdiem,

One of the most important ways to save on your international move is
simple  preparation.  The more time you lend to planning your move the
cheaper your costs will be.  Spend ample time figuring out what you
want to ship, getting various shipping company estimates, and
timetables for your shipment to arrive.

There are several key areas that you should familiarize yourself with.
 First, have a good idea on how many items you are moving.  There are
two basic units of measurements for moving companies.  For larger
moves, you can pay for a freight container ranging from 20’ – 40’. 
Typically, items from a small family would fit in a 20’ freight
container and a large household would require a 40’ freight container.

It sounds like your needs don’t fit the aforementioned specifications.
 Smaller shipments can be shipped at a method called “LCL” or less
than container load.  LCL shipments range from 60-160 cubic feet.  
What is a cubic foot of space? does a good job summarizing
this question:
Sefco Guidance and Support for Shipping Overseas

Now that you know the required sized container, start calling/emailing
moving companies for estimates.  Good moving companies will offer free
estimates provided you have a good indication of the size of your
shipment.  Feel free to describe the contents of your shipment and
they’ll lend some shipping advice.

I wasn’t sure if you are moving a bicycle or a motorcycle.  If you are
just moving a bicycle, then you might avoid the costs of shipping a
container and send the bike through traditional shipping methods
(Fedex, DHL, Airborne Express).   Are you flying to France?  Another
avenue that you might explore is shipping the bike through the
airlines.  Airlines typically offer shipment of bikes for a nominal

If your bike is indeed a motorcycle, there are various movers that
specialize in motorcycle shipments.  Here are a few that ship out of

Motorcycle Shippers

Motorcycle Express

Motorcycle Shipping Testimonials

Will you need a combination of the aforementioned services?  Maybe you
can send most of your items via LCL freight container, specialized
motorcycle shipping, and important times taken in suitcases during
your flight to France?

Here are other items that you should consider:

- Have you purchased insurance for your move?  Always purchase
insurance for the items that you are shipping in case there is damage
or items lost.
- Do you want to pack the items yourself or by the moving company? 
Some moving companies will only insure the items that they have packed
themselves.  Also, moving abroad often lends to a higher quality of

- How long do you want the shipment to take?  Obviously, the shorter
the delivery time the more expensive the freight.

- Is there a minimum weight/volume the shipping company will send? 
Some companies have a minimum for shipments abroad.

- What are the customs regulations for shipping your items to France? 
Here’s a website that will be of some value:

French Customs

Lastly, try looking at the following tips for moving internationally. 
The more you learn about other people’s experience and moving
companies' tips, the less stress and mistakes you’ll make.  Here are a
few that I’ve gathered:

Moving Check list

Overseas moving Tips

Tips on moving

Sgt. Mom’s Tips so You are going Overseas

Websites that may interest you:

Canadian Moving Companies

Yahoo! Moving
Canadian Moving Companies

Moving Center

Sefco Export Management

Freight Sizes for Moving Abroad

Williams Moving and Storage

AMJ Campbell

Discount Moving International

King’s Transfer Van Lines

Pac N Save Shipping

Two Small Men Canada Moving Company

Shipping and
France Page

United Van Lines

Keywords Used:

canada movers

shipping motorcycle canada

canada international move

international move tips


motdiem-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Very good answer, very useful and timely. Thanks a lot!

Subject: Re: Moving stuff from Canada to Europe
From: nicole-ga on 26 Apr 2002 07:37 PDT
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