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Moving furniture from US to Canada

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Re: Moving furniture from US to Canada

Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:00 am

Meg 905:

A professional moving company should create a load sheet as your things are put into the truck, as a way to ensure that they and you, know what is in the truck. As I said, make sure that the moving company that you choose has proper permits to operate in Canada.

A further note about your van......When it arrives at the Canadian border, it needs to go thru the " import process " . This is basically to make sure that it meets Canadian safety standards, and also the emmissions levels. In some cases, if a vehicle that was made for the US market does not have " day time running lights " it will have to be modified to meet the requirents here. That is usually a 14 day "get it fixed and send us a report that it has been done " kind of deal.

The Province of Manitoba requires that you get Manitoba plates within a 4 week period after you arrive here. Insurance has to be in place, and paid for, before you can get the plates at the local Ministry of Transport offices. The Manitoba driver's license is a direct swap with your US state lic , if you have been a good driver for the past 4 years in the USA. Only the USA and the UK get that kind of a deal, all others have to start at zero, and go thru the whole beginner's set of tests and probationary period permits.

Jim B. Toronto.


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:20 am

Hi jim

That is news for me Very Happy
I have a UK driving license for the past 6 years. Am I eligible for a swap if I was good driver ( ofcourse Laughing no points so far). I did not take my US driving test .i am using my international license to drive in US.

I will surely pass all the information regarding the van to my husband. He started collecting the necessary papers.We bought a new toyota sienna van last year, i am sure it needs only less modifications.

Thanks for your time.

Very Happy you all surprise me.


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Re: Moving furniture from US to Canada

Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:55 am

I am bringing some home comforts with me Jim, don't worry! Thats about all I'm bringing with me to be honest. Today I took a 10 hour road trip to sell my denby dinner service! It was worth the pay out tho! lol!

I have a date for moving. Friday the 10th of August. Not long!!!!


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Re: Moving furniture from US to Canada

Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 2:43 am

Good luck with your move.


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Re: Moving furniture from US to Canada

Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 5:27 pm


A Toyota van will be easier to import than one made in the USA, for the US domestic market. Why? Well for one thing, the domestic vehicle would have a "miles per hour " speedometer, instead of one that has BOTH miles and kilometres on the speedo. A second thing would be the headlights package. In Canada all vehicles made after < I think 1990 have to have the "all ways on " headlights so the vehicle is easier to see during the day time.

Americans who come to Canada for the first time allways remark about " every body has their lights on " as they drive. We don't even think about it now.

Yes you can exchange your UK driver's permit for a Manitoba one, based on your past driving record. Manitoba has a Public Automobile Insurance plan that covers all persons who drive a vehicle registered in the Province. This means that your vehicle insurance will cost less than if you were insured by a private, for profit company. Everyone is required to have insurance for each vehicle they own.

Here is the Manitoba Vehicle


Jim B.


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Re: Moving furniture from US to Canada

Post Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 9:46 pm


I know nothing about china, so I'll guess that the price you got was "worth " the trip? 10 hours of driving in the UK must be about a record for going somewhere, and back in one day , am I right ?

I seem to remember that you will be going to a place near Collingwood/Georgian Bay area? Is that right ? Have you been there before, for a look round?

Have you thought about " not nursing " for a while ?

August the 10th will be a big day in your life, for sure.

Let us know how you get on, after you arrive in Ontario.

Cheers from Jim B.


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Re: Moving furniture from US to Canada

Post Posted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 12:29 am

I am going to live just outside Owen Sound. I've been going there 4 times a year for the past 3 years.

I am going to be taking a short career break, maybe 6-8 weeks and yes I have thought about doing something not nursing! Why do you ask?

At the moment I am busy trying to sell my car and meeting with friends to say goodbye. I will be glad when saturday the 11th of August arrives and it's all over!


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