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Moving from Canada to the U.S.

While it is usually not necessary for the owner of the household goods to be present at the border when the driver clears Customs, it is imperative that all paperwork is in good order to avoid having the shipment “heldin bond” by Customs (bond fees are chargeable to the customer).

Understanding your responsibilities, documentation requirements, and what to expect at U.S. Customs is key to the success of your relocation

We recommend that you refer to the following websites to obtain detailed information on cross-border relocation procedures
www.unigroupworldwide.com
www.firstgov.gov.com
www.fda.gov
www.canadianembassy.org

U.S. Customs require that you complete a 3299 (declaration of free entryform). It is your responsibility to complete the 3299 form and provide it to your Moving Consultant prior to loading. Your Mayflower driver will present the form along with a copy of your Passport, a copy of the Bill of Lading for your shipment and your household goods Inventory List, to Customs at the border.
Avoid unnecessary delays when you cross the border by ensuring that Passports, Birth Certificates, photo identification and Social Security/Insurance numbers for each family member crossing are up to date. Please note, you must enter the U.S. before your household goods shipment and declare that you have goods to follow.
Required Documentation

Canadian citizens moving to the U.S. require:
Passports, Birth Certificates, and clear photo identification for each family member
A Work Visa, Immigrant Visa, or a I-94 Multiple Entry form. You must enter the U.S., have your Visa stamped, and declare goods to follow before your shipment can be loaded
Social Insurance number
Completed 3299 (free entry form), obtainable from Mayflower Canada
Letter from employer indicating validity of transfer (if applicable)
Copy of marriage certificate if spouse’s family name differs

U.S. citizens returning to the U.S. from Canada require:
Passports or Birth Certificates and photo identification for each family member traveling with you
Social Security Number
Completed 3299 (free entry form), obtainable from Mayflower Canada
You must enter the U.S. and declare goods to follow before your shipment can be loaded

Moving a motor vehicle from Canada to the U.S.
Completed HS-7 form (obtainable from Mayflower Canada)
Completed Environmental Protection Agency form (obtainable from Mayflower Canada)
Manufacturer’s letter stating that vehicle meets all U.S. standards (obtainable from the manufacturer of your vehicle)
Copy of vehicle registration
Photocopy of U.S. Bill of Sale if applicable (returning U.S. resident)

MOVING FROM THE UNITED STATES TO CANADA

Understanding your responsibilities, documentation requirements and what to expect at Canada Customs is key to the success of your relocation.We recommend that you refer to the following websites to obtain detailed information on cross-border relocation procedures
http://www.cic.gc.ca
www.canadianembassy.org
http://www.inspection.gc.ca
http://www.unigroupworldwide.com
http://www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca
http://www.riv.ca

It is mandatory that the owner of the household goods be present when the shipment clears Customs in Canada. If the owner of the goods is not present to clear Canada Customs the goods will be “held in bond” by Customs (bond fees are chargeable to the customer).
To avoid unnecessary delays when you cross the border, ensure that Passports, Birth Certificates, photo identification and Social Security/Insurance numbers for each family member crossing the border are up to date.
Check with your coordinator concerning the import of prohibited items.

We highly recommend that you do not include any food or beverages (including alcohol) in your shipment as they may cause delays in clearing your shipment through Canada Customs.
Required Documentation
U.S. citizens moving to Canada require:
A Canadian Work Visa, and confirmation of residence status for each family member traveling with you
Valid Passport for each family member traveling with you
Two copies of a detailed Inventory List of all items being shipped
Two copies of a list of items that are arriving at a later date (if applicable)
Letter from new employer indicating validity of transfer (if applicable)
Owner packed cartons must be labeled as owner packed with the contents listed and numbered on the outside of the carton.

Canadian citizens returning to Canada from the U.S. require:
Valid Passport and photo identification for eachfamily member traveling with you
Two copies of a detailed Inventory List of all items being shipped
Two copies of a list of items that are arriving at a later date (if applicable)
Automobiles
You must have the ORIGINAL TITLE for every vehicle moving from the U.S.to Canada. No exceptions! Depending on your port of entry, requirements for documentation may vary. You must either fax a copy and present theoriginal at time of crossing or courier the original AT LEAST 72 HOURS PRIOR to arriving at US Customs. Each US Customs office has different regulations.
Duties and taxes may be assessed on your vehicle. We recommend that you contact Registrar of imported Vehicles prior to shipping or driving your vehicle to Canada