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Moving to California from Vancouver is an easy task, provided you follow Great Canadian Van lines  recommendations and have your U.S Customs documentation and 3299 in order.

When moving to the US, you need to understand that additional paper work and customs documentation is required to clear your goods. Although it is not a requirement for you to be at the border to clear your shipment, proper completion of your paperwork is mandatory. The following are some of the most common situations and paperwork required to ship your goods to the US.

You are a US citizen moving back to the US from Canada

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy of U.S. Passport or clear photocopy
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299

You are a Canadian citizen moving to the US for work

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy or clear photocopy of Canadian Passport
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299
  • Work Visa stamped on passport by U.S. Customs

You are a Canadian citizen moving to the US

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy or clear photocopy of Canadian Passport
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299
  • Copy of a Permanent Resident card (Green Card)
  • Copy of your I-94 departure record

You are a Landed Immigrant moving to the US for work

Requirements:

  • Scanned copy or clear photocopy of Passport
  • Secondary piece of Photo ID (ie. driver’s license)
  • Completed U.S. Customs Form 3299
  • Work Visa stamped on passport by U.S. Customs

If you do not fall into one of the above categories, please ask your moving consultant for the requirements for your specific situation. Your moving consultant will assist you in preparing the required documents.

When moving cross-border, please note the following items are prohibited from being shipped:

  • Protected wildlife
  • Explosives
  • Ammunition
  • Fireworks
  • Goods made from endangered species*

Please note that pianos 25 years and older may have ivory keys. If your piano contains Ivory, a letter from the Canadian Parks board is required to clear the piano through customs.

Important Note for Owner-packed Cartons: Be aware that, if you will be packing your own cartons for cross-border shipping, you must identify on the carton the items inside the carton. For example, if the carton has books, write books on the top of the carton. Note that improper labeling of your cartons will result in delays at the border and may prevent your shipment from crossing.

For additional information on moving to the U.S. please check the following links:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection website: www.cbp.gov
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website: www.uscis.gov

 

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