What is the cheapest way to move from Canada to the U.S.?

The cost of moving between Canada and the U.S.

August 2020 Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, entry regulations into the U.S. have changed. Because moving is considered essential business, you can still cross the U.S./Canadian border. Depending on the travel restrictions in the city you’re moving to, you may be required to quarantine once you arrive. You can get this information from the local health department, and get COVID-19 updates from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

When relocating to a new country, there are plenty of costs that you’ll incur, from customs processing fees to finding new housing. But one of the biggest costs can be shipping your belongings. When moving from Canada to the U.S. (or in reverse), you’ll need to find a shipping option that can get your belongings across the border, but you don’t want to spend more than necessary. 

How can you move to or from Canada and stay within your budget? The easiest answer is to do some of the work yourself, and use a moving company that keeps prices low. U-Pack® is often the cheapest option. Take a look at how to keep rates affordable and the costs you can expect for your move.

Couple standing outside their home before moving from Canada to the U.S.


The cheapest way to move to (and from) Canada

U-Pack is a “you pack, we drive” service, which helps keeps rates cheap since you do the packing and loading. Instead of paying for pricey full-service movers, you do the work yourself (or we can recommend affordable moving crews), saving you money. 

Once you load, U-Pack handles the transportation, including crossing the Canadian/U.S. border. Since our transportation partner, ABF Freight®, makes regular trips into and out of Canada, we are familiar with Customs and don’t have expensive fees for transporting your goods. The only extra costs you’ll have are for filing the proper paperwork (more on that later).

U-Pack keeps prices affordable by charging based on space, not weight. While other movers might charge by how heavy the shipment is, which can be very difficult to estimate accurately, U-Pack space-based pricing gives you flexibility. You load into a moving trailer or moving containers, and you only pay for the space used. 

The moving quote will include an estimate for the space we think you’ll need depending how much you’re moving. If you have a tight budget, load efficiently and make sure only to use that estimated space (or less). If you use less space, the rate decreases.  And if you need more space, it’s available. Your moving quote will show how much each extra linear foot or additional moving container will cost.  

Learn other things that will help cut costs for your move: The Cheapest Way to Move

Costs to move from Canada to the U.S.

In addition to the cost to move your belongings, a U-Pack move to the United States from Canada also includes a $26.95 Customs Broker Manifest Processing Fee. 

Learn more about moving to the U.S. here

Costs to move from the U.S. to Canada

If you’re going the opposite direction into Canada from the United States, U-Pack applies a $60 Customs Administration Fee in addition to the transportation costs. We’ll file the paperwork to cross the border on your behalf so that you only have to visit Customs to clear the shipment before final delivery. 

Read more about the process of moving to Canada

How much will your move cost?

U-Pack takes several factors into account for a move: the origin, destination, home size and move date. Tell us those details when getting an online moving quote or call 844-362-5303844-594-3077

Have questions about keeping costs low when shipping belongings to (or from) Canada? Leave a comment below. We’re here to help.