Most airlines will include one checked bag at no extra cost on long-haul flights. However, if you’re looking to bring extra clothes or belongings, or bulky items like skis, you should research your options for international shipping to Canada.
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For full details on how to send your belongings to Canada, see Send My Bag’s Canada guide. This contains all you need to know about:
- Restricted items (e.g. liquids, aerosols etc).
- Items included in the insurance cover.
- Customs and border information.
Other International Shipping to Canada advice.
There are other providers, if you’re interested. Victoria Janssens has offered her experiences in international shipping to Canada, from Vancouver back to Europe. She writes:
“It is difficult to find a company that ships to the west coast. You can send boxes by air quite easily, but that is a lot more expensive. We did quite a bit of shopping around and the best quote we got was from Excess Baggage Company, based in London.
“We sent three boxes (13 ft^3 total) door-to-door from Dublin to Vancouver, which cost about £350 GBP and arrived three months later. When calling for quotes you need to specifically request the rate for international shipping to Canada and that you are prepared to wait three months for your stuff, as this seems to be the standard travel time. All of the companies are quick to quote the air freight rate unless you request shipping.
“Finally, most airlines allow you to purchase extra checked baggage, which can work out cheaper if you don’t have too much stuff. I know British Airways charge €50 for the first extra bag and the cost increases for the second, third, etc.
“Only for the fact we needed to bring some heavy books this would probably have been more economical than shipping boxes.”