As with most things, an international move means coming in contact with tons of new rules, laws, and regulations. Things that are allowed in Canada, may be prohibited or even illegal when moving to a different country. When planning an international move, pay close attention to these moving rules to prevent trouble and unwanted attention at the border. This blog will cover some of the items you should NOT pack when moving internationally from Edmonton.

Items Classes

There are different classifications for items depending on their status in the country. Remember that items will have different classifications in different countries, so it’s important to double-check that everything is safe (even if it seems like common sense).

Hazards: any items which may be dangerous to property, life, or health.

Restricted: items that are allowed, but will require extra paperwork and declarations. Restricted items may only be permitted for certain people, and it’s not guaranteed that you’ll be approved even if you apply (think guns and military or police officers, versus ordinary citizens).

Banned: these items are not permitted in the country, under any circumstances.

An (Incomplete) List of Prohibited Items

Below is a detailed, and yet often incomplete, list of items not to pack on your international move.

  • Firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Other weapons
  • Explosives
  • Corrosives (batteries)
  • Inflammables (paint, lighter fluid)
  • Radioactive material
  • Aerosols or pressurized containers
  • Poisons
  • Animal skins
  • Narcotics (or other illegal drugs)
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Foodstuff (fresh or dried)
  • Vegetable matter (seeds, soil)
  • Pornographic materials
  • Money (excessive amounts of cash)
  • Counterfeit materials (including pirated material)

Please remember that this is not an extensive list, and every country has different regulations. Your international moving coordinator in Edmonton will be able to assist you in finding the requirements of your destination, and ensuring that you don’t pack anything prohibited.

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