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[Request] Good cross-border movers: NYC to Toronto

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[Request] Good cross-border movers: NYC to Toronto

Hey RFD,

Anyone here have a GTA-based moving company they would recommend for a cross-border move, specifically relocating the contents of a storage unit in NYC to one in Toronto?

I've done some research on my own and have found the price can range from $2K - $6K. The $2K range is in my budget and I've found a few leads. Due to street limitations on the NYC side, any company using vanlines/tractor trailers are not eligible, so mainly looking at movers who use a 26ft truck.

Have reached out to 6 companies so far. My top picks are a company with a good rep but based in Montreal, or a company in Ontario that is $500 less but has reviews stating punctuality and hidden costs are an issue.

Hoping to find a GTA cross-border moving company with a good rep, surely they must exist!

Thanks in advance!
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I'd be surprised if you can find anyone for the foreseeable future at a reasonable rate. In addition to the hassles of clearing your items through customs, they'd have to isolate for two weeks when they get here. You'd end up paying them to sit at home I presume
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You also may not be able to even do this, unless the company is also licenced in N.Y. State or City, as that is where the pick-up is originating. For example, most cities in Ontario that have taxi bylaws prohibit out of town companies from picking up in their city unless they are licenced to do so in the pick-up city.
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BoatyMcBoatface wrote: I'd be surprised if you can find anyone for the foreseeable future at a reasonable rate. In addition to the hassles of clearing your items through customs, they'd have to isolate for two weeks when they get here. You'd end up paying them to sit at home I presume
I thought this as well and had resigned myself to having to ride COVID out before I could empty that storage locker in NYC . I have recently learnt that movers are classified as essential workers and can come into Canada without requiring the 14 day quarantine.
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rcmpvet wrote: You also may not be able to even do this, unless the company is also licenced in N.Y. State or City, as that is where the pick-up is originating. For example, most cities in Ontario that have taxi bylaws prohibit out of town companies from picking up in their city unless they are licenced to do so in the pick-up city.
From the moving companies I've spoken with, neither the small companies that would just send their own crew down, nor the larger companies that work with an American counterpart, have mentioned this as a problem.
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You could also check out companies that offer shipping containers (upakweship, cubeit, pods etc).

In this case you can hire local people at each location to help pack and unpack. I know of two people who have used PODs this year for cross Canada moving. It worked out great for both parties.
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rcmpvet wrote: You also may not be able to even do this, unless the company is also licenced in N.Y. State or City, as that is where the pick-up is originating. For example, most cities in Ontario that have taxi bylaws prohibit out of town companies from picking up in their city unless they are licenced to do so in the pick-up city.
When I very briefly worked in van freight 20 years ago, I believe we could operate as a point to point from Canada —->US and back again, but could not use a Canadian driver to pick up anything from the US and move it within the US. So they could take stuff from here to Florida, go empty to Georgia and pick up there to bring back here. They could not have taken something from Florida to Georgia though.
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How big a locker? U-Haul though there is the returning quarantine.
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@Jerico I have no supportive information I am just going by "protectionist" type of legislation. We all know the U.S.A. is very protecting of its workers, etc. I am not a trucker but I can swear like one.Face With Tears Of Joy
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rcmpvet wrote: @Jerico I have no supportive information I am just going by "protectionist" type of legislation. We all know the U.S.A. is very protecting of its workers, etc. I am not a trucker but I can swear like one.Face With Tears Of Joy
My info is 20 years old so barely better. God I hated that job.... long hours, low pay, kept messing with my hours of work... And I was a full time Marketing person.

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