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Old 03-02-2008, 12:03 AM
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I am currently living in the USA, am planning to rent a Uhaul and drive into canada with all my belongings along with my car in the tow.

Will there be a problem in the Border, will they ask me a lot of questions and ask me to open all my stuff and check each and every box?
Am i better off just taking a full service mover that does cross broder moves and save myself the headache?

Any feedback from someone that has experienced this will be helpful.
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:16 AM
Location: Houston, Texas
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Yes you will be searched in a Uhaul. They will take every item out of that trailer. I crossed the Peace Arch in BC many hundreds times before 9-11 and once after. What a difference.

More importantly though. You can not just move to Canada because you want to or because bushy "The Decider" has turned America into a dictatorship. There are proper channels to cover before moving there. You can not just get a job. Do you know all this or am I rattling?

I suggest you look further into this move whatever your motive is before actually doing it.

If you tell the border guard that you are moving to Canada in those exact words when he asks what is your destination, I can assure you he will turn you back. Even if you say you are going on vacation he will question your honesty having a Uhaul behind you.

It will not work...........

But good luck...
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:24 AM
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Thanks for your reply, i guess i forgot to mention i am a canadian PR, i got my residency card 2 years back and am now moving so that i can maintain my residency status.
Does that change the circumstances? Will they still strip search me :-)
Do you think it will be better for me to ship my stuff and simply fly in?
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:06 AM
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When my wife and I did the UHaul thing from the US, my biggest fear was that I'd end up in the middle of a Customs parking lot trying to repack that 3-D jigsaw puzzle.

Didn't happen. We just handed in our paperwork, answered some questions and drove home. From a border security standpoint, i'd have actually felt better if Customs had at least opened the trailer door.

The degree to which you searched and questioned depends on individual circumstances, attitude, and the mood of the Customs inspector.

With regard to your concern about entering Canada with a DUI, there shouldn't be a problem. Your PR card gives you the legal right to enter Canada.
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