Using ABF in winter - cold weather exposure and items
I have no idea what items can safely be exposed to the freezing temperatures, and if they can't be frozen how else am I supposed to get them to CA - is there another suggestion? I could probably take the computer in my car but the rest there will not be room for!
Items I am concerned about:
- DVD player
- Air Conditioner
- LCD computer monitor
- stereo (home theatre)
Everything else is furniture books etc and will be fine.
Does anyone have advice or info on this?
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I used U-Pack to move from CA to Ontario before, and we packed everything really well and averything arrived intact. I think I will take some extra precautions with tarps over the load in the winter in case snow leaks in, or spray from the tires coming up into the trailer.
I'll make sure to pad everything really well because cold things tend to be more brittle.
To Be Given to ABF Driver
You will need a 3299 customs declaration. Do a Google search on "form 3299" and you can get a link to fill it out on line and print it.
A photocopy of the front page of your US Passports (for all those family members shipping goods across the border).
An inventory of the goods being shipped. A copy for the driver, a copy for customs, and a copy for yourself. The inventory will list all furniture, including electronics, and cartons and contents.
computer.......IBM .. model # xxx .....s/n xxxx
Please note that goods owned less than 6 mths to a year could be subject to duties and taxes.
If you have a copy of the Canada Customs Accounting document, that you did when you moved up, atach a copy to the customs docs (proves that you are shipping back what you brought up).
Do not worry about the cold, think of household goods on moving vans travelling across the praries in -40. Don't get too carried away with plastic protection, It can produce a greenhouse effect, (especially with the transition to a warmer climate) and trap moisture inside the components.
copies of the photo ID page of your passports for all persons seeking free entry of goods(you, spouse, children). Make sure they are clean clear pictures.
copies of the I-94 departure records which should be in your passports. This must be up to date
3299 customs declaration
As I said the inbound accounting docs will be helpful.
Thanks for the gypsy moth check. Most self movers don't bother and should be mandatory no matter where you are going to.
Getting out before the snow flies, and you call yourself Canadian