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sl76
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Posted On: 5/15/2015
sl76
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Hello,

I've been living in South Korea for the past 15 years but I'm planning on moving back to Canada later this summer.

I realize that I need to prepare a list of items that I will be taking with me as well as those that I plan on shipping.

However, I'm a little unclear as to how specific I need to be.

For example, my children have their toys, soccer balls, badminton rackets, sleds, etc.

Do these need to be listed out individually or can they all be grouped into "Children's toys"?

Also, I'm not sure what value to write down for most of the items I'm planning on taking.

These are all things we use now.

The only resell value would be whatever someone would be willing to pay to buy it.

For example, my desk cost me about $500 dollars when I bought it 8 years ago but now it's not really worth anything.

For items like my desk and others that I wouldn't even be able to sell, would I write $0 as the value or just leave it blank?

Thank you
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Posted On: 5/19/2015
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and questions with us.

It is great that you are looking into this type of information ahead of time.

According some Border Information Services representatives (BIS), as you may already know, it is one form per family.

We have some really helpful information on how to complete these forms and what can be included in some of our previous Settlement.Org discussion threads here:

List of goods bringing to Canada

Description of Goods

Jewelry Appraisal

You may also want to contact the Border Information Services directly for specific information and a definitive response. You can contact them here:

Border Information Services (BIS) from outside of Canada (long-distance charges apply):

(204) 983-3500 or (506) 636-5064.

Additionally, you can also find some helpful information in our Settlement.Org I am immigrating to Canada. How do I bring my belongings with me? article.

Here is an excerpt,

If you need more space to list your goods, you can type out your own list or fill out form B4A Personal Effects Accounting Document (list of goods imported) [PDF] .


I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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sl76
sl76
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Posted On: 6/3/2015
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My wife doesn't have very expensive jewelry (she doesn't believe in spending a lot of money on things like that...thank goodness). Will it be okay to simply write "jewelry" and put an estimated value on all of it? I would assume by the amount, they can tell that we aren't bringing expensive jewelry. I wouldn't think a jewerly appraisal would be necessary for cheap jewelry or very old jewelry.
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Ann_noni
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Posted On: 6/7/2015
Ann_noni
Ann_noni
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Hi i am going to Canada with my toddler child. I am confused what are the "goods to follow"? Is this that are check in luggage or those goods that are in cargo?
Can i ask a sample in filling up the B4forms?
Your reply is a big help. Thank you.

AnnN
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Ann_noni
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Posted On: 6/7/2015
Ann_noni
Ann_noni
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Hi
Do i need to include in the checklist those jewelries that i wear like necklace, earrings and wedding ring?

AnnN
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Posted On: 6/16/2015
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Hello AnnN and SL76,

Thank you for sharing your additional questions with us.

"Goods to follow" are generally items that you will be bringing at a later date.

You can find some sample ideas and suggestions in our previous Settlement.Org List of goods bringing to Canada discussion thread.

Regarding both your questions about jewellery, you can find some examples of what is required in some of our previous Settlement.Org Discussion Threads.

You can find some information in these Settlement.Org Pictures of Gold - What is required? and Settlement.Org How can I bring my jewelry with me? discussion threads.

Here is an excerpt from one of those threads,


From the information we have received from several Border Information Services (BIS) representatives, you should have one photograph for each item. It is also recommended that if these items are jewellery, you should also have the photos stamped and appraisals by a jeweller.


We suggest that you may want to contact the Border Information Services (BIS) directly to confirm this information and for some additional information.

I hope this information is helpful. Please let us know if you have further questions and if there is any follow up to your question/situation.

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Anna
Settlement.Org Content and Information/Referral Specialist, CIRS
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