Moving House Plants

You've worked hard to cultivate healthy house plants. And you want them to arrive that way at your new home. As you prepare to go new places with King's Transfer Van Lines Calgary and  Atlas, use these tips on how to move plants. If you have questions, ask your Atlas Account Representative. We want your move to be a complete success.


When moving plants across country...

Transport house plants in a temperature-controlled environment, such as your car. Atlas does not transport perishable items over long distances; extreme temperatures and lack of fresh air in a moving van can be fatal. However, for distances under 150 miles and trip times shorter than 8 hours, Atlas may offer service. Talk to your Atlas Account Representative about the best option for your plants.

When your Atlas Account Representative conducts the moving survey in your home, let him or her know you intend to take your plants. Atlas offers affordable packing materials for plants, and your representative can explain what you need.

Moving plants from province to province can be done without any special inspections. If you're transporting houseplants across borders, check federal, provincial, and state regulations, and make sure there are no plant quarantines in effect.

If you have questions about caring for specific types of plants, see the chart below for tips on the ten most common house plants. You can also find answers by visiting these websites: CITES Web siteCanadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Better Homes & Gardens

Information for travellers: What can I bring into Canada?

Travellers are required, by law, to declare all plant, animal, and food items they bring into Canada. For more information visit What Can I Bring Into Canada?

Video: How to Move Plants


Bringing Food, Plant & Animal Products into Canada

Moving Your Plants

Additional Contact Information:

Border Information Services (BIS)

Phone: Toll-free in Canada: 1-800-461-9999
Outside Canada: 204-983-3500 or 506-636-5064 (long-distance charges apply)
*If you call during office hours (08:00 – 16:00) local time, you can speak directly to an agent for more specific information.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)


Automated Import Reference System (AIRS)


Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)


Phone: Eastern Canada: 1-877-493-0468
Central Canada: 1-800-835-4486
Western Canada: 1-888-732-6222

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES)


Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS)

Phone: 1-800-668-6767

Programs and Services for Commercial Importers

Some plants and plant products must also meet the requirements of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).