Moving Storage Options

Moving Storage Options

Bekins Head Office

Canada's newest, cleanest, purpose built moving and storage facility.

Types of Storage

In Transit Storage - This is storage used until the goods arrive at the destination location. Slow low fuel consumption ocean shipping can result in missed train and truck connections. When the next train or truck is available the in transit storage ends.

Temporary Storage - Short term storage of an unknown length, for example, if a container were damaged and awaiting an insurance inspector, when pets get sick and are placed into quarantine or while waiting for an unscheduled customs inspection. Frequently this type of storage also involves extra handling.

Short Term Storage - Storage, based on a short fixed duration, where that 'term' results in a lower costs. International moves frequently have a delay before final delivery, where possessions are stored until the start of the month, when the new home becomes available. Short term storage for that planned period helps keep those costs down.

Long Term Storage - Storage often based on annual rates. Visiting the destination country can reveal apartments and homes are smaller than expected. Putting family treasures into storage, either for other family members or in preparation for returning in a few years becomes the practical option. Contracting storage for that expended period reduces the storage costs significantly and assures the most stable environment.

Container Storage - Storage left in the originally loaded container offers reduced handling and added flexibility. When environmental control is not as important, this can be a cost effective alternate storage method. These containers are government certified intermodal containers, that have been modified with extra insulation and specially lined, equipped with furniture pads, straps and state of the art load restraint systems to cover and secure goods during transit.

Storage Concerns


   • Dust and dirt are an issue for anything left exposed.
   • Smells such as fuel or from transportation activities can penetrate packing when not sealed properly.
   • Pests like insects and rodents are a transportation risk.
   • Break in and theft are potential transit and storage dangers.
   • Handling damage can come from; distraction, shipping vibration, loads shifting or equipment failure.

Environmental Stability

     Humidity and temperature impact possessions. Lacquer furniture finishes separating from wood as temperature goes down or glue stresses during decreased humidity, are examples.

Fire and structural stability

     Solid concrete and steel structures reduce fire and earthquake risks. Equipment use, human error and transport processing remain.

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Bekins Container Storage Field.

BEKINS Moving and Storage Purpose Built Processing Facilities

Concrete and Steel

     To reduce risks from fire and natural disasters solid concrete and steel structures are important. Since the early 1900's, Bekins has understood the need for solid concrete and steel structure and incorporated it into each purpose built facility since then.   

Cleaning Stations

     A culture of storage care starts with the basics. Sweeping up is the secrete start to having the cleanest storage facility, where everyone is proud of their part in delivering the cleanest storage and international move processing facility.

Fire Suppression

     Fire prevention work is supported by staff training, the latest fire control equipment and a complete fire suppression system.

Furniture Vaults

     The storage items are secured in furniture vaults which isolate their contents, one from the other. Those vaults contain carefully loaded, packed boxes, crated items or unpacked items.

The Right Equipment

     Mechanized controls for our 40,000 lb shipping docks and loading bay doors are an example of using the right tool for each task. Our job is to quickly and effectively process international storage. Using the right tool for each job is the best way to do that.   

Dedicated Controls

     Controlling separate storage areas provides stability for stored possessions in those areas.


     24 /7 video monitoring of all access and storage area activity..

Temperature Monitoring

     Constant monitoring of each areas temperature lets protocols for environment stability to be triggered. Winter, summer, rain or shine things change... just not for the possessions in storage.

Forklift Safety Stations

     The forklifts are workhorses managing storage movement. When not used they are recharged and stored in specially designed safe locations that meet safety criteria.   

Steel Racking

     Easy access solid racks accommodate storage items that are not suitable for furniture vaults.   

Palletized Storage

     Palletized storage lets unusual items be plastic wrapped and stored in a safe space. For example, a table saw waiting for its owner to return from an international assignment.   
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