Are you just about to move internationally? If so, here are the basic steps you will need to take: Once you have decided to move internationally and have a known destination, it is time to make all the necessary arrangements for your move. You will need, of course, to start packing. If you are packing mostly household goods you might prefer to do this on your own to save costs; although this can be done, for a fee, by the moving company in charge of transporting your possessions to the port of departure.
The moving company will be the first of many stages in the journey that you will have to deal with. They will be in charge of the first part of your move. When they have delivered your goods to the port another step takes place: storing and loading. Your goods will be taken to the port in a container, fully loaded (that’s in case you ordered an exclusive container), or will be stored in a warehouse together with other goods being shipped to the same destination, and will be consolidated to a shared container and sent on their way overseas.
The next stage or link is the shipping company. They are the ones who run the ship onto which your container or the shared container holding your belongings is loaded and transported across the ocean.
Now your goods have landed on foreign soil; they must be cleared through Customs by a Customs clearance agent. Each country has different rules and regulations which are subject to change without notice. Depending how you enter the country will have an effect on the rules and regulations as well. It is essential that you familiarize yourself with these rules beforehand. After your goods have cleared by Customs, they must be loaded and transported to your home. This is done by a local equivalent of the American moving company – those friendly people that you encountered in the beginning. These companies overseas may look the same as the domestic ones you are used to dealing with, but they might not be capable of communicating in English as well as you might expect.
Now you are at your destination, your belongings have arrived and all that is left is to unpack (whew, aren’t you relieved?).
You must remember that during the process of moving, especially overseas (what would be referred to as an international move), you must handle many steps, or segments of the move and familiarize yourself with a lot of facts, figures, rules, laws etc. You will need to do all of these in a not less than perfect way since the safe arrival of your goods depends solely on your performance of all the above.
If you fear that it is too complicated or simply think (and who wouldn’t), that it’s too big of a risk to take on yourself, you are not alone. If you are wondering whether there are professionals out there doing this day by day, people who know all there is to know about international moving, whose field of expertise is getting your goods from the USA to any other place on the face of the earth – the answer is YES: they are called INTERNATIONAL MOVERS.
These people are the experts who will deal with all the stages of your international move and make sure that all is handled in the quickest, safest and most cost effective way, so that you will have the time to prepare for your relocation without the worries and hassle of transporting your goods overseas.
If you are worried about the price just remember: it may cost a bit more but will assure the success of your move. It may even cost less just because they know exactly who will do every step for the best price at any given time. You should consider hiring an International Mover and remember – getting a quote won’t cost you a penny.