International Moving Guide
An international move is a complex process that involves strict custom rules and regulations. The process of finding a qualified full service international mover can be eased by making sure that your moving company and freight forwarder are associated with The International Association of Movers (IAM).
You want to make sure that the freight forwarder will be able to assist you with all the essential steps of your moving process such as getting the proper documentation, obtaining customs clearance, and providing a means of transportation and delivery. This will also lessen the amount of different companies you will have to pay during the process.
You will want to find an international moving agent at least 4-6 week prior to your move. Arrange to have at least three in-home estimates from three different international movers. An international moving estimator will estimate the weight and volume of what will be moved. The in-house estimate gives us the opportunity to recommend the services best suited to your specific needs. Additionally, it provides the opportunity to fully explain the international logistics involved in moving your possessions to your final destination.
You can schedule an estimate with McCarthy Transfer & Storage, a San Diego International Moving Company by calling us at 619-596-2594.
When moving overseas, unless you are moving permanently, you only want to take the bare essentials. Sell everything that is replaceable. You may consider putting some irreplaceable or sentimental possessions into storage in the US but remember the cost of long term storage may be more than buying it new when you move back to the states. Selling electronics is a great idea. The voltage in another country is different and you will need to purchase adapters to use electronics.
Preparing your belongings for international shipment can be a daunting task. Each country has different shipping requirements and security measures in place for shipments that come into their ports. Working with a crew specializing in overseas moving would be familiar with these standards. Many countries do not allow youto pack your own boxes, so leaving the packing to us can ensure that your goods are handled properly.
As you move into your new country, you will be faced with several customs regulations regarding what you can bring into the country. The following are some tips for getting through customs: You should also check out the customs information using the IAM international shipping guide that is country specific and updated often.
• Levying of Duty – When you and your goods arrive in your new country, you may have to pay duty on such items as tobacco, alcohol, electronics, household appliances, medicine, and motor vehicle parts. Before you leave, contact a consular office to get a definitive list of what you can bring into your new country tariff free.
• Restricted Items – There are several items that you won’t be able to bring into other countries. The list of restricted items will differ for each country, but you can assume that poisonous chemicals, hazardous materials, and explosives will not be accepted in any country. Additionally, some not-so-obvious things like plants, seeds, rare animals, animal products, and firearms will be refused entry into many countries.
Bringing along a restricted item may result in a delay in the release of your belongings, large fines, or the possible seizure of your entire shipment.