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International Moving and Storage

What's in this article?
  1. What Is The International Moving And Storage?
  2. Cheap Moving Rates & Time To Move Examples
  3. Packing Your Goods When Moving Overseas
  4. Choosing International Relocation Services
  5. Moving Services
  6. Full-Service Packing
  7. Storage Services
  8. Customs Clearance
  9. Insurance Coverage
  10. License And Reputation
  11. Transparent Pricing
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What is the International Moving and Storage?

Overseas relocations aren't necessarily the most fun to deal with. It takes a lot of preparation and time to be properly ready to make an international relocation. The longest part of the process is making sure that you remain in compliance with the country's foreign import laws. In most cases, your international moving and storage company will have the knowledge and information you need, but to be sure, it's wise to call the embassy of the nation months in advance.

The embassy can provide you with the latest import policies as well as the current tax rates. All proof gathered according to the import laws must be shown to Customs if you are to gain import approval for your goods.

After you find the right international moving company, decide what services you would like to purchase through them. Since you're moving internationally, you may want to take advantage of the company's storage solutions. Trying to move all your belongings to another country may get a little out of hand so if you don't need everything you own, see what storage solutions the mover offers. You'll find that they usually have several storage services including self-storage, temperature-controlled units, and more.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-241-3110 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

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Cheap Moving Rates & Time To Move Examples

To / FromDistanceCost (2 BR)Cost (3 BR)Cost (4 BR)Estimated Time In Transit
Boone, NC to Russellville, AL361 miles$1,522 – $2,141$2,694 – $3,873$3,873 – $6,0153 - 5 days
Henderson, AR to Chinle, AZ954 miles$3,391 – $4,204$5,015 – $6,641$6,641 – $9,8013 - 5 days
Clinton, MI to Immokalee, FL1093 miles$3,441 – $4,301$5,154 – $6,868$6,868 – $10,0954 - 6 days
Kansas City, MO to Hinesville, GA884 miles$3,264 – $4,108$4,859 – $6,458$6,458 – $9,3833 - 5 days
Pratt, KS to Chicago, IL654 miles$2,891 – $3,653$4,233 – $5,679$5,679 – $8,2233 - 5 days
Minneapolis, MN to Elsmere, KY607 miles$2,821 – $3,563$4,225 – $5,632$5,632 – $8,2043 - 5 days
Carney, MD to Elgin, SC511 miles$919 – $1,124$1,226 – $1,379$1,635 – $1,8903 - 5 days
Yonkers, NY to Plymouth, MN1026 miles$3,410 – $4,363$5,214 – $7,019$7,019 – $10,0394 - 6 days
Huntsville, AL to Garfield, NJ917 miles$1,650 – $2,017$2,200 – $2,475$2,934 – $3,3923 - 5 days
Boston, MA to Portland, OR2532 miles$4,557 – $5,823$6,583 – $8,102$8,608 – $10,1286 - 8 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and other factors.

Packing Your Goods When Moving Overseas

Depending on the country you're moving to, not all of your goods may be permitted to cross the nation's borders. You must make sure that everything you pack to have shipped internationally is permissible by the country first. Then, you must pack away your goods according to the mover's instructions as well as the nation's. Below, you'll find some helpful packing tips.

  • Use all the right packaging materials including various box sizes, packaging tape, permanent markers, and labels, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, foam sheets, and other common packing supplies.
  • Make sure all boxes are clearly labeled especially if the contents of the box include any breakables. Then you must write “Fragile” on the surface of the box they're in.
  • Pack heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items in larger boxes.
  • If bringing furniture or other large, heavy items, pack them according to the carrier's requirements. You may need to have the item secured to a pallet or within a wooden crate.
  • Keep a list of inventory so that you can track all of your possessions.

By following the proper packing procedures, your items face fewer risks and so do those caring for their transport and proper storage.

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Choosing International Relocation Services

There are several international moving companies that will easily claim to provide the best of services but many international moves are often poorly executed. For a successful international relocation, here are things to consider when deciding on an international mover:

Moving Services

It's not only important that a company provides international moving services but you need a provider with the expertise and equipment that meets your specific moving needs.

For example, do they provide door-to-door services or door-to-port? Door-to-door reliefs you a lot of stress, especially if you're not quite familiar with the terrain of where you're going, this is the best option, and finding an experienced international moving company that provides this service is desirable.

Full-service packing

International moves are rigorous. Items pass through different hands and processes, including sometimes harsh weather on the sea. This imply that items should be packed professionally to keep them safe.

Storage services

If you've not found a place to live in your destination country, you may need temporary storage. Be sure your vendor can provide this service before you sign up with them.

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Customs clearance

Customs rules differ from one country to the other and can sometimes be complex such that only professionals can easily navigate them. A company that can provide advice based on the rules and also helps handle all the logistics of the customs process is highly recommended.

Insurance Coverage

International shipping comes with a lot of risks, therefore getting insurance coverage for your move is essential. Without the necessary insurance, you may lose your belongings. reputable international moving companies know that providing sufficient insurance coverage that protects them from eventualities is non-negotiable.

License and Reputation

Only deal with companies with the required moving licenses for international moves. Also, check customer reviews online and read both positive and negative reviews. However, online reviews can be manipulated, so go a step further to ask family friends, and colleagues about the companies they've used in the past and their experience. The bottom line is that reputation is important when choosing a moving company.

Transparent pricing

One of the things to look out for when talking to movers is their quote system. Pricing is generally based on the weight and volume of what you're shipping. Get quotes from at least three companies and compare them. Overestimation will result in having to pay more and underestimation means the company is dubious. They probably want to attract you with a lesser price but you'll end up paying far more.

To avoid this situation, request a binding estimate which is a contract that guarantees the price you agreed on during negotiation.

Some major moving companies providing reliable global moving services include A1 Auto, Allied Van Lines, North American Van Lines, International Van Lines, etc.

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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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