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International Moving Options

International Moving Options
International Moving Options

What is the International Moving Options?

Your relocation expenses are greatly affected by the price of the transport services you pick and by which mode of transportation you chose to send your belongings with.

Road Transportation

The two most usual types of road freight are rail and truck, the latter of which is used for both local and international loads. With road freight, you can send your cargo to most places but not anywhere across the ocean. It has reasonable transportation costs and schedules of delivery.

Water Transport / Ocean Freight

It is also called "container shipping". It is cost efficient, particularly for overseas transportation. However, this shipping service can take a longer period of time. It could take weeks or months to transport your cargo.

Air Transport

This method is the fastest way to transport personal belongings, but it is costly, around 10 times more than ocean freight. This option is best if you need to transfer something urgently. However, for mass transport, sea shipment is still required, since planes’ carrying capacity is limited.

Your relocation costs can be affected by other factors, such as packing and the type of delivery. Door to door services are provided by most international moving companies with a full-service offer. Of course, there are many other options as well, where moving costs are a bit more affordable.

Door to Door Delivery

When choosing this option, the shipping company will take the consignment from your place and bring it to the new address. Customs clearance will be taken care of by the movers.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods nationwide. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

This service is a necessity, unless you can manage and have the means to take your belongings to the port of departure and pick them up at the end port. DIY packing can be performed to save on costs.

Port to Port Transport

This is applicable if your current home and your destination home are both near a port. You can spare money, but packing your own shipment is required. Taking it to the port of departure and receiving it up at the end port, as well as dealing with port fees, customs, and inspections becomes your responsibility.

Door to Port Transport

Doorway-to-Port is best if you are not capable of taking your load to the port, but you will be able to take it at the end port. The movers will pick up the items from your place and transport them to a port near to their final destination.

If picking up your shipment at the destination port is not possible for you, then you can hire a moving company from the country you’ll be living in to take care of your shipment. Choose a reliable moving company and be cautious of Door to Port and Port to Port services because some local moving companies in foreign countries overcharge shippers.

They take advantage of situations where there are no other alternatives or options to get their shipment delivered to the final destination. Remember: terminal handling fees and port fees are not included in Door to Port and Port to Port quotes.

Port to Door Transport

This is the other way around, which means, the shipper needs to arrange for a way to carry the household commodities to the port nearest to him. The mover will be responsible for the transportation starting at the port of shipment and ending at your destination or where the goods need to be delivered to. The mover is also in charge for customs clearance.

Port to door transport is applicable if you can deal with customs fees using the language / terminology of your new country, and also if you will be capable of taking your household commodities to the port. This means you can lay aside some money, but there's a great deal of elbow grease and so much work to do on your part.

International Import: Door to Port vs. Door to Door

It may look like door to door services are an ideal means of shipping goods because the importer has to handle customs clearance, taxes, and tariffs. However, this option may have some disadvantages.

For example, the shipper will take control of the freight and arrange the delivery after the goods are cleared by customs. Unluckily, there may be delays in this phase because the shipper no longer has control of the delivery and of the moving company handling his items.

With ocean freight, the door to door service using the shipping line that set up the freight is most often booked by shippers. The ocean line will assign a company to move to your home only after customs are cleared. On the other hand, involving too many parties can often lead to not meeting deadlines, misunderstandings, and mistakes. Instructions and information are coming from overseas, so communication is a lot more complicated and it often leads to delays.

The price is often lower when a door to door service is entirely booked, so this option can be economical and practical. On the other hand, you will have to give up control of the delivery process when you choose this option. It could end up costing you a lot of money due to time delays, so make sure to consider the risk and to counterbalance all advantages and disadvantages.

To book your shipment from door to port is another option you may consider. There is better communication and greater control in this option, because less parties are involved. Therefore, there are less anticipated delays, and a direct link between the company and the importer. The importer will have better control of the shipment because he can plan the process to reduce risks.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

David Osallo
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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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