Anyone who is planning to conduct an international move must understand this is something which will require lots of planning, preparation, and carefully thought-out consideration. Be sure to do the research needed to decide this is the best course of action for you. Once that is determined, be sure to not make any of these common mistakes during your international move.
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- Not using a reputable international moving company— This is a special type of move and you must hire a fully qualified and experienced company that knows about international relocation. They need to have experience with loading your items inside its metal container in order to keep that shipment from shifting and enduring any damage. They also need to have experience unloading those same metal shipping crates.Ask the company how many international moves they have handled in the past year. Make sure to research their background thoroughly. See if there are any outstanding complaints. Also, check their record on the Better Business Bureau website. They should also be registered with the Federal Maritime Commission, be a member of the FIDI Global Alliance and have a freight forwarder permit.
- Not Planning Ahead— International moves require even more planning and lead time than a domestic move. It is also going to get more expensive, so you may need to think about downsizing or giving some of your possessions to friends or family members. Think also about the clothing needed, since you might be going to a country with a very different climate.Also be sure to have all of the needed documents. This includes passports, visa application, birth and marriage certificates, driver's license, etc... Contact the US embassy in the destination country to find out the specific forms and documents you will need to live and work in that country.
- Not Getting Organized— Organize your house before the movers come. This not only makes common sense, but it will also allow the job to be done much quicker. As part of this process, you may also opt to put some of your things in storage. Also be sure to separate out anything that you will be taking personally like important papers, medication, jewelry, etc...
- Not Staying Connected To The Movers— There needs to be a way for the moving company to contact you during your travels. Give them both a number (ideally a cell phone) and an email address. If there are any problems with the shipment, they must be able to reach you asap. You may even want to consider giving them the contact info for a trusted friend or relative in case you might be temporarily unreachable.
- Not Knowing Customs Regulations In Your Destination Country— This is really inexcusable. However, the rules do vary from country to country, so before moving actually do your research. You can even call or email the US embassy or consulate in the area for specific information. This way you will know exactly what types of fees and duties need to be paid.