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Laos International Moving Services

Relocation is a concept that is not new to many international companies or individuals who may want to settle in a different country. However, it is a task that requires a lot of things to be put into consideration and preparations made in advance. To easily navigate through this process, do not undertake it on your own but rather seek assistance from professional moving companies that provide international moving services. Preferably settle for a company that will also ship your car to Laos.

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Moving to Laos Cost & Time Examples

To/From 2BR 4BREstimated Time
Seattle to Savannakhét$5,200- $7,200$9,700- $13,2005-7 weeks
San Jose to Vientiane$5,500- $7,500$10,200- $13,8005-7 weeks
Portland to Vientiane$5,800- $7,800$10,600- $14,3005-7 weeks
Miami to Vientiane$5,800- $7,900$10,900- $14,6006-8 weeks
Las Vegas to Vientiane$6,100- $8,300$11,200- $15,1005-7 weeks
Dallas to Savannakhét$6,100- $8,300$11,400- $15,3006-8 weeks
Detroit to Vientiane$6,300- $8,600$11,600- $15,6006-8 weeks
Atlanta to Vientiane$6,400- $8,700$11,800- $15,8006-8 weeks
Columbus to Vientiane$6,600- $9,100$12,400- $16,6006-8 weeks
Chicago to Vientiane$6,900- $9,300$12,700- $17,1006-8 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size):
1BR=2600 lbs – 3900 lbs
2BR=3900 lbs – 5200 lbs
3BR=6500 lbs – 9100 lbs
4BR=9100 lbs – 14300 lbs
5BR=11700 lbs – 19500 lbs

Duties required for household items

On the topic of receiving duty exemption from customs, reputable sources diverge. One states that as long as you have a Work Permit, and your employer has a business and investment license – you can obtain import duty exemption (1). The Association of International Movers disagrees, guiding that only foreigners employed by NGOs are eligible for exemption (2).

If exemption isn’t possible in your case, then you can expect to pay the full duty rate – even on your used household goods. Contact customs to learn the most up-to-date information regarding the current duty rates being charged.

Documents required for household items

You must provide a valid Work Visa, as well as a letter from your employer. A copy of your employer’s investment license, along with either their or your business license is required. The Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill for your shipment and your passport must be shown as well. If you’ll be applying for duty exemption, then a letter written by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must be provided (3).

Duties required for vehicles

Here sources agree that duty exemption for vehicle imports, is only available for diplomats or those working for an NGO (4). Otherwise, expensive taxes and duties apply. These can reach as high as 300% of the vehicle’s purchase price. In addition, the vehicle import process is intricate and moves slowly. Therefore, some sources recommended that you don’t bring a vehicle with you, when relocating to Laos (5).

Documents required for vehicles

The vehicle’s title and registration (from the origin country) must be given to customs. A valid letter of employment and your import permission should also be presented. The Original Bill of Lading is required as well. Finally, paperwork detailing the engine number and size, color, year of production and vehicle model is mandatory documentation (6).

The above discussion isn’t exhaustive, and other regulations, fees and paperwork will apply. For this reason, when importing your household goods and vehicle into Laos – it’s important that you first discuss your move with customs.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Putting the following factors into place will make your move easier:

  • Research: Get as much information, related to relocating to Laos, as possible Make good use of information available such as on the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) website.
  • Proper packaging: This will enable the moving company to handle, store and transport your belongings with ease.
  • Document preparation: This will save you a lot of time and avoid last minute rushes. Processing of documents will also be made easier.
  • Liaise with the moving company: Availing documents and details to the moving company and paying your bill on time will enable them to act on your order swiftly.

Why you need a professional moving company when relocating overseas

When relocating, you may have moments of uncertainty. You need a confident move. Hiring the services of an experienced moving company will give you that much needed confidence since you will be making guided steps throughout your journey. A good shipping company will be familiar with all the rules that govern your destination. They will also assist you in safely transporting your goods and provide updates of the shipping.

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

How to find the best international moving company

There are many moving companies in the industry but you need to find one that will meet your need in the best way possible. The search for the best international moving company may not be easy but you may take the following factors into consideration while conducting your search:

  • Is the company trustworthy and licensed to ship internationally?
  • Does the company meet the legal requirements to provide Laos International Moving Services?
  • Does the company have a base in Laos? This will assist you to get storage services from them instead of looking for another holding company.
  • Is the moving company insured and does the cover include third parties?

Our Laos international moving services

  • Packing/unpacking: We provide packing supplies upon request as well as packing and unpacking services.
  • Commercial moving: There is no company too big or too small for us to move.
  • Office moves: Make your move to your new territory easy and quick with us. We will have you settled in and ready for business in no time at all.
  • Apartment moves: Your new apartment at Laos awaits you and we wait to help you settle-in soon.
  • Planning and preparation: We are your experienced guide throughout your relocation process, from start to finish.
  • Visa and immigration services: We are familiar with the requirements to get Laos visas and will provide you with the assistance you need.
  • Housing assistance: We go out of our way to ensure you are provided with top-notch housing services.
  • Family services: We offer affordable and suitable services that will cater to your family’s unique needs.
  • Auto transport services: Shipping a car to Laos may be difficult but it is not impossible. It is made far from complex when you hire our services.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

We at A-1 Auto Transport understand that you need to make a move that does not set you far back financially. That is why we offer you with the most competitive pricing. You may get an estimate of your shipping cost by getting an instant quote from us. You get value for your money by moving with us. We are experienced and work hard to meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. The confidence our customers have in us is shown by the fact that 97% of them refer us to other clients. All our services, including Laos International Moving Services, are designed to ensure that you get the best service in the industry.

Get in touch!

Do you need more information on our Laos International Moving Services? We would definitely love to hear from you!  Give us a call on 888-509-3213. Our support team is available 24/7 and is ready to assist you. Alternatively, write us a message using the details provided here and we will get back to you as-soon-as-possible.


  1. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Laos” page.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Laos” page.
  5. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Laos” page.
Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

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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