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of each international moving company in our network so that you can concentrate
on your move. Read on to learn what to expect from your overseas moving
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What to expect from your international mover:
Complete, accurate information and education about your upcoming move.
An experienced, courteous, professional crew.
Proper moving equipment that is clean and well maintained.
Secure, professionally-operated storage facilities.
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Figure out who's packing/unpacking - the moving company is liable
for any items that are professionally packed. Expert international movers
can increase the probability of all your belongings arriving at your new
Confirm your move date/details - never hurts to confirm when they
are arriving and the details of the move. You can never be too prepared!
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Shipping Internationally - There are two ways to ship your household
goods: by air & by sea. Moving by sea to a foreign country usually
takes from six to eight weeks, depending on your destination. When possible,
your entire household will be packed into wooden lift vans, which are
about 4 x 7 x 7' (feet). These containers are usually loaded at your residence
by the local agent of your international moving company, and then moved
by truck or rail from your present home to the port of departure. From
there, they are placed inside a steel steamship container and loaded onto
the vessel. For larger shipments, the household goods can be loaded loose
into the steamship container, which is brought from the port to the warehouse
of the local agent. The local agent would transport the container to your
residence, load up your household goods, and return the loaded container
to the agent's warehouse. From there, the container would be picked up
and transported either by rail or truck to the port of exit and then loaded
on the vessel. At the port of discharge, the household goods are cleared
through customs and then transported to your new residence.
Moving by air is expensive, but is becoming increasingly popular. Heavy
cardboard boxes or light plywood containers are used, and in some cases
the shipment can be loaded directly into the airline's containers. While
it is very expensive, it can actually be more economical for a family
whose home is immediately available at the foreign destination. It eliminates
the cost of a long stay in a hotel while your possessions are en route.
Although moving by air means faster service, it often involves additional
handling of your possessions.
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International Moving Basics - Typically, a small family with an
average living room, dining room, two bedrooms, kitchen, and misc. cartons
for all your books, clothes, dishes, paintings, decorations, etc., would
be enough to fill one standard twenty-foot (20') container. This size
container has a capacity of about 1,000 cubic feet, holding approximately
6,000 pounds worth of household goods. Larger households may require use
of a forty-foot (40') container, with over 2,000 cu. ft. volume capacity,
holding approximately 12,000 pounds of household goods.
Smaller (ocean) shipments can go via "LCL/less than containerload"
method, with the shipping cost based on the overall volume of goods being
sent. If you are not taking furniture and just sending personal effects,
a shipment sent by an adult may average about 60 - 160 cu. ft.
Cubic feet can be calculated as follows: multiply the dimensions of an
item in feet; height x width x depth = total cubic feet.
Small shipments can often go via airfreight, and the charge for air-shipments
are based on: The greater of either the actual weight of each item placed
on a scale, or the "dimensional" weight, which is calculated
this way: multiply the three dimensions (h x w x d) in inches and then
divide the resulting number by 166. If the resulting amount gives you
a figure higher than the "actual" weight of that item measured
on a scale, then you'll be charged for the higher international "DIM"
This is due to the fact that volume displacement is a big factor in international
air shipping. Picture a piece of Styrofoam that is 3' x 3' x 3'. It will
probably weigh less than five pounds, but when sending via airfreight,
the international "DIM" weight comes to over 280 pounds.
International Car, Boat, Vehicle Shipping
As with choosing any moving company,
experience is the key to a successful move. Check out the company's qualifications
with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Better Business Bureau,
and from recommendations.
Your automobile will be transported in one of the following methods:
RO/RO (Roll on-Roll off): In most cases this is the least expensive
method of shipping automobiles but it's not available to all destinations.
Using this method, your car is transported to a RO-RO vessel (similar
to a car ferry) and transported from port of departure to destination
20 ft. Steel Container - Exclusive Use: This method of transport
is usually more costly than RO/RO service but offers greater security.
Using this method, the automobile is loaded and secured inside a steel
container, loaded onto a container vessel and shipped to your destination.
40 ft. Steel Container with Household Goods: The automobile is
handled as above, however, a 40 ft. container is utilized. Household goods
are packed and loaded into the container first. A wooden bulkhead is built
to secure the household goods in place and finally, the car itself is
loaded and secured before the departure.
Charges will be based on the size of the vehicle and which of the above
options you choose. You should get at least 3 estimates, and compare all
estimates equally; apples to apples.
Preparation for Overseas Auto Shipping
When preparing your automobile, only factory installed items can be in
the car - all other items must be removed and packed with your household
goods or hand carried. Some companies may say you can pack things in your
trunk, but if there is a robbery, your items would not be covered by any
insurance you take.
Vehicle washing: In order to expedite the origin inspection, present
the vehicle to your auto transporter in clean condition. This allows for
a quick and fair evaluation of the vehicle prior to shipment.
Fuel level: The fuel level of the vehicle transported should be
about ¼ of a tank. This is because auto transports are weight sensitive.
Antennas: Antennas should be lowered or removed. Temporary antennas
such as cell phones or CB radios should be removed.
Keys: The U.S. Department of Transportation requires that all keys
be provided from the vehicle. This includes ignition, truck, glove box,
and/or other keys.
Alarms: Alarms should be turned off. If there are special instructions
required to start a car or to disarm an alarm, let your auto transporter
Luggage racks: Non-permanent luggage, bike, or ski racks should
Cracked glass: Point out any window nicks, scratches, chips, or
cracks to your auto transporter.
Climate: Vehicles should be prepared for the new climate conditions.
This may include engine coolant, transmission oil, and other fluids.
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Car Shipping Companies
All automobiles being exported from the United States must have the proper
documentation. You will need to submit the following to your auto shipper:
Three notarized copies of a clear title (front and back) showing you,
the customer, as owner.
Three notarized copies of the title (front and back) showing the lien
holder and three notarized copies of a letter from the lien holder authorizing
the vehicle to be removed from the country.
A vehicle condition report (inventory).
Complete valuation form.
Completed Shipper Letter of Instruction.
All documents, except for the titles, will be given to you by your auto