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How to Move Your Possessions Overseas

Published on May 10, 2018 by Kfir Cohen

So, you’ve decided to relocate to Europe. That’s the beginning of a new adventure, no doubt about it. Once you’ve decided which country you’re heading to, you should start considering shipping methods for your possessions. Here are a few tips and some information that will help you with your shipping and moving to Europe process.

My Precious – Your Precious

Let’s start with the expensive items you with to ship across the ocean. If we’re talking about light weight, yet high value items, it is strongly recommended to use express shipping, and also to purchase adequate insurance. If their aggregated weight gets too high, express shipping might get very expensive, up to the point where it doesn’t pay off to use that shipping method. If that’s the case, make sure you purchase decent insurance (full coverage insurance) and ship your belongings by air, if possible (for expensive cars, or cars at all, air freight is not an option).

Items of Personal Value

Items that are very precious to you but don’t have significant monetary value, are best to carry along with you, in your personal backpack or even on your person. You can also purchase insurance for them, but the compensation won’t be high and in fact, it can never replace the item dearest to you in case it gets lost.

Fast Shipment vs. Cheap Shipment

As a rule, shipping by air is the faster method, but, it is also the more expensive one. If the things you need transported aren’t too heavy nor too large, air freight will be an excellent option to consider. That’s right, air shipping is limited in weight and size, and should your baggage fail to meet one of those requirements, you’ll have to settle for sea freight shipping, which might take longer to arrive, but is not limited by weight or size, and is much cheaper.

Have more questions about the shipping options available for you? Best thing to do is check several professional shipping companies and ask about their services, so you can make the best decision for you.

By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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