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International Household Movers

Are you moving away from the United States? Has your employer asked you to go abroad temporarily or permanently? Are you a citizen of another country, moving back to your homeland to be reunited with your family? Whatever the reason, the tasks ahead are many, but with a company like SDC at your back, the move will be manageable, stress-free, and even easy.

SDC International Shipping is a provider of international moving services to 190 countries throughout the world. Our international household movers team is comprised of seasoned logistics professionals, experienced packers and movers, and administrative specialists, all working together to give our clients the best international experience we can.

International Household Move Management

An international household move is a complicated process. There are so many steps that need to be taken in order to get your personal effects from the United States to your new overseas home successfully and intact. You won’t be alone during this complicated process, our team is available to consult with you on all matters connected to your international shipment.

Your relocation consultant will coordinate all of the steps necessary before you move. If you require a visual estimate on the site of your home, they will set this up for you. Together, you will decide upon the exact scope of the international moving services that are required for your move. After this is done, your relocation consultant will provide you with an accurate estimate for the cost of your moving services.

Along the way, you will be provided with updates about your shipment. If you are interested in this, you will be given updates about the status of your shipment at all stages: when it enters the warehouse, leaves it, clears customs, where is it in the ocean, when will it arrive at the destination port, clear through destination customs, be processed for delivery, and finally be delivered to your new overseas home. If you require storage for all or a portion of your belongings, we can provide you with updates about the storage status as well.

Many of our clients choose to send vehicles to their destination. This is a really good idea, especially if you own a late model car and are moving to a European country. There will be many extra steps involved when you ship a vehicle. The international household move management team will keep you updated about this as well.

When you send air shipments, the move management is usually far more quickly, as the door to door service is usually only a few days. 

International Household Movers

Competent International Household Movers

The most important portion of an international household move is the packing and loading of your household goods and personal effects. At the end of the day, it is the physical preparation and execution of the transfer of your goods from where you are living now to where you are moving that you are hiring to do.

The long litany of tasks that are listed above needs to be fulfilled for your cargo to move from one country to another. Most of it is of little interest to the standard person moving from one country to another. What they want to know is if their personal belongings will arrive safely at their destination. The team that comes to the home you are leaving will have more to do with this than anyone else.

Our competent international household movers will do their very best to get everything that you are shipping to its destination. We can’t promise that there will be no damage whatsoever to everything in your cargo. Anyone who promises that there will be no damage to your things is telling you stories. What we can ensure is that every effort will be made to protect your things. We highly recommend that all clients purchase damage insurance

Breakage is common for glassware, stoneware, ceramics, etc. When you order our packing service, our movers will bring special dish boxes designed to protect these. Other types of boxes that are included with the packing service are for framed art and mirrors, boxes for bicycles and garment boxes. These special boxes will not only protect your belongings, but they are also designed to take advantage of the room in your container. It is a good idea to let us know as early as possible how many of each item you will be sending or placing in storage.

You will likely be sending most of the furniture that you own across the seas. Some of these pieces are liable to be damaged during shipping. In order to prevent this, we will take apart furniture, as appropriate for each piece. For instance, beds are taken apart, this is also often necessary for them to fit into doorways at your destination. Table legs are susceptible to breakage during shipment and will be removed before loaded onto moving vans or shipping containers. Both the tabletops and the table legs or stands will be individually wrapped with carton pads, bubble wrap, or cloth padding, depending upon what works best for the individual pieces. Other things that require special handling include grand pianos and patio furniture. 

We have many clients that send oddly shaped items, or some things that are particularly fragile. For these items, our movers can build custom crates. Inside the crate, the individual items will typically already have been wrapped with padding and moving wrap. It is very important that you DO NOT build your own crate. Anything valuable enough to be crated should be insured. You can only get insurance against damage if your cargo is packed by professional movers. Also, the wood that you will find readily available at your typical DIY home center or old crates will not be appropriate for international shipment. The wood from these sources is usually either not treated or is treated with the wrong materials. Wood that is good for construction in the United States is not good for international shipments, where it needs to be treated with special humidity protecting agents.

Conforming with International Moving Regulations

One more area where all members of SDC International Shipping’s teams come into play is in conforming with international moving regulations. Our logistics team will try to apprise you of all the steps that you need to take prior to sending your shipment. Please note that improper paperwork can at times lead to problems at the point of entry in your destination country. 

One of the most important jobs of the moving crews is to prepare an accurate inventory of the contents of your shipment. Each item and/or box needs to be individually numbered, and a description of the contents of each box written down.

This list needs to be specific. If you decide to choose the option to pack and load your container by yourself, you will need to make this list as specific as possible. You should never use words like “miscellaneous”, instead, try to use more descriptive terms for your belongings such as “kitchen utensils” or “bathroom items”. 

We recommend loading your shipment by yourself. In addition to adding lots of stress to the process, our packers have the experience to best take care of your belongings. Also, while in most locations only about 5% of inbound containers are checked, “packed by owner” on the inventory list is a trigger for inspections. Our clients end up paying more for an inspection than the cost of our superior service.

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