International Movers Miami
Do you live in Miami, or anywhere in Southern Florida, and are getting ready to move with your family overseas? Read our guide International Relocation from Miami.
International Movers Miami
SDC International Shipping has a big presence in Miami, and from there serves the entire Southern Florida region. As our name implies, moving people to different countries is our specialty. It doesn’t matter if you are moving from Naples, FL to Naples, Italy or from Melbourne, FL to Melbourne, Australia, wherever you need to go we will get you there.
We offer full service to clients anywhere in the area, including packing, white glove, handyman and storage in addition to regular moving services for household and vehicle shipment.
International Household Moving from Miami
Where are you moving to from Florida? Many people move to Florida to escape harsh winters. However, there are many people who move away from the Miami area. While most of our household moves away from Miami are to European nations, we service clients moving anywhere in the world.
We hope that you already have a specific address that you are moving to. If not, an additional trip to your destination should be taken. There are many things that need to be done there, but chief amongst them is an address. Even if you don’t find something, at least get a good idea about what your house will look like. Will you need more furniture, or should you shed some things before you leave?
There are certain advantages to sending a private container, whatever your destination. If you are sending a small household, you won’t have to economize on what you send and don’t send. Those sending less than a full container (LCL) shipments usually think long and hard about what they send.
If you are moving to a cooler climate, you might have to stock up on cooler weather equipment before you move. Depending upon your destination, you will find that the American version of whatever clothing or outerwear is usually of a higher quality and a lower price than what you can cat abroad. Continue thinking about things like appropriate bed linens and blankets, do you have what will be appropriate in your new home.
Will you be moving somewhere with an outdoor living area? If you already have good patio furniture, we can send it for you. If you own anything that is fragile, like a stone table top, we will dismantle it and put it back together again in your new home, just like we do with your dining room and bedroom furniture, which should usually be sent. Also if you own barbeque grills, fire pits and the sort, you might not find them where you’re moving to, so they should definitely be included in your shipment. Remember that in most destinations you are supposed to send only used things, so make sure that you buy anything additional that you want to send early.
We recommend that you get updated equipment like routers, computers, gaming consoles. Some TVs in the USA will probably work abroad, check if yours will, as it will likely be far less expensive to send yours than to get a new one.
International Customs and Regulations
Most countries will allow you to import used household goods and personal effect without paying import duties. Sometimes there are different regulations for returning citizens than for those moving with immigration or long term residence visas. Returning citizens in most countries have to have lived outside of their country for a certain period. Sometimes new immigrants are allowed slightly more generous allowances. For instance there are countries which will only allow one computer to be imported, but others that will
Also, the definition of household goods differs from one country to another. There are places that will consider an automobile a part of your household, others won’t. Most countries will allow for the import of what can be considered tools of trade, but will not include them in the tax exemption. Other countries will allow for them, but only for easily movable tools.
You should never send alcohol, tobacco or pornography in your shipment. Though there are a handful of countries that allow for alcohol import, the taxes levied upon them will not make it worth your while. If you have a few prized bottles, take them in your luggage. Ask your SDC International Shipping relocation specialist to look into the updated regulations for your destination, as there are some countries with certain political or religious restrictions.
International Car Shipping from Miami
Sending an automobile to another country usually makes a lot of sense. If you have a few months before your scheduled move, consider buying a new car, as regulations in most countries require that you must own a car for at least six months before you send it in order to qualify for tax free import of the car. Taxes are extremely hefty on automobiles, especially in Europe where they are always introducing new automobile taxes. If your destination is Europe, consider sending a hybrid model.
You can also send a boat to most places. If you have a small boat, with a trailer less than seven and a half feet wide, it can be place in your container. Larger ones can be sent using a special shipping method.
In Florida, vessels are registered and titled separately from their trailers. Most trailers are not titled but are registered. Even large canoes should be titled, and must have
Moving from Miami Checklist
The first thing anybody moving abroad must do is arrange for their legal status in the country they are moving to. Do not take anything for granted. Both returning citizens and new residents will be well served by a visit to the consulate. Luckily, many countries have representatives in Miami.
Many countries require that returning citizens get a document from the consulate showing the periods they have been abroad.
Check the regulations for import in your country. Make sure not to send anything considered contraband to your destination country.
If you are unsure if you will need a 20’ or 40’ container, you might want to ask SDC International Shipping to make a visual estimate of your household.
Check the state of medical insurance in your destination. In most countries it will be prudent for you to get medical insurance before you move.
International Shipping Options from Miami
SDC International Shipping is able to offer a full of array of international shipping options from Miami, and all of Southern Florida.
Most of our clients choose to send full container loads. To most locations, the cost of sending a private 20’ container is about equal to sending 600 cubic feet of cargo, but offers almost twice the amount of volume. For those who want to send a vehicle in their container, the preferred method to most destinations, a 40’ container usually makes the most sense.
If you are sending a smaller amount, we can offer door to door service starting from a volume of 100 cubic feet for what is known as an LCL, or less than full container load, shipment. There are several methods of LCL shipments and the exact method will be coordinated with you by your SDC International Shipping relocation specialist.
Large vehicles and most boats get sent using a separate shipment method known as roll on roll off, where almost any sized vehicle will be sent. Boats are sent on their trailers.