International Moving Company from Orange County
An International Moving Company from Orange County specialists in relocation and the shipment of vehicles, personal or commercial cargo from Southern California.
International Moving Company from Orange County
SDC International Shipping works throughout America, helping Americans move abroad. Based in Los Angeles, the roots of SDC are in servicing Californian clients who are relocating to other countries. Though SDC has grown to service clients from origination points anywhere in the United States, we remain a local company. Our main warehouse is in Van Nuys and our vans are in Long Beach every day.
SDC International Shipping teams are experts at preparing your personal belongings, packing them for shipment overseas. Most of our household business is in Orange County. For local residents this means that we have a greater ability to serve you, with extra services like on site estimates. We also have an enhanced ability to do jobs that require special handling, like piano shipping.
International Household Moving from Orange County
When you move to a foreign country from the USA, either as a returning citizen of that country or as an American citizen with a visa to settle, you will want to bring many things with you. You have probably acquired a lot of things in your time in California, and will want to bring them with you.
All of your personal goods including clothes, works of art, and furniture should be shipped to your new home. Other things that you should consider taking with you are American toiletries, your book collection and sports equipment. Some things like American footballs will be hard to find in most places.
American furniture is about the best in the world, but before you decide to ship it overseas, you should make sure that it will physically fit into your new dwelling. Some countries will have large homes, but many locations can’t accommodate all of your furniture. Some places even have doors that are too small for some furniture. Measure bedrooms, because if you have a California king sized bed, it might not fit into the bedroom of your European apartment. Consider exchanging it for a smaller bed before moving, and get extra sheets to send.
To save your cargo space, we will take apart your furniture when appropriate. We will individually protect each piece, including wrapping the individual parts. Don’t worry about putting them back together. Any furniture that was disassembled at the point of origin will be reassembled by our movers in your new home. Our delivery service includes clearing out any debris and moving boxes that are empty on the day of moving.
International Customs and Regulations
When you move from one country to another you will have to check that particular country’s import regulations. Almost all countries allow returning citizens to send used possessions home without paying import tariffs, however the amount of time that you are required to live abroad before returning will vary greatly from one country to another.
You can always send new things, but you for most countries you will have to pay VAT (like a sales tax) on them, and in some instances there might also be an import tariff. For very valuable items, make sure that you arrange for extra documentation like bill of sale.
Wherever you go, you should be careful about what you send. Liquids, foods, pornography, illicit drugs, should always be avoided. For some countries you have to be careful about books containing certain materials.
You can bring your pets with you to most countries. Check your destination’s regulations early, as some countries will require preparations that take over a year. The USDA APHIS form should be filled by a vet a week before travel. You will need vaccinations everywhere, but some require special types.
International Car Shipping from Orange County
California has the most stringent environmental regulation of any state in the United States. Although cars from California are a little more expensive as a result, compared to other locations, it also means that your Orange County sedan already meet the environmental controls of your destination countries. SDC International Shipping is an international car shipping form Orange County company.
In about two thirds of the countries in the world, where they drive on the right hand side of the road, importing a car from the United States makes a lot of sense. This is especially true for European destinations. These countries tax automobiles with very high customs, and cars bought in America are comparatively far more affordable.
If you are moving to a destination country where they drive on the left hand side of the road and have the automobile steering column on the right, shipping a car from the United States is not feasible. Your relocation specialist can be consulted about the specific rules of your destination country, there are some that will allow the import, and some allow only antiques.
Wherever you move, your vehicle will need to be checked, even if it comes from California. Some places will require localization of car parts like headlights to conform to the local regulations. There are countries that require prior authorization for the particular vehicle. There are usually licensing facilities adjacent to ports of entry where vehicles are checked and localized.
SDC International Shipping’s logistics coordinator will work with you to make sure that all logistics are in order. You will have to send us your car’s original registration and title to us. It will be returned. Some destinations will require that you also provide the original bill of sale for the vehicle.
For our Orange County clients, cars can be sent in a variety of methods. Sometimes we can pick up the car or send a car carrier if we are not putting them into your container. You can also deliver it to us or to the port of Long Beach.
International Moving from Orange County Checklist
If you are not a citizen of the country you are moving to, you will need to obtain an immigrant visa or long term residency permit. Most countries have consular mission in the Los Angeles area. Make an appointment to request a visa and review the information available on their websites.
School aged children need to be considered long before your move. If you have raised your kids bilingually, you shouldn’t have a problem. But if you are an American moving abroad, you might need to look for an international school where they offer classes in English.
Health systems will be very different than in the United States. Get travel insurance for the first few weeks until you set up your local insurance. If you are a citizen of a country with public health coverage, check if there if there is a waiting period before your rights to medical care are resumed.
International Shipping Options from Orange County
The most common way to send your household goods from Orange County is in a shipping container. We send 20’, 40’and 40’ high cube containers, these have cargo space of 1100, 2200 or 2700 cubic feet, respectively. A 3 bedroom house’s contents can usually be fit into a 20’ container. The contents of larger houses are sent in 40’ containers. We will use 40’ HC container when you are sending a larger shipment or if you are including extra items like a car or motorcycle.
Orange County residents have several shipping options available from SDC International Shipping. Many of our businesses clients can’t wait the 4-8 weeks necessary for sea shipping. For urgent cargo, we can send via air. If you are sending commercial shipments, which are our usual air customers, make sure that you have the necessary import licenses or have partnered with an importer at destination.
Not everyone sending shipments from Orange County is sending an entire household. Some only need to send smaller amounts. We can offer door to door service starting from 100 cubic feet of cargo sent. If you are sending your cargo to Australia or Europe, ask SDC’s relocation experts about our groupage consolidations. As a result of our large volume of shipments to these destinations, we are able to offer Orange County residents moving abroad fantastic rates even for smaller shipments.