International Moving Company Near Me
Moving across international borders can be a complicated process, especially when you’re moving overseas. Is it necessary to have a provider near you?
International Moving Company Near Me
Are you planning a move overseas? If you are, you have probably already started thinking about your possessions will get from the home that you are leaving in America to your new home in the country of your choice.
One of the first questions that are asked by people who are moving is about the necessity for an international moving company to be located close to the mover.
This question is far more complicated than it seems at first.
What is a Moving Company Anyway?
Any company can call itself a moving company if it is a part of the process of transferring cargo from one place to another. In reality, there are many steps involved in a move, and international moves involve many companies in at least two countries. Sometimes, your things will move through several nations. Any international move involves several moving companies and shipping companies. The shipping companies work on the sea portion, and the moving company works on the land portion. Sometimes big companies like SDC International Shipping will deal with parts both on land and on sea.
Many Hands Along the Way
If you are moving from the United States to another country, there will be many steps involved in your move.
Sometimes it is necessary to send out a surveyor to evaluate your belongings, to help you decide what you will take and what shipping methods will make the most sense for you.
If you will be sending a full container load, on the day of your move, a trucking company will send a driver to the port to pick up a container from the container yard and bring it to your residence.
If you will be sending less than a full container load, a moving van will come to pick up your things and bring them to a warehouse will they will be prepared for the sea shipment.
Movers will need to come to your residence to pick up your things, prepare, protect and load them on to either the container or the moving van.
The movers will need to create a professional inventory list.
When you send cars in containers, a special car lift needs to be sent. If you send the automobile by itself a car carrier will pick it up. The car needs to be prepared with draining all liquids and disconnecting the battery.
Many locations will require additional special equipment, such as external lifts for high floors, shuttle vans for places with difficult access or an extra set of hands for heavy or large items like pianos.
Prior to this, our lawyers will clear your car so that it will be legal for you to export it. For many countries you will need to obtain prior permission to import the specific model.
Your cargo will be sent to the port.
After a few logistics steps, your things will eventually be put on a ship to a port in another country.
There it will be released to a customs agent who will clear your things through customs, and then transfer your belongings to another agent for delivery.
Now the whole story repeats itself backwards. Storage may be necessary on either side of the move, meaning that extra handling for depositing and removing from warehouses is necessary. Other additional steps might be necessary in a range of circumstances, especially when shipping less than full container load shipments.
Moving Company Near Me – Is It Necessary?
Does a moving company need to be near me? Will you get better service from a company who happens to have offices in the vicinity of your residence?
There are a few advantages to using local companies. You will want a big shipping company, but not a huge one. You should look for a company who will recognize your name when you call, but one that has a large enough volume to offer you superior service at reasonable prices. You are more likely to find such a company in smaller locations. Your move is intricate and will involve many stages, you don’t want to be working with a company who doesn’t know you from a bar of soap.
However, as we listed above, there could be 20 or more different companies involved in getting your personal belongings from your old home in the USA to your new home wherever you are moving to. Whatever moving company you choose to move you will only be responsible for a portion of these. SDC International does a large portion of these with our own crews and warehouses, but we don’t have warehouses in every city. There are no companies that work without agents. A local company may very well not have the extensive agent network that SDC International Shipping has. We are often contacted by many of these small, local companies to help them with their logistics, or to use our network of agents. When you go too local, you are likely paying for an additional, superfluous middle man. There are already 20+ companies involved in moving your household overseas, why add another one?
There are a few very important things that you need to look for in a moving company. The proximity of the offices is not necessarily one of them. Give SDC a call, and see that you will get superior service, wherever you happen to be. If you live in Milwaukee, for instance, we don’t have an office or crews. But if your move requires an on-site estimate, we will send a trusted partner to your home to give you an estimate and we will stand behind it.
This is the most important facet of choosing an international moving company: what is their word worth? As an FMC licensed international shipping company, we are held to a high standard, and our clients enjoy a high degree of reliability that what we promise will be done. When you are bonded, you will deliver the services you promised your clients at the price you quoted to your clients.
Our assurances to the client go beyond the pick-up of your belongings and their loading onto truck for shipment across the seas. SDC International Shipping is responsible for your shipment arriving at your destination. Of course, we can’t do everything for you. But we will make very clear to you what things you need to accomplish. Our logistics staff will be in touch with you early making sure that you have all of the paperwork and administrative tasks done. For instance, if you are sending an automobile, we will get your car’s registration and licenses early, clear them for export, and then return them to you before you depart, as you will need them when you motor vehicle arrives at your destination port.
If your move includes storage, for instance, SDC International Shipping is responsible for the storage. Even if your cargo will be stored in warehouses of one of our partners at your destination point of entry, the responsibility for the storage rests with us.
International moving, by its nature, requires the cooperation of companies around the world. Does your moving company need to be near you? There are a lot of reasons why it is important that your moving company originate in the USA, if you choose a company base abroad, your costs will be much higher. But your moving company needs not be headquartered in your city or even your state. SDC International Shipping services clients located anywhere in the country.