International Moving Services
If you have decided to move overseas, leaving the United States for destinations abroad, there is a large variety of international moving services that you should expect to receive from the company that you have chosen to partner with to move your household across the ocean.
SDC International Shipping is an experienced international relocation service provider. Having started as a small regional sub-contractor for international moving companies operating in Southern California, SDC has grown to be a full-service provider of international relocation services, licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission to export residential and commercial cargo from the United States.
International Moving Services Provided by SDC International Shipping
Most people move overseas only once or twice in their lives. It is quite understandable the confusion about international moving services. The Internet is full of bad or misleading information about how to move abroad.
An international relocation includes many, many stages: contracting movers at the origin, trucks and drivers and containers, customs agents, port operations specialists, shipping lines, cargo insurance, destination customs clearance agents, inspections, delivery movers, trucking and more. Sometimes there are also transfers to or from inland ports. Warehouse storage of cargo is sometimes necessary before or after a move. There are also additional steps necessary for a vehicle as cargo.
For smaller shipments known as LCL (Less than Full Container Load), there are the added steps of consolidation at the port of origination and deconsolidation at the point of entry. When you send a vehicle, there will be added stages of title clearance and car transport.
There are no companies capable of completing all of these tasks. The most competent companies, like SDC International Shipping, carry out most of these services themselves. We have our own crews that will pack and load your belongings and prepare them for moving. We also have our own warehouses, including in the biggest destinations like in Europe, where we will personally supervise your cargo.
SDC International Shipping’s white-glove service includes the complete packing of your household. All you need to do is order the service and make sure that our moving vans have a place to park in front of your home. We will not only pack up all of your belongings, we will also provide all of the packaging materials.
Critically, these materials must conform to international shipping standards. These include the cartons, the wrappings for furniture, the padding materials, and the wood used for crating. These must meet strict regulations concerning construction and pesticides, as many are treated with toxic humidity protection chemicals. These are commonly used for construction or domestic shipping but are not appropriate for international shipment.
The white-glove service also includes special packaging materials like cartons for bicycles. Framed art and mirrors also get special boxes. The packers know how to take full advantage of the room in your container. Our movers will disassemble your large furniture pieces, both to conserve space in your container and to protect the furniture pieces and prevent damage to them during shipping. Your things will be handled several times. In several locations, even private containers are unloaded and your belongings will be transferred to moving vans before delivery.
Vehicles can be shipped in your container. SDC International Shipping’s logistics experts will work with you to arrange for the most effective manner in which to send your car or motorcycle. Most sedans, SUV’s and light pickup trucks can fit into a sea shipping container. Sometimes it will be advisable to get a larger container. Our moving crews will prepare the vehicles for shipment, emptying them of all liquids, disconnecting the battery, loading them onto the container, and then securing them. If you are sending a motorcycle, it will often be crated in addition to securing it, as motorcycles are less stable than cars. When your vehicle is sent in your container, it will be the last thing place into it. This allows for the vehicle to be easily removed at the destination port for delivery to licensing and/or inspection facilities.
Full-sized pickups and larger pickups are sent using a different service known as RO-RO, for roll on roll off, where the vehicle is sent on special vessels, similar in the way that car manufacturers export their vehicles from one country to another.
Which Services Should an International Moving Company Supply?
For lack of more accurate comparison, think about a travel agency. A travel agent can help you arrange a vacation, including flights, hotels and maybe a rental car. When you arrive at your travel destination, you might ask for the help of the hotel concierge, for arranging things like special activities or restaurant reservations.
International relocation is far more complicated than a vacation. Moving your personal belongings from the United States to your new home on a different continent is an intricate process that necessitates hard-won logistics competencies. SDC International Shipping is a company of experts at all stages of international moving logistics, which is commonly known and defined by the Federal Maritime Commission as an International Freight Forwarder.
An international moving company should be, at its heart, a logistics company. There are many steps, and sets of hands, that are necessary to go through to get your personal belongings from one country to another. When you are trying to choose an international moving company, you will want to select the one that provides all of the logistics services necessary for your move.
Just like a hotel concierge, there are certain services best provided at the location. Some countries even recommend or provide concierge services to help new immigrants. For instance, there is a New Zealand newcomers website. Immigrants to Quebec are offered a similar service.
Services not provided by SDC International Shipping
Before you do anything, you need to ensure that you have the necessary permissions to legally settle in your destination country. Usually, but not always, you will have to visit the destination country’s consulate to be personally interviewed before visas are issued. Many countries will demand that those moving already have employment and that their employer be a part of the immigration request.
There are many services best provided by local concierge services companies. These services are typically administrative, local, and should be done by locals. Included amongst these services are:
- Assistance in finding a home
- Arranging for an official ID number and/or certificate
- Setting up the local social security equivalent
- Arranging for education for children
- Getting health insurance, bank accounts and credit cards set up
- Assistance in applying for employment permits
- Rental of furniture
- Translation of important documents including health records, police reports of good conduct, professional credentials, educational certificates
- Finding your courses to learn the local language
There are, of course, many more services that can be provided. Each location will have its own special necessities. If you are a returning citizen of the country you are moving to, some of these things might be superfluous, but should not be overlooked if you are returning with children or a spouse who did not previously live in the destination country.
We always recommend that our clients travel to their destination before the actual relocation, even if they are citizens and familiar with the country. Some of these things will need to be arranged well ahead of time. If you have a family that already lives at your destination, they will be able to help with many of these tasks, but not all.