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Tips for Moving Overseas

Moving to a new place can be fun and exciting, but it can also be a complete chaos – it all depends on you. If you prepare properly, it should go smoothly, even if you’re moving overseas. It goes without saying that moving locally can be easier, because you can rent a truck and won’t have to deal with customs nor new country regulations, but if you follow these few next basic tips for moving overseas, it will be much easier than you imagine.

Determine what you’re going to take with you

Before choosing an international moving company, or deciding which shipping method services to hire, you must get an idea about the things you plan on taking with you – their size, weight, the number of boxes, and so on. During this process, it is very important to decide which of your belongings you can leave behind, so you won’t have to pay too much on shipping services and on customs fees – for example, furniture is something that is pretty heavy, that will increase the moving costs and might be subject to customs payments, which you can avoid simply by buying new furniture after moving. Once you do know what you’re taking with you, it will be easier to understand which shipping method is best for your relocation process needs.

Choose Your Shipping Method

The next step will be to choose between air and sea shipment. Shipping by air will be faster, but also more expensive. Additionally, shipping by air is limited by size and by weight, and so, the higher one of those gets, the more you’ll end up paying. In some cases, you won’t be able to use air freight if the size and weight will be too high for the plane to carry. In those cases, or in case you wish to lower your expenses, you can choose shipping by sea, that may take a little longer, but will be cheaper and not limited by size or weight.

Choose Your Moving Company

When choosing an international shipping company, make sure that the company offers all services you’re looking for, get an estimate price, ensure the company is available to you on your expected moving date, make sure the company is professional, licensed and bonded and ask what their moving services include (some companies will include advisement regarding customs regulations and the like which will get you more for your money).

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By Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is handling global operations, cargo shipping, negotiation, and management of different suppliers around the world. He has more than 15 years of experience in the avant-garde of relocation and the sea/air freight business.
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