An international move may seem like a massive undertaking, but it is something that millions of people manage successfully each year. You can relocate to a new overseas home too. Just break the process down into smaller concrete steps and get plenty of help from the experts, like NOR-CAL Moving Services. We have helped thousands of homeowners and companies with their relocations since our inception in 1982. Our movers will make sure that you have a well organized move with all of your belongings arriving safely at their destination. To start you off, our long distance movers have put together a few tips for planning your international move.

Make Sure to Have the Right Kind of Documentation to Ship Items Overseas

The kind of paperwork you’ll need to fill out may vary depending on what you own and where you are going. However, there are a common set of documents you’ll always need when exporting items from the United States to another country. These include,

  • A valid passport
  • A copy of your VISA/EIN number
  • Insurance valuation for the shipment
  • A written shipping quote from your long distance movers
  • A copy of your marine insurance

Be Prepared for Some Extra Fees

The international moving process is more costly than a long distance relocation within the same country. There are often multiple carriers, a freight forwarder, and the shipper and consignee waiting to receive the delivery at your destination. This means extras shipping costs charged by each group just to move your goods. On top of this, you might have to pay duty fees and taxes for bringing your belongings into a new country.

Understand that International Moving Takes Time

Traveling by land, air, or sea may take a lot of time, or it may not. The time frames involved in overseas relocations tend to take longer than with cross country moves. Plus, the shipper has to deal with inclement weather, customs issues, or even backlogged deliveries, so items may not always arrive when estimated.

It might be a good idea to send your belongings to their destination and confirm their safe arrival before traveling to another country. This way your shipment will be ready and waiting for you.

Look for Movers Who Can Handle the Entire Process

Even if you have moved internationally before, this is still a complex process that comes with many variables. Make your relocation less stressful and life a little easier by hiring long distance movers who can handle the entire process, from packing to dealing with customs to arranging for pick up at the destination.

As agents for Allied Van Lines, NOR-CAL Moving Services has the resources and connections needed to help you with any overseas move. Our team stays in close contact throughout the relocation. You even have the option of tracking the move from beginning to end via our online Globalcom system.

If you are planning on relocating out of the country, give us a call or fill out our online form to request a free consultation with our knowledgeable long distance movers. We’ll be happy to help you with a fair and accurate price estimate for the entire move.