International relocation is a challenging but exciting life event, a real adventure. As is the case with adventures though, there are pitfalls along the way that are best to be be avoided to ensure the transition is smooth, successful and as stress free as possible.
There are some general do’s and don’ts that go with any move, but some particular ones for an international move. The stakes are significantly higher with international relocation and mistakes can often have dire consequences that you will want to avoid, them so let’s prevent them before they have the chance to turn into disasters.
First and foremost, with any type of move you will be much better off hiring experienced professionals, but with an international move this is simply a must. And it shouldn’t be just any local mover. You will need a company with sufficient experience and resources, one that is familiar with the international moving process and all the issues that can arise.
Envision a huge dockyard, giant cranes lifting metal crates the size of a tractor trailer stacking them and strapping them down on a ship. The ship then has to transverse the ocean in whatever weather conditions it encounters, and the process is reversed at the port of arrival. From there loaded onto a truck to be driven to your new home. That is a lot of potential for damage, and you absolutely cannot risk your possessions not being packaged properly.
International relocation specialists will manage the incredible amount of required paperwork for you at both the port of entry and the customs departure. You are required to have it professionally packed and properly documented so you are putting a lot of trust into your moving company. These are things that must be done correctly as to not put your belongings and entrance into the new country in jeopardy, so experience and expertise are a must.
Organization for an international move is far more complicated than for a domestic move. Are you bringing everything or will you require storage for items left behind? Pack your travel belongings separately, your paperwork, medicines and everything you will require for the trip for yourself or your family. Mark it clearly. Be aware of what you are not allowed to bring at all, combustibles and firearms, and plan for their disposal or relocation prior to the moving company’s arrival.
You should ensure you have a ways and means of communication for every step of the way. You may be dealing with different time zones so both email and cell phone service will likely be required.
Be aware of the timelines. Do not cut your own flight too close, the following day is preferable to the day of the move. Make sure you understand the time of arrival of your belongings. Don’t underestimate the time it takes, from the US to the UK for example, will require a month or more and any delays at customs could add to that, so plan for alternate accommodations. Have a clear understanding of the responsibility of goods transported from the port to your new home. Some moving companies will require you to have your own land transport arranged. Other companies such as Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics offer a wide range of settling in services that will make the transition period much smoother.
Communicate clearly and often with your moving company. They are your knowledgeable and experienced partner throughout the entire process, and will be happy to help you with any questions or concerns. Do not assume anything, if you have the slightest doubt – ask.
Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics has been successfully moving families and businesses both locally and internationally since 1982. Feel free to contact us and discuss your upcoming move with one of our trained international moving coordinators and get your relocation off on the right foot.