Moving, and in particular international moving, is a complicated and time consuming process that involves much more than simply packing your belongings and moving them to you new location. With all the planning, paperwork, documentation, forms and certifications, the international relocation process can be nothing short of intimidating to many people. But it doesn’t have to be. Arming yourself with a basic but thorough understanding of whom is required to have what, and why, can take the mystery out of getting your belongings quickly and safely across any border, and reduce the stress involved.
Proper documentation is vital to the speed and success of an international move. In some instances it may even mean the difference of your belongings getting to your new home or not even making it into the country. Certain items may require special consideration and attention and requirements may differ from country to country.
The special consideration items are to be expected; firearms, liquor, food, plants, fireworks, flammable items (even paint) pets, vehicles, ammunition, but there is a lot of variance from region to region, and additional considerations for international moves. Get a detailed list of what is permitted and what is forbidden from the customs office, the mover, or the consulate.
Pets may require an entry permit, health and rabies certificates and/or a quarantine period up to six months at the owner’s expense. If your family pet would not fare well through such an ordeal you may want to consider relocating her to a trusted family member or friend, especially if the move is a temporary work assignment of only a year or so. Overseas moves would require sedation and could be traumatic on older animals as well. Consider what is best for your pet.
Extremely valuable items will need insurance documents and certificates of authenticity. They will otherwise be valued at the bulk rate of a maximum of .60 per pound.
Vehicles are a different sort of challenge. It is more often a wiser choice to sell the one you have and purchase one when you arrive. It is by far one of the most expensive items you will move, and the duties alone could make it really not worth it. Then you must consider the maintenance once you are there, parts may not be as readily available as you are used to. Emissions regulations vary as well, you may not even be able to drive it in your new neighborhood. Store it, sell it, literally often any option is better than moving it overseas, but if you must take it with you ensure you discuss all of the special concerns of taking it with you with your moving company, some just refuse vehicles.
You need paperwork too. Passport, Certificate of Registration, Export Forms, Visas, Residence and Work Permits, Medical and Immunization Certificates, Driver’s License, and Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate even your divorce papers and your will should be at your finger tips if requested.
All respectable international movers have documentation of their own they need to deal with, but if they hesitate to discuss any of it with you find another mover. FIDI, RIM, OMNI are certifications they should be able to discuss with you and ISO 9002 certification is required.
If you are planning an international move, it is advised to not only consult with your moving company, employer, consulate and any other source of information, but also to begin preparation as early in the process as possible. Many documents cannot be obtained overnight, so save yourself some stress by obtaining them well ahead of your move date.
Utilizing the services of a professional, experienced international moving company is highly recommended for this type of a relocation. The services and resources they will have available will ensure your move takes place as efficiently and hassle-free as possible. Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics has been the leader in comprehensive, dependable international moving since 1982. Feel free to contact us to discuss any aspect of your upcoming relocation.