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Transporting Goods Internationally Shouldn’t Be a Hassle

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International Moves

Posted On : Jan 30, 2015

Every day, millions of tons worth of freight is shipped across the world’s oceans. Over 100,000 cargo ships are in operation and any given time and cargo freight makes up 90% of all international trade. Unless you are very conscious about buying only locally-made or domestic goods, chances are that much, if not most of your belongings were once in a shipping container on a cargo ship somewhere at sea.

It’s quite apparent that we’ve become very good at shipping things internationally. But if you need to make an international move, the thought of packing up all of your belongings and sending them off to another country can be daunting, even if you know that people do it all of the time. Where do you even begin? What types of forms are there to fill out regarding customs and other clearances? It’s completely natural to be anxious about an international move. Not many people make a move to another country in their lifetime, and if they do move across an ocean, they’ll likely only do it once or twice. Luckily, there are professional international movers out there who can walk you through the process and make it as painless and stress-free as possible.

When searching for an international mover, look for a company that has been in business for a while and can provide you with a list of references who have used their international moving services before. Always get a quote in writing that details every step of your move. And make sure that the mover offers a service that will pick up your goods from their current location and transport them to the port of debarkation. Your international mover should be able to answer all of your questions regarding customs paperwork, even getting it ready for you to complete.

When you’re packing for an international move, there are a few considerations you should make. Many things cannot be shipped in an international move, such as foods, plants, or anything containing a flammable liquid. Take some time to familiarize yourself with your destination country’s laws regarding the importation of goods. Generally, it’s not a good idea to try to move thinks like liquor, firearms, or ammunition, which might be regulated differently in the new country, if not banned outright.

If you have a pet, be sure to find out about the country’s laws on importing pets as soon as possible. There might be a ban on importing pets, or you might need to gather certificates of vaccination or other documents to present to customs officials. Some countries require a quarantine period for pets at the owner’s expense. Any of these things might take some time to set up. And if you have to leave Fido behind, you’ll want to find a suitable new home.

One simple way to find all of this out is to contact the local consulate for the country and ask them for a list of the country’s current customs laws.

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