International Moving

Next is the question of finding out about moving companies. Do not make inquiries from too many people and get confused at the end, because as many people you inquire, you shall be flooded with as many suggestions. Be discreet and ask only those who are adept in the matter shifting and have had good experience. Such people shall prove to be your Moving Guide. Also, you may go online and find out about various International Moving companies operating in your area. Shortlist the companies that fall within your budget and whose customer service enjoys good report. Draw up a fool-proof written agreement with the company regarding all the terms and conditions of moving. The company should also undertake the task of preparing documents required as per the state and national authorities.

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Typically, the company that you work for in this situation should provide the cost of transportation for yourself and a certain allowance of household goods. The amount of the allowance is typically based on your position and the length of your stay in the new country. It’s important that this information is clearly provided in the contract prior to your decision to move. You should also be sure that the contract includes provisions on what happens in the event that you need to return prior to the end of the contract. Moving overseas can be expensive so you will want to be sure that the company will cover the cost of returning your goods to the United States if circumstances require you to return home sooner than expected.

Once you begin to prepare for your move, your company may provide the name of their nominated international movers. The moving company will need to know the date of your move, the destination country, the approximate volume of goods being transported, and a list of all of the items that will be shipped. They will also ask for the approximate value of each item. They will then schedule a time to come to your house to pack your items. You will need to sign forms for the movers as well as sign customs documents. You will also need to provide a copy of your passport to the moving company. This is used to clear the goods through international customs.

Another thing you might want to consider when planning an international move is to ask your employer to allow you a trip to your planned destination country prior to making a decision on the ex-pat assignment. Moving safety is important so you will want to make sure that your destination is in a safe neighborhood. During your scouting trip, you will want to either visit the location of your overseas housing if the company already has a location planned or you will want to visit potential housing options if you will be allowed to choose your own accommodations. Just remember that when considering locations you will want to ask both local employees and other ex-pats for their opinions. It’s likely that locals will know and share things that the ex-pats might not consider.

You may also want to ask the ex-pats about access to food stores that sell American foods. It can be very comforting to know that a quick ride on the subway or walk down the street will help you get a little touch of home while you are living abroad. However, you will find that some brands that are familiar from home are sometimes also offered at local stores.

  • Currency

    As a newly minted world traveler or a seasoned globetrotter, you will undoubtedly find currency exchange to be one of the guiding issues in your travel experience. Depending on your budget, the exchange rate may even dictate what countries you visit and how long you stay for.

  • Pets Aboard

    Begin the preparation for the move as far in advance as possible.  You will be making arrangements with your vet, and airlines as well as gathering supplies.  The first thing you should do is make sure the new country will allow your pet to enter.  Some countries have restrictions on certain animals for health reasons. 

  • Documents Needed

    Moving to a different country can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a person’s life.  It can also be one of the most stressful and difficult to coordinate.  Many details need to be planned out well in advance and a timeline adhered to.