Overseas Shipping and Moving
by Atlantic Transfer and Storage

International moves are becoming more and more common as the globe is becoming flatter and flatter in economic terms. Overseas shipping and moving can however, be very complicated and selecting the best moving company for an overseas shipping and moving can be your best bet in the circumstances.

A fundamental rule for any kind of move is--planning ahead. It is more vital for overseas shipping and moving than for a local one, because the coordination and planning involved is multiplied manifold.  A number of players at the local and international level will be involved in the process while your point of contact remains the local moving company that picked up your goods at the point of origin.

  • Your goods will be packed by the mover at the point of origin and picked up by the transport he has arranged. This will be taken to the appropriate port.
  • The freight forwarding company will organize a container that will be shipped by ocean to the port that is closest to your final destination.
  • At the destination port another moving company or the representative of your moving company at origin will receive the goods and clear customs on your behalf.
  • Finally, your goods will be transported by the local moving company to your new home in the new country.  They will handle the unpacking and unloading of your goods if required.

Therefore, planning for an overseas shipping and moving involves doing plenty of homework. 

  • You must get to know the country to which you are moving. You need to know the cultural, social, economic and logistics issues that will be involved in transporting your personal goods to the new country/location of residence.
  • You need to find out whether the overseas shipping and moving company you are considering has offices in your current town of residence and in the new country you are moving to.
  • Alternately you could check up whether the overseas shipping and moving company has any tie up with local moving companies in the new location and the type of tie up they have.
  • You need to check on the reputation of the local company and the reputation of the tie up company in the country you are moving to. Are they professional? Are they reliable? Have they serviced any of your friends or relatives before? What was their impression of the service? Are they experienced?
  • You will have to ensure that you have all the right paper work ready for the move. So you need to find out what kind of papers you need to have and when they will have to be produced to the relevant authorities for inspection. This will help you prevent problems when your goods arrive in the new country.

Transit time for overseas shipping and moving is anything between 30 to 60 days and this is governed by the geographical location and the time of the year.  So plan ahead and move smoothly and safely.


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