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In our opinion, international moving is the most challenging moving service to perform. Often customers ask, “What’s different about international moving compared to a local or long distance move?” Today we would like to share four distinct differences between international moving and interstate moving so you’re prepared for your upcoming move.

The mover who packs your belongings won’t be the mover who delivers.

JK International Shipping CrateWhen deciding on a mover, it’s important to look at their international qualifications because they won’t be delivering your items at your destination. Are they a member of FIDI and FAIM-certified? Are they a member of IAM?  You want to know that your mover has trusted partnerships so that you receive quality moving services throughout all facets of your move.

There are no tractor trailers and no straight trucks for an international move*.

When planning your move, remember that your items won’t be packed into a truck but rather a shipping container. Shipping containers vary in size and you can view potential options here. It’s worthwhile to talk with your moving consultant ahead of time so you know how your belongings will be shipped.

Proper paperwork is a must in international moving.

We know paperwork may not be your idea of fun, but it is necessary for international moves. Depending on where you’re going and what you’re moving, you may have to fill out certain forms. (You can get a sense of the potential forms here.) Work with your mover ahead of time and ask questions so you are prepared for customs.

Culture Shock

We admit there is some culture shock moving from New York to California, but that’s still in the United States. When you move overseas you now have to learn a new culture and possibly a new language. Additionally, you will have to learn the exchange rate and even the metric system. These international tools should help get you situated.

It’s always important to ask questions when preparing for your move and international moving is no exception. From different forms and shipping containers to paperwork, these four differences will give you an idea of what to expect for your upcoming international move.  If you have any other differences that helped you when you moved, please share them in the comments below.

*Exception: Moves to Canada and Mexico that originate in the continental United States are considered international moves, but use tractor trailers instead of shipping containers.

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2 comments

  • when negotiating and signing your contract, make sure which of the costs the company will actually pay, and which costs they will reimburse you.

  • Comment by
    Brian
    24 Sep 2013

    That’s a good point, thanks for sharing.


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