Editor’s Note: Today, Dave Macpherson, Vice President, International Division at JK Moving Services, discusses international moving.
What is involved with international moving? In the Unites States and Canada, international moving refers to the movement of “used household goods and personal effects” from one home in one country to another home in another part of the world. Outside of the USA, this is considered international “removals.” The companies that specialize in international moving/removals are typically ones that have taken the skills that they have honed in local and long distance moving, and applied them to country-to-country moving.
Qualified international moving companies will have their own trucks, warehouses, and labor, and will handle their own freight forwarding; directly controlling air, sea, and truck transport along with insurance services. A company well-versed in packing for international moves, completing international paperwork and meeting the high standards of international shipping will be FIDI/FAIM certified. A FIDI/FAIM moving company must demonstrate a high level of training and show that their systems meet all established standards.
International movers use different shipping containers than those used in local and interstate moves and they train their staff to tightly pack and load the containers and air boxes. This is because many of the shipping charges that make up the final total price are established based on the volume of the containers and air boxes.
Many U.S. movers provide the local packing, crating, loading, and warehousing; using their local assets and then relying on freight forwarders to handle the shipping. To be in international moving you do not have to be a freight forwarder. However, international movers must have training to work with people in their home and handle their personal items.
At JK, we have integrated the freight forwarder services with the international mover services to provide a complete solution to our clients.