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4 Ways Moving Your Stuff Internationally Differs From Domestic Moves

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Do you plan to move your household goods internationally? While some aspects of such a long-distance move — like having to sort through and pack up your belongings — are the same as a domestic move, other elements are very different. To help you make your move the most successful it can be, here are four key differences and what you can do to minimize their effects.

1. Timing

Transporting goods across international boundaries and even across oceans takes longer than simply moving them to another state. Some of this delay is simply the distance and modes of transportation needed, while other timing issues can involve things like customs clearance or inspections.

The extended time frame doesn't have to be a surprise. Prepare for this by starting as early as possible and practicing patience. In addition plan for being without your goods for a longer period of time. 

2. Movement

While your belongings will always move while in transit, local moves usually involve a limited amount of risk points. The goods will travel on roads and in a few different kinds of weather, but international goods may change container modes several times and may be subjected to higher risks like ocean travel.

This means you should pack your belongings with even more care than normal. Make sure they're stable, double-packed, wrapped, and secured. 

3. Requirements

All moving companies have a set of prohibited items. Some states do as well. However, an international move will have more rules and requirements you must follow. Goods will be more subject to inspection and verification. And you may have more certification steps to comply.

Most of the requirements involved in moving cargo from country to country will be handled by your shipping service. Rely on their expertise to navigate these steps. However, you can help them by diligently following their prohibited items rules, avoiding packing anything that could be dangerous, and asking questions whenever there's doubt.

4. Cost

Few people who plan to move overseas are surprised to know that it will cost more to transport their stuff. There is simply more involved, from distance to modal transportation to documentation. The best way to prepare for this is by sorting and purging more of your things than you might otherwise. Many people find that it's more cost-effective to replace many non-sentimental household goods in their new locale. This leaves room for the important parts of your life to go with you.

Where to Learn More

Want to know more about the unique factors in your international move? Start by speaking with a shipping and moving service in your area. They can offer tips and suggestions to help you prepare for these and other issues so you can have the most successful move possible.