1/ Ask the moving companies: Are you insured? Make sure the insurance covers any damage,? not just full damage or catastrophic loss. What does your price include? Make sure to get a detailed list of every charge and what you should expect to pay. Be sure to ask repeatedly if there is any other possible charge that they did not include that you may be charged. Get it in writing that they have disclosed every possible charge. Many, many international shippers will low ball their price and then tack on a lot of extra fees. No question regarding this is too silly to ask so bottom line ask the questions, get educated and make the right smart choice! (see UPakWeShip’s guarantee Price Statement here)
Also if in the USA make sure the mover is licensed with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commision) If they are not FMC licensed and bonded they do not have a license to be moving you overseas and the commision can not help you with the same degree.
2/ Make your travel arrangements for 2 days after loading as weather delays or unforeseen problems could result. Don’t chance a missed flight or other travel related appointment.
3/ Things your international mover can’t move for you:
• Flammable items
• Combustible items
• Aerosol Cans
• Hazardous Materials
• Nail Polish/Removers
• Ammunition and Explosives
• Legal Documents (wills, financial papers, insurance)
• Medicine and prescription drugs
4/ Get organized before the big move. Start your packing of non essentials weeks in advance. If you are having some of your goods put into storage while the rest goes overseas, be sure to clearly separate what items are intended for which shipment. A good technique is to use sticky notes; for example, you can use different-colored paper to indicate which shipment an item belongs in.
Separate everything that must not be packed, such as passports, medicine, or important documents and keep them in a seperate room on packing day. Irreplaceable items such as jewelry and family heirlooms should be carried with you, too. You’ll also want to make sure you’ve cleared out things that cannot be included in your shipment. Items such as paint, aerosol cans and propane tanks are considered hazardous materials that aren’t allowed in international shipments. Save yourself the stress and get rid of these hazardous materials before moving day.
5/ Ask your international moving company for an approximate delivery schedule. Realize that this is an estimate, and loosely make your plans based on that.
Decide your essential non-furniture items and bring them with you instead of packing them. For most overseas points, it will be several weeks before you see your shipment again. From the U.S. to most western European points, it will be at least a month; to inland countries such as Switzerland, it could be up to two months. USA to Australia and New Zealand can be 10-12 weeks.
But even with a transit time estimate, bear in mind that customs and the business of the season could add days or weeks to your shipment’s transit time. So if you’re debating on whether to bring the family’s winter coats in your suitcases, and you’ve been given an estimated delivery date on the cusp of the season, it’s probably best to bring them with you just in case.
6/ Always ask UPakWeShip for free advice and a quote when moving overseas. www.upakweship.com Tel 1 866 868 6386 Specialists in moving you to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and South America.