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Ask The Moving Doctor!

Our resident Moving Doctor, Mark Nash is in the house! Mark has been in the moving business for 33 years, originally from England; he has moved 5 times internationally and has worked in England, mainland Europe, The Middle East and for the past 19 years in the USA. If he doesn’t know the answer to the question, he has enough friends in this industry to find out for you.

He currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers.

Mark will always do his best to provide an answer honestly, professionally and treat this forum as a place where everyone can learn about moving overseas.


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  1. Jon says:

    We are moving from Ireland back home to the USA. Our items will go towards the USA, but we ourselves will first visit family in the UK before heading across the Atlantic. Concerning Form 3299, we do not know the date when we will arrive in the USA because we have not booked transport yet. We need to wait because we are unsure of how many days/weeks we expect to stay in the UK. We also know that rules are continually changing due to covid, so we would want to book our journey to the USA closer to our date of departure. How do we deal with this? I do not know how soon our household items are likely to arrive in the USA, and I also wonder if we need to be back there ourselves before the items are delivered. Thank you.

    • The Moving Doctor says:

      Hello Jon, that is a very good question. I am presuming you are American citizens? Technically you are meant to be in the USA when your container arrives and that is shown on the 3299 / import documents that note your arrival date and flight number. However in the last year with Covid going on, we have cleared numerous containers and delivered to a friend of the family where the owners have not been able to travel back to the USA yet.
      So the official answer is you would have to be here but Customs seem to be understanding if you are not at the moment. May be an accompanying letter explaining your situation and expected eta back home could be submitted along with your documents. Also note whatever date you think you will be flying and flight number on the import documents even if it changes later. I hope that helps and feel free to let me know if you have further questions. Cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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