A Hot Mess, when moving from Europe to the USA
August 16, 2018
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  Here is a good international moving tip.

If you are moving to Europe and are worried about shipping your pet, there is a third option that I had not considered before.

Option one is obviously, contract an international pet mover to take care of the service but this can easily cost $5,000 which is a little excessive compared with for example shipping a 50lb suitcase with UPakWeShip for $125. The advantages are that everything is taken care of for you, total peace of mind knowing all the paperwork has been done properly and its a door to door service.

Option two is arrange it all yourself by getting all the documents and shots in order and booking him or her on a flight, may be the same flight as you are on when departing the USA for your new European destination. The risk is, did you do everything correct? What if there is a mistake in the paperwork? where do I collect him or her at the airport the other end? What about customs at the destination?

The third interesting option is book a cruise trip on the Queen Mary 2 from New York to Southampton England. The 7 day crossing including meals is about the same price as a flight. Queen Mary 2’s kennel program is available on all Transatlantic Crossings between New York and Southampton, and is managed by a full-time Kennel Master who takes care of responsibilities such as feeding, walking and cleaning the ship’s 24 spacious kennels. The cost depending a little on time of year and size of Duke or Duchess is about $1,000. While the UK is still part of Europe, once cleared through customs in Southampton, your pet is free to travel on to anywhere in the UK or Europe. If you are moving from Europe to the USA you can also travel in reverse with your pet into New York.

All options will require your pet to have up to date shots, a chip and a pet passport.

The Moving Doctor
The Moving Doctor
"The Moving Doctor", Mark Nash has been in the moving business for over 33 years and currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers (IAM).

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