Methods of Shipping
International shipping is usually handled in
one of three ways: Ocean freight via vaulted (wooden) containers, Ocean
freight via 20 foot or 40 foot shipping containers or air freight
should be made well in advance of an international move, at least one
You will be without your belongings for several weeks normally. Plan
ahead for items you will need during transit. Do not have these items
included in your moving estimate. (Such as clothing, toiletries, eating
utensils, toys, videos and books for children.) An air freight shipment
is advisable for shipping a TV, high chair, crib, and other items you
cannot take on the plane but will needs fairly quickly after arriving in
your new country. Plan to take on the plane everything you will need
while the goods are in transit. If you have too much to take on the
plane, consider shipping several boxes of goods prior to your flight so
that they will be there when you arrive.
International shipping requires prepayment of
charges based on the estimate. If actual shipping charges are less than
the estimate a refund will be mailed to you. If the actual charges are
more than the estimate the difference may be due prior to the shipment
leaving the country. Payment needs to be provided in the form of a
certified check, money order, cash or other certified funds. If paying
with a credit card or personal check the shipment cannot depart until
funds are received.
Things to Know About Moving Internationally
Prohibited items. Each country has it’s own
rules relating to items you are not allowed to bring into the country.
This will generally apply to firearms, liquor, tobacco, food and plants
and large amounts of foreign currency. We recommend that you check with
the foreign consulate regarding specific regulations.
Clearance and Duties and Tariffs. Most countries will not charge a duty
or tariff on personal effects. The definition of personal effects
usually relates to items you have owned for more than 6 months. To
quickly clear customs it is essential that the paperwork is in order.
They always require a copy of your passport/visa, drivers license, birth
certificate or social security card, as well as a complete inventory of
the items shipped. Since September 11th security concerns have forced
international transferees to have ALL household items professionally
packed by a mover. The inventory should reflect an accurate description
of the general contents of each box. If a box is marked miscellaneous
contents it may hold up your shipment in customs. If the customs office
decides to quarantine or unload the shipping container to perform an
inspection the charges associated will need to be paid prior to
delivery. Using a professional mover who understands these regulations
and has experience with international moves is essential to saving you
money and delivering your belongings quickly.
Ocean freight shipments will tend to require
3 to 8 weeks to deliver depending on the region of the world you are
Air freight shipments
normally require 7 to 10 days to deliver.
CIA World Fact Book—www.worldfactbook.com
United States Department of State information about traveling or living
Foreign Consular Offices in the United
Foreign Embassies in the United States—www.embassy.org/embassies/
Country Watch provides geopolitical news
and other information—
MonsterMoving Relocation Information—www.monstermoving.monster.com/international/