International moving resources
How far in advance should I plan my international move?
Try to book a moving company at least 10 to 12 weeks before your international moving date. Remember that overseas moving companies are especially in demand during the summer months. Especially since the global pandemic has caused delays in some areas, it is best to start the relocation process earlier.
Should I insure my belongings for an international move?
We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive international removal insurance to protect your goods during transport. Extreme care will be taken in packing, loading and transporting your items to your new location, however accidents can happen.
A good policy should cover your door-to-door at full replacement value at the destination. This value is based on your estimate of what it would cost to replace your item. Check with your Suddath relocation coordinator as we can help arrange international relocation insurance.
Do you have a checklist or other resources for an international move?
Suddath has been moving people and families across borders for more than 50 years. Thanks to our experience, we can do it all for you or give you the best international moving tips and advice for this trip. Moving to a new country offers a life changing experience full of excitement with new cultures to discover. But it is important to prepare for moving abroad so that you can settle into your new home as stress-free as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this blog full of tips for an easy move to another country and this checklist for documentation.
What is a high quality inventory form?
A high quality inventory form is an insurance company form that identifies a single item, pair, or set over $ 3,000 (or whatever the individual insurance policy dictates) specifically for coverage during international relocation.
Can you help me move my pets internationally?
Yes, we can move your pet. Suddath coordinates with various specialized pet relocation companies that offer high quality relocation services for your four-legged family members. Allow extra time for vaccinations, health certificates, chips, etc. as every country is different and some may require quarantine. Suddath can provide all of this information, just allow extra time. For pets, sometimes six months or more of planning is required before packing for an international move.
What should I look out for in an international move offer?
International removals are not all created equal. There are many different variables that go into calculating the exact cost of moving and also understanding what companies can give you peace of mind during your move abroad.
· Look for a real international moving company. You can identify a company that has experience and history in overseas moving by its accreditations and awards, with industry standards such as PAIMA, IAM, FIDI FAIM-Plus, and EMMA awards.
· Including door-to-door costs
· Destination Terminal Port Charges (DTHC) included in the offer
· Volume / weight of container size specified
· Insurance rate and percentage
· Including any additional packaging costs
· Estimated running time
· Exclusive use or consolidated service
· Potential additional costs at the destination
· Storage costs at the destination
Most importantly, you read the estimates in detail and not just look at the final price. Compare weights and volumes with the terms and services included and excluded. Use your Suddath representative as a resource and he will help you compare.
Can I choose any day to pack / load items?
Your goods can be moved on any date. Weekdays are best, as there may be additional charges if you move on the weekend or on public holidays. Try to plan accordingly and work closely with your relocation coordinator for more ideas on how to avoid additional costs. Please note that some countries may take two weeks or more to secure an international shipping container.
The delivery date at the destination depends on the size of your shipment, the timetables of the steamboat lines between ports and finally on the customs clearance procedures and the availability of the destination agent. As soon as a packing date is determined at the origin, the estimated transit time is calculated and communicated.
How much does an international move cost?
The moving costs are determined by weight / volume. There are many factors that determine the cost of your move abroad, but the weight of your items is the biggest.
Other factors that can affect the cost are:
• Specialized moving services that may be required
• When any of your items require custom crate packaging
• Shipping destination
• Special access requirements
Your move coordinator can discuss these costs with you and determine if there are any factors that would add additional costs to your move.
Which items cannot be shipped internationally?
There are some general items that cannot be shipped internationally or otherwise. For example plants, paint cans or ammunition, to name just a few. Make sure you know ahead of time what cannot be shipped and speak to your Suddath relocation coordinator about any items that may be specific to the country or region you are moving to. For example, places like Australia, Singapore, and China have stricter rules than others, and failure to follow these rules can result in customs delays or even heavy fines.
Do I pay duties and taxes when I move internationally?
It depends where you are going. In most countries, this is not the case if you have owned items for more than six months, or sometimes a year. However, some countries have different rules for expats and returning nationals. Your Suddath relocation coordinator will inform you about specific and current customs regulations for your destination country.
Can I store my household items abroad?
Yes. Suddath has a network of trusted, accredited partners with approved household warehouses around the world. Your household items can only be kept for a few days or as long as you need them.
Do I pay state sales tax when I move internationally?
Because this is considered an international service, you won’t pay local state taxes when moving overseas if it’s outside of the United States. Your Suddath Moving Coordinator will provide you with additional information about the moving process and rules for moving overseas in your destination country so you know if you are subject to taxes or fees in your home or destination country.
How can I track my international move online?
As a real, specialized international moving company, Suddath offers password-protected access to our online tracking system to see the status of your move.
The online monitoring of your move abroad helps you to feel safe at all times with the status of your move, but of course it is only part of a personalized experience. Your Suddath relocation coordinator will keep you updated on important milestones and you will be proactively asked to complete any tasks necessary for a smooth experience.