What to Keep In Mind When Shipping Your Possessions to a New Country
- Checklist for an international move
- Get detailed quotes from a selection of respected international movers.
- Decide on a date for moving (and stick to it as far as possible).
- Make a detailed list of items you would like to move with you.
- Plan out and purchase any new items that you would like to have shipped well in advance. Keep a track of the invoices for all newly purchased goods. It may be possible to reclaim taxes on goods purchased within 6 months of your move. Your movers should be able to advise you further on this.
- Where applicable, provide a list of all items purchased that have been directly delivered to the international mover's warehouse (in case all your other household goods have already been packed and dispatched).
- Once your final list of items to take along is ready, determine an approximate value of this inventory. Put a value on each item to be shipped for insurance purposes.
- Ensure that you retain all valuables, such as money, important documents (e.g. passports, visas, inoculation records, etc.) and shipping information (e.g. international mover's name and contact details, your container number, number of units and seal number, as well as the date of sailing and expected arrival date).
- Do not pack your child’s favourite toy or comfort aid with the shipment – they will need that with them throughout the journey and at their new destination.
- Remember to leave your new contact details with the international mover so that their local office can easily contact you, if necessary.
- Shipping options
- Shipping ‘your own' container: If you choose to ship your own container, you will need to rent a metal shipping container from a steamship liner. The employees of the international mover will then fill up this container with your goods and load it on to the ship according to the booking number. Understandably, since the container is being hired exclusively for you, the entire expenses will need to be borne by you irrespective of whether or not the space is utilised entirely.
- Shipping by consolidation: This is a great way to reduce moving costs considerably. By availing of 'shipping consolidation', your goods are considered along with other consignments that are also being shipped in the same sector. The international moving company work out the best possible combinations to maximise space utilisation and share consignments between containers. This brings down the cost per cubic feet, since the space is being shared. Do bear in mind that containers are never discharged part-full, so a longer transit time may result. It is needless to say that the meticulous paperwork that is carried out ensures that every part of your consignment reaches your destination safe and sound.
What to Keep In Mind When Shipping Your Possessions to a New Country. Submitted by: Marie Darlow, Marketing Director, The Relocation Consultancy