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International Movers and Storage

Published by Chris Townsend

International Movers and Storage

International Moving and Storage

International Movers and Storage

There are a lot of moving parts involved when you relocate overseas. You’ll have a lot of questions like: How do I move my belongings? What happens if there are delays? Where can I keep my things until I am ready to pick them up.

Most international moves occur by shipping container. Shipping containers can move over land or sea, but are most often transported via ship.

Some people have antiques or special items that they choose to send by air freight. Air freight is great because it is much faster than sea freight, however it is also much more expensive. Goods transported by air freight are charged by weight and volume, which can add up pretty quickly.

Moving with Shipping Containers

With shipping containers, you will need to choose whether to ship a full container load (FCL) or less than container load (LCL). An LCL can be a cost-saving method for an international move, although there are some disadvantages to this approach. With an LCL, you share the container with another customer or customers, which means more handling of your items and a greater chance of damage.

The main problem with sharing a container with other people is you can't guaranty if they would adhere to best practices when packing their items such as using the appropriate packing materials. They may also not comply with regulations and might actually pack prohibited items that my cause damage when they come in contact with your items. However, if you are dealing with a reputable international moving company, they will ensure that things are done properly so that their won't be incidence of damage during transit.

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An FCL gives you all 40 feet of space, giving you enough room to ship the contents of an entire 2-bedroom house, and maybe even a vehicle. The cost will depend on your arrival and departure ports, as well as current conditions for shipping. For some basic examples, the cost of shipping a full container to Naples, Italy from New York City could be between $7,000 - $9,300, and shipping from Los Angeles, California to Tokyo, Japan could cost between $7,500 - $10,200.

Customs Processes

Also, remember that you will have to go through customs clearance process so prepare a detailed inventory box by box on all you personal belongings. It is not likely that you will be asked to pay duties on your household goods but you have to declare them all the same. However, some countries may ask you to pay duties on items you just newly or recently bought before leaving your home country.

When making your international moving plan, find out about customs regulations in the destination country to know what to expect. International moving services providers can also guide you into all the logistics involved in moving abroad with your belongings.

Temporary Storage Services Overseas

What if you need to store some things for awhile? This can occur when your new home is not quite ready or you just need some time to organized.


Indoor storage is appropriate for fragile items or those that need to be kept in a climate-controlled environment. Indoor storage is inherently more secure and helps to protect your belongings from damage caused by moisture, insects, and exposure to sunlight.

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Outdoor storage is appropriate for larger items that may be relatively impervious to weather such as boats, tractors, or vehicles. Outdoor storage has the benefit of being easily accessed at all hours, so if you need to pick up your vehicle for the day you can do so without a problem.

The options that are available to you will depend on where you are moving. Many shipping ports offer storage on-site for a fee, or you can choose to have your items moved to an off-site facility nearer to your home.

Door-to-Door Service for Overseas Moves

When you just want to know that it’s handled, contact Three Movers. Working with our moving specialists, you no longer have to worry about the fine details or special rules during the moving process. Our experts specialize in international relocation and shipping and have the experience to ensure a stress-free transfer.

With the comprehensive package we offer, you don’t even have to worry about the packing. It will all be handled with extraordinary care and diligent attention to detail. Contact us today for a free shipping quote to get started.

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Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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