International Movers Orlando
Published on 2022-01-31
The state of Florida is home to several international container shipping ports, including the Port of Miami, Port Canaveral, Port Tampa Bay, Jaxport, Port Everglades, and others. With such close proximity to several major international shipping ports, you’ll have several options for shipping overseas from Orlando. These options make it easy to comparison shop for the best value.
Choosing a port may, in fact, be the easiest part of the process. International moves are notoriously complex and have a lot of moving parts. You will need to assemble a lot of paperwork, make difficult decisions about what to bring and what to leave behind, and try to make sense of complex international import regulations that may or may not be in English.
Here are some of the things you should know about moving overseas from Orlando.
Packing for an International Move
Maybe you’ve moved a few times before and feel like you’ve got the packing part handled. Not so fast. Packing for an international move is not the same as when you are moving across town. Customs officials require detailed packing lists that describe the contents of every single box. This level of detail may make you rethink some of the items that you are bringing, unless you don’t mind making note of every random paperclip or cat toy that gets thrown into a box.
The way that you pack matters, too. Overseas moves are most often done by shipping container, which can take several weeks. Your shipping container will be picked up and handled again and again as it makes its way to your destination. Not to mention, rough seas can cause enough pitching and rolling to damage carelessly packed items.
One of the choices you will have to make will be whether you want to use a full container load (FCL) or less than container load (LCL). Most customers choose to go with the FCL even if they don’t think they can fill it, so that they don’t have to share their container with another customer. Sharing a container increases your chance of damage because your container may need to be unpacked to get to the other customer’s stuff or because your container may need to make more than one stop on its way to your destination.
Cost of Moving Overseas from Orlando
When moving overseas from Orlando, you can choose from several different container ports on the coast of Florida. The cost to ship from Port Canaveral could be a couple hundred dollars cheaper than shipping from Port Jacksonville, depending on the ships that are there and where they are going, so it pays to shop around. The cost to move a FCL from the Jaxport in Jacksonville to Cape Town, South Africa will be between $7,200 – $12,000. From Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, the cost would be $7,000 – $11,400.
Why you Should Work with an International Shipper
When moving internationally, there are many factors to consider. Are you ready to take the time to really understand the import rules of your new home country? Are you able to complete all of their paperwork correctly, even if you cannot submit it in English? Are you prepared to manage the logistics of your move, checking in with shippers and processors along the way to ensure that your goods are handled properly? Can you do all of this while moving your family and pets…and not lose your mind?
When you work with an international moving company like Three Movers, we take all of this stress off of you. Our experts are here to help with every step of the process. Call us today to learn more about the services we provide.