How Should I Transport My Stuff When Moving to Another Country?

Moving is a challenge, especially if you’re moving to another country. There are two ways to transport your things: by air and by sea. The method of transportation you choose should be based on your budget and how fast you need your items to arrive at their destination. The team at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage has gathered some information to help you decide which moving transportation option is best for you. We know moving is a challenge; that is why our team is always ready to assist you and make your moving experience an easy one.

Here are two ways to transport your stuff overseas:

Moving Your Belongings By Boat

When moving your items by boat they will be packed into shipping containers that are typically loaded at your home. The loading containers are then shipped by rail or truck to a port where they will be loaded on a boat as cargo. The container will later arrive at its destination where you will either be able to send your items to your new home, or you can pick up the container at the port, and you will be responsible for transporting your items from the port to your home. If you have a large move, you might need more than one container to ship your items. Most household moves involve 20-foot or 40-foot containers.

Moving Your Belongings By Plane

Moving items by air has become more and more popular because it takes significantly less time to transport than by boat. However, transporting your items by air might be a little more expensive. Transporting your belongings by air usually involves packing items into heavy-duty boxes. Transporting your items by air can also be a downside because you will have limited space compared to shipping your items via boat. However, the clear upside is speed and reliability. Since airplanes leave more often than boats, you only need a few days to prepare your belongings to transport than via plane. Whereas you will need weeks to organize a shipment when moving your items using a boat.

Helpful Tips for Packing & Moving Your Stuff to Another Country

Moving your stuff overseas may not be easy, but you can make it far easier by taking a few steps:

  • Declutter, Donate & Sell: This is one of the most important steps for any international move. Go through everything you own and donate or sell anything that you don’t need or that simply cannot come with you. Get rid of as much as you can – it will make your move far easier, and you can replace any items or furniture you sold or donated when you get to your new home.
  • Pack the Right Way: Be careful about how you pack your belongings. You can check out our blog, How to Pack for a Move, or you can always trust the packing to our professionals! We can take care of everything for you.
  • Check on Restrictions or Duties: You’ll also need to check on any restrictions or duties that the country you are┬ámoving to may have for household goods. Every country will have its own restrictions and taxes to consider, so you’ll want to make sure you know what you can and can’t bring. Fortunately, we offer storage solutions for any items you want to keep but can’t bring with you!
  • Keep Important Documents with You: When you’re packing your luggage for your trip to your new home, be sure to keep important documents with you in your carry-on bag. This includes things like your passport, visa information, medical records, tax documents, insurance information, and anything else you don’t want to risk during your international move.

Talk to Our International Movers Today!

If you’re not sure what moving option is best for you, the Southern California movers at Affordable Quality Moving & Storage can help you. Since 1996, our family-operated and owned moving company has worked to make every customer’s moving experience as stress-free as possible. We know that executing an international move requires time, energy, and resources. We can help with packing and unpacking, transportation, and storage. When you hire our team, you can rest assured that your new move is going to be smooth and will be as painless and smooth as possible.

Contact our team of reliable and trusted Southern California movers today at (661) 622-2636!