There are lots of reasons why moving is always very stressful. No matter how short or long your trip to your new abode, there are so many details to take care of and so many things to remember. When you select skilled and knowledgeable moving partners, it can help make your move much easier and less stressful.
Zambezi Freight is an international company that helps many people make the move from one country to another. We are knowledgeable, skilled and experienced when it comes to international moves. You may be surprised to know that the concerns that plague an international move are really the same ones that make a move across town difficult.
How To Select An Excellent International Mover
Look for a company that has experience and ample connections abroad to be able to make all the arrangements for your move easily, effectively and dependably. Your international moving company should be able to arrange reliable forwarders who will ship your items from current home to your new home. There are forwarders who are only able to move your items from one point to another, so arrangements must be made to continue your items on their way. When you use a forwarder who offers door-to-door service, you will only have to deal with one company. This will mean far fewer headaches for you.
Here are a few things to look for in a good forwarder. Few forwarders have all of these qualities, but you can use this list as a guideline to seek out those that have the qualities most important to you.
First, look for a company that has been in operation for at least a decade.
Find out if the company you are considering is a member of the International Federation of International Movers (FIDI).
Make certain the company you are considering has a Registered International Mover (RIM) certificate or something similar.
Be certain the company under consideration is a member of the Overseas Movers Network International (OMNI).
You must also be certain of their ISO 9002 certification.
Be Aware Of The Items That You Will Not Be Able To Bring Along
There are quite a few things that are not acceptable for international shipping. Here is a list of some of the items you will have to part with and replace when you arrive at your destination. The forwarder you select will give you a detailed list; however, this list will give you a general idea.
- No flammable materials may be moved.
- No liquor may be moved.
- No firearms may be moved.
- No item prohibited by your destination country may be brought into that country.
Be sure to begin making arrangements for your pets far in advance of your move. Some types of pets are banned in some countries. Additionally, you must be certain of getting all proper vaccinations to obtain permits to move animals. Some countries will require that your animal remains in quarantine for half a year. You will be billed for this expense. It is easy to see that it is very important that you understand all requirements so that proper arrangements can be made.
How To Pack For An International Move
It is quite different to prepare your things to be moved across the world as opposed to across town. You must pack your belongings inside of very large fibreglass, metal or plywood water-proofed containers. Your forwarding service should provide packing service, and use of this professional service is highly recommended. It will help you avoid complications upon arrival at your new home. Once packed, your crates will be carried by van to a port where they will be loaded into shipping containers for transport.
What You Need To Know About Documentation
Be sure all your papers are in order well in advance of your move. This will help you avoid complications and delays once you arrive at your destination. Each country has its own specific paperwork requirements; however, here are the basics:
- You must have your current, valid passport.
- You must have a Certificate of Registration.
- You must have proper export forms.
- You must have a current and valid visa.
- If applicable, you must have current work and residence permits.
- You must have all of your immunization and medical certificates in order.
- If applicable, you must have your international driving permit.
- If applicable, you must have your marriage certificate.