International Moving Guide

International Moving Guide

Helpful Tips for Moving Internationally

International movers in Portland are becoming more common as companies worldwide come to Portland, routinely moving employees from one country to the Portland Metro Area. Moving from Portland to overseas can be a frightening experience, on the other side; it can even be exciting too. You see lots of new people, learn and know their cultures; become acquainted with a new culture and different hues of living. On the other side of the coin, there are anxieties of your family, its compatibility with the new surroundings, the status of your household possessions. What about the jimmy- my dog and other pets? How about my taxes and the list never ends.

Technology and low overseas labor costs have played primary roles in increasing the globalization of American businesses and the international movement of families. If you’re faced with a move to another country, there are some unique issues you’ll need to address before you select an international moving company and before you move.

Moving Your Vehicles Overseas to or From Portland

There are a number of considerations to keep in mind when you’re deciding what to do with your existing car or truck. First, what are the driving habits like in your destination country? Do they drive on the opposite side of the road and are their vehicles typically configured to drive that way?

Are there special requirements in your destination country with regard to vehicles, and will your existing car or truck meet those requirements?

How much will it cost to move your vehicles overseas? Are they worth it? Would it be easier and less costly or more practical to sell your existing vehicles in the US and purchase replacement vehicles in your new location? Many international movers decide to go ahead and replace their car.

When shipping a car, nothing can be left in the interior or in the trunk, except normal accessories – such as a jack and a spare tyre. Customs also may permit transporting the vehicle’s hubcaps, extra air filters and/or engine parts in the trunk. Be sure to check with customs officials in advance.

Acquiring International Drivers Permit

If you plan to drive while living over abroad, you should think about obtaining an International Driving Permit (IDP). In many countries, you are only required to have a valid driver’s license from your home country, but in others you must also have an IDP. Till you have not acquired the local driving license, an IDP will enable you to drive in the destination country.

For further information on driving abroad, including a listing of countries that accept or require the International Driving Permit, and for IDP application information, contact the appropriate Automobile Association.

An IDP is not itself a license, but more a certification of a national license in nine languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish). When driving, if you are stopped for any reason by a police officer, the IDP indicates that you have a valid national license and that your credentials should be honored. If by chance you have been involved in a traffic violation, an IDP can save you hours of delay. So, if you are planning an international move, you should obtain the IDP in your country, before departure.

Household Goods

If you take any household good, they are generally duty-free, but if it’s a brand new (less than a year of purchase), then you are going to pay a price. Before buying any items to take abroad, determine if it is worth paying duty on them. You might want to purchase the items after the move if they are available at destination. Although you can order items by mail while living abroad, you still are required to pay duty on them.

Check with the customs, consulate whether you can carry the following items packed in your household goods shipment: alcohol, tobacco, cameras and unexposed film. Many countries limit the amount of these items you can bring. Check with a consulate, embassy or customs office for your destination country, prior to your departure to determine the quantities permitted.

And if you carry something like matches or candles, then you may be in a trouble. So make sure that you consult consulate or embassy of your destination country on other items that are restricted, prohibited, or in need of licenses or permits. (matches, candles, paint, and cleaning and lighting fluids)

Don’t take very large items with you ; their cost of transportation may exceed the cost you bought it. Check if they are available in the destination country and check for the size of new home if it is sufficient to accommodate the things.

Personal accessories such as clothing, furs and jewelry usually are duty-free as long as they are for the owner’s use and not for resale. Check restrictions of your destination country before shipping your possessions. Ship the jewelry through the airfreight or carry them with you, this could avoid any theft possible.

Medication : If you carry any prescription medications with you, follow these suggestions to avoid problems:

Moving Electronics and Appliances Overseas

Does your destination country use different electrical outlets than those in the US? Are their phone jacks different than those in America? Would it make more sense to buy replacement items once you get to your destination instead of paying to take your existing items with you?

How Much Room will your Overseas Home Include?

Living accommodations in other countries can be quite different from those in America. Room sizes may be smaller or there may be fewer rooms to work with. Additionally, you may not have a garage or storage room at your new location. You’ll want to consider these factors when deciding what to take with you and what to dispose of or sell before you make your international move.

Moving Your Pets Around the World

Before you decide to move your pet to another country, two factors should be considered. First, will your pet be allowed in the destination country? If so, a health and/or rabies certificate might be required from your veterinarian. Be sure to ask a consulate or embassy of your destination country how long any certificate is considered valid and if your pet also will need an entry permit.

You’ll want to know what you’ll have to do if you plan on taking your pet with you overseas. Extended travel time and government regulations on transporting and immigrating certain types of pets need to be considered. How will you physically transport your pet and will that jeopardize your pet’s health or safety?

Second – Cost is the consideration. In most cases, you will be required to pay duty on your pet and pay for your pet to be quarantined, Depending on your destination county, your pet could be quarantined from a few weeks to a full year.

If you do take your pet, be sure to do the following:

  • Get the pet’s medical records from your vet.
  • Provide your pet with a travel identification tag – in addition to his/her permanent identification collar – so your pet can be returned to you if found.
  • Include your pet’s name; your name, destination address and telephone number; and an alternative contact person’s name and telephone number.
  • Schedule your trip to ensure your pet doesn’t arrive at destination on a weekend or holiday when customs facilities are closed. Otherwise, your pet might be without food, water and other care for a long period.
  • To help speed up the clearance process for your pet, write to the port entry veterinarian advising him of your pet’s arrival date, flight number and other required information.

Selecting an International Mover

Although there are fewer international moving companies to choose from than domestic companies, more and more movers are offering international services in order to capture the increased international relocation demand in recent years.

A quality moving company that is experienced in international moving can make a big difference in your global moving experience. They’ll have to know how to handle customs issues. They can also help you with information about your destination country that will go a long way toward relieving the anxieties you may have about moving abroad. The best case would be if the global moving company had a permanent physical presence in your destination area. Not only would they be more familiar with the area, contacting them after your move is completed will be much easier.

For these reasons, price should be less of a factor when selecting an international mover than it would be for a local, intrastate or interstate moving company. An international mover’s experience, reputation, track record and worldwide locations should weigh heavily in your final decision.