Leaving the country to live in a far off destination is exciting and stressful all at the same time. In particular, the moving process is almost universally dreaded, in part because of the logistics involved.
Just moving to another state is difficult enough. However, when you are leaving the country, there are a variety of things that you need to consider. Luckily, though, there is help available. By hiring a knowledgeable moving company, you can take some of the stress off of your shoulders.
Zambezi Freight is experienced when it comes to international moves. We know how to help you get through your relocation successfully and with as little stress as possible. Believe it or not, moving out of the country is quite similar to moving across the country. Therefore, you may already be familiar with some of the particulars.
Finding a Moving Company
There are a lot of choices when it comes to which international forwarder you want to work with. More than anything else, find someone that has been in the business for a while. You also want to find someone that can go just about anywhere in the world, so you know they are capable of helping you regardless of your destination. The last thing you want is to have to work with multiple companies. Therefore, find someone that can help you from start to finish. It will make moving much simpler for you in the end.
There are several questions that you need to ask any forwarder before hiring them. Keep in mind that it will be difficult to find someone that satisfies all the criteria, but do not work with anyone that does not meet at least a few.
First, ask how long they have been in business for; you want to find someone with at least 10 years of experience. Inquire as to whether they belong to either the Overseas Movers Network International or the International Federation of International Movers. Also, are they ISO 9002 certified? Finally, ask if they have a Registered International Mover certificate or something similar.
Boxing Everything Up
Packing for an international move is unique, and it will be unlike anything you have done up to this point. You must put your items in waterproof containers, which means you need materials like fiberglass, metal and plywood to pack with. Your forwarding company should have a packing service, and it is usually a good idea to take advantage of this to make things as simple as possible. Once your boxes are ready to go, they are loaded onto a vehicle and taken to the next stop in the process.
Items that Must Stay Behind
Certain items in your household will not be able to make the journey to your new home. It is important to be aware of what you can pack and what you should find another home for. For example, any weaponry, liquor or flammable materials must be left behind. Certain countries may also have a list of prohibited items, so it is important to look into that. Finally, if you own a pet, research to see if your chosen country allows for that type of animal. Also, look into what type of health requirements there are for your pet.
Talk to your forwarder for a complete list of what can be packed and what cannot be packed.
In order to ensure that your travels go smoothly, there is certain paperwork that you need to complete. All countries are a little different, so it is important to research exactly what you need for your chosen destination. However, it is generally safe to say that you will need a visa, your passport and medical/immunization certificates. In addition, other common forms include an international driving permit, a residence and work permit, a marriage certificate, a certificate of registration and an export form.