How to Plan for an International Move
Moving internationally is a whole new experience. Even if you have moved frequently within your own country, it is safe to say that even then, an international move will be a new experience for you. So, logic dictates that your moving checklist will be very different for an international move.
First thing on your plan should be to research and hire a mover who has the necessary credentials and certifications to move across sovereign borders. You also need to have full knowledge of what you can and cannot take with you when you cross borders. The last thing you need is to be held by customs for bringing in things that are not allowed. So make sure you do your research.
You then need to hire a packer and a mover who will move your things to the closest port. Make sure that your furniture, electrical items and antiques/artifacts are packed securely to keep out dust and moisture.
Once your goods get to the port, the freight forwarding company will ship your things to your final destination. You will have to clear customs at the port. Then, a transport agent will deliver your goods to your new address.
It is always a good idea to work with moving companies that have allegiance with freight forwarders and agents at your new location. If not, just make sure that these links are secure before you begin your move. If you delay at the port of your new destination, you can be charged demurrage. Therefore, have your movers at the ready before you begin the process.