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International Moving Costs

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Read the following article for international moving costs to take into consideration if you’re planning to move overseas, such as:

  • International Moving Deals & Discounts
  • Cost of Shipping Household Goods Overseas
  • Packing & Unpacking Costs
  • Renting Storage Space
  • Insurance Rates for International Moves
  • Visa Fees
  • Miscellaneous Travel Costs

Budget for any costs that you might have to incur, even those you normally wouldn’t have to worry about, and your next international move will go off without a hitch.


International Moving Costs


International Moving Costs

If you’re moving overseas, it’s likely due to a transfer such as corporate, military or government relocation. But have you taken into consideration the financial strains involved when the time comes to relocate finally?

Below, we will cover the most common expenses involved when planning to move abroad.


International Moving Deals & Discounts

Before we dive on in and discuss the finer points of international moving costs, it could be worth checking out international movers who offer bundles, discounts, deals, or rate guarantees including:

  • Quick Rate Guarantee: Some international moving companies will promise a quick turnaround when a customer requests a quote. Failure to meet this guarantee results in a credit toward the customer’s shipment.
  • Military/Government Discounts: If you are in the military or work for the government, most international moving companies consider such a customer’s status and discount their move based on DoD contracts.
  • Senior Moving Discounts: The older adults within our community need a higher level of support when moving, packing, and storing their belongings, so many companies offer high-quality and full-service solutions at a discounted rate for a simple and stress-free relocation.

Though not always available, this step could prove useful in saving money for an already pricey relocation.


Cost of Shipping Goods Overseas

Costs for shipping goods can be based on the following factors:

  • Weight & Volume of Shipment: Price may be affected by the number of belongings being shipped by measuring weight and volume.
  • Distance – Origin to Destination: Think about the distance between the origin and destination. Remember, more miles traveled means more money owed.

  • Route – Origin to Destination: Depending on the route you want to take; the price can vary. High-volume routes like those between the US and Canada are somewhat less expensive due to competition. While less frequented routes generally cost more.

  • Transportation Method – Ocean or Air Freight: No matter the method, you can expect a trucker to perform the first and last parts of any move. Depending on which shipping method you choose, though, your international move’s final price may be affected. Methods of transportation include:
    • Air: The most expensive option
    • Ocean: The cheapest option
  • Time of Year: Lastly, whether you move during the peak season or offseason, each choice can play an important role in the final price of your goods.

If you’d like to understand better the costs associated with shipping goods, read our guide on What to Know About Shipping Household Goods.


Packing & Unpacking Costs

If you’d like to pack yourself, you’re more than welcome to. In fact, it might even cut down on the overall cost of your international move. Though, sometimes when you’re making an international move, you may not have a choice in the matter.

During an international move, it’s normal for shipments to have to go through customs. When that has to happen, the company will generally pack the shipment to guarantee that illegal items weren’t packed.

This also protects the moving company from incurring fines or further punishment when transporting illegal goods. Though it may cost more, having a company help you out may save you some hassle in the process.


Renting Storage Space

Regardless of how well-prepared you may be, there is always a chance that your shipment will arrive before you do. In that case, ensure your budget is planned around this potential instance.


Insurance Rates for International Moves

You hope that your shipment arrives in tip-top condition. However, there are times when your things may be lost or damaged. Luckily, most, if not all, international moving companies offer valuation and insurance packages based on your specific needs and your shipment value.


Understanding Visa Fees

If you’re moving to a country and you don’t have the luxury of having dual citizenship, you generally have to apply for a visa of some type. Whether it’s a work or school visa, most require a lot of paperwork and payment of substantial fees. Often, there are legal factors involved wherein a lawyer and their respective fees may also come into play.


Miscellaneous Travel Costs

We’ve covered most of the international moving costs one is likely to incur during this process, but life is full of surprises. There are quite a few other miscellaneous costs that most overlook, including:

  • Moving Pets Abroad
  • Customs Travel Charges & Taxes
  • Airfare
  • Temporary Accommodation
  • Initial Housing Costs
    • Including property taxes and fees
  • Cost of Furnishings
  • General Living Expenses



Overall, there are a lot of details to think about when moving from one country to another. Regarding the financial aspect, keep in mind the costs that will have the most impact on your move and be sure to contact an international mover such as Suddath, Stevens International or Allied International for further comments, questions, or concerns related to moving overseas.

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