What to Know About Shipping Household Goods
So you’ve made the big decision to move to a brand new country across the sea. Congratulations on the start of a new adventure! Your mind is probably racing with everything that needs to be done, the costs and getting everything done in time.
We’re here to help ease your transition. Let our guide on shipping your household goods take part of the stress off of you and we’ll give you some tips on choosing the right international shipper.
Shipping Household Goods
Moving household goods can be a tedious and time-consuming process if you try to do it alone. Your best bet is to use an international shipping company, or a company that specializes in moving and offers household goods moving services.
Shipping large products, such as a couch or refrigerator can be costly if you don’t have the right experience and knowledge. A provider will be able to help you navigate the ins and outs of shipping your household goods. Your belongings aren’t just items, you’re often shipping family heirlooms and irreplaceable memories.
This is why choosing the right company to ship your household goods is vital. We have a full blog post on how to choose the right international shipper, but to give you a few tips here. Always ask about:
- Licensing and Insurance
- Experience with Customs
- Additional Services, like packing or dock-to-door
- Timeline for Shipment
Your household shipment is a highly involved process, which is why using a professional company can make the transition smoother and less stressful.
What to Expect When Shipping Household Goods
While timelines may vary, start looking for your international shipping company as early as possible. This gives you plenty of time to get various quotes and decide on a reliable company.
You can then work with the company and discuss if they offer packing or container services, and the other details of your move. Shipping household goods can come with a lot of extra work, but your moving service provider should be able to help you with:
Export Documentation: No one likes additional paperwork, that’s why we handle all of the additional documentation you’ll need to have and sign off on before your overseas move.
Delivery to Final Destination: Getting your goods to your new home is the goal, so we work with air and ocean shippers to coordinate your move and swiftly get it through customs.
Insurance Coverage: Your shipper should have a broad form of insurance that can cover any loss or damage. Making sure they have that can help you rest assured, knowing your belongings are covered.
Storage Options: Storing some of your household goods may be a necessary step during your overseas transition. Before selecting an international shipping company, check their storage options.
Will I Be Packing Everything?
This depends on the arrangements you make with your household goods shipper. If they offer packing services, they’ll make sure your belongings are secured and correctly protected, regardless of transport type.
Your goods will be palletized or crated, this varies depending on the item. Fragile or breakable items are often crated, while pallets are suited for larger goods. For crates, these should be filled to capacity with heavy items on the bottom. Pallets are much easier to manage and move around.
The overall size and weight of your shipment will determine the best transportation option however, the timeline also affects whether your goods will be shipped via sea or air.
What Can I Ship?
When moving overseas you may think that strict rules and regulations are in place. You’d be sort of correct. However, when it comes to getting your belongings to your new home country, you can ship just about anything except hazardous materials. The items that fall under that category include:
- Flammable items
- Radioactive materials
Always discuss what is constituted as hazardous with your shipper, just to be certain. When it comes to your sofas, chairs and bedroom sets, you can certainly ship those across the sea.
Get Your International Shipping Quote
When you need to ship your household goods overseas, don’t forget to get multiple quotes from three reputable companies.