5 Things You Need to Take Care of Before Moving Internationally

So, you’re moving to a different country — exciting, isn’t it? At this point, you are no doubt overwhelmed with all the loose ends you still need to tie up. After all, the international moving process is a lot more complicated than moving domestically.

Your main objective is to scout out an international shipping company that can help you move your belongings to your new home. Since this has grown into a bustling industry, there will be no shortage of businesses that can help, but it does take some work to unearth a company that fits your needs.

While the professionals can handle the logistics of getting your belongings from ‘Point A’ to ‘Point B,’ that doesn’t mean you are off the hook. Here are five chores you should not forget in order to ensure a seamless transition during your international move.

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Research items you cannot move

You might have already sifted through your belongings to decide what will come with you and what won’t. However, you must remember that you are not allowed to bring certain items into other countries.   These can include things like:

  • Firearms
  • Tobacco
  • Prescriptions/controlled substances

Contact your country’s embassy where you will be moving and ask them to provide a list of things you can and cannot bring. Your carrier also has specific criteria for items they will and will not ship. Familiarizing yourself with these will also prove beneficial. This will save you time and serious hassle during your international move.

Learn about your new home country

It may seem like a no-brainer, but the more you learn about the country you’re moving to, the smoother the transition will be. This isn’t necessarily hard data like demographics, crime rates or median income — you should be more concerned with local customs, proper etiquette and other social conventions that will dictate how you act.

Like most information, you can obtain some helpful literature from your country’s consulate.    

Decide what items to carry with you

It is important to keep important documents or other small, valuable items on you instead of sending them off with your carrier. Take an inventory of the items and pack them accordingly.

You will have to be somewhat picky during this process, because you can’t bog yourself down.

Secure your items that are not making the move

You probably won’t bring everything you own, especially if the international move is not a permanent arrangement. Find a secure, reliable long-term storage facility to stow your possessions with. Take into account the amount of room you will need and if you require any specific accommodations, like climate control.    

Organize your finances

You won’t get far in your new home without your finances in order. This is key, and you will want to consult a special representative at your bank to see how they facilitate international moving.

For starters, you should close all accounts that you will not be using while living in your new home. By keeping these active, you are just opening yourself to fraud and you would have a hard time monitoring them. And, of course, you will also have to convert your money into the new country’s currency.

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