Moving Tips

There’s a lot to consider when planning to move overseas. Here are some of our moving tips to help you, your household, and pets get ready.

Moving Tips

There’s a lot to consider when planning to move overseas. Here are some of our moving tips to help you, your household, and pets get ready.

If you’re planning to move overseas, there’s a lot to consider. The specific details for you will depend on the country to which you are moving. Each nation has different and specific requirements regarding the import of your household goods, you and your pets.

Customs Requirements

You might need to provide some or all of the following:

  • Your passport
  • Immigration certificate
  • Copy of a lease of property title
  • Receipts for certain new items in your shipment
  • Detailed packing list of inventory and contents (we will create this at pick up)
  • Value inventory
  • Proof of residence in the US from the consulate of your destination country

Some countries have a much simpler process that others. Often, these items are not required to start the move, and must be provided to the destination agent upon arrival to port of your shipment.

Customs must be notified if your shipment contains any of the following:

  • Alcohol
  • Firearm
  • Plants
  • Seeds

It’s important to be certain before bringing any questionable items in your shipment. While we do our best to assist you, what we offer should only be considered a guide in regards to customs regulations. It is always best to contact customs in your destination country for clarification. This help towards a smooth and stress free move. There are passports available for both adults and minors. Please remember to allow 6-10 weeks for the passport to be mailed to you. There may be times when the waiting period is even longer. Expedited passports can often be arranged.

Visas & Passports

You should have your visa in place before commencing your international move. Some notes below.

  • Government workers, contractors and translators can apply for specific visas.
  • Most countries need 6 month remaining on your passport before they permit entry.
  • Visas are available for individuals who are being sponsored by a group, relatives or family.
  • Spouses who are married to citizens of other countries can also apply for a visa.
  • Children being adopted by foreign born parents will need to have an approved visa.
  • Employment and Investor visas may be required on behalf of some individuals.

Personal Documentation

It’s important to carry at least one other form of ID when you travel, in addition to your visa and passport. Vaccinations records can also be required, along with proof of employment. In some cases, you’ll need to present these items to the customs agent when entering the country. Keep your birth certificate, health insurance information, marriage certificate and current driver’s license close at hand.

Self Packing Suggestions

We recommend that you have Sunset International Shipping professionally pack your boxes for you. If you would like to perform your own packing, please pay attention to the following tips. Remember that the contents of boxes packed by you will not be covered by insurance. Also, Sunset International will pack any pictures, mirrors, lamps, electronics and furniture included in the standard rate on any move.

  • Keep small valuables, money, jewelry, important date and personal documents with you as you make an overseas move. Do not pack these items in boxes that you are planning to have shipped to a new address. They will not be covered by any insurance purchased.
  • Fragile goods should be packed in bubble wrap or packing paper.
  • Fill the boxes to the top as this means they will stack better and not be susceptible to crushing. Do not over fill and this could result in the box splitting or tearing.
  • Pack plates vertically.
  • Start packing with plenty of time before your pick-up, to avoid rushing at the last minute.
  • Heavy dense items like books and paper goods should be placed in smaller, sturdier boxes. They are easier for everyone to handle.
  • Any box that is too heavy for you to lift may be too heavy to ship safely. It’s best to repack the contents into smaller boxes, or consult your specialist if that’s not possible.

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Whether you choose to move by air or sea, we can help you budget and plan. We can even do all your packing for you. Schedule a call today!

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