One of the most complicated and stressful things that you can do in your life is to move from one country to another. It’s not just physically moving your persona into another country that’s the problem, because it isn’t a problem at all. What can make the whole process tedious, scary and expensive is the whole logistics of moving all your furniture, household items, personal belongings and even beloved vehicles across the ocean. The thought of doing all the paperwork and negotiations through customs and clearing can bring a strong man to his knees.
When faced with such a situation, the best thing to do is find an international shipping company that has the expertise and the reputation to handle the process from start to finish. If you’re wondering what exactly these services are, here are some of them:
Packing/Crating – Though it may seem that you can personally pack your things on your own, you have to remember that you’re packing the whole house. It’s not as simple as moving to the next town. You’ll be moving across the ocean and over thousands of miles that you really have to make sure that you’re doing the packing right. Professional shipping companies usually provide this service, if not, they have sister companies or affiliates that do. It makes their job simple as well especially with documentation and computing for the total expense.
Storage – It is also an option for you to store some of the stuff that you cannot possibly bring with you on your trip. Shipping companies also provide this service. You may also need the storage for when your personal cargo arrives ahead of you and it has to remain at the port before getting released.
Transport/Shipping – The major service of all shipping companies is the transport and shipping of cargo, whether by sea, air or land. Other shipping companies have their expertise in shipping internationally whether for personal or business. Hiring a professional international shipping company can save you a lot of headache and expense because then you can rely on their networks and contacts to deal with customs, clearances and quarantine service and provide the necessary paperwork and payments.
Unpacking/Cleaning – Once you get through all the documentation and clearing processes at the Port, you may now bring shipped belongings to your new home. Some shipping companies also provide the service of transporting you home in addition to helping you unpack and clearing away the debris from opened crates and padding. You will be told this when discussing the cost of shipping to Australia.
Motor Vehicles – One specific area that needs professional help is the shipping of motor vehicles, like cars and motorcycles. You can’t simply put them in a crate and ship them. You need specially-designed crates to hold them and be able to fit them in their cargo containers. You also need to be knowledgeable about the unique requirements for vehicle importing depending on the country you’re bringing the vehicles to.
Pet Transportation – When traveling, you also need to care about your pets. There are special quarantine notices and documentation you need to accomplish before you can successfully bring them into Australia.