Finding a company that will move your belongings overseas is a big step in the moving process. You must consider costs, customer service, time frame, etc. Of course, knowing all of these things will require some work on your part, but it will be well worth it to find a moving company that will give you top performance and great service as you make your international move…

One of the first things you need to do is decide exactly what you want out of your international moving company. For example, are you moving a whole family that will need a house and schooling right away? Will you need help with packing your belongings or will you pack everything? Will you move all of your belongings or sell your things and buy new things once you have settled overseas? Will you need to check into %link1% to move your vehicle overseas?

Before you can get quotes or estimates or do comparison shopping, you must know exactly what you will want and need from your moving company.

Another thing that can help you choose an international moving company is to get recommendations from friends and family. Ask around, read reviews and learn everything you can about various companies. It might even be helpful to keep a notebook of the various companies you are considering, the services they offer, their contact information, and other important features that you want to remember.

You need to make sure that the companies you are considering specialize in international moving. In other words, this should be their area of expertise, not just another option. Many companies advertise international moving, but it is not their specialty, but something they do occasionally. The problem with this is that companies who do mostly national or state-to-state moving are not aware of the many rules and regulations of overseas countries. For example, if you are %link2%, you need to know exactly what paperwork is needed in order to gain entrance into the country. On the other hand, if you%link3%, there will be very different policies that must be followed. Suggestions for moving your belongings to India will be different than moving anywhere else. Only a business that specializes in international moving will know these important pieces of information.

Moving is an expensive endeavor. You will obviously want to spend some time comparing costs of moving your belongings overseas. Again, recording everything in your notebook will help you remember things and keep track of what costs and services are offered by each company. Your estimated shipping cost will be based on the weight of your belongings. The two ways to move overseas are by air or by sea. Air moving is much more expensive, but is faster. Cargo moving takes quite a bit longer, but is much cheaper. When you consider various estimates, be careful if a company offers a substantially lower cost than other companies. Also, make sure you are comparing the same services when considering the costs. For example, while one company may seem to have cheaper rates, you may learn that they are not giving the same service as another company that is giving a higher estimate.

Another factor to consider is customer service. You should call the international shipping company and ask some very specific questions. There are questions that will apply to you and your situation that you may not find on websites or literature. Therefore, when you call, you should be treated with courtesy and all of your questions should be answered.

Last, but not least, you should trust your instincts. After doing all of your homework, comparing companies and talking to someone, you should have a really optimistic feeling about a particular company. If you don’t, then you should continue to look for a company that can meet your needs. Finding an international shipping company is one important factor in your move that you should not have to worry about. Do your research and you will quickly find a company that meets your international moving needs.

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Written by Einat Mazafi
Einat Mazafi is the owner of NY International Shipping, an International Shipping and moving company based in New York. She is also a specialist in providing the best relocation solutions to clients worldwide.