As you set your sails on your new adventure to a faraway land, you probably have quite a few questions on your mind concerning shipping overseas.

  • What should I bring?
  • How much does it cost for moving overseas shipping?
  • Should I go with ocean or air freight?
  • And what about insurance!?

All great questions. 

Let’s take a look at the top three questions to ask before you move internationally and why they are important for your upcoming journey.

1) When should I contact a company regarding moving overseas shipping?

Timing is a significant factor in organizing your international move. As soon as you know you will be moving abroad, start investigating potential shipping companies that offer moving overseas shipping. You will need time to confirm documentation, pre-book international transportation (if needed), and several other factors. Get in contact with a company that offers moving overseas shipping at least 3-4 months before your departure date. Planning ahead for moving overseas will go a long way to providing peace of mind that all your cherished belongings will arrive safe and sound and at the same time you do.

2) Are there any restrictions regarding moving overseas shipping?

Avoid including anything that may risk damaging your international shipment, like perishable goods or anything that may leak.

Also, do not include the following: 

  •  Hazardous materials (paint, matches, aerosol cans, gas canisters or other flammable)
  •  Materials such as wood, bricks, cement, rocks, and soil of any type
  •  Firearms and ammunition
  •  Plants of any kind
  •  Corrosives and Explosives

At the same time, be mindful of the laws that rule your final destination when considering what important items to pack in your shipment when moving overseas. There are many items that may be legal in one country, but illegal in another. It’s always best to give yourself time to do your research and plan ahead, so there are no unexpected surprises.

3) How do I best determine the insurance coverage for my belongings with moving overseas shipping?

When determining insurance coverage, look up the cost to replace each of your belongings, which can easily be done online. You’ve likely put a lot of thought into each item you have decided to take with you on your intentional move, so be sure not to undervalue the possessions that will make your new house a home. 

Regarding insurance, also be very thorough when describing each of your items and take lots of pictures as evidence of your description. In the event that something is damaged, this will make replacing your items a little bit easier.

A shipping partner you can trust

Whether shipping locally or getting ready for your big international move, it’s always important to take the time to plan ahead and do your research. At World Cargo,  we are here to address any questions or concerns regarding your upcoming journey.  That’s why so many trust World Cargo with their international shipments.

Ready to ship? Contact us at 1-877-232-0204 with your questions, or complete our online quote form to get started!