Moving overseas can be one of the more stressful, but incredibly exciting, choices you make in your life. At Trans Global, we help you securely transport your household goods, vehicles, and other assets with peace of mind. This checklist will help you prepare for moving overseas and hopefully make the whole process a little easier to tackle.
Staying Organized Ahead of Time: Paperwork & Pre-Planning
Before you plan on moving overseas, start getting organized with all of your personal and household documents. This will save you time when you get to your destination. Some important documents you should set aside include:
- Adoption papers
- Child custody
- Divorce papers
- Marriage certificate
- Birth certificate
- Driving license
- Social security cards
- Overseas car insurance where applicable
- Medical records to show your health history or any disabilities
- School or University papers
- Legal documents
- Financial documents such as bank statements and tax records
- Other travel documents such as customs clearances, passports, and visas
As you continue with preparing for your move, research regional shipping requirements, check with your new employer (if relocating for business) for any requirements they may need, and understand any local regulations.
Take Care of Your Animal Companions
When you plan on moving overseas, you certainly don’t want your beloved pet to stay behind. As part of your moving overseas checklist, be sure to collect all the necessary documents and records you have for your pet. It’s also a good idea to have them cleared for travel by your veterinarian. Some countries such as New Zealand and Australia have certain pet regulations to be aware of, especially for specific breeds or species. Research your new country’s restrictions well in advance. Have your pet’s documents easily accessible while relocating, especially their immunization records and any special licenses they might have. Finally, find a suitable carrier who can transport your furry friend properly and with care. Make sure the carrier is IATA certified to avoid any possible delays in transportation.
The Earlier, The Better
Give yourself a head start before you move overseas. Ideally you should be planning at least three months in advance, if not more. Save yourself from additional stress and headache by scheduling everything you’ll need: logistics for moving your household items, time to clean out your former residence and tie up loose ends, and so forth.
Budget for Any Taxes & Other Moving Expenses:
Any move comes with a lot of expensive, and sometimes unforeseen, costs. Moving overseas understandably may cost more. Budget accordingly. Work with a provider that is transparent and provides a reliable quote up front. Also, it’s always recommended to make sure you have sufficient funds to cover necessary expenses upon arrival, whether it’s customs duties and tax, or making sure you have what you need for basic living necessities.
Moving & Shipping Your Household Goods
Shipping your vehicle and household goods overseas should only be done by a licensed company who has the expertise and knowledge to get your property from point A to point B safely and efficiently. When you’re ready, consult Trans Global Auto Logistics for your international relocation or any other logistics questions you may have while planning your move.