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There are few things in life that can be more overwhelming than moving to a new country. You have to worry about gaining legal residency, a new culture, new laws, new friends, and a new way of life. The last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of moving. That is where an international moving company can help. What makes a moving company able to specialize in international moves? What should you look for in international movers and where can you find them?

Full service international movers

Full service international movers, also known as forwarders, have a large number of tasks that they can complete for you. A trustworthy international mover can take a great deal of stress off of you during a very stressful time. Here are some of the services that a good international mover can provide:
  • Getting you the proper documentation for the move 
  • Getting customs clearance
  • Packing your belongings
  • Shipping your vehicle (if the vehicle is allowed in the target country)
  • Providing freight transport of your belongings
  • Unpacking all of your items in the new country

Finding an international mover 

The search for international movers can be difficult, but luckily Topmoving.ca makes it easier with its ability to provide free quotes from international movers after you simply fill out some information about your move in the international moving section of the site. Once you fill out the necessary form, you will see a list of all the possible international moving companies who are able to perform your move. There are sure to be many options so there are some things you should consider about international movers in order to choose the best one for you.
  • There are no international regulations for moving companies. There is no centralized world government that ensures that international movers aren't scamming you, so you should be very careful when attempting to move internationally. Be sure to check the review section of our site in order to see if individual companies have a good reputation with past customers.
  • Look for certifications. Legitimate international movers should have a federal maritime commission number which certifies them to ship things overseas. Additionally, there are independent international alliances like the FIDI Alliance. They are a network of international movers and should provide some level of accountability for all of its members.
  • Remember: international moving involves clearing your items through customs. Make sure the moving company that you choose is well versed in the customs practices of the particular country that you are going to move into.
  • International movers usually charge based on the total volume of your shipment and the distance that it will be shipped. Be wary of any international mover that uses a different type of pricing. 
  • Good international movers will not wait until your items are being weighed on the shipping scale to give you an estimate. They should come and inspect your belongings well before the day of the move and give you an accurate price range early in the moving process.
  • Be sure to check the initial estimates of at least three different moving companies. This is the best way to get a sense of a fair price for your move. 
You are putting all of your belongings in the hands of others for a very long time during an international move. All the screening possible should be done on your part to ensure that you have found the right international mover. Our search portal is just the start. Comparing multiple quotes, reading reviews, and researching past moves that the company has made to particular countries are all good ideas.

Like any other move, once you get in contact with a good international mover, be sure to ask a variety of questions about their pricing, moving insurance, and shipment capabilities. Once you are comfortable with your full service international mover you are finally free to focus on the multitude of other things to worry about when moving to a new country.

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on July 8, 2014

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