Choosing a Mover

If the company organization sends people abroad regularly, they likely have a moving company they work with. If not, or if you are responsible for selecting a company to get your stuff from Cleveland to Kashmir, start checking out companies as soon as possible. The same firm that does a great job domestically may not have had any experience shipping internationally.

At a minimum, getting things ready to move internationally requires a company to be familiar with new shipping requirements, sturdier packing materials, customs clearance and sea shipping schedules.

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These are not things that one picks up after a few hours on the Internet, so, if a company you are speaking with does not already know how this works, or if they try and reassure you that they'll be subcontracting with another firm to get your goods abroad, seriously consider talking with someone else. Your things are too valuable to be used for practice by a firm new to international standards, and having your lost or damaged things caught in a legal tangle between contractors and subcontractors is not what you want to spend the first three months abroad sorting out.

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It is very common, however, for a U.S. company to work with a firm in the host country, which will get your stuff from the port to your apartment. What we are cautioning against is multiple contractors on the U.S. end, say one to get your goods to New York where another will pack them for the ship.

One on-line place you might want to take a look at is called Team Relocations. Especially interesting are their set of links to additional international moving information, and other solid Expat stuff, mostly aimed at Europe.

Two other sites on packing that would be helpful if you're going to pack up some stuff yourself. The US Postal Service. Another interesting sites has a sort of pakcing calculator/checklist. It's pretty cool!

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