When making an international move, there are two ways to move your household goods: by air and by sea. Obviously, it will take longer for your items to arrive if you’re moving them by boat. This option usually saves you money, and sometimes provides the best means of transport. When trying to decide, look at both options in terms of cost, factoring in any furnished rentals you may need to pay for in the interim. If moving by sea, your household goods will be packed into containers that are usually loaded at your residence. These containers are seaworthy and usually made of wood. Once your home is packed into the containers, they are then shipped by rail or transport to the port where they are then loaded on to a steamship container. The container is then loaded on the boat as cargo. Once your goods have arrived in the new country, the container is unloaded and must pass through customs. International movers will be able to help you with the custom forms and are responsible for clearing your goods. Moving household items by air is becoming increasingly popular, despite a much higher price tag than shipping by boat. Heavy cardboard boxes are normally used to pack your goods, although some airfreight companies will use containers. I strongly recommend that you downsize the amount of stuff you move if you’re moving by air. Leave books with friends or investigate long-term storage options. Just include the monthly fees in your moving budget when determining how much it will cost you to move. You may find that shipping items by air is less expensive than renting a furnished place to live or hotel costs.
Metro Moving & Storage is a full service, international moving company. Wherever you need to ship your household goods in the world, we can get them there for you. We will handle all your transportation arrangements, such as: booking, packing, pickup, shipping, and delivery. A coordinator is assigned to each shipment to track it’s status from pickup to delivery. You can also contact us anytime if you want to check the status of a shipment.
International Services Offered:
- Small air shipments less than 500 lbs. and up to 1000 lbs.
- Special custom packing
- Custom crating for fragile items
- Detailed inventory of your household goods
- Assistance with clearing customs
- Residence to residence shipping of your household goods
Careful packing is one of the most important tasks in the moving process. How your household memories are wrapped, cartoned and protected prior to transit can mean the difference between a pleasant moving experience and disappointment on move-in day. Professionally trained packers work with ease and efficiency. They go from room to room, and select the proper carton and cushioning materials for each item. Crystal, glassware and dishes, for example, easily fit into custom dish pack cartons. Each item is individually wrapped with clean newsprint before being placed within the protective walls of our corrugated cartons. A team of packers can complete the job in far less time than you might think — because they pack household memories daily. When customers choose to pack for themselves, we want to provide as much assistance as possible. We can offer you our full complement of cartons, plus our range of cushioning materials and tape. You might elect to have us pack the more delicate, fragile or hard-to-pack items — such as paintings, antiques, clocks, collectibles, lamps and glassware. Whatever you decide, we both want to make sure all household memories are carefully protected during this important phase of your move.