Now that you know it’s inevitable to make the move, you have already sorted out your papers. You have also made all the possible arrangements concerning your home, your insurance policies, your mortgages, and other assets and liabilities. You are now beginning to feel the effect of the decision. As you sign away your house, you realize, with a tad or maybe more, of nostalgia that you are actually moving. All is sorted out, except for the biggest part of the actual move; packing.
For example, how long is your stay abroad? What is your reason for relocation? If you are moving to or from Australia for work reasons, it is important to know if your employer has arranged accommodation facilities for you. Sometimes companies get furnished houses for their employees so you will only show up with your clothes. If no arrangement has been made, consider your finances and get the facilities that fit your budget. It would be unwise to ship items that will not fit the house you will be living in.
International Border Rules
It is very important to consider the items that are allowed and prohibited on the Australian borders before you pack up. If you are not sure of what is approved, you can visit any public emigrations office or website and ask around. This will save you a lot of hassles with the authorities. In some instances, you may need to give out or sell some items since you cannot carry them all with you.
The Removals Rules
Looking for a removals company should be done even before packing. This is because most international removals companies do professional packing in addition to shipping. Therefore, before you start buying boxes, tapes and wrap paper, check out reputable removals companies first.
Here is the tricky part; looking for a good international removals company. If you know the right places to look, then it’s easy as pie. For starters, you can make a simple search online to find out reputable international logistics companies with offices near you. Most international logistics firms have easily accessible websites and local offices or drop/pickup points.
Before you profile the logistics companies, consider a few factors such as your finances and the services you need.
The Services Offered
These services may include packing, moving to shipment points, and storage in the new country as well as shipping to the new house)
Insurance Policy Offered
Consider if the policy covers shipment and storage periods. The insurance should be against damage, loss, theft, natural disasters and several other mishaps, especially when dealing with extremely valuable items. It is also important to note the validity as well as the specific terms of the policy.
The Cost of the Services
While price should not be the only determinant, it is among the most important factors. Is the quote inclusive of all miscellaneous services such as packing and insurance or is it only for moving the items across the borders? How is the fee calculated? Is it per kilo/pound, distance, time, Australian custom fees? What other parameters are considered? How will it affect your finances if anything doesn’t go according to plan?
It is essential that the shipping company delivers on the agreed time (except in cases of natural disasters in which they have no control over). It can be extremely inconveniencing to have your items delivered weeks after the agreed-upon date. It is important to engage a company with good connections so that no matter what happens you can always get your items on time.
With your list of vital things to look for in an international logistics company, you are ready to start looking around. You can start by looking up friends or family members that have crossed the Australian borders to refer you to the company that best handled their needs. If you have no such contacts, online real reviews will do the trick. Look for reputable review forums and read the real life experiences of the customers who have passed through the various companies in your radar.
Moving across Australian borders may not be as scary as you imagine, but you need to be well prepared. You may need to be well acquainted with the laws of the new country. There are simple regulations that will affect your daily life such as driving regulations. Others will not be a daily thing, but are equally important as well such as labour laws, work permits and immigration or expat policies.
It is important to research about the cultures of your destination country. As much as culture shock will always be there, research will significantly reduce the negative effects, especially if there are school kids involved. It is important to have all members of the family adequately prepared psychologically before the move.
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