Customs Regulations for International Moves
Relocating your household overseas is not an easy task. Global Van Lines has over 40 years of experience with moving households internationally, and we have the knowledge and skills to help you with every aspect of an overseas move.
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In addition, Global Van Lines is the only company that offers you a dedicated Moving Concierge to assist in the process. This is someone motivated solely to make your move as easy as possible and within budget. Your personal Moving Concierge has access to a vast network of international shipping experts to help you plan in advance all of the requirements related to an overseas move, which will include clearing customs.
On critical step in preparing for customs is to create an inventory list of all items you have packed yourself. This inventory needs to adhere to a standard format, but it should detail clearly the complete contents of your shipment.
You do not need to itemize everything, but you should be careful to individually list:
- Electronics and Appliances (should indicate make, model and serial number)
- Musical Instruments
- Sporting and Exercise Equipment
- Carpets indicating sizes
- Anything for use outside of the house, such as storage sheds, barbecue grills, etc.
Most other items can be listed by categories such as books, clothing, kitchen items, pictures, toys, CDs, DVDs, house wares, linens, etc.
The movers will create a professional packing list on the move day, but they will not include any contents from a sealed box. Therefore, if you do some of the packing yourself, using their inventory alone will not be enough to clear your shipment through customs. This can result in delays and costly fees.
Four Decades of Overseas Moving Experience
Let a Moving Concierge with experience in international moves help you avoid those delays and additional fees. Global Van Lines has experience in over 150 countries, and we have the knowledge about required documents, restricted items, and more to make your move more pleasant.
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