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Why Does Overseas Moving Take So Darned Long?

 

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Conventional wisdom is that moving is one of the top stressors in life -- somewhere behind death and divorce. And that's if you're moving within the United States. If you're moving out of the country, well, let's say this might not be the time to let your Xanax prescription run out. With the right moving company, overseas moves get easier, but depending on your destination, you could be looking at months before you see your precious belongings. No wonder the biggest complaints international moving companies hear is that shipments take too long. 

What is the holdup?

When you move from one state to another, unless you live in a large home, your shipment will share a truck with other shipments to be dropped off along the route. This can add weeks to an out of state move, but it also saves customers money. Now, imagine that same shipment going overseas. Your goods won't share a truck with other shipments, it will share a ship and that ship won't go anywhere until it's full. 

If you live somewhere far away from a major shipping port, it might add weeks to the delivery schedule, especially if you are moving to a land-locked area. 

The most unpredictable factor is...

If we could wave a magic want anywhere along your goods' journey, it would be during customs. Customs is the most unpredictable part of international moving. There are some things we can do to help move the process along, but there are so many things out of our or your control. I recall a time when a customer's goods hit London's port on the same day as a terrorist attack hit the city. Customs delayed the shipment for weeks, and needless to say, our customer wasn't happy. 

Sometimes customs delays are random. You might find a customs agent in a bad mood, or perhaps they choose your container as the one they go through with a fine-tooth comb. Either could cause serious delays. Sometimes, though, you will know in advance to expect delays. Australia, for example, has some of the world's most stringent customs restrictions. 

Australia has some of the most stringent requirements for importing HHG’s. To move to Australia, you’ll need an Incoming Passenger Card, along with Form B534 Unaccompanied Effects for items that will be shipped. Most household goods for personal use are not subject to duty taxes. Goods under $900 (Australian) in value may be imported duty-free. You are also allowed 2.25 liters of alcohol and 50 cigarettes. For specific duty rates beyond the personal exemption, consult the Australian Customs Service. Fresh produce and dairy and meat products are prohibited. There are also restrictions on medications and firearms, among other items. Most live plants are prohibited from importation.

All pets being imported must meet the requirements of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and are subject to a period of quarantine at an AQIS approved facility. Quarantine periods vary depending on the type of pet and country of origin. Australia also has an extensive list of restricted and prohibited items. Importation of goods that have contact with the ground such as motor vehicles, bicycles, golf carts and even golf clubs must undergo thorough steam cleaning and possible fumigation to remove all dirt, sand and/or debris. Quarantine authorities will inspect these vehicles upon arrival. Those not meeting the criteria will be further fumigated at the clients’ expense.

Source:My Moving Reviews

While there is no easy way to speed up your shipment, we do have tools available to help you prepare. We are familiar with customs procedures throughout the world. We can help you choose what to pack and what not to pack. We'll take a thorough inventory, helping speed items through. 

 

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