If you are moving overseas, traditional moving services using vans and other moving equipment aren’t going to be enough. So many people who are moving to another continent will pack their belongings in a shipping container that is carried across the ocean on a specialized container ship.
Not all moving companies can handle international moves, so it’s important to check the available services before arranging for your move. In some instances, you may need to deal with a shipping container business.
There also are unique concerns involved with shipping your belongings overseas in a shipping container, including such things as insurance, paperwork, customs, and security
Check Your Homeowner’s Coverage
Unlike moving your belongings inside the US, when you ship your furniture and other things overseas your homeowners insurance may not cover them while they are in transit. So you may need to purchase a special insurance policy to cover your belongings against damage, loss or theft while the container unit is in transit.
Shipping container companies also usually require a detailed list of everything that is stored within the container. This is for security and customs purposes.
Before the container is picked up and removed from your current home, the shipping container company will seal the container and assign it a tag number. It’s important that you keep track of this number, as well as all other documentation associated with your container.
Be Prepared for Rough Seas
Inspect the container for damage before it is removed from your property. During transit, cargo ships can experience rough weather, so it’s possible that your container could be jostled if it’s not properly secured.
Once you arrive at your international destination, you will need to provide documentation before you can claim the container that has all of your belongings in it. These include your passports, your visas, inoculation records, and information from your shipping company including the name, address, container number, number of containers, and seal numbers.