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International Moving Challenges

By Quality Move Management Inc / October 8, 2019

International Moving Challenges

There are many things you need to consider when you decide to move abroad. International moves pose several challenges. You need to adhere to customs rules and regulations at the origin and your final destination.  There are potential visa requirements. Every move is unique and you need experts who can guide you through the process. Cost is another critical factor when it comes to international moving.  Here are some of the most important factors to consider for your international move:

Changing Global Economic & Societal Conditions

Sometimes everything with your shipment is in order, but you still experience an unnecessary delay because of some external factors that are beyond your control.  For instance, a no-Brexit deal will change the customs regime in the UK and Europe, and this may affect your shipment delivery time if it’s in transit. Recent unrest in Hong Kong has also caused a delay in some shipments. A labour dispute could affect operations at your port of entry. Events like these are unpredictable, but your mover should be able to provide you with some information regarding the status of your shipment.


Changing Customs Regulations and Documentation

In the ever-changing landscape of customs and immigration, you need to make sure you’re aware of all the regulations that apply to your move. Your best bet is to work with an expert mover who has helped thousands of families to relocate overseas with ease. They will ensure that your contents comply with all the regulations and make sure all your documents are in order. Your move coordinator will guide you every step of the way and aid you in filling out customs documentation.

We recommend that you opt for a full-service moving package, especially when you’re moving overseas. When a mover packs and loads your shipment, they are aware of the contents of your shipment. They ensure that you do not have any items which might delay your shipment during the customs check.  They make a list of all items that are packed so that it’s easier for customs officers to verify the contents of your shipment. Customs rules and regulations vary for each country, and it’s best to let the experts guide you through it.

Rolling the Booking

The term ‘rolling the booking’ means that your shipment could not be loaded onto the vessel it was scheduled to sail on because that vessel ran out of capacity. Ships run out of capacity because carriers overbook spots. This is similar to how airlines overbook seats. Your shipment will be delayed for a couple of weeks as it will be loaded on the next available vessel. Your mover will keep you updated regarding the status of your shipment.

You can’t prevent this type of delay, but you can lessen the chance of it happening by booking your shipment in advance. In addition, your shipment might be loaded onto a vessel that does not travel directly to your destination. It may have to be unloaded at a different port and reloaded onto another ship to get to the final destination. This is called a trans-shipment delay.

Detention and Demurrage

Detention - Steamship lines typically provide 5 free days for the shipper to pick up the container, load or unload it and return it to the port. If the container is not returned during this free time, the line will charge detention for the additional days the container is in the possession of the consignee.

Demurrage - if the exporter fails to provide required export information or documentation in a timely manner, the steamship will be unable to load the container onto the originally scheduled vessel and will roll the container to a new vessel. Demurrage charges would apply for the additional storage period until the container is shipped on board the next vessel.  Similarly, demurrage charges would apply if the container cannot leave the port if import documentation is not in order or the shipment is help up by a customs or quarantine examination.

Restricted Items

Your move coordinator will guide you with the list of items that are restricted, depending on the country. Alcohol, matches, solvents, chemicals and liquid cleaners are not allowed to be shipped. Certain religious items are restricted in the Middle East. For instance, Christmas decorative items and Bibles are restricted in some areas.   Organic matter such as untreated wood, grasses or soil will cause problems in many countries.  Your move coordinator will talk to you about all the things that might affect the delivery of your shipment. It is important to work with movers who have a lot of experience in helping families move overseas. 


QMM has helped many employees and families relocate with ease across the globe. With the support of the Allied network, we can help you to move to any part of the world. Our knowledgeable staff will assist you from our offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto to ensure that you receive a premium moving experience.  











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