Moving abroad – how your goods are shipped

Moving abroad – how your goods are shipped

Cross Country Moving ServiceWhen you want to move from one country to another you simply find an international moving company and hand your goods over, but do you know what happens to your possessions after they are handed over? There are a number of ways in which your goods can be moved abroad, each of which has advantages and disadvantages.

One of the main methods of transportation is sea freight, whereby your household goods are packed into huge steel shipping containers and loaded onto a container ship. They are taken to the nearest port to your new home and then your moving company will make arrangements for them to be taken to your new home after everything has cleared customs and you have paid any necessary fees.

If you do not have a lot of possessions that you want to move then you can opt for groupage. This is when you share a container with someone else, or with several others, who are going to the same place as you. The container only ships when it is full and arrival dates are therefore very much up in the air; however, you can save money by relocating your possessions in this way.

You can also opt for air freight if you prefer something a little faster for your international relocation. This is a much more expensive option; however, it is ideal if you are moving to a landlocked country. Special airline pallets are used for your possessions and the cost will be based on either the volume, the weight or the physical size of the goods you are relocating.