Moving internationally can be challenging between all the planning, packing, shipping, and settling in that relocating to a new country requires. As the preferred choice for international moving services in the Chicago area, Pickens-Kane has over a century of experience successfully executing overseas relocations for our customers and we are happy to share our expertise with you.

While an international move can be time-consuming and complex, it helps to know what you are getting into in advance. A little bit of preparation goes a long way when it comes to moving to a new country. Below are the most important things involved in planning a smooth and seamless international move.

You Need to Find the Right Moving Company

Did you know that not all moving companies are equipped to handle international relocations? It is important to find an experienced moving company with specialists who are well-versed in the intricacies of an overseas relocation. Between logistics, shipping, and international relationships, your move will demand a lot from your moving company of choice, and it is essential to hire the right team to support you through the process.

Working with Pickens-Kane for your international move guarantees you expert assistance every step of the way. As a partner of Allied International, the largest international moving system in the world, we can help you enjoy a smooth and seamless transition. From understanding complicated processes like shipping and paperwork to guiding you through using Allied GlobalCom, the industry’s leading move tracking and reporting system, you will be taken good care of from start to finish.

International Moves Are More Expensive

International moving can be costly. Shipping large items adds up quickly. If you are looking to save money on shipping costs, we recommend decluttering, donating, and throwing things away prior to moving. If you have anything that you can’t bear to part with, you can always leave them at our safe and secure storage facilities for as long as you need.

Understanding the Shipping Process Is Important

You will have three options when it comes to shipping: air freight, ocean freight, and land freight. Air freight is usually the quickest option but is also the most expensive. It is a good idea to prioritize your most essential items for air freight. Ocean freight is more cost-effective, but you will probably be waiting about eight weeks to receive your belongings. If you are moving from the U.S. to Canada or Mexico, you will also have the land freight option which offers even more affordability. Our expert team will be happy to walk you through everything you need to know about shipping costs and time, along with essential details of the shipping and customs rules and regulations of your destination country.

International Moves Require Lots of Paperwork

Another crucial aspect of your overseas move is the paperwork. Besides ensuring that you have valid passports and necessary visa documents, you will also want to have the following documents handy:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Driver’s Licenses
  • Social Security Cards
  • Medical Records
  • Financial Records

While getting your paperwork in order, you should also contact necessary government agencies including your local DMV, the IRS, the Social Security Administration, and the Postal Service to notify them about your relocation.

How Pickens-Kane Can Help with Your International Move

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Allow the international moving team at Pickens-Kane help make your move a stress-free success! Reach out today to discuss the details of your relocation and receive your free estimate today.