Moving internationally can be both an exciting and daunting task. There is the anticipation of seeing new sights, interacting with different cultures, and trying cuisine in your new home country. But there can also be a lot of anxiety around continuing your life abroad, especially for those who have never left their home nation. Many customers find comfort in knowing that the same belongings that they had at home will travel with them to their new home. That is why we consider all the details surrounding an international move
The most important part of the moving process is “pre-planning”. By reducing the move to a few scheduled, manageable events ahead of time, we have tried to alleviate any anxiety that may come along with international relocation.
Your Hollander move consultant, along with the support of UniGroup Worldwide global team, will serve as your go-to guide during the planning process. This same consultant will see the move process through all the way to the end. By having one person as a point of reference, you will be able to communicate with them every step of the way.
Customer care and satisfaction are our biggest priorities. That’s why we go to great lengths to make the international move process as simple as possible. Our worldwide network, consistent dedication to detail, and open communication policies enable us to serve tens of thousands of families each year with international relocation.
Understanding your move
No matter where you’re headed, Hollander Storage & Moving Company with support of UniGroup Worldwide can get you there. By land, sea, or air, over seven continents and four oceans, our network of resources can make any daunting international move seem easy. Hollander will work with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth process.
From ordering service and valuing your belongings with our protection plans, to packing and loading, transportation, and customs support, each step in your international move process will be carefully handled with diligence.
The weight and volume of your personal effects will determine the most effective type of shipping container/packing for transporting your belongings. With a variety of transportation methods and containers at our disposal, we will select the relocation plan that works best for your unique move.
Ocean Freight Containers
Air Freight Containers
After your goods are packed your shipment will begin its movement coordinated and managed with the watchful eyes of Hollander and UniGroup Worldwide.
Your shipment may be moved by rail or motor freight to the port of exit. It will then be shipped via air or ocean to the destination port.
International relocation always requires certain documents, depending on when and where you are moving. By submitting your applications far in advance, you are preventing potential complications with foreign governments.
In order to leave a country, you will need your passport, certificates of registration for all belongings in your possession that were made in another country (this includes jewelry, cameras, appliances, etc.), and an export declaration form. An export declaration form declares that your household goods or motor vehicles will be shipped out of the country. A UniGroup agent will fill out this declaration on your behalf, provided that they have the correct information about your belongings.
To enter a country, you will need to obtain a minimum of a passport, visa, and work permit. Other potential documents may include copies of your passport photo, marriage license or divorce decree, international driving permit, immunizations, and so on. The earlier you begin to obtain these documents, the better, because you never know what could potentially hold you up. Other documents could be necessary as well, so be sure to request service as soon as possible so that Hollander can begin the process in a timely manner.
The following miscellaneous questions may be good ones to ask a foreign embassy or consulate:
Arriving at your destination
The more planning you do before your arrival in a new country, the easier the transition will be as you adapt to your new surroundings.
We recommend that you register with the nearest consulate or embassy, even though you may not be required to do so. You should also be sure to get in touch with your Hollander/UniGroup contact upon arrival so that they can remain in contact with you, should anything come up.
Check your goods thoroughly for any missing or damaged belongings. In the event that something is missing or damaged, mark it in the inventory and contact your UniGroup agent immediately.
Life in a new country can be exciting and invigorating!
One of the best ways to get connected is by registering with a US embassy or consulate and to get in touch with other US citizens abroad. Maintain a positive attitude and don’t be quick to make harsh judgments on the cultural behaviors or traditions of your new neighbors. Make time to go out and explore, go to a sports game or spend time in nature. Allow yourself plenty of time to adjust.
Here is a quick guide to the service terminology of service provided by Hollander and UniGroup Worldwide.
Work performed other than routine transportation service performed at your request. This type of work includes appliance servicing, extra pickups, and storage. These services charges will be in addition to transportation costs.
A statement of loss or damage to household goods
Destination Agent (D/A):
The agent in the delivery city or locale that provides delivery services
The delivery of household goods from residence to residence
The fees imposed by a country’s sovereign laws on imports or exports
An approximation of moving costs, size and bulk as determined by an agent’s physical survey of a shipment
A detailed list of your household goods, describing each item and condition during loading. The inventory is prepared for you as your goods are professionally packed. The owner must sign the inventory confirming the description and condition of the goods. The inventory list is used as a customs document once your shipment arrives in your new country. It may also be used as a missing or damaged good checklist upon arrival.
The maximum amount for which UniGroup Worldwide or Hollander Storage & Moving Company is normally liable in connection with lost or damaged goods in transit or in storage.
A wooden or plywood container used mainly for overseas removals, but built specifically to transport household goods.
Order for Service:
The itemized receipt for your household goods and the agreement for their transportation. The owner’s signature acknowledges that household goods have been temporarily released to the carrier/transporter.
This number is used to identify each shipment. The number appears in the upper right hand corner of the order for service. Keep this number as a reference whenever you have a question about your shipment.
The agent who provides service at the move origin, such as packing and loading
The temporary warehousing of your household goods. If you request storage, check with your agent to see what kind of transit and storage protection you have. Depending on how long your goods will be stored, you might need to apply for an extension of your protection policy.