A Canadian’s Guide to Hiring International Movers

Times have changed: We now live in a global economy with economic mobility that allows us to take jobs, not only in other cities, but in other countries as well. It is not that surprising to see whole families pack up their lives and move overseas. If you are planning a move to the other side of the world like Australia, or if you are just moving south to the United States, you will need an international moving company that you can trust. Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for that international mover.

CanadiansGetting Started

There are a few rules when you are trying to select an international mover:

  • Get an in-house quote. If the company isn’t willing to come to the house and look over what needs to be moved, then you don’t want them.
  • Get a delivery estimate. Understand that deliveries may vary, but get a rough estimate of how long it will take to move all of your belongings.
  • Get the credentials of the movers. Be sure that they have the necessary paperwork and licenses to accommodate overseas moves.


Important Qualities to look for when hiring an international moving mover:

If you work with a major moving company, most of them have an international moving division. Here are the best qualities you can look for in these companies:

  • Ten years or more experience as an international mover;
  • Federation of International Furniture Removers (FIDI) Member;
  • Registered International Mover (RIM) Certified;
  • Overseas Movers Network International (OMNI) Member; and
  • ISO 9002 Certified.


What to Know About International Shipping and Rates:

One of the most daunting aspects of international moves are how huge the scope is. Here are some things to understand:

  • Costs are determined by weight and size;
  • Costs are determined based on shipping method (i.e., ground, air, or ocean transport);
  • Estimates usually do not include storage costs nor custom duties and insurance; and
  • Costs are very competitive because there is not regulation.


Long Distance Packing Tips

When you are getting packed up, there are also some rules to follow, such as:

  • Know what cannot legally be moved. Certain items may be banned or prohibited (including pets, weapons, or alcohol). Other items simply cannot be shipped such as flammable items, food, and plants.
  • Realize that your duties on your car will vary widely from country to country.
  • Be familiar with the valuation of your shipment. Most value is placed on an international shipment based on weight. (This is usually only ten to sixty cents per pound.) You can also opt for full coverage to back up the full value of your items. This can be expensive, though.


International Papers, Please

You will also have to produce a lot of documents for your international move, including:

  • Passports
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Export Forms
  • Visas
  • Residence/Work Permits
  • Medical Certificates (including immunization)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Driving Permits


It seems like a lot to organize an international move. But if you plan everything ahead of time and use a step-by-step methodology, then you will be able to accomplish this with as little stress as possible.