Ironing out details with everybody on this list will complete the move without too much fuss:
- The shipper – You’re the one shipping belongings from the area of origin. In this scenario, the San Francisco Bay Area.
- The Origin Agent – A company is hired to handle your belongings in the city/country of origin. They send an agent to evaluate your belongings long before the move to create an accurate quote and plan.
- The Freight Forwarder – This would be the company hired to arrange the export and import of your belongings. We recommend the origin agent and freight forwarder be from the same company.
- The Consolidating Warehouse – Where your belongings are sent to be intelligently packed into shipping containers with other people’s goods or materials for optimization.
- The Export/Origin Port – The origin port of departure (OPD) is the sea port your items leave from.
- The Carrier – The ship liner used to haul your items in the shipping container(s) to the destination port.
- The Destination Port – Final sea port destination where your items are checked through customs and assigned “Destination Port Fees.”
- Customs – This often tends to be the lengthiest portion of your property’s time away from you. Rules vary but in some countries you have to be there when your belongings first arrive while in others you simply wait for notice that they’ve been cleared.
- The Destination Agent – A hired company with availability to process your belongings through to your door. They help with port activities, customs, storing, and delivery to your new location.
There are many reasons why people choose to hire international movers and relocate to another country, but we’ve found that a select few seem to be the most common reasons. First and perhaps most expected of which is that people are frequently required to relocate for work. Sometimes a new opportunity has presented itself while other times, our customers have been forced to relocate temporarily by their employer.
Establishing a new household is another common reason people relocate overseas. People from different countries meet in one way or another, things go well, they fall in love, and they inevitably want to be together permanently. The third common reason would be retirement. You’d be surprised how many people retire to another country just for a change in climate, because finances go further, or just to be able to experience another part of the world! Some of these individuals get dual citizenship and live in the San Francisco area part time and in another country part time.