Finding The Right International Moving Company


Relocating your family to a new country is a major life change that requires a great deal of preparation, including booking a reservation with an international moving company. There is more involved with this kind of move than there is with a domestic move, so you probably have questions about utilizing the services of an international mover. If this is your first overseas move, the following guide can help you choose the right company by explaining the responsibilities and certifications of an international moving company, as well as customized services that can help smooth the transition for you and your family.

Responsibilities of an International Mover

An international moving company has a great deal more responsibility than a domestic mover because the distance is greater and your belongings will be in their possession for a longer period of time. Logistically, the mover has more to manage on each end of the journey to your new home, such as:

  • Securely pack all belongings in boxes and overseas shipping containers.
  • Transport household goods to the shipping port of origin.
  • Transport household goods from the destination port to your new home.
  • Maintain tight inventory control of all shipping containers.
  • Communicate with overseas partners to logistically coordinate the move.

When discussing your relocation needs with a moving company, be sure to find out what specific customs regulations are in place for your destination country. This way, you'll know if any items are limited or prohibited from entering the country as you prepare for the move. If you plan to take a household pet to your new home, pay special attention to any rules that require certain vaccinations before the pet can clear customs.

Customized Services

Every customer has their own set of unique relocation needs, so a company that uses a one-size-fits-all approach is probably not your best option when moving overseas. Seek out a mover that offers custom relocation services tailored to your family's specific needs. Types of services you may require include:

  • Vehicle and Boat Transportation
  • Storage
  • Language and Cultural Training
  • Pet Transport
  • Temporary Housing
  • Assistance with Finding or Selling a Home
  • Schooling Assistance

Keep in mind this is only a sampling of customized services available to help smooth your family's transition to your new country of residence.

International Certifications and Affiliations

When moving overseas, you must entrust all of your worldly possessions to your relocation company so it's important to choose one that maintains strict standards of performance. There are several international moving certifications and affiliations to look for when searching for a reputable international mover:

  • Registered International Mover (RIM): Members must maintain rigorous standards set for facilities and equipment used for international relocation. A RIM-certified mover must also pass on-site inspections to keep this certification active.
  • ISO 9002: This is a non-industry specific certification that maintains high standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
  • Overseas Movers Network International (OMNI): OMNI members must adhere to strict policies and maintain high-quality standards.
  • FIDI Member: FIDI is a worldwide alliance of professional international relocation companies.
  • Licensed with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC): The Federal Maritime Commission enforces regulatory shipping laws for transporting goods overseas.

Hiring a company that holds one or more of these certifications is crucial because international movers are not subjected to the strict regulations as domestic moving companies.

Hiring an international mover is not a task to take lightly. With so many options out there, it can be difficult knowing which company to trust. However, the information in this guide should help you find the right moving company that offers the kinds of services you and your family need most during this huge transition.


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Although I've never worked professionally in the real estate business, I sure know my way around it. How, do you ask? Well, I have simply rented a lot of different places and worked with a lot of different landlords and real estate agents. In the past 7 years I've lived in 11 different houses or apartments, none of them my own. In finding those 11, I have looked at literally hundreds of apartments. I used to hate house hunting, but now it's kind of fun. You just need to know what you want and the right questions to ask. Hopefully this blog can help you learn some of the tricks of the trade from another renter like yourself.