Additional insurance on your items is always advised when you are moving overseas. You should perform an itemized inventory of your move, complete with a precise valuation of each item. You can even include the cost to you of moving the item. For instance, if you are insuring a large screen television, add the pro-rated cost of moving the item to the full value of replacing the television. If you are planning to ship your car or truck, you should expect plenty of restrictions. Import restrictions differ from country to country and you should research the allowances of your destination.
If you’re looking into moving overseas, make sure to study up on the licensing requirements that the international movers may need. Some international moving companies are based overseas and some are based within the United States. To get a firm understanding on the international mover you may be dealing with, you should consult with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).
International household goods movers are required to be licensed with Federal Maritime Commission as an Ocean Transportation Intermediary, otherwise known as an OTI. A reputable international mover would be licensed by the commission with a tariff and bond. However, what you should know about the FMC is that its rules and regulations are only for companies which travel overseas. There are two different kinds of OTI’s. One OTI is known as an ocean freight forwarder (off), the other is known as a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC). Ocean freight forwarders are required to obtain a license to provide moving services to those in the United States. U.S. based NVOCC’s are required to be licensed; however the NVOCC’s that are not based in U.S. are not required to be licensed.
What does that mean exactly? The international mover based in the U.S. need a license to transport household goods into a different country. Outside of making sure the moving company has proper licensing, consider the currency of the country you’re relocating to, as well any contact information with the U.S. Embassy.