Most people make many moves in their lifetime. Whether it is to attend a new school, start a new job or enjoy retirement people are always on the move. For those who decide to make an international move, there are many factors to consider. Because today’s world relies so much on mobility and being able to get where you want as quickly and easily as possible, many people decide to take their vehicles along with them when they move. However, shipping vehicles overseas is not always an easy process, with many questions that will need to be answered.
Before moving anywhere, it’s a good idea to make sure your vehicle can be shipped to the country where you will be living. International vehicle shipping has many rules and regulations that must be followed. For example, some countries have very strict environmental requirements regarding gas mileage and pollution output, so moving vehicles overseas that have larger engines such as SUV’s or large trucks may not be allowed in your new nation.The cost of shipping vehicles overseas can also play a factor when making your decision. Some countries have restrictions on the age of vehicles that can be shipped their way, so if that’s the case it may make more sense to sell your car and purchase a new one after you move. Other charges such as import duties, taxes and other charges can also be assessed when shipping vehicles overseas. So prior to your move, it may be a good idea to contact the U.S. State Department or see if your moving company can obtain the necessary information for you before going ahead with moving plans for your vehicle.
As with any move, whether it’s across town or across an ocean, the moving company chosen can make all the difference. It’s important to get quotes from several companies, comparing their rates and making sure they have a track record of fast, reliable and professional service. They should be very experienced in international vehicle shipping, so be sure to ask them questions regarding their shipping requirements. Most companies should also have information available about how to obtain an international driver’s license, passports, international bank accounts and other steps that need to be resolved prior to the move. By doing your research and asking the right questions, you and your vehicle are sure to have a much easier time with your overseas move.