Reduction in travel times, advances in transportation convenience, lowered mobility costs and several other factors have been attributed to the phenomenon of long distance moving all over the world. While in the earlier days, only the senior most executives of well established firms were presented with an opportunity to go overseas. Today, young professionals and even students (both, at the under-graduate & post-graduate levels) are commonly found to be going on international jaunts.
Such behavior has lead to a significant rise in fortunes for the international moving services industry. Firms both big and small have begun their operations in all major markets around the globe. With everyone vying for their share of the moving pie, it has become imperative for prospective customers to make the right choice.
There are quite a few aspects that one must consider before they narrow down on their choice of International movers. Some of the key points among these have been discussed below:
The company hired for the task must be well versed with the rules and regulations governing the customs authorities of the countries involved. This is particularly important given the legalities involved in cross-border shipping of goods and belongings
Some moving companies have their shipment centres where customers must bring their packed goods for transportation. However, this may lead to certain complications as one can never be sure if the goods being packed would, in-fact, be shipped without glitches. Besides, there is also the issue of safe and secure packing as done by professionals vis-a-vis that done by regular people at home
Under invoicing is a common practise that is covertly promoted by unscrupulous international moving companies. However, not only is this unsound from the legal point-of-view, it is also a high risk one from the value recovery stand-point, especially in the case of any untoward eventuality. Needless to say, one must ensure the correct and true disclosure of the value of the goods being transported, to the authorities
A complete and thorough insurance cover is the best protection one can purchase to ensure the safety of goods during a move. This is especially true when the move is across international borders as the goods in question may be loaded and unloaded in unknown conditions and by personnel with varying capabilities
Somewhere during their research, one may realize that the cheapest offer may indeed not be the best one. There could be an international moving company that may be quoting slightly higher than the competition. But this could in-fact, be reflective of a higher level of service, expertise, experience and the high quality of the overall operations
In the end, one must base their decisions by weighing in all the factors and not by favoring any particular one over the others.