What to look for…
International — Most major domestic household good carriers (movers) have their own International Divisions. Here are five important things to look for in an experienced forwarder.
- The forwarder has been in business for at least 10 years
- The forwarder is a FIDI Member – www.fidi.com
- RIM (Registered International Mover) Certification.
- OMNI (Overseas Movers Network International)
- ISO 9002 Certified
- The forwarder is a IAM Member – www.iamovers.org Cost to overseas destinations is based on weight and (cubic) measurement when packed for shipment. It includes air or ocean transportation charges and packing and unpacking services of the carrier’s origin and destination agents. It does NOT include charges for storage, servicing of appliances, custom duty, liability coverage or extra pick up or deliver.
Packing for an overseas move is very different from that of a move within the U.S. Everything must be wrapped and arranged inside large waterproof plywood, metal or fiberglass boxes. Due to recent terrorist threats, self-packing is not allowed. The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 dictates what can and cannot be done on international moves.
Whether you are moving locally, within the U.S. or across the globe thoroughly check out the companies you are considering.