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Beltmann Relocation Group WorldwideTM - A Trusted Expert at Your Side
Beltmann Relocation Group Worldwide provides international moving expertise to and from any location in the world. We provide superior international relocation service for hundreds of clients each year. Beltmann Relocation Group understands that international moving is different from domestic moving and this is why we have specialists who work only with our international transferees. We ensure that every detail is covered and help you navigate through customs forms and nuances that differ from country to country. Every country has its own laws and customs so it is important to study the etiquette and customs of your destination country to avoid problems during and after your move. The country's consulate is an excellent source of this information.
International Movers - Planning Tips
The U.S. embassy of your new country can provide a list of schools that are referred to as American schools, schools that follow the traditional U.S. curriculum and provide all instruction in English. Health care around the world is different in every country. The consulate or U.S. State Department can advise you on the current situation of health care for foreign nationals in a variety of countries. You and your family should obtain complete medical and dental check-ups prior to your move, so that all of your records are current. You may need immunizations, inoculations or booster shots before moving overseas, and your children will most likely need them to enroll in school. Identify the necessary inoculations by calling the consular representative of your destination country or the U.S. Public Health Service Quarantine Division.
Be in touch with the consulate of the country to which you're relocating in order to obtain all of the legal documents and permits that allow your immigration to the new country. The consular representative can advise you as to whether or not visas are required and how to obtain them. Work permits also may be required; if so, they must be obtained before leaving the country.
You can obtain your passport application by simply paying a visit to your local post office. You will need two specially-sized photos and a copy of your birth certificate. Complete your application well in advance, allowing at least two to three weeks for processing and delivery.
Obtain all personal records - prescriptions and medical records, school transcripts, marriage and birth certificates and vehicle registrations - and carry them with you, along with valuables from safe deposit boxes, jewelry boxes and dresser drawers. Set aside the items you will ship by air - specifically the essentials that you'll need prior to the arrival of your other goods.
As an American citizen living overseas, you will have U.S. and foreign tax obligations. Most large, international accounting and consulting firms have departments that specialize in overseas planning for all your financial and tax needs. Close charge accounts that you will not use overseas, as well as savings and checking accounts. Consult the overseas representative at your local bank about currency exchange rates, letters of credit, transfer of funds, etc.
Consider what it would cost to replace your goods overseas when calculating what you will need in terms of transit protection. To assist in this process, we have provided an online Valued Inventory form to help you determine the appropriate level of insurance coverage.
Make all travel arrangements and obtain your tickets well in advance. Familiarize yourself with alternate travel options. Send change-of-address cards to the post office, social security office, insurance companies, relatives, friends, etc.
Notify the telephone, gas, cable, electric, and water companies, as well as newspaper delivery service, garbage pickup and anyone else who should know when to discontinue service.
When questions arise, your Beltmann Relocation Group Worldwide relocation coordinator is your single source of information and should be your first point of contact.
Check in with the U.S. Embassy as soon as possible after your arrival. They can answer questions, and assist you in local registration and any other official procedures.
International Moving - Pets
Before moving your pet, schedule a veterinarian examination and consider a tranquilizer or some other measure to make your pet more comfortable during the trip. Obtain copies of your pet's health and rabies vaccination records, and update identification tags.
When shipping a pet by air, contact the airline well in advance to check regulations and services, and to make reservations. If possible, book a weekday flight during slack periods when there is more room in the plane's cargo compartment. Try to book a direct flight to reduce the amount of time your pet will be confined. Select a portable air-transport kennel that's large enough for your pet to stand and move around. Let your pet get accustomed to it well in advance of the trip. Mark the container "Live Animal," and affix a label that includes your pet's name, new address and phone number, and special handling instructions.
International Moving - Customs Information
Customs can be confusing. And the requirements vary greatly from one country to another. We stay up-to-date on all the regulations and can keep you informed of all the changes in customs requirements. Keep in mind the basic elements to avoid a simple oversight that could result in delays, fines or even seizure of your entire shipment by foreign customs authorities.
Do not take any of the following items (if you have any doubts, leave it behind, or talk to your Beltmann Relocation Group Worldwide agent):
- agricultural products, including houseplants and seeds
- pornographic materials and magazines
- politically sensitive materials
In most countries, your household goods and personal effects can often be entered duty-free. Some items may be subject to certain provisions. It is important to remember that any duties or taxes levied against your shipment are in addition to our charges. In most cases, you can settle your customs charges with your overseas agent. However, there are times when you will be required to deal directly with the customs office. If that is the case, be sure to obtain and keep an official receipt, as some duties are refundable when you leave the country.
International Moving - Restrictions
There are often strict restrictions on what can and cannot be taken across the host country's borders. Guns, alcohol, controlled substances and even certain types of literature are strictly prohibited in certain nations. Your Beltmann Relocation Group Worldwide relocation coordinator can discuss this with you well in advance of your move.
Some of your appliances and other electrical items may not work in your new home, or may need special adapters. Ask your Beltmann Relocation Group Worldwide coordinator which types of electrical devices typically can't be used outside the U.S.
International Moving - Controlling Costs
Our team of experienced professionals will determine the price of moving your belongings. To formulate the cost of your shipment, we consider its density - the combination of its weight and cubic volume. Large, odd-shaped items decrease space-efficiency and increase the cubic volume of your shipment. To minimize the cubic volume and help keep your costs down, there are certain items which may not make sense to take. For example rattan/wicker furniture, large quantities of disposable diapers or large plastic outdoor children's toys might be items to leave behind.
Contact us today regarding your international moving needs at 1-866-542-0868. For more information on how we can handle your overseas relocation as international movers, fill out our Quick Quote request form at the top right hand side of this page.
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