Create your action plan at least four to six weeks before the moving date. Keeping organized is crucial; storing all documentation in a single file folder is a great way to stay on top of your moving process.The Moving Estimate:
Our local, qualified Southern Winds International agent conducts a pre-move survey at your home. This information is then given to your personal director who will prepare the most accurate estimate possible. International estimates are quoted as a door-to-door, all-inclusive rate and will clearly state any and all inclusions and/or exclusions.
Professional packers prepare your shipment for safe international transport. They provide all materials and employ industry-proven techniques for international shipments.
Once your goods are packed, your agent may load them into wooden shipping containers called Lift Vans. These containers measure approximately seven feet by four feet by seven feet. For larger shipments, the entire household is loaded directly into a 40-foot or 20-foot steel ocean container at your residence.
Container size specifications ( click here )
To the Port:
Southern Winds will arrange the transport of your shipment to the port of departure.
Ocean or Air Transportation:
At the port of departure, your containerized shipment is placed onto the ocean vessel or aircraft for international transport.
At the port of arrival your household goods shipment is processed by the destination customs authority and is cleared for transfer to the qualified destination agent.
The destination agent delivers your household goods and unpacks them at your new residence. Or, your shipment is delivered into storage until you are ready to receive your goods.
Compare Apples to Apples – Not Just The ‘Cheapest’ Price.
When looking for the company you want to entrust your belongings to, do some research. After all, you will be working very close with your director from beginning to end on this journey.Make sure you feel comfortable and trust what he is communicating to you. Google the company for other peoples assessments / views.
Never be afraid to ask questions, including:
“Will this company provide in writing a cost for my relocation?”
“How many years has this company been involved in International moves?”
“Is this company a member of the Better Business Bureau? If so, are there any unsettled complaints?”
“Is this company licensed with the Federal Maritime Commission?”
“What type of valuation / liability and damage protection is offered to ensure that my belongings are protected during the move?”
“If time allows, will the company allow me to visit their office to make sure they are who they say they are?”
“Can this company provide me with a list of references that I can contact?”
Google the Company Name and look for reviews.
We hope this will help you when the time comes in choosing your Relocation Specialist.