Step by step guide to international moving with a c

Step by step guide to international moving with a checklist

Moving across borders and different countries can become stressful if you do not know where to start. A complete checklist or step by step guide for your international moving is a must thing. Read this article to find out everything you need while moving or shipping internationally.

We will discuss step by step moving tips with a complete checklist.

international moving tips

Two or three months before your moving

  • First of all, you must decide what you will do with your current housing. You want to sell it, lease it, or rent it out.
  • Make arrangements for housing in your new state, region, or country.
  • If you are moving for work reasons, make sure when your family drives after.
  • Choose your international moving company and make an international moving arrangement.
  • Apply for Visas, work permits, and other documentation.
  • Perform complete research for the host country.
  • Give notice to your child’s school and request school reports and documentation.
  • Keep in mind the complications of traveling due to Covid-19.
  • Insurance Coverage Tips for Your International Move.

World Travel Advisory Covid-19.
Advice for Travellers by the United Nations.

One month before international moving

  • Notify your post office about the change of your residence address.
  • Change the address on your bank account, credit cards, billing accounts.
  • Verify whether your bank has an international branch in your host country.
  • Transfer any subscription you have, which is limited to your current country.
  • Order any prescriptions you may need to bring with you: contact lenses, medications, etc.
  • Consider sending a smaller shipment of essential items ahead of your move so they will be there before you arrive.

Three to Two weeks before international moving

  • Separate the fewer essential items that will stay behind after your move.
  • Send out change of address notification to your friends and family.
  • Enjoy your time with your friends and family, arrange a big meal plan or event so that you can remember every moment before you leave.
  • Take your pets to be immunized and obtain travel documents for them.
  • Make sure you have no pending bills.
  • Continue making a list of inventories and items.
  • Begin packing your belongings.
  • Move items that will be left behind to the storage facility.
  • Donate the leftover items.

One week before international moving

  • Continue to pack and purchase last-minute items.
  • Make an inventory list of items. The things will move along with you.

Two days before your international move

  • Bring all the necessary documents together.
  • Clean your home.
  • Continue packing last-minute items.
  • Withdraw cash that you will need during your travel. Cash exchange currency if you are moving to a country that had extra money.
  • Pick up and drop off any last-minute things: books to the library, pick up dry cleaning, etc. 

Important Documents

  • Passports
  • Travel documents 
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce papers
  • Child custody papers
  • Adoption papers
  • Drivers licenses
  • Medical records
  • School/university transcripts
  • Pets/animals vaccine certificate.
  • Insurance policies and legal documents: tax records, power of attorney, last will and testament, bank statements.

Read more: Moving to Australia? Important information for International moving.

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How to lift a shipping container

Handling and lifting containers can become stressful. We sometimes need a proper method to lift a shipping container. Tools that are used to lift containers can vary.

In this article, we will talk about some of the best tools out there that can be used for lifting the containers.


The high cost of container lifting equipment means they are typically only found in locations with high container throughput. These often act as “freight hubs”. However, handling containers outside of these hubs can be a challenge, and is usually solved by contracting a mobile container handling service, such as a truck crane, side loader, or tilt-bed truck. Fortunately, new container lifting solutions are emerging that make owning your own container handling equipment much more affordable.

Typer of Container lifting tools

  • Container Lifting Jacks
  • Gantry Crane
  • Reach Stacker
  • ForkLift
  • Truck Crane

Container Lifting Jacks

Container lifting jacks are very effective and portable lifting tools. They are portable and cost-effective. Used to lift the containers in locations with lower container volume. There are multiple models in this tool and different models will lift containers weighing 32,000 kg or 70,000 lb.

Advantages

  • Can lift heavy containers
  • Handles all container types
  • Cost-effective
  • Works in tight spaces
  • Portable, on-site, and between different sites

Disadvantages

  • Does not stack containers
  • Does not move containers around on site

GANTRY CRANE

Gantry cranes are huge cranes that are used to lift containers from ships. They are situated at the dockside. Gantry Cranes can move up and down a dock, but they are usually fixed to one location. They are very costly and most of the companies look for alternatives because of their prices.

They are used widely on ports. There are smaller, rail-mounted or rubber tire gantry cranes are available.

They are used for lifting, moving, and stacking shipping containers.

Advantages

  • Gantry Cranes are fast and efficient.
  • They are used where high turn over of containers are used.

Disadvantages

  • They are very expensive.
  • Installing and maintenance are very costly.
  • They are limited to one site.

Reach Stacker

A reach stacker is a fast and efficient option for handling containers. Capable of lifting very heavy containers, a reach stacker can move single containers around on-site,. They are also used to transfer the containers between the ground, the stack, rail wagons, and chassis. They depend on the model because some reach stacker models can stack up to 2-3 containers at the same time with different height and size.

Reach stackers are automated and controlled from the driver’s seat without assistance from personnel on the ground. All this functionality comes at a cost though, with prices for new machines starting at around USD 500,000.

Advantages

  • Reach Stackers are very fast and efficient.
  • They are automated. you often don’t need assistance or a person from the ground.
  • They can stack containers.

Disadvantages

  • Just like Gantry cranes, Reach Stackers are also very expensive.
  • They can be used on only one site.

ForkLift

Forklifts are an indispensable piece of equipment you will see in most manufacturing and warehousing operations. Although they are mainly used for moving general materials over short distances, a high capacity forklift can also be used to lift and move empty and lightweight containers if the need arises.

Advantages

  • Multi-purpose equipment.
  • They are cost-effective.

Disadvantages

  • They are limited, can handle only one type of container at a time.
  • They are mobile but at a larger level, they can be only used at one site

Truck Crane

This container lifting equipment is mounted on a truck carrier.
They are not the same as side loaders.
A truck crane will lower containers to anywhere within the arc of a truck crane’s reach. However, this reach is limited by the weight of containers.

A truck crane is really only suitable if you need to lift empty or lightly loaded shipping containers. Typically a truck crane will only handle 20′ containers. The price tag sits at around USD 250,000 for the lifting apparatus, plus the cost of the truck.

Advantages

  • They are very useful in handling containers in confined spaces.
  • They are mobile and can be used at multiple sites.
  • Truck cranes can lifts and transports more than one container.

Disadvantages

  • They are unable to lift heavy containers.
  • They are expensive.
  • Truck Crane cannot handle all types of containers.

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