Moving internationally: your two biggest decisions
Article sponsored by AGS
In today’s global village, you could unexpectedly receive a foreign job offer and be faced with the prospect of an international relocation for yourself and your family! Here we describe the two biggest decisions you’ll have to make, and the support that AGS Movers provides.
Firstly, relax – you have nothing to worry about! From the moment you request a free quote for your removal from AGS, one of our professional relocation consultants will meet with you at your home to help assess your household’s needs, answer your questions and provide guidance.
Although they sound obvious, the two biggest moving decisions have several knock-on impacts that aren’t always clear at the beginning.
1 - Which household belongings will you be taking with you? (Including vehicles and pets)
“Having your familiar household belongings at your destination will ease the settling-in process following a relocation”
Having your familiar household belongings at your destination will ease the settling-in process following a relocation (particularly for children), make your arrival less stressful (there will be fewer items to purchase) and save you money (particularly on low-volume but high-value items).
Decisions over the volume and timeline are important because they will influence the mode of transport (e.g. sea shipment or air shipment), type of shipment (‘Full Container Load’ vs ‘Groupage shipment’) and storage requirements. On this latter point, AGS’ warehouses can store your household goods securely until you’re ready to move them internationally.
2 - By which dates will you need the various items at your destination?
Establishing a convenient timeline
Did you know that an international sea shipment will commonly take from eight to ten weeks, depending on destination? Groupage shipments (discussed below) can take significantly longer.
Some families prefer having their most critical items airfreighted to their new home so that they’ll be able to kick-start their lives as soon as they arrive, without waiting two months or more. These items include computers, clothing and sporting equipment.
Most families relocating their entire households will opt for the balance of their household goods to be shipped by sea in exclusive-use shipping containers, which are available in 20-foot (1 000 cubic feet of contents), 40-foot (2 000 cubic feet) and 40-foot High Cube variants (2 400 cubic feet).
“The benefit of having a shipping container for your exclusive use is that you will have more predictability over the arrival time…”
The benefit of having a shipping container for your exclusive use is that you will have more predictability over the arrival time of your household goods. Once your container is packed and booked, a time estimate can be provided and consignments can depart as soon as possible.
Understanding Groupage benefits
In other cases – e.g. business professionals – a whole shipping container isn’t necessary, because only a few items are being shipped. In these instances, AGS offers cost-effective groupage solutions.
“Clients save money because their belongings are packed separately and grouped together in a shared container…”
Clients save money because their belongings are packed separately and grouped together in a shared container with consignments from other clients moving to the same country. Just take care: if you’re moving to a less popular destination, there can be a delay as the groupage shipment fills up!
AGS’ relocation consultant will discuss these decisions with you, and help you select the optimal removal solution for your timeline and budget. We have over 40 years’ industry experience and a network of 129 offices in 83 countries, so you’re guaranteed AGS’ promise of ‘You deserve the best!’
Even if you’re not going to be moving immediately, click here to request a free quote online and start the process with time to spare.
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