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Expat Moving Services – Everything You Need

Embarking on an international move is more than a change of address; it’s an adventure into a new way of life. With over two decades of expertise, International Van Lines (IVL) stands as a beacon for families and individuals stepping into the global arena. Our comprehensive moving services are designed to lift the weight of logistics off your shoulders, making your move abroad as seamless as the horizon ahead.

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Our Expat Moving Services Explained

At IVL, we understand that every international move is as unique as the individual embarking on it. That’s why our suite of services is tailored to meet the diverse needs of expatriates worldwide.

From the moment you decide to move, our team ensures every detail is considered. Our door-to-door service is more than a convenience; it’s a promise to handle your possessions with the utmost care and professionalism.

With IVL, you’re not just getting movers; you’re gaining partners who are as invested in your move as you are.

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Door-to-Door International Moving Services for Expats

Our door-to-door international moving services are the golden threads that weave the fabric of your new beginning, ensuring a seamless transition from your current home to your future one.

Our comprehensive suite of services is meticulously designed to cover every detail:

  • Expert consultations and advanced scheduling
  • Customized shipping strategies
  • Documentation and customs clearance support
  • A spectrum of storage solutions
  • Professional unpacking at your new residence
  • Comprehensive moving insurance options
  • Specialized vehicle shipping

Ocean & Air Shipping for Expats

With 90% of our moves through ocean freight, we offer both Full Container Load (FCL) and Less than Container Load (LCL) options tailored to the scale of your move. For those who seek the swiftness of the skies, our air freight services deliver your cherished possessions in less than a week, with the understanding that speed comes at a premium.

Costs at a Glance:

  • Ocean Freight: Ranging from $2,500 for a cozy one-bedroom to $14,000 for a spacious three-bedroom setup.
  • Air Freight: Calculated at $3 to $7 per kilogram, ensuring your most precious items are prioritized.

Packing and Unpacking Services

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IVL elevates packing to an art form, using only the finest materials to safeguard your goods across the globe. We can also coordinate unpacking services once your belongings arrive at your new home, helping unwrap everything and leave it where it belongs.

Professional packing for your belongings costs $500 to $1,500, depending on the amount of packing supplies and time it takes to pack.

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Top International Moving Companies for Expats

Here is a table of the top International Movers from the US. Ratings are based on Years in Business, Reputation, and Customer Reviews.

Best Overall

Corporate Relocation

Great Reputation

Ad-on Services



Vehicle Transportation

Whether it’s your car, motorcycle, or boat, IVL’s vehicle transportation services are as diverse as they are reliable, with options ranging from open-air to enclosed carriers, ensuring that your vehicles are shipped with the utmost care.

  • Car Shipping: Whether you opt for the affordability of open-air shipping or the added protection of enclosed transport, IVL ensures your car arrives safely at your new destination, with prices starting at $1,800.
  • Motorcycle Shipping: Secure and reliable, IVL’s motorcycle transport options, including door-to-door delivery, are designed to get your bike to you swiftly and safely, with rates beginning around $1,000.
  • Boat Shipping: From flat racks for smaller vessels to specialized float-on and float-off services for yachts, IVL handles all the details of maritime transport, with services tailored to the size and needs of your watercraft.
  • RV Shipping: IVL’s RoRo services make shipping your RV overseas straightforward and worry-free, accommodating the unique size and requirements of your mobile haven.

Each transportation service is crafted to ensure your vehicle’s safety and peace of mind, reflecting IVL’s commitment to seamless and stress-free moves.

Storage Solutions

As you transition to your new home, IVL’s storage solutions offer a secure and flexible home for your belongings. Whether you need a temporary spot for your items as you settle in or a long-term arrangement, we have the space and the security you need.

  • Storage in Transit (SIT): Ideal for short-term needs, ensuring your items are safe and ready when you are. We often recommend this when your arrival doesn’t align with your shipment’s. It’s one of the most cost-effective options, with rates at 50 cents per cubic foot per month.
  • Long-term Storage: For the items you love but aren’t ready to move, our long-term options are perfect. We offer regular and climate-controlled units available to suit all types of belongings. Our long-term storage solutions have flexible terms and access, ranging from $74 to $266 per month, depending on your chosen conditions and space requirements.

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Shipping Insurance with Expat Moving Services

We offer a suite of insurance options, from basic liability coverage to all-risk policies, ensuring that your belongings are protected against the unforeseen at a rate of 1% to 3% of their total value.

The most common types of international shipping insurance are:

  • Liability insurance: The basic coverage insurance is included in most quotes. Usually, it covers a fraction of the damaged or lost item based on its weight rather than monetary value.
  • Transit insurance: Covers loss or damage to your belongings during transportation.
  • All-risk insurance: Covers a broader range of loss or damage risks, including theft, fire, flood, and natural disasters.

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Why Expats Choose International Van Lines

Choosing the right moving company can be the difference between a move that’s fraught with stress and one that’s executed with precision and peace of mind.

Expats around the globe turn to IVL because we’ve built a reputation for trust, reliability, and excellence. Our credentials speak volumes: with licensing from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and recognition from the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), we’re not just industry-compliant. We’re industry-leading.

Our hands-on approach to over 20,000 moves a year is a testament to our commitment to each client’s unique journey. With IVL, you’re not just moving; you’re moving forward with confidence.

Ready to Plan Your International Move?

With IVL, you can lean into the excitement, knowing that the practicalities are in capable hands. Our comprehensive services, unwavering support, and meticulous attention to detail ensure that the only thing you need to focus on is the world of possibilities awaiting you.

Request a free moving estimate today and let our team handle every aspect of your international relocation.


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