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Moving Overseas: How International Van Lines Crushes the Competition

By February 19, 2024No Comments
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Moving Overseas: How International Van Lines Crushes the Competition

An international move can be both thrilling and nerve-wracking in equal measure.

For all of the excitement and anticipation that comes with moving overseas, there’s also a ton of worry and anxiety that comes with knowing your life is about to change forever.

Even as you dream of a great new adventure, your “to-do” list starts to grow by leaps and bounds.

In many ways this is inevitable, for the simple reason that moving thousands of miles away, typically across an ocean (or even two!), is never a simple task.

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Getting Your Stuff Where It Needs to Go

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One major worry for those moving to a different country is that their personal possessions decide to go on an adventure of their own—and end up in the wrong city, in the wrong country, or even on the wrong continent. Let’s be honest: most of us have had this fear simply checking our bags at the airport, so it makes complete sense that it’s a major worry of those getting ready to relocate overseas.

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Another worry is that your stuff arrives days, weeks, or even months after your move-in date. This can cause all sorts of difficulties, as you find yourself occupying a space without any of the creature comforts you need to call that space home.

A related worry is exactly the opposite: that your stuff gets there way too early, and you have to do what you can—usually remotely—to ensure that it remains safe until your arrival. That too is a recipe for chaos.

Potential complications like these can keep you up at night, which is exactly what you don’t want when you’re prepping for a big move!

Choosing an International Moving Company Wisely

Moving Overseas from USA

In the end, a seamless, worry-free international move depends on one thing: choosing a reliable partner, an international moving company that makes you feel safe—and certain—and that handles your personal possessions with a level of care that surpasses what other international moving companies are able (or willing) to offer.

IVL: The International Moving Partner You Need

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International Van Lines (IVL) understands all of these worries and is ready to help. We have the tools, the experience, the infrastructure, and the personnel to make your international move a success.

We’ve Been There And Done That

Don’t forget: while this is probably your first big international move, we’ve been through it all a thousand times before. We’ve experienced every imaginable wrinkle, snag or obstacle. We’ve seen it all—and dealt with it all.

With IVL, your international move is certain to be painless and worry-free. We leave nothing to chance. We’ll make sure you’re up and running in your new home in no time.

Let’s take a closer look at what IVL offers those planning to relocate abroad:

Storage When and Where You Need It

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Part of what gives IVL the logistical sophistication it needs to complete overseas moves successfully is its storage solutions.

IVL offers a range of short-, medium-, and long-term storage options, both at home and abroad.

These, in turn, give us the ability to respond to your changing needs in a very fluid and responsive way. We’re prepared for every eventuality, something other international movers simply can’t say.

Here’s a quick overview of IVL’s main storage options:

Storage-in-Transit (SIT): Local Storage

Storage in Transit (or SIT) is exactly what it sounds like a safe and secure haven for your personal possessions until you’re finally ready to receive them and move them into your new home.

The truth is, no matter how carefully you plan an international move on paper, the real world has a habit of intervening and upsetting your best-laid plans.

When you need more time—for any reason at all—our SIT services can accommodate your needs. Here’s how:

  • We carefully pack and move your items from your current home to one of our many warehouses in your destination country.
  • We move your possessions into a secure, climate-controlled storage container.
  • Your most sensitive household items—including pieces of furniture—are wrapped in plastic and placed on specialized racks that protect them from dust and other contaminants.
  • Only when you’re ready do we re-load your possessions and deliver them to your new residence.

Most of IVL’s SIT services are priced at around 50 cents per cubic foot per month, which can be prorated to suit your individual requirements. This rate is well below what other international moving companies offer.

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Longer-Term Storage Options when Moving Overseas

SIT is ideal when you’re faced with short-term, usually unexpected, delays, but sometimes you need a longer-term storage solution that gives you the time you need to sort out more serious issues.

IVL’s long-term storage options offer the convenience and flexibility of SIT—with similarly great pricing—but over a longer time period.

This option is perfect for individuals who need time to get up-to-speed with a new job and can’t move in right away, or families who haven’t settled on a place to live and want to take as much time as possible to find the home of their dreams.

IVL offers both climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled facilities, with the average monthly cost of the latter ranging from $74 to $181, and the average monthly cost of the former ranging from $90 to $266.

Price differences, unsurprisingly, are related to the amount of storage space and time required.

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IVL’s Door-to-Door Overseas Moving Service

The logistics of an international move are frighteningly complex if you’ve never done it before. But when you’ve handled as many moves as International Van Lines has, they’re honestly a breeze. We could probably handle your move in our sleep–but don’t worry, we’re not going to test that proposition!

Once you put your relocation in our hands, you’re free to focus entirely on all the smaller, more personal aspects of your move, secure in the knowledge that you’ve entrusted your personal possessions to the best-equipped and most experienced international mover in the business, bar none.

Global Relocation

Things to Consider When Moving Overseas

Nothing epitomizes the IVL experience more than the company’s door-to-door international moving service, which includes everything from packing and moving to less well-known requirements like taking care of Terminal Handling Charges (THCs), managing the intricacies of ocean freight and air freight, clearing customs, and covering specific local taxes and fees.

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We manage every element, including unpacking at your new residence and setting up as necessary.

However, IVL also offers door-to-door international relocation services that are less comprehensive—but more cost-effective—depending on your specific requirements.

In some cases, for example, we leave some of the packing and unpacking to you; we load at your old residence and unload at your new residence (i.e., curbside delivery) but you handle the remainder. This is a more economical option well-suited to customers who are operating on a smaller budget, don’t require complete packing services, and are willing to do some of the work themselves.

Regardless, all of IVL’s door-to-door international moving services depend on one—or both—of the following:

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Ocean Freight

Ocean Freight

Ocean freight is still the go-to option for International Van Lines and most other international movers for two key reasons. First, it’s the most economical option, which allows IVL to moderate the fees it charges customers; and second, it’s incredibly secure and reliable.

This is the best option when time is not the element that matters most.

IVL customers can choose between 20’ and 40’ containers, and can also decide whether they want a container all to themselves (a Full Container Load, or FCL) or are happy to share a container with one or more customers (a Less-Than-Container Load, or LCL).

Costs and transport times obviously vary according to each customer’s needs and choices, but regardless, IVL will ensure that the services provided match each customer’s schedule and budget as perfectly as possible.

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Air Freight

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Let’s be honest: when it comes to moving, sometimes nothing is more important than speed. You care about security, sure, but when the clock is ticking and you have to start a new job, leave your current residence immediately, or transport time-sensitive items, nothing beats air freight.

Air freight is costlier, of course, but it’s also faster. A lot faster when moving overseas.

If your relocation needs are urgent, IVL offers comprehensive air freight services and can get your stuff to where it has to be ASAP. Contact us for details.

International Van Lines’ door-to-door international moving services also offer the following:

Vehicle Transport Options for Moving Overseas

Vehicle transport is one of IVL’s specialties. Whether we’re talking cars, trucks, vans, motorcycles, boats, or recreational vehicles, IVL can get your vehicle to its intended destination in no time. We have decades of experience with roll-on-roll-off transport and know exactly how to protect high-end vehicles from potential contaminants. IVL takes care of everything involved, delivering peace of mind and giving you the chance to actually enjoy your move.

Overseas Corporate, Government, and Military Relocations

IVL has decades of experience moving entire organizations from Point A to Point B. These sorts of moves—often corporate, government, or military in nature—tend to be complex operations that require complete mastery of every element of the international move process and, more often than not, strict adherence to numerous security protocols.

Whether it’s packing, moving, or storing extremely sensitive equipment, working with port authorities or customs officials to smooth unloading and delivery, or ensuring that every desk, chair, and company vehicle gets to where it’s going, IVL has the necessary expertise—a product of decades of experience. 

Without tooting our own horn too much, whatever moving service your organization requires, it’s something we can do—and it’s almost certainly something we’ve done thousands of times before.

The International Van Lines Advantage when Moving Overseas

moving overseas with IVL

When it comes to handling every aspect of an overseas move, IVL has no peer. For more than a quarter-century individuals, families, corporations, the United States military and organizations both public and private have placed their trust in IVL.

Each and every time, we’ve repaid that trust by delivering on our international moving commitments.

When it comes to overseas moving, nobody does it better than IVL. As proof, take a look at the editorial reviews we receive regularly in publications as diverse as Forbes, USA Today, US News, Consumer Affairs and Architectural Digest.

What Our Customers Have to Say About Their Experience

Customer reviews of IVL on Trustpilot average 5/5 stars.

IVL’s Rates when Moving Overseas

Even though IVL offers premier services, our rates are always cost-effective. Call us for an international moving quote or take advantage of our online calculator. Indeed, IVL offers some of the most affordable and effective international relocation services available on planet Earth (or any planet for that matter)!

Our team is ready to assist you whenever you’re ready. Go ahead and give us a quick call. Get an estimate. You’ll end up with an international moving quote that makes sense – and that inspires confidence.

IVL Licensing

IVL is in full compliance with the requirements of the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), and the American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA). We maintain at all times the highest possible standards of both quality and safety.

Make Your Overseas Move Memorable – For All the Right Reasons

Move Overseas with confidence. Move with peace of mind. Contact us today for an international moving quote—and remember, if you need storage, whether short-term or long-term, IVL has you covered. No other international moving company has the combination of resources, experience, and connections that we do.

So unburden yourself. Let us take control so you can actually enjoy your move overseas. Make it an experience you remember for all the right reasons. To that end, call IVL today and speak to one of our customer service representatives and get an international moving quote on the spot.

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