All you need to know about
long distance moving.
Long Distance Moving
There are two types of long distance moves:
Interstate moves are governed by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association) rules and regulations. They provide a booklet on the rights and responsibilities of both the moving company and the consumer Rights and Responsibilities if hiring a professional moving company, they must be licensed, bonded and insured. Only companies that are federally licensed can legally transport your items across country. You can check via the USDOT website if any licensed company you are considering has any accident and complaint reports.
Doing an interstate move requires more planning than a local or intrastate move. Items are in transit for a longer period of time. Full service moving companies have a delivery window of 7 – 14 days. If you choose to move using containers or trailers, the delivery time is less, ranging from 2 – 5 business days. You may be renting a truck and driving your own belongings. In this case, you may have the opportunity to veer off and explore. Alternatively, items may need to be delivered by a specific date. Whichever one, the delivery window is up to you.
It is a requirement that international movers be licensed and registered to undergo overseas relocations. All overseas shipping companies should be registered with the Federal Maritime Commission and have an FMC number. This lets you know you are working with a professional and reliable company. You can also inquire about memberships with other reputable overseas moving organizations such as:
Requirements and regulations for shipment, customs, and arrival vary per country. They also change frequently. You can check here, custom guidelines per country International Customs Guide
Conforming to governmental regulations and documentation is your responsibility. You can contact your local consulate or embassy to verify any specifics. Many companies offer custom brokering services. They will assist and guide you with the documentation needed for clearing customs at the country of arrival. Opting to use a company that offers door-to-door service ensures delivery to the final destination in the overseas country.
It is vital that you have insurance coverage when moving internationally. Like any interstate move, having insurance lets you know that in the event that something did happen, you are covered. Confirm the moving company you hire offers a comprehensive insurance plan and ensure you read the fine print and are familiar with the full extent of coverage and the conditions of liability.
International moves can be done either by air, or more commonly are done by sea on a cargo ship. Transit times vary dependent on where you’re relocating. They range between 4 – 12 weeks worldwide. If shipping by air, 8 – 10 days will have you your items, worldwide.
For both interstate and international moves, having an in home estimate, an onsite is highly recommended. A representative from the company will come to your home and do a visual survey of the items and belongings you plan to move. They can also see where you live and note anything that may need special attention when the truck comes to pick up your belongings.
In the moving industry, there are two seasons, summer and winter. Summer is the busiest, and during this time it is common for the rates to increase. Quotes are calculated either by weight (pounds) or by volume (cubic feet). Each company differs in how they calculate. You may want to obtain quotes from companies using both methods and compare.