Cheapest Way to Ship Items Internationally

Cheapest Way to Ship Items Internationally

Moving internationally can be an expensive undertaking, but there are things you can do to keep costs down. Here are some tips for moving overseas cheaply and easily.

Time to drop some weight

No, not you, you’re perfect. It’s time to get rid of some of that extra stuff that’s weighing you down. Take a look at your personal belongings with a critical eye, and sort them into three categories:

  • Discard or sell – You might be surprised to see how much of your stuff is kind of unnecessary. Now is a great time to purge your closet, garage, or basement. You can even sell some of these items to make some money to help pay for your move.
  • Store for now – Want to keep it, but don’t need it overseas? Some people rent a storage unit or ask a friend to store some items while they are overseas. Maybe you will want to have it sent to you later, or maybe you’ll decide you don’t need to keep it after all.
  • Keep – You want this to be your most precious and useful items, because only your most precious and useful items should be packed up and moved around the world.

Choose your shipping method

Depending on where you are moving, you may be able to choose between air freight, sea, or land transport. Of all these methods, sea freight by shipping container is the most economical choice. When moving by sea freight, you will be able to choose between a full container load (FCL) or a less than container load (LCL).

While the LCL option is marginally less expensive, many choose to send a partially filled FCL instead. That’s because when you choose to ship with an LCL, you end up sharing your container with other customers. This could cause your container to be excessively handled and could even make it take your container an extra 1-2 weeks to reach you.

Avoid taxes where you can

The rules for customs duty and taxes differ from country to country, so if you don’t work with a shipper you will need to do some research. Make sure that your paperwork is complete and your documentation ready when you go through customs. Some countries will make you pay full customs duty and taxes on items if you don’t have the necessary paperwork, while others may make you pay a refundable deposit until you are able to present the documents.

Other countries may charge higher taxes for those who do not have proper work or residence permits. You can avoid paying these higher charges by just taking the time to carefully read the requirements and collecting what is needed.

Work with an overseas moving company

It may sound counter-intuitive but working with a professional moving company can save you time and money. International shipping is a gauntlet of unexpected, costly expenses. From port fees, to storage and handling taxes, it will be impossible for you to predict these costs on your own. Working with an overseas moving company like Three Men and a Truck can save you tons of hassle by providing you with a comprehensive shipping quote. We will work with you to ensure that your items are packed carefully and that all of your paperwork is in order before you even leave home.
We ship every type of item. Our professional pool table movers near you can move your billiard table in the cheapest way possible. We also have movers who have expertise in other kinds of items.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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