International Moving Companies NJ
If you are moving overseas from New Jersey, the Port of New York and New Jersey is most likely going to be your best choice. This port is among the busiest in North America, so you’ll have options for the route, carrier, and timeline that works best for you.
One of the first choices you will need to make will be what size container you will need. The most common sizes are the 40-ft and 20-ft shipping containers. The 20-ft shipping container can fit the contents of a small, 2-bdrm house. If you decide to go with the 40-ft container, you can also bring a vehicle.
Don’t need that much space? Many people use an international move as a great excuse to upgrade their furniture, so they don’t need a full container. In that case, you can choose to share your container with other customers and only pay for the space you need.
International moves are famous for the sheer volume of paperwork required. Though some countries are beginning to automate their customs declaration processes, you will still need to gather and complete paperwork regarding your immigration status, change of residency, employment, and citizenship.
The most tedious bit of paperwork you must complete is a comprehensive inventory that lists every item in every box. When you move across town, you can just throw it all in a box, but for customs declarations you have to provide a detailed accounting of everything you are bringing with you.
What you Need to Know About Importing Personal Electronics Overseas
Before you pack up your iPhone chargers and curling irons, you need to think about whether you can use these items in your new home. If you’ve never moved overseas before, you may be surprised to find out that most consumer electronics in North and South America are not usable in Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia. That’s because outlets overseas are wired for 220v appliances, as opposed to 110v in the Western Hemisphere.
In America, we like to see how we can “just make it work”, but that isn’t going to work in this case. The plugs are designed differently, and even if you could get your hairdryer plugged in, the additional voltage it would receive would destroy it. So, unless you are moving to South America or the Caribbean, you should just leave these personal electronics at home.
What Does it Cost to Move Internationally from New Jersey?
And now for the most important question: How much will it all cost to move overseas? The truth is, unless you work with an overseas moving company, getting an accurate estimate of cost will be very difficult. This isn’t a move across town. You will need to invest in high-quality packing materials and maybe even some custom crates for fragile items.
Instant online quotes for shipping only tell part of the story. Beyond shipping costs, you can expect to pay for storage, handling, and port fees, as well as customs duty and taxes. For shipping alone, you can expect to pay between $9,200 – $12,400 to move a full container from New Jersey to Sydney, Australia, or $7,100 – $9,600 for a move to the U.K.
The only way to get a reliable estimate for the cost of your move is to work with a professional international moving company like Three Men and a Truck. When you contact us, we will ask questions to learn about your plans, goals, and needs. We will provide you with a comprehensive shipping quote that covers all aspects of your move. Whether you want our Men to help you pack or just to coordinate the logistics, we offer world-class service to give you a successful, stress-free move. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.