International Movers NYC

Published on 2022-01-10

Moving out of New York City? Has the city that never sleeps got you craving some shut eye? Weary of the congestion, noise, and close quarters?

If you are ready for some room to stretch your legs, the world is your oyster. Many people find that they are able to live quite comfortably on “New York money” when they decide to move out of the city. For remote workers, this is especially true, and in 2020-2021 more remote workers are moving out of the city than ever looking for greener pastures.  

When you move overseas from New York City, there are a lot of details to keep track of. Working with an overseas moving company is the best way to achieve a seamless move without costly mistakes or unexpected disasters. Here is some of what you need to know:

Paperwork to Collect

Every country that you could move to has its own rules for customs and immigration. Make sure to do your research to ensure that you understand the requirements. Some countries want all of your paperwork to be completed in their language, such as the Czech Republic, and others want you to send copies of your paperwork weeks in advance. Don’t get caught by surprise at the border.

These documents are universally required for customs and immigration, no matter where you go:

  • Passport
  • Visa if needed for your destination
  • Vital records for all family members
  • Veterinarian records for pets

This is an incomplete list of requirements so check with your overseas mover or local customs officials for the most current guidance.

Packing for an International Relocation

Packing for an overseas move is very different from when you move domestically. When you move domestically, you can just throw everything into boxes as haphazardly as you want. With an international move, customs officials require comprehensive, box-by-box inventories of your goods, with serial and model numbers and sometimes even proof of ownership. Research the requirements needed for your destination to ensure that you arrive with everything you need. Failure to pay close attention to this step can cause costly delays or even cause you to lose some of your belongings.

Ports of Call

The Port of New York & New Jersey is among the busiest in the world, which can mean cost savings for you. This port offers container shipping and automative RoRo (roll-on, roll-off) shipping options. Other nearby options include the Port of Newark, APM and Maher Terminals in Elizabeth, NJ, and the GCT New York Terminal on iconic Staten Island.

How can you choose the right port for your shipment? Your overseas moving company can help you decide, or you can compare them based on price and convenience. The cost to ship a full container from the Port of New York to Sydney, Australia will be between $9,000 – $12,000. From the Port of Newark, this container shipment could cost as much as $12,200, so it pays to shop around.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles…and Ships

Whatever your relocation needs or how you plan to get there, Three Men and a Truck offers world-class service from door-to-door. We can help you coordinate packing, paperwork, customs, and shipping logistics, leaving you free to worry about what matters most to you and your family – getting settled in your new home. Contact us today to learn more about how Three Men and a Truck can help with your international move.

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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