United States International Moving Companies
The United States of America is home to over 300 shipping ports, giving you tons of choices when you need to ship a container overseas. Some customers choose to go with the port that is closest to them, while others may choose another port nearby that offers a more favorable delivery schedule. The choice will be entirely up to you.
The busiest shipping ports in the United States are as follows:
Port of Los Angeles – The Port of Los Angeles is America’s busiest port, handling well over 9 million TEUs per year. As an essential gateway to Asia, this port is home to many of the world’s major shipping carriers, making it easy to get where you need to go.
Port of Long Beach – Located near the top port on this list, the Port of Long Beach is not just one of the biggest in America, it is also trying to be the most environmentally-friendly port in the country by taking action to reduce diesel emissions.
Port of New York and New Jersey – The Port of New York and New Jersey is the busiest port on the Eastern seaboard, with direct routes to destinations worldwide.
Port of Savannah – If you live in or near Savannah, Georgia, you could take advantage of the Port of Savannah, which is the busiest port in the Western Hemisphere. From Savannah, you can reach major destinations from Europe to South America, with connections around the globe.
Port of Seattle-Tacoma NW Seaport Alliance – This port, in the shadow of Mount Rainier, is a busy shipping port handling cargo from all over the world. With direct routes to Asia, Central and South America, and beyond, the Seaport Alliance is the obvious choice for shipping from Western Washington State. For inland customers, this port also offers direct rail service from as far away as the Ohio Valley.
Tips for Americans Moving Overseas
Do your research – International moves are complicated because there are so many details and they are all important. Suddenly, you have to become an expert in another country’s shipping and import regulations, a pro at managing scheduling and logistics, and a whiz at packing your goods to survive the journey intact.
Not to mention, you really only get one shot at getting it right. If you arrive at your destination with paperwork in hand and find out you were supposed to send it in week’s ago, your move is going to get a lot more complicated. Check with your local embassy for the best, most accurate guidance.
Do the right thing – Once you know what to do, do it. Customs officials tend to take their jobs quite seriously, so make sure you follow the guidance you are given. If they ask for a comprehensive, box-by-box inventory of your shipment, provide them with an accurate accounting of what you have packed. Failure to take this process seriously can cost you time and money.
Assess your personal electronics – North American devices have distinct plugs to fit 110v outlets. Most places in the world use 220v outlets that are incompatible with the devices we use every day. From your phone charger to your toaster, you will need to evaluate what you should leave behind. If you can’t use it where you are going, why bring it?
Don’t Hope for the Best, Work with the Best
You’ve got a lot on your mind when you are getting ready to move internationally. Working with Three Men and a Truck gives you access to competent, experienced international shipping experts who know what it takes to achieve a seamless move overseas.
What could Three Men and a Truck do for you? Contact us today to learn more.