International Movers Richmond

International Moving Companies Richmond

International Movers Richmond

International Movers Richmond


Moving overseas from Richmond can occur by air freight or container. Air freight is an option for people with limited goods or unlimited funds. When sending your household items by air freight, you are charged by weight and volume, which can add up very quickly. Most people use this option only for fragile or valuable items, or those that absolutely need to arrive on time.

The most popular and budget-friendly option for moving overseas is to ship by container. Shipping containers come in many shapes and sizes, but the most common containers are the 40-foot containers you typically see on massive cargo ships or being hauled by train. These full containers are large enough to hold the contents of a small, 2-bedroom home and, if you pack it right and tight, maybe even a vehicle.

If you don’t need that much space, you can also choose to share a container with other customers and only pay for the space you need.

The Port of Richmond, also known as Richmond Deepwater Terminal, is conveniently located near Interstate 95. This easy access makes a big difference when it comes to shipping your container. While this port does service parts of Europe, South America, and the Mediterranean directly, you may need to arrange for transfer of your container to an intermediate port of call if you intend to move outside of these areas.

Before You Go

With international moves, the devil really is in the details. From your comprehensive inventory to customs declaration forms, there are a lot of details to pay attention to, and you have to get it right. If you are not working with an overseas moving company, make sure you do your research before you leave Richmond. Contacting the local embassy for your destination country is a great way to become familiar with their rules and to learn more about what your responsibilities are.

At the very least, you will need valid passports for you and any family members, as well as vaccination records for any pets that accompany you. Other documents you may need to present include work and residence permits, proof of income, signed lease agreement or proof of home purchase, and much more. Doing your research ahead of time is crucial.

Cost to Move Overseas from Richmond

The cost of moving overseas encompasses many factors – from packing materials to taxes to handling and storage fees. Fortunately, most countries will allow you to import your household goods free of taxes and duty, as long as you meet their eligibility requirements and don’t bring anything that is prohibited.

The cost to move a full container from Richmond, Virginia to Cape Town, South Africa is estimated to be between $7,200-$11,900. The trip will take anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks. London takes only 3-5 weeks at a cost of $7,400-$9,900. As you can see, these estimates are pretty broad, making it difficult to budget accurately. This is because there are many taxes and fees involved with international moves, making the actual costs difficult to predict.

If you don’t want to leave your move to chance, working with an overseas moving company like Three Men and a Truck is a great investment. When you contact us, our international shipping experts will provide you with a custom shipping quote that speaks to your needs and situation. No ballpark figures here, we have tons of experience with international shipping rules and regulations that help us create a quote you can count on.

No matter where you are moving, your best move is to work with Three Men and a Truck.

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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