International Moving Costs

Shipping costs

Planning a move overseas can be exhausting and expensive. Choosing a moving company that has your best interests in mind can make the situation a little less stressful. If you have never moved internationally before, there are things that you may not know about that have to be done. Lucky for you, professional moving companies in the moving industry have done this before and know what it takes to get your belongings where they need to go. Moving overseas does not have to be a scary situation with Three Men and a Truck by your side.

Costs Associated with International Moves

In order to execute an international move smoothly, you will need to get the help of a professional moving company that has the expertise of moving internationally. These movers know what it takes to properly package your items and have them shipped to their destination overseas. There is a vast price range for hiring international movers. A lot depends on the size of the home they are packing up and moving. The international moving costs will also depend on if you need to hire a professional packing service provided by the moving company. For an overseas move, you could be looking at a price range of $3,000 to $10,000.

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Visas and Immigration Costs

Hopefully, you will use a moving company that will help you with the visa and immigration processes. Some countries will not make you pay for the household goods you bring into the country up to a certain amount. After that amount, they will tax the items. In some countries, you may be looking at fees for bringing in your household items up to $500. Visa fees could also cost around the same amount, but in some countries, they don’t charge anything at all.

Should International Moving Costs Include Moving Insurance?

Your moving company will offer some kind of insurance that covers your items, but the likelihood of the insurance covering your items in full is slim. For this, you will need to get third party insurance through another carrier or get extended coverage offered by your moving company. While your moving company and their affiliates are going to do everything they can to make sure that your items do not get damaged in transport, there is a lot of unknown that comes with the thousands of miles your belongings are going to travel. So, it may be a good idea to opt for additional coverages. The cost for additional coverage can range anywhere from $200 to $1,000.

Storage, Boxes, and Packing Materials

For a move overseas, you will need to use packing materials that can withstand the trip. General boxes are not going to cut it, and they will need to be sturdier. Boxes that are sturdier than typical boxes can range in price from $4.00 to $17.00 each, so depending on the number of boxes you need, this could add up. The pricing does not include the extra items like bubble wrap and packing tape. If you want to limit the cost of moving overseas, you may check into the rates of packing professionals that are a part of a full-service moving company.

Storage is another option that has to be utilized in moves overseas. Some people spend the first part of their move overseas traveling. For this, they will often put their belongings in storage while they travel. Other scenarios where storage may be necessary is if the new home has not been completed. The cost of storage can run as high as $200 to $400 per month, depending on the size of the unit needed. This cost could also increase if it is a climate-controlled unit.

storage costs a few hundred dollars per month

Flights, Accommodations, and Pets

You aren’t able to accompany your belongings on their trip overseas, so you will have to make your own flight plans. Depending on the flight you have to take, and the connecting flights associated with it, the amount you pay for plane tickets could add up. You may also need to find temporary accommodations until your belongings reach your new home. Between the two, you could possibly be spending between $2,250 and $6,550.

Furry family members will have to be taken into consideration during an international move. A lot of times you can make accommodations to bring your pet on the plane with you. Flying with your pet will be the fastest and cheapest option available. You can’t ship them with your belongings due to restrictions by carriers. You will need to make sure they are correctly crated or placed in a carrier. Depending on the pet and the airline rules, you could be looking at spending $200 to $500 for your pets.

Cost of moving pets overseas

Customs Duties and Taxes

Whether you are moving your goods to a new country using air freight or sea freight, apart from shipping costs, you may incur customs duty, taxes. These charges are based on the value of the goods you are moving.

If you are moving into the United States from another country, most household goods are allowed to be moved duty-free. Rules differ internationally but the common rule is that used household goods are allowed in duty-free. However, some countries may collect duties on newly purchased belongings that are being moved. It is also important to note that some countries can levy duties on used personal vehicles. Make enquiries about specific practices in your destination country before making your move.

Buying or Renting a Property

If moving to you new country, you certainly need to rent or buy a new home, and this is part of your moving cost. The cost of renting or buying a property differs based on the country you are moving to and the specific area you are choosing to live there. So make a list of areas that you like and enquire from other expats that are already living in those places to have an idea of costs. You search online to get the average cost of buying or renting, and the associated direct property taxes.

Cost of Transferring Money Abroad

The moment you land in your new country, you will need to begin to spend money even before you start working or earning. That is why it is a good idea to open a bank account domiciled in your country of destination and transfer money. This means that you should also expect to incur international money transfer costs which may mean parting with up to 4% of your transfer funds. However, the cost can be much lower when you use reliable online banks.

Reduce the Cost of Moving Overseas by Removing Trash and Unwanted Items

When making an overseas move, use it as an opportunity to get rid of unwanted items. These items can often be donated, sold, or trashed. If you have a lot of unwanted items that are not in a condition to sell or donate, renting a large trash bin may be the solution to all your troubles. These large bins are dropped off by waste companies and then picked up when you are done with them. In the grand scheme of an overseas move, this will more than likely be the easiest part of the move and it will help you save money as well on moving costs. These waste receptacles run anywhere from $150 to $250 for drop-off and pick-up.

Finding an Overseas Moving Solution

Three Men and a Truck offer many overseas moving options that can fit your budget. The price ranges for an international move can run $6,150 to $20,200 depending on the size of the move and season you are moving. An experienced professional moving company will offer both competitive and fair international moving rates. These companies help you with all the steps that need to be taken before, during, and after the move. If you are unsure what you need to do to start the process, call Three Men and a Truck for a free no-obligation quote.

FAQs About International Moving Costs

To move internationally, you’ll likely have to spend somewhere between 3 to 10 Grand for basic cost of moving without additional expenses.

The cheapest way to move overseas is to plan your move beforehand and choose the best time to move with the best international movers.

With all the expenses considered including shipping a vehicle, you can ship your belongings overseas for somewhere between $6,150 to $20,200.

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Three men and a Truck is the best international moving company.

You should choose an international moving company based on their experience and the resources they have.

Yes, it is worth shipping furniture overseas but only if the furniture is valuable or close to your heart.

You can choose to get a quote from Three Men and a Truck. You have no obligation to hire us or pay us anything when you choose to do so.

Items like ammunition, explosives, drugs, alcohol, e.t.c. cannot be shipped overseas. But, you’ll be surprised to know that you cannot even ship the best fruits and vegetables overseas.

If you do not want to take them with you, then selling them is the best idea. Or, you can dispose of them if they have no value.

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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