International Removals Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]:
What is the difference between an International Mover and a Local Mover?
International Movers specialise in preparing your goods and paperwork for an international removal. They provide export-quality packing using specific wrapping and packing techniques, assist with customs forms paperwork and clearance, and coordinate road transport and air or sea shipments using FCL or LCL methods.
How are goods packed for international shipping?
International movers and packers use special materials and techniques to help make sure household goods can safely travel by road, sea or air shipment to your destination. This includes using sustainable and eco-friendly 4-6 ply export wrap, thick-walled specific packing boxes, and acid free tissue paper. Furniture is typically cornered with thick carding and wrapped with export quality wrapping material.
What is the difference between FCL, LCL and air shipments?
Full Container Load (FCL), Less than Container Load (LCL) and Air are three methods of international shipping. When you are moving overseas, it is helpful to understand the difference, but you won’t need to select a shipping method by yourself. Your international mover will advise you on the most cost- and time-effective method based on your personal circumstances. To learn more read our guide to international shipping methods.
My international mover said that my overseas shipment will be measured by volume. How are shipment volumes calculated?
Moving shipments are calculated based on volume, typically by square meter. A square meter is calculated by multiplying an item or carton’s length by width by height. Read our article about calculating the volume of commonly shipped items.
I’m moving overseas. What should I pack, store or give away?
We strongly recommend that you sort through your items and sell or donate unnecessary or prohibited items before your moving survey. When deciding what to bring, consider the shipping cost and potential carbon footprint of shipping an item versus buying a new one in your new location. For helpful tips on this sorting process, read our guide, Moving Overseas - What to pack, store and give away.
What other international relocation services does Sterling Lexicon offer?
We are not just house movers. We specialise in international moving of everything that matters to you. Learn about our: