Moving Overseas & Packing: FAQs
September 1, 2017
Is your relocation day getting closer and closer? Have you already organized your move and you are just waiting for the big day? Highly likely, you might still have plenty of questions!
During more than 50 years, we have been relocating individuals and families all over the world and we know, first hand, how many questions can come up in our minds the days before the move. To help ease your fears, we have gathered the most frequents ones.
1. Can I pack my own possessions?
For security reasons, many countries no longer accept shipments that are packed by the owner. In addition, any damage incurred to items you packed yourself may not be covered by transit insurance. We strongly advise that you let your moving company pack all of your household items and personal effects. In the case of Crown, all the crews are professionally trained and have years of experience packing people's precious belongings.
2. Are any items prohibited from my shipment?
Each country has its own restrictions; but as a general rule, the following items should not be included in your shipment:
• Firearms and ammunition
• Foodstuffs, including herbs and spices
• Hazardous items (including adhesives, ammonia, bleaches, chlorine, detergents, disinfectants, dyes, flammables, gas cylinders, insecticides, mercury thermometers, methylated spirits, paints, pesticides, photographic chemicals, pressure packs, thinners)
• Items made from endangered animals
• Unprocessed furs, skins
• Plants, dried flowers, bulbs, seeds
• Pornographic material
• Soil or sand of any kind
• Swords, spears, switchblades.
Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. Your Crown Relocations consultant will be able to advise you of further prohibited items for your destination country.
3. Do I need to do anything to prepare for the packing day?
Prior to the arrival of the moving team, it is advisable that you:
• Dispose of any items you do not wish to take with you.
• Clear out the garage, attic, and basement.
• Disconnect and defrost refrigerators and freezers.
• Drain washing machine.
• Remove fixtures and fittings from walls.
• Thoroughly clean all outdoor equipment.
Remember to keep separate any items you will need to take with you when traveling, including identification or passports, money, travel documents, important paperwork, jewelry, valuables, and suitcases.
Do you have other questions? However vital or trivial it may seem, contact your local Crown representative who will be able to guide you, advise and provide you reassurance if necessarily!