How to plan an international move without dying in the attempt

We reveal the main points you should know before, during and after your transfer abroad. These will save you possible anger, bad times, stress and above all money.

 The following tips are aimed at people who are about to relocate, and are evaluating whether or not to take all their belongings abroad.

1. Quote & Plan 

It is convenient for you to compare prices, but, make sure that each proposal already includes the breakdown of: possible tax payments (at origin and destination), transportation, international packaging material service, shipping, delivery and unpacking; This is the basics they should offer you to guarantee a fair price and quality service. Additionally, and if you are interested, insure your belongings with international insurance, which protects you against any flaw, damage or incident that affects your belongings. Keep in mind that to start quoting you must have defined everything that you leave to wear and what not, because ... 

2.  Volume estimation - Consultations 

Experts know it's all down to volume. Sending things from one country to another already involves import and export processes. Therefore, the total number of items will make up your inventory before the authorities, it will define how much packaging material you will need, the size of your container and the distance to travel, in other words the total price of the movement. For example, an international move from Mexico to Costa Rica may be more expensive than one going to China! because the import taxes that Costa Rica has are among the most expensive in Latin America.

3-  Can someone explain to me what is a HHG? 

According to the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Mexico (SRE) "they are the belongings and utensils of a house that serve exclusively and properly for the daily use of a family, as long as they have been acquired six months before the request for the procedure" This is the modality that you will need to process to send your things, and to do so you will need to already have a work or residence visa (it depends on the country). You must exclude perishable items and prohibited items from your household items, because if your container is selected for inspection, it may be detained and fined by customs authorities...

4. Is prohibited...

Each country has its peculiarities with respect to what is prohibited (and boy do they have them!). Therefore, it is convenient to review the so-called prohibited items in your new destination to avoid including them in your move, otherwise, you may run out of things and your household items will be destroyed; as could the United States customs, one of the strictest in its processes and requirements.
When planning, a specialist should provide you with an estimate of the volume, and specialized advice on what is going or not going. Those with a long experience in the market already have their own database in this regard and know perfectly how it works, and that is why they fix things for you.