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Affordable Moving With an International Shipping Company

May 29, 2008
Some people relocate to other countries for jobs and promotions while others relocate to create a better life. The latter generally do not have extensive budgets to cover their moving costs. In such a scenario, you have to look for affordable shipping methods.

Ideally you should hire a professional relocation expert to help you with your international move. While all of us cannot afford to hire a relocation expert, you can still use the services of an international shipping company for stress free moving. No matter how experienced you are in relocating from one country to another, there are still many things you will not know or be able to do as every country is different and has its own rules and regulations.

Most of us think that international shipping companies handle only industrial cargo and bookings for household goods can be done only through big international moving companies. But on the contrary there are a lot of companies that do take bookings directly from individuals and who will help you out in all aspects of the move. Many of them are quite reasonable.

Although they are not as thorough as relocation experts, international shipping companies can make your move stress-free. Even relocation experts rely on the services of these companies to move your household goods, cars and other items as they are the media for transport be it sea, air, or land.

When you hire the services of an international shipping company, you need to pay for:

* Cost of the shipment which are the basic charges you pay for the fuel and transportation of the goods
* Container hires depending on the type of storage you choose, Less-then-Container-Load (LCL) service and Full-Container-Load service (FCL has a fixed rate while in LCL you will be charged as per the space your goods will take up.
* Loading- unloading charges if they are charged separately.
* The international shipping company charges you for making some documents and some are part of the shipping process and thus are not charged.
* When entering a new country you need to pay Taxes and fees which you will need to pay separately.
* Transportation to your new home which the company will arrange for you.
* Warehousing if required at the company's own or affiliate warehouse.

Relocating with the help of an international shipping company works out to be much more affordable than hiring a relocation expert because for the same booking the expert will charge you a commission or fee. Moreover you get a lot of assistance from the company for free. Some companies will even provide you with information about the new country, its culture, and other such things with the booking. Plus most companies will tell you about all the documents, rules, and regulations of specific countries on their website. For the same service, you will have to pay a hefty fee to the relocation expert.

International shipping companies do try to help their customers with the best service. They understand your need for affordable yet quality shipping and they try to give you just that.
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