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Hiring International movers for a Third Party

Jul 26, 2008
Hiring international movers for a third party can only be successful with good communication on both ends. Corporate and residential relocation specialists are experts at this and if you are put in a position where you need to hire international movers for someone else you should put it in the hands of a professional. If that's not possible, or if it's a family move that you need to arrange yourself, there is a process that you need to go through and you should be very organized about it.

Begin by making a list of questions that you need to ask both the party that you are representing and the international movers. Some of the questions on this list will be obvious like the departure and arrival destinations and times. Others you may not think of right off the top of your head so we have some suggestions for you. Find out first if the third party that is moving has all of the necessary entry requirements taken care of for their personal move and if they have any experience with traveling or moving to a new country. International movers can move their belongings but don't generally deal with the people themselves. Make sure that the owners of those belongings have everything they need to make it to the destination country to retrieve them.

The next thing that you want to ask your third party is exactly what they will be moving. International movers charge by weight and will need to know what is going to determine a fee and also to make sure that they use the right mode of transport. The truck that arrives at the departure destination has to be large enough to fit all of the items that will be going to the ship, plane or train that will be transporting them. If the move is overland, such as moving from the United States into Canada, the international movers will send a vehicle capable of handling the entire task. Be very specific with your third party when you ask this question and ask them to make a detailed list. This will help the international movers prepare an inventory for customs.

Another question that international movers will ask you is how many rooms of furniture will be moved. This is an important question because packing will usually be planned so that items in a kitchen can go to a kitchen, bedroom to bedroom, living room to living room, etc. It's also vital information for you if you are handling the rental or purchase of the new home. Once again, be specific with the third party so you can pass on accurate information to the international movers.

Once all of the proper questions have been asked and the answers relayed to the international movers you can make arrangements for pick up and payment. The latter can be done by credit card but most international movers require a signed document stating that you understand the terms and conditions of their service. You can sign it yourself if you're taking responsibility or let your third party sign it when the movers show up.
About the Author
Nir Dotan is a writer and promoter of
International Movers services,
and
Omega Shipping Local
as well as International Moving.
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