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Moving to the USA

Coming to the United States to live is an exciting venture and preparation is the key to a smooth transition. Having an international mover who can guide you and inform you with everything you need to know will make all the difference, as they are able to manage the complex technicalities of the move.
We also understand that every relocation situation is different. We offer a wide range of moving methods so you can choose what works for your budget, your timeline, and your personal preferences.

A Checklist for Getting Your Move Right

First off, your international mover should have an established track record covering many years. This kind of experience assures that there is nothing they have not already managed.

Secondly, if you are planning a move to the USA, only a professional international moving company can help you with all of your overseas moving needs at the best international moving rates while ensuring that your household goods arrive safely to your US destination.

Third, there are various moving services to be aware of. There is full container service, lift van services, customs assistance, insurance, protection, moving, storage, vehicle moving, and transportation for when you arrive on US soil.

Moving to the USA should be an exciting undertaking – it doesn’t have to be stressful. The two most important things for a successful move to the USA is that you plan well ahead and allow plenty of time. At Allied International, our international moving services will guide you through all of the paperwork, but there are always some documents and regulations that need more time than others to handle properly. If you plan for delays, they will not take you by surprise or complicate your plans.

What You Need to Know About Moving to the USA

  • The US. Customs Department has tightened security since September 11th. All international shipments entering the country are now subject to closer and more frequent inspections. This includes a thorough inspection of import documentation. It is important to realize that faulty or incomplete paperwork will put a shipment “on hold” until the correct documentation is supplied.
  • International containers are randomly selected for “physical” inspection. This is happening with increased regularity. Most shipments are now subject to X-ray procedures on entering the US. When this happens, it can cause undue delays that may result in added per diem charges. Please realize that customs clearance can take anywhere from 4 to 8 days from the date of arrival.
  • All necessary import documentation should be forwarded to your international moving representative seven days prior to moving. This includes Form 3299, supplemental declaration, power of attorney, a clear passport photo, and a copy of your visa.
  • If you are a non-US citizen you must be in the United States to receive your international shipment when it arrives.
  • When you move to the United States, you cannot enter the country unless you have a complete set of up-to-date documents, including all six parts of US Customs Form 3299. Without this, you will not be allowed to arrange customs clearance. Your international mover representative will be happy to guide you through this process.

Other relevant documents may include:

  • Supplemental Customs Form
  • Power of Attorney
  • Copy of work visa
  • Copy of passport
  • Work permit
  • Pet customs documentation
  • Vehicle registration

All of this documentation is available through your international mover agent. Consider everything you have to do when planning a move to the US because there are deadlines to meet and paperwork that needs to be filled out and returned before you can go any further.

In addition to the “official” paperwork needed to come to the United States…

Here are 10 things to know about living in the USA

  1. The United States is a vast country. It’s wise to do plenty of research before you commit to any one location. There are plenty of climates to choose from. Whether you like four distinct seasons, or warmth all year round, there is a state for you.
  2. If you are coming with your family, you might find that the big cities are not your preferred environment for raising your kids. Cities with a smaller population, or areas outside of the big cities, are often favored by parents who have the choice.
  3. More rural areas are less popular but they are also less expensive. Naturally, areas that are in high demand tend to have the most expensive stores, prices and rents.
  4. If you choose to live “off the beaten path,” you can discover significant savings. With a little bit of research, you’ll find that even in a big city you can find rentals that will fit within your budget.
  5. There will be many people from your origin country looking to welcome you with open arms. Lots of groups and resources will be available, no matter where you decide to live.
  6. Your best transportation is your car. Unless you are moving to a big city where there is an extensive and reliable public transit system, you will definitely need a vehicle of your own to get around.
  7. Jobs are available but you have to look for them. Employers offering lower wages consistently seek reliable employees. You can find these listings online or in newspapers.
  8. Health care is expensive. And, yes, you have to pay for an ambulance if it is required. Research health insurance carefully.
  9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. When you move overseas, if one thing is certain, it’s that you will have lots of questions. Fortunately, most Americans are more than happy to guide newcomers to these answers based upon their own experiences.
  10. Living in the United States will be the best move you ever make. There are more opportunities and lifestyle freedoms in the US than anywhere else in the world.

The US is a very welcoming country. When you decide to make the move there, you will be welcomed, too. Moving to the US is a great adventure. Let Allied International take care of the paperwork and the logistics. You’ll be able to focus on enjoying all that the US has to offer.

You’ll find variety with people and places to suit every lifestyle. Give it a chance and you’ll be living like a native in no time.

A Checklist for Getting Your Move Right

First off, your international mover should have an established track record covering many years. This kind of experience assures that there is nothing they have not already managed.

Secondly, if you are planning a move to the USA, only a professional international moving company can help you with all of your overseas moving needs at the best international moving rates while ensuring that your household goods arrive safely to your US destination.

Third, there are various moving services to be aware of. There is full container service, lift van services, customs assistance, insurance, protection, moving, storage, vehicle moving, and transportation for when you arrive on US soil.

Moving to the USA should be an exciting undertaking – it doesn’t have to be stressful. The two most important things for a successful move to the USA is that you plan well ahead and allow plenty of time. At Allied International, our international moving services will guide you through all of the paperwork, but there are always some documents and regulations that need more time than others to handle properly. If you plan for delays, they will not take you by surprise or complicate your plans.

Containerized Moving

Moving goods using containers is a great way to relocate your items with a protective barrier to prevent damage. Containerized moving means using intermodal containers that are made of strong and durable, weathering steel. They are built to withstand extreme conditions.

Full Container Load (FCL) vs Less than Container Load (LCL)

FCL is generally cheaper than LCL per unit of freight. This is because it is much easier for freight agents to ship a single FCL than to arrange multiple LCLs in one container.

FCL also tends to be delivered more quickly because when the shipment arrives at the port of destination, it is simply transported to the recipient of the goods. When LCLs arrive at the port of destination, however, the goods inside must be consolidated and sorted before being distributed to different recipients.

An advantage of LCL is that it lets you maintain a lower inventory level, which is ideal for some customers. LCL lets you ship goods in smaller quantities so you have less inventory to worry about and you will need less storage or warehouse space.

An important thing to consider if you decide to go with LCL, however, is that you will have less control over the items being transported. With LCL, you do not have a say in what other items are stored within the same container as your items.

Roll-on, roll-off service (RO-RO)

RO-ROs are vessels that are built to transport wheeled cargo such as cars, trucks, semi-trailers, trailers, railroad cars and motorcycles. The vehicles are driven onto the ship at the point of origin and then off the ship at the destination. Every vehicle is braced, secured, and tied down to ensure maximum protection while in transit.

When compared to container moving, RO-RO is much more budget friendly and is a much easier method of shipment. With RO-RO you avoid having to pay export warehouse expenses that are associated with packing and transporting containers.

The only limitation with RO-RO is tied to your destination. Smaller countries may not support RO-RO international moving options.

Conventional on-deck moving

We also offer conventional on deck moving methods. If you choose this moving method, your goods will be transported above deck. This means that they will be unprotected from water, rain, and wind.

Because of the risk for complications with on deck moving, insurance companies are less keen to insure goods shipped via this method. As a result, you might face higher out of pocket expenses.

Quality Customer Service

Allied International is one of the industry leading experts in overseas auto and boat moving services. Some highlights of our services include:

  • Your choice of a 20 ft or 40 ft single use moving container which will contain your vehicle or boat without any additional items
  • Shipment options to most major ports all around the globe
  • Vehicle security inside its container, including straps and wheel chocks to keep it locked in place during the move.

We understand that moving such an expensive piece of property can be stressful. You can count on us to walk you through the process and advise you regarding your best options.

We want you to feel comfortable about moving your vehicle, and we are here to consult with you and address any questions or concerns you may have about the moving process.

Quick and Easy Estimates

If you are looking for an estimate of how much it would cost to ship your car or boat overseas, all you have to do is provide us with your vehicle’s manufacturer, model, and year, your point of origin, and the vehicle’s final destination.

Contact us today by email or by calling our office. Our friendly and capable staff will provide you with a customized quote.

Shipper Responsibility

We work hard to make sure that each of our customers is 100% satisfied with our moving services. In order to deliver successfully, it is crucial for us to work together to ensure all bases are covered before sending your goods. Below are a few important things to consider before you ship your vehicle overseas.

  • Shippers must provide us with a complete list and/or description of vehicle(s) to be shipped.
  • We will provide an estimate only as a guideline. Our estimate will be based on the information provided by the shipper.
  • Final costs are subject to change due to substantial ocean freight rate changes or laws and regulations imposed by authorities at either the point of origin or point of destination.
  • We are not responsible for losses or damages caused by natural disasters or other causes beyond our control.
  • It is the shipper’s responsibility to supply adequate insurance coverage for their vehicle.

A vehicle may not only be a valuable asset but essential for navigating your new location. Whether you want your vehicle for pleasure, business, or convenience, do not leave its delivery to chance. Leave it to Allied International.

CONTAINER Moving

Allied International Overseas Moving can provide a container moving service that carries goods to any destination in the world. We can ship your household contents smoothly, allowing you to focus on settling your family into their new home overseas.

INTERNATIONAL
CORPORATE RELOCATION

Moving even the smallest business overseas can be a huge undertaking. Careful planning is essential to prevent unnecessary stress. Hiring Allied International to organize the entire operation takes the heat off. It also allows the business to carry on running without affecting productivity.

AIR FREIGHT

With Allied International’s air freight transport, your belongings will be delivered more quickly. It is recommend to use this method of moving if you have time constraints for your move or would like to expedite the delivery of your items.

STORAGE AND
WAREHOUSING

We are your ultimate, one-stop-shop for all of your international storage and warehousing needs. We offer a wide range of options for storing your valuables. Whether you only have a few boxes or have heavy furniture or equipment, we can help you store your belongings in a safe and secure environment.

Effective solutions

Our partnership with Allied International is an unmatched asset when it comes to choosing us as your international mover. With markets in over 37 countries and over 1,000 locations worldwide, our highly-trained professionals will execute your move overseas. Your timely, cost-effective international move will be accomplished through ocean or air moving options as needed.