One of the most important ways to save on your international move is
simple preparation. The more time you lend to planning your move the
cheaper your costs will be. Spend ample time figuring out what you
want to ship, getting various shipping company estimates, and
timetables for your shipment to arrive.
There are several key areas that you should familiarize yourself with.
First, have a good idea on how many items you are moving. There are
two basic units of measurements for moving companies. For larger
moves, you can pay for a freight container ranging from 20 40.
Typically, items from a small family would fit in a 20 freight
container and a large household would require a 40 freight container.
It sounds like your needs dont fit the aforementioned specifications.
Smaller shipments can be shipped at a method called LCL or less
than container load. LCL shipments range from 60-160 cubic feet.
What is a cubic foot of space? Sefco.com does a good job summarizing
Sefco Guidance and Support for Shipping Overseas
Now that you know the required sized container, start calling/emailing
moving companies for estimates. Good moving companies will offer free
estimates provided you have a good indication of the size of your
shipment. Feel free to describe the contents of your shipment and
theyll lend some shipping advice.
I wasnt sure if you are moving a bicycle or a motorcycle. If you are
just moving a bicycle, then you might avoid the costs of shipping a
container and send the bike through traditional shipping methods
(Fedex, DHL, Airborne Express). Are you flying to France? Another
avenue that you might explore is shipping the bike through the
airlines. Airlines typically offer shipment of bikes for a nominal
If your bike is indeed a motorcycle, there are various movers that
specialize in motorcycle shipments. Here are a few that ship out of
Motorcycle Shipping Testimonials
Will you need a combination of the aforementioned services? Maybe you
can send most of your items via LCL freight container, specialized
motorcycle shipping, and important times taken in suitcases during
your flight to France?
Here are other items that you should consider:
- Have you purchased insurance for your move? Always purchase
insurance for the items that you are shipping in case there is damage
or items lost.
- Do you want to pack the items yourself or by the moving company?
Some moving companies will only insure the items that they have packed
themselves. Also, moving abroad often lends to a higher quality of
- How long do you want the shipment to take? Obviously, the shorter
the delivery time the more expensive the freight.
- Is there a minimum weight/volume the shipping company will send?
Some companies have a minimum for shipments abroad.
- What are the customs regulations for shipping your items to France?
Heres a website that will be of some value:
Lastly, try looking at the following tips for moving internationally.
The more you learn about other peoples experience and moving
companies' tips, the less stress and mistakes youll make. Here are a
few that Ive gathered:
Moving Check list
Overseas moving Tips
Tips on moving
Sgt. Moms Tips so You are going Overseas
Websites that may interest you:
Canadian Moving Companies
Canadian Moving Companies
Sefco Export Management
Freight Sizes for Moving Abroad
Williams Moving and Storage
Discount Moving International
Kings Transfer Van Lines
Pac N Save Shipping
Two Small Men Canada Moving Company
Shipping and Moving.com
United Van Lines
shipping motorcycle canada
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international move tips