Getting Ready To Ship Abroad

Most people now prefer to call a professional service to do their packing and shifting because it saves so much time and effort for ourselves. However, it will also cost a ton, especially if you are taking things overseas. As difficult as it may be, it is still possible to do it yourself. Here’s how:

Itemize Everything
Start off by making a detailed list of everything you need to take with you. This is how professional global moving companies start because there is a high chance of things being misplaced when they travel very far. Even small things that seem unimportant like a pen holder in your office room is important because you may later pack it with something else that has to arrive in your new home. Keep this itemized list as a check list for when the goods start to arrive and be careful to check every single item against it. In fact, you might want to do this even if you have entrusted the task to a professional company because that will ensure they do not lose anything.

That’s a Wrap!
Wrap everything in bubble wrap. Qualified international movers in Philippines may have other more effective material or fabric to do this, but for us ‘lay people’ bubble wrap is the safest material to use. It cushions fragile items and prevents breakage. Buy as many sheets as necessary and use scotch tape to fasten it all together. Place the smaller items in cardboard boxes in such a way that the items do not shake loose during transportation. The larger items should be wrapped and placed in crates with ropes tied around it.

Flying or Shipping?
Once everything is packed, you have the option of deciding whether you want to send the items by air or over water. The cargo plane is a lot faster and the items will arrive before or immediately after you, depending on when you courier it. The ship however, takes much longer. In fact, its leisurely pace takes almost a month to get to its destination; more if the distance is longer. You can hire a truck or caravan to transport all the crates to the airport or harbour, pass them through customs by weighing and labelling everything and then bid bon voyage to it for now. A better option would be to send the urgent items (like a few changes of clothes, your TV etc.) by air while the heavier items arrive by ship.

So if you do want to pack up everything on your own, first make a list of everything; then bubble wrap all the items; and finally, decide whether you need them in a hurry or later and pass it through customs at the airport or the ports.

Anthony Hurst

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