Physically Moving: Overseas shipping
When physically moving home, you can opt to take all your furniture and belongings. Here's some advice on how to handle the tricky process of overseas shipping.
Sell it or 'sea' it
Luckily for expats going through the same process as before, organising a moving procedure should be more familiar. Willeter adds that ease comes with experience.
"Knowing that a client is a 'seasoned expat' does not necessarily help with their ability to acclimatise to a new destination, but they will hopefully be more prepared for the dynamics of the move itself," he adds.
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"I have heard many French clients being surprised by the level of 'red tape' that even they are faced with when they come home," says Willeter.
"You don't realise how many pieces of paper you generate; you generate an entire stack of paper to do this. But if you have a relocation company, they do all of that for you."
2. You definitely need insurance
On the rare event that a storm hits the cargo carrier and your container falls into the ocean, "They [the cargo ship crew] have to shoot holes in it so the container sinks to the bottom," says the Expatica editor.
Again, this is highly unlikely, but it has happened before. Insurance usually covers the entire loss of a container as part of the arrangement.
3. Keep your cargo separate
"Confusion is not the biggest issue, it's confiscation. If the police find something illegal they will take everything in the container, so all of your special antiques and everything are gone," says the Expatica editor.
It's strongly encouraged to try and fill or rent an entire container when repatriating back home.
4. Remember the middle man
Be certain that furnishings like exotic lamps, hi-tech electronics and one-of-a-kind furniture have the necessary connections to operate outside the country where purchased. From plug adapters to specific bed linens, make sure your ideal setup can be achieved just like it was in your host country.
5. Don't forget to lock up (and unlock)
Willeter says the best advice he's given for anyone moving overseas with shipments en route is simple – don't pack your house keys in the sea shipment!
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