Moving International Cost: Things you should not Ignore

Moving International Cost: Things you should not Ignore

Fri, Mar 26, 2021 8:08 PM

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Some individuals who relocate to another country are shocked by how expensive foreign relocation can be. We'll look at a variety of planned and unforeseen expenditures, as well as ways to save money, in the sections below.

1. Cost of moving and transportation

The most notable cost you'll incur is to find a mover to transport your belongings from your current residence in country A to your new residence in country B. 

Factors affecting the Cost:

Size: The wider the relocation, the more costly it would be. This applies to both weight and length. If you don't have enough goods for a full load, groupage programs will help you save money.

Distance: One of the factors is distance, the further you move the higher the fee will be.

Route: Some places are very popular, whereas others are rather uncommon. International moves between Canada and the United States, or within Europe, for instance, are frequent, and as a result of rivalry, these routes are usually less costly than less common ones.

Method: The way you use to transport your goods has a significant impact on the final cost. The cheapest mode of transport is by sea, while the most expensive mode of transport is by air. Despite the option(s) used in between, trucks will mostly perform the first and last legs of every step.

Some individuals try to negotiate directly with a foreign shipping firm because sea freight is the cheapest choice. Although this is often the most cost-effective choice, most of these firms are more focused on freight shipping than on home moves.

You also might want to read our guide to International Container Shipping Costs or get directly to having international moving quotes to better understand moving and transportation costs.

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2. Cost of packing and unpacking

Even though not all movers charge additional fees for packing and unpacking, many do. Based on the location to which you're relocating, you do not have an option about paying this bill. Since certain countries' customs documents need the moving company to vouch for the items being transported to ensure that nothing illegal is being delivered, this is the case.

Illegal objects may include the obvious, such as drugs and guns, as well as items you may not be aware of, such as certain plants or animals. Companies that violate the law risk being fined or losing their licenses, and therefore their right to do business in that country.

If you want to prevent or lower this expense, talk to your mover to see if there's something you can do. You will save money by packaging your own products and leaving the boxes open for them to check. On the other hand, if you want to unpack your belongings in your new home yourself, you can still save money.

Finally, bear in mind that you won't be able to stop paying for packaging items like boxes, bubble wrap, and tape.

3. Insurance

Some movers carry insurance in their quotes, but not all of them do. Make sure you understand whatever the insurance protects and what it does not.

If your items are being transported by sea, make sure you have a marine insurance policy in place. Whatever the case might be, you'll want a policy that protects the full value of any loss, robbery, or harm to your belongings.

4. Storage Costs

You will have to pay for storage in addition to the normal travel costs while moving abroad. This is because coordinating the moving date with the shipping dates used by foreign shipping companies can be difficult.

As a result, the items would need to be processed while they are not in transit. Keep this in mind when estimating the time it will take for your products to arrive.

You will also want to store your belongings as you search for a new home in your new country. If this is just going to be a temporary transfer, you may as well pay to store your belongings before you return.

5. Customs Charges & Taxes

Customs duties in the country you are heading to are another small expense to consider before moving. Most items for residential use can be moved duty-free in certain countries, such as the United States.

Countries like the United Kingdom, on the other hand, have more complex laws that vary depending on where you're coming from. For example, moves within the EU are excluded from duty charges (at the time of writing), while moving outside the EU which result in duty and taxes for which you can demand relief.

Customs and duty fees are often calculated depending on the value of the products.

6. Visa Fees

If you want to work or study in another country, you'll normally need to apply for a visa, unless you're traveling within the EU, where you can travel between countries without a visa. Job and research visas almost always require a great deal of documentation and the paying of hefty fees.

Some visas in the United Kingdom, for example, cost more than £1,000 ($1,300 USD; €1,200). Bear in mind that you must pay this fee each time you renew your visa. This will dramatically increase the total expenses and should be factored into your budget.

7. Lawyer Fees

Generally speaking visas and other customs documents can be filled in on your own with a bit of internet research using government website resources from your home country and the country you’re planning on moving to.

However, many people feel more comfortable using a lawyer to sort out the sometimes extremely complex world of international moves.

Therefore, many people opt to hire a lawyer to fill in all the paperwork they need, instead of doing things themselves. While this can give peace of mind, it can come with quite a substantial cost.

8. Housing Cost

Housing will most likely be your single largest cost in your new country. Even so, bear in mind that the way housing operates, as well as the taxes and fees that come with it, will vary significantly from country to country.

Home values outside of the major coastal cities in the United States, for example, are exceptionally low. You may, however, be required to pay annual property taxes based on the valuation of your property, but only if you own it. In Hawaii, the rate is 0.28 percent, while in New Jersey, it is 2.29 percent.

Countries such as the United Kingdom, on the other hand, have no direct property taxes. Instead, when purchasing a property, you must pay stamp duty, which can be up to 12% of the purchase price (the buyer pays the entire fee, the seller does not). In addition, all landlords and tenants must pay annual council tax based on the property's value in 1991. It costs about £1,200 ($1,600 USD; €1,400) a year on average.

As a result, when searching for accommodation, don't just consider the purchase or rental price. Make sure you're aware of all fees, costs, and taxes you'll be responsible for, depending on the form, venue, and length of your tenancy.

9. Other Fees

Ultimately, when traveling abroad, you must factor in a slew of other fees and expenses, both small and large. This can involve items like purchasing new furniture if you're going from a country where furnished apartments are popular to one where they're uncommon, such as the United States or Canada.

Also when you own your entire furniture, you can need to purchase new appliances due to the fact that different countries use different configurations and/or plugs. By using the wrong type of machine can cause serious damage to your electrical system, so always double-check before moving.

You may also require new clothing if you are going from a cold to a warm environment or vice versa. It's best to learn more about these costs by learning more about the country you'll be heading to.

As a result, we've developed some country-specific guides to help you learn more about the costs in the country where you'll be relocating.

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