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Asked by Aida

January 31, 2014 under International Moving

How much I need to spend to send my things and how is the process?


Answered by Jenna Farmer

February 3, 2014

Hi there, welcome to Movers.com! While I cannot give you an exact quote, I can give you information that will help you get the answers you need.

International Moving

Moving to a new country is a complicated and stressful process, so you will want to be sure that you enlist the services of a reliable and reputable international moving company to aid you in your relocation. Any company you are considering should:

  • Be a member of an international moving federation (such as FIDI)
  • Have a AMSA Registered International Mover certification or a HouseholdGoods Forwarder Association of America permit
  • A Federal Maritime Commission number

You should be sure you thoroughly research any international movers to verify their licensing and credentials before considering them for hire.

Whether your move is small or large, long or short, Movers.com can recommend a moving service for you. If you're moving out of the country, start by getting a free quote on international moving services.

Finding an international moving company is probably one of the biggest obstacles you'll have to face when moving overseas. It is a complex process that requires attention to strict customs rules and licensing. You'll need a company with a Freight Forwarder Permit and a Federal Maritime Commission Number – you should make sure you have an in-depth conversation with your potential mover on what the company specializes in and what countries it has experience with in terms of moving people's goods.

What will it cost me?

No matter which way you look at it, an international move of any kind is going to cost you more money than a local or long distance move. You're probably looking at somewhere between $2,000 and $6,000 (minimum) depending on the size of your shipment.

Moving from the United States to Puerto Rico varies considerably in cost, and is usually based on the cubic feet of your belongings being shipped and your arrival time. You'll have to consider the value of your goods and decide whether or not it is worth the investment to ship. Some would rather sell everything and buy new items once they reach their new country, because it is sometimes much more cost-effective.

Keep in mind, since Puerto Rico is under jurisdiction of the United States Customs, if you are a U.S. citizen, some taxes and duties may not apply. Be sure to double check with your international moving company and get to know exactly what documents are needed for your move to Puerto Rico.

Thank you again for visiting, and good luck with your move!

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