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Should we pack for an international move to Costa Rica ourselves?

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Asked by Henry

August 21, 2014 under International Moving

Will there be a problem with customs if we pack ourselves? Should we use plastic bins instead of card board.


Answered by Jenna Farmer

August 21, 2014

Hello, thank you for coming to Movers.com to find an answer to your international moving question. I will be happy to help! 

When it comes to moving overseas, every country has a different set of rules and regulations when it comes to clearing shipments through Customs. Many countries do not accept any shipment that has cartons 'PBO,' or 'Packed By Owner.'

Packing for your move to Costa Rica

While packing your own goods is not prohibited when it comes to clearing Customs in Costa Rica based on the most current regulations information (though you should still confirm that with your Destination Agent), it is not advised or encouraged. You will still need to hire an international moving company or a freight forwarder to get your containers overseas to Costa Rica, and if that company does not pack your items for you, under most circumstances, they will not be held responsible for any loss or damage during shipment. 

Additionally, international moving services have trained professionals who will use the proper techniques and correct materials for packing an overseas shipment. Some countries have very specific rules about the types of containers that can be imported, too (for example, some countries do not allow wood crates unless they have been fumigated), so it would be best to leave it up to the professionals who have experience in such matters. 

When you consider any international moving company for hire, make sure you discuss insurance options for your shipment, so you are thoroughly covered in case of any mishap.  

Hiring international movers  

If you aren't sure where to start looking for international moving companies, you can fill out the quote form  on our website, and up to seven qualified movers in your area will contact you with free estimates!

Good luck with your move to Costa Rica, and thanks again for visiting!  

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