We spoke to Seven Seas Worldwide’s relocation expert Michael Spicer who provided a rundown of the five things to avoid when shipping items abroad.
The following tips are ways in which you can reduce the stress of moving abroad by side-stepping potential disasters. We can’t promise we’ll eliminate all stress, but we’ll certainly give it a go.
Make sure everything is in place with your new country so there are no nasty surprises after your initial arrival.
Check for any visa, tax and insurance obligations. And ensure you know where you stand with your driving licence. Are you required to take any further tests?
Never ever leave anything till the last minute, particularly packing boxes. If you pack a box without the necessary forethought and planning, you stand a greater chance of the items within that box breaking.
Always pack an ‘emergency box’ that contains all the essential items you need the moment you arrive at your new address. This will eradicate the need to unpack every box to locate what you need and consequently causing a chaotic mess.
This emergency box will contain tea and coffee making facilities, paracetamol and other medicines, toiletries, basic tools, kitchen utensils and anything else you think you may need as soon as you put the key in your new property.
The biggest cause of delays and fines is packing prohibited or restricted items. Check every item before you pack it and if you are unsure about an item, simply check online; there are endless pages of information about what customs officials do NOT want to see passing through their x-ray machines.
An effective way of dodging the hazards of moving abroad is to check in with Seven Seas Worldwide! We provide a comprehensive shipping network that will help you move your items door-to-door, supervising your shipment from A to B. We provide free boxes and packing materials, free storage options and a team of experts operating 24/7 to assist you at every stage of your journey.
For more information about making moving day as smooth a process as possible, check out the website www.sevenseasworldwide.com/en-za/ or call a member of the team.
Also read: Five tips to save you money on shipping