How to Organise an International Move

When I moved to the UK a decade ago, I didn’t have to bring anything then two suitcases. It was a massive change in my life and probably the most important decision I’ve taken in my lifetime too.

I am just wondering what it would be like if I had to go for a full international moving process. If you’re going to make an international move and don’t know where to start, I can give you some tips so you can start organising it from the scratch.

Plan Ahead

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When we talk about moving abroad, one word comes to mind: bureaucracy. But it doesn’t need to be like this. Why not plan it a few months before?

Despite so many details and care to be taken, planning is the priority. Let’s go for the main steps and procedures of this process and understand what are the belongings that you may or may not take in an international move.


Transport is always a crucial part of all moving procedures. When you choose the company to deal with the transport, by air or sea, keep one thing in mind: always confirm what is included in the service.

There are always some “extra fees” included that you may not be aware of. It’s better to check first to avoid misunderstandings and extra expenses and unpleasant surprises.

The best advice here is to make a list and explain everything you need to then request a service with all taxes included. Also, Ask for these confirmations in writing and if possible, in the contract.

To pick up your cargo in the destination country you will need to have at hand the documents provided when dispatching the belongings. Keep them in your hands, as they are the guarantee that you will be able to recover your objects or receive compensation in case of loss or any accident with the load.

After your cargo has been released you can start the last process, which is the road transport of the cargo to the destination. Hire a specialized company so you don’t get stressed after hours travelling.

The ideal is always finding a stress-free and reliable company such as Darlington removals. The services are tailored to suit your needs and expectations.

 Do’s and Don’ts List

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It’s quite important to understand that you probably won’t be able to take EVERYTHING you want to take with you. So, why not start to declutter before start packing for a move? Then, you know exactly what will be with you, going to be donated for charity, friends, or family.

The next step is understanding what is legally able to be taken with you when you are moving to another country. It will depend on the laws of that specific country.

For example, under no circumstances can you bring food or beverages in large quantities to another country. In fact, some countries have very strict rules on this. If you do not want to have your luggage retained and delay your trip, avoid taking this kind of thing.

It’s important to sort in advance the procedures that are necessary to follow when it comes to pets as well. If you take their pets with you, it’s perfectly fine. The only concern you need to have is with the documentation of the animal that needs to be up to date, in addition to all the required vaccines.

Large Equipment

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You can take electronic equipment and devices when you are moving abroad. However, you cannot dispatch excess items, that is, everything you take must be for your own use and not characterise illegal trade.

For example, it would be considered a bit suspicious to dispatch 10 computers or six televisions, even if you are moving with a large family. Use common sense to make your move in a quite smooth way, and start enjoying a new life in the country you choose to call it home.

*This is a collaborative post.

Simone Ribeiro
Hi! I'm Simone, a citizen of Britain, where I live for over a decade, and of Brazil, where I was born. Midlands Traveller is where I combine my passion for travelling, business and an Eco-friendly lifestyle.