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Before an Overseas Move, Check on Customs Regulations

By Relocation.com Staff

Your mover knows best. When arranging an international move, let your movers deal with the packing process. Not only can they call on years of experience to properly wrap, package and prepare boxes for overseas shipment, they also know how to navigate the wild and wooly world of custom regulations.

It's important you know what you can and can't bring overseas with you.  

So before they get started, ask about the following:

  • Inquire about any restrictions on the amounts and types of goods you can bring overseas.Your mover will be able to provide you with detailed information.
  • Get in contact with the local embassy of the country you are moving to receive further information about the customs and requirements. They will be able to specifically assist you regarding what agriculture products or plants you are permitted to bring with you; certain plants carry insects and pests that have the ability to destroy valuable cash crops. So before you pack, learn your facts.
  • You may need to have certain documents with you before you can pass customs such as medical papers, insurance certificates or bills of sale.

Browse through the Customs Service's Internet site for further information or you can request a publication on international moving at:

U.S. Customs Service
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20229

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