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How Can Living Abroad Make You Smarter?

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Feb 3, 2017 11:11:00 AM
It's no secret that the expat life has become increasingly popular. More and more people are either moving abroad for work, education, or otherwise simply for the sake of indulging in new experiences. Whatever the reason, living abroad can actually be incredibly beneficial, aside from just being fun and interesting. Here are a few reasons why living abroad can be a great mental workout. Improving your communication skills If you're moving abroad, there's a good chance you'll have to learn a new language. Not only can learning a foreign tongue increase you cognitive skills, but being a second-language speaker also forces you to rely on other methods of ... Read More

2016 Year-end Global Mobility Trends: A Corporate Perspective

Posted by Janet Turner on Jan 27, 2017 11:03:00 AM
Global mobility is becoming a more common facet of corporate business, and yet, it's anything but perfected. As the year comes to a close, it's important to look at what's driving corporate relocation trends and how companies can effectively maintain a candidate pool that aligns with these trends. BGRS's 2016 Global Mobility Trend Survey offers some insight into the year's emerging trends, especially those practiced by companies at the forefront of successful global mobility. Key areas of mobility management Moving into 2017, more and more companies are moving away from traditional models to improve global mobility management through five key areas of ... Read More

The World's Best Places to Retire Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jan 20, 2017 11:02:00 AM
Traveling the world is at the top of so many bucket lists that it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to live abroad each year. It's never too late to fulfill the dream of living in a foreign country, and if you're planning your retirement, the expatriate life is an easily attainable reality. All you need is the right freight forwarding service and a destination. If you're looking for the perfect place to spend your retirement, here are some of the best destinations the world has to offer. France If you have your heart set on retiring abroad but you can't afford the luxuries of Paris, France has a number of affordable ... Read More

6 Things Nobody Tells You About Moving Abroad

Posted by Janet Turner on Jan 12, 2017 11:01:00 AM
Living abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a person's life, but it can also be stressful. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to guide expats through a comfortable transition and a fulfilling time abroad. Here are some problems expats don’t always take into account, and how to deal with them. Language barriers can be hard to deal with The language barrier is an issue that becomes apparent to expats practically as soon as they land. Before even entering a new country, you will no doubt have to pass customs, after which you may need to find a cab, get some food or check into a hotel – all of which require conversation. Aside ... Read More

10 of the Best Cities for Expats in 2017

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Dec 26, 2016 4:00:00 PM
When considering moving abroad, it's important to choose the right destination. Not only should prospective expatriates look for a city in which they can enjoy themselves, but it's also essential to research cost of living, education, work opportunities and a number of other factors. Weighing all of these elements, here are some key destinations for expats.  Stockholm, Sweden  Stockholm is a charming city that has seen an insurmountable increase in economic growth over the past decade. With affordable suburban living and excellent public transportation, Sweden's political and economic core is ideal for expats looking to live comfortably.  Copenhagen, ... Read More

2016 Year-end Global Mobility Trends: Where Are Expats Going?

Posted by Janet Turner on Dec 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM
As global growth continues to push professional individuals across borders, expatriation becomes more and more common. With the year winding down, we can look at the changing environment for international business. Let's take a look at some of 2016's global mobility trends, focusing on where expats are going and what's driving that move. Top countries maintain their dominance According to BGRS's 21st Annual Global Mobility Trend Survey, the top international assignment destinations, which are listed below, have not changed since 2008. United States China United Kingdom Singapore Germany Emerging expat destinations The new trend in 2016 is the growing ... Read More

4 Essential Things Expats Should Do While Living Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Dec 12, 2016 11:01:00 AM
Moving abroad can be both exciting and challenging, but knowing what to do while you're abroad can make your experience as fulfilling as possible. Whether you're serving in the military, planning to retire or simply taking a year off, you'll want to take advantage of any opportunity you can while living abroad. Here are some things you should do to ensure a fulfilling and immersive experience abroad. Learn a New Language There's never a better time to start learning a new language than the present, and living in a foreign country is the quickest way to learn. While it may seem difficult to perform simple tasks such as asking for directions or ordering ... Read More

Personal Moves: 3 Common Questions about Freight Forwarding Services

Posted by Melissa Morr on Sep 21, 2016 2:00:00 PM
For most people, international or long-distance moves are not common occurrences. The first time that you need to make one of these moves is probably your first exposure to a freight forwarding service. If you're used to packing up all of your own things and throwing them in a truck to move, you may be wondering what to expect when dealing with a freight forwarding service for the first time. Don't worry, though, you're not the only one! To help you prepare for your move, here are some of the most common questions customers ask about freight forwarding services.  Can I Pack My Shipment Myself? Your shippers will need to see inside your packing boxes. ... Read More

The Ultimate Moving Checklist for Employee Relocation Assistance

Posted by Melissa Morr on Sep 12, 2016 12:48:10 PM
Check, check: as you coordinate an international move, are you sure that you have everything covered? If you're in the position of managing a move, you need to make sure that your employees feel as organized as possible so that they can settle in and get to work. A simple checklist can help employees make sure that they have everything they need to make their move run smoothly. Get Documents Ready Documents can take a long time to process, so get organized a few months in advance. What documents do you need to travel? Renew passports, get a visa if required, and find adoption certificates, marriage certificates, and medical records to make sure that ... Read More

2 Common Challenges HR Professionals Face with Corporate Relocations

Posted by Janet Turner on Sep 7, 2016 2:03:23 PM
Handling corporate relocations for your company is a big responsibility. You're tasked with doing what's best for your company while also making sure that the relocating employees -- and often their families as well -- are also happy, so that they can be effective workers. Managing all of that at once can be a delicate balancing act. Take a look at two of the common challenges that HR professional face with corporate locations, and find out what you can do to effectively meet those challenges. Selling Real Estate                           Selling a house isn't always easy, especially if you're in a hurry.  If the relocating employees are currently ... Read More

Tips for Writing the Perfect Corporate Relocation Offer Letter

Posted by Janet Turner on Aug 29, 2016 1:00:00 PM
While a verbal discussion of an upcoming relocation can give you a good idea of where your employee stands on the idea of relocating to a new area, it's still customary to send a formal relocation offer letter to the employee that you've chosen and allow them to accept or reject that offer. Sending just the right letter can increase the chances that your pick will accept the relocation offer and go into the move with all the information they need -- and a positive attitude -- about the coming changes. Following are some tips for writing the perfect corporate relocation offer letter. Make it personal  When you're writing the letter, let your employee ... Read More

Why You Should Consider Retiring Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Aug 17, 2016 1:00:00 PM
After spending the majority of your adult life working retirement is often seen as the grand opportunity to spend your time exploring aspects of life that work preoccupied you from exploring. Perhaps it has been a lifelong dream of yours to move abroad and live your life as an expatriate, or perhaps this is a new dream you have. Regardless, you’re going to need some navigation before taking off. Why retire abroad? There are plenty of reasons why folks decide that retiring abroad is the right decision for them. However, in the case you might need a little nudging, or perhaps solidarity in your decision, here are some main draws for people who choose a ... Read More

The Expert Expat - Your Guide to a Successful Relocation Abroad

Posted by Janet Turner on Aug 12, 2016 1:00:00 PM
Deciding to become an expat can be one of the most dizzying decisions a person can make. While an expat lifestyle is certainly exciting and rewarding, leaving the comfort of familiarity of your home country can be overwhelming.  You may find yourself flooded with a myriad of pressing questions and uncertainties that you would like answers and clarity to. The experts of the expat life can help shed some light on the complexities of uprooting your life to live in a new country. What is an Expat? An expat is an individual who is passionate about travel, new experiences, and living life to the fullest. With these traits, an expat is someone who is willing ... Read More

3 Common Challenges Expat Children Face (And How to Overcome Them)

Posted by Melissa Morr on Aug 8, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Deciding whether or not to move abroad when you have children comes with different challenges than just making the decision for yourself, or for you and a partner. On one hand, you probably realize what a unique and valuable experience living abroad can be for a child. On the other hand, you still have to worry about how well your child will adjust to the drastic change in their living circumstances. Once you've decided that the benefits of the move outweigh the drawbacks, you'll need to start looking into ways that you can help your child settle into their new environment and overcome the challenges of expat life. Here are some common challenges and ... Read More

4 Ways to Prepare if You're Using a Freight Forwarder for Your Move

Posted by Janet Turner on Aug 3, 2016 1:00:00 PM
Getting ready for a big move is always hectic, and if you're using a freight forwarder for the first time, you may not know quite what to expect. Working with a freight forwarder to have your items shipped long distance is a different matter from packing up your own things and loading up a moving truck. Knowing the guidelines to follow ahead of time can help you prepare properly and give you some peace of mind during this busy time. Take a look at some important tips to help you get ready for moving day when you're using a freight forwarder.  Packing If you do some packing ahead of time, you MUST leave the boxes open. The first thing that you need to ... Read More

3 Commonly Asked Questions about Government Shipments

Posted by Alyssa Lopez on Jul 27, 2016 1:00:00 PM
If this is your first time using a freight forwarding service for a government shipment, you may have some questions about how the process works. You're not the only one. Using a freight forwarder can be a little different than using other types of moving and shipping services, but once you're familiar with the process, you'll be pleased with the convenience and efficiency of the service. Following are answers to some commonly asked questions about using a freight forwarding service for government shipments. Should I Pack My Shipment Ahead of Time? Your freight forwarder's packing crew will make sure your items are packed safely for shipping. For ... Read More

Avoiding 3 Common International Shipping Errors

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 18, 2016 4:00:00 PM
When you're making an international move, planning how to ship your items from one country to another is not only a matter of extreme importance, it's also one of the more complicated things that you have to do. If you make a mistake, you could find yourself facing any number of different problems. Following are some common international shipping errors so you can take precautions to ensure that they don't happen to you. Inadequate Insurance                       You won't always be there to prevent an accident from occurring. One of the realities of shipping is that at some point, your items will be in a situation that you can't control. They may be ... Read More

What You Need to Know About Clearing Customs

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM
 When planning an international move, clearing customs is only one of many things that you have to worry about. However, if you've never had to go through customs before, and especially if you've never had to bring a whole household's worth of items through customs, then it may be something that's especially worrisome for you. To add to that, customs regulations vary by country, so even if you've traveled or moved internationally before, anything that you learned previously may not apply if you're moving to a different country than one you've previously traveled to. Luckily, your freight forwarder has experience navigating customs and will be able to ... Read More

Becoming a Londoner: What You Need to do to Settle in

Posted by Janet Turner on Jul 1, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Accepting a corporate relocation offer to work in a London-based branch of your company can seem like a dream come true. You'll get the incredible experience of living and working abroad, but in a city where you already speak the local language. You won't have any trouble reading the signs or conversing with people. How hard could it be to fit in? If this is what you're thinking, you're partially right -- London is a terrific city to live in, and many expats love it once they've had some time to adjust. However, that adjustment period may not be as easy as you might expect. Following are a few things that you need to know to make the transition easier ... Read More

2 Items that Require Special Attention for Shipment

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jun 27, 2016 1:30:00 PM
One of the things that makes long-distance moving such a complex chore is the fact that different items that you may need to move have to be handled in different ways. It's not just a question of making sure that your fragile items are all packed correctly - there are restrictions and requirements that affect whether you can ship certain household items to a new state or country and how you have to go about it. The last thing that you want is to find out too late that you can't bring something to your new home because you didn't make the proper preparations for shipping it. The following are two common items you may have around your home that have ... Read More

Marina Villatoro of TravelExperta.com Answers Questions About Raising a Family as an Expat

Posted by Marina Kuperman Villatoro on Jun 23, 2016 11:30:00 AM
Marina Kuperman Villatoro is the editor and founder of the family travel website, Travel Experta. She hopes to inspire families to travel and move internationally. Here, she offers her insight on moving abroad with your family and helping everyone adjust. Read on: Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background and interest in travel? I've been traveling since I was 3 months old. Cut to my adult life, I took off with a backpack traveling south from NYC. In Guatemala I met my husband and we moved to Costa Rica almost 15 years ago. We lived there for six years and moved to Guatemala where we have been living since. My first son was born ... Read More

3 Tips for Paring Down Your Clutter Before an International Move

Posted by Janet Turner on Jun 10, 2016 1:00:00 PM
When you're preparing for a big move, it's always a good idea to take the opportunity to get rid of some of the clutter that you've held onto for too long. This is even more important when you're making an international move. The cost of shipping your possessions overseas can be high, so the more you can lighten the load, the more money you'll be able to save. Plus, it will be a lot easier to unpack and set up your new place if you're not tripping over things that you didn't need to bring in the first place. Following are some tips for reducing your clutter before you make an international move. Break It Down Looking around at an entire house full of ... Read More

Local or International School vs. Online Learning: Which Option is Best for Your Expat Children?

Posted by Melissa Morr on Jun 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM
One of the fantastic things about living abroad is the chance to show your child the world. Unlike their peers who spend their formative years living only in their homeland, your child will develop ties to and an understanding of both their home country and any other countries you live in while they're growing up. This can give them a unique perspective on the world. However, raising children as an expat is not without its challenges, and school is one of the bigger hurdles. Take a look at what you need to know about your options for schooling your expat child. Local Schools One option you have is to enroll your child in one of the local schools in ... Read More

Overcoming Move-Related Stress: 3 Important Steps

Posted by Alyssa Lopez on Jun 3, 2016 10:30:00 AM
Let's face it – moving is hard, whether you're transitioning to a home around the block or relocating halfway around the world. And when you're about to embark on a work-related international move, stresses can pile on top of other stresses, leaving you emotionally drained just when you need to be strongest. Instead of letting your next corporate relocation eat you alive, follow these three important steps to overcome move-related stress. Communication First Whether you have a family moving with you or you'll be joining colleagues who have already relocated, you're likely not in this alone. Making communication your primary focus during every stage of ... Read More

3 Ways to Provide Support to an Employee Selling Their Home before a Corporate Relocation

Posted by Janet Turner on May 31, 2016 3:26:27 PM
When your company needs to transfer an employee, it's in your business's best interest to make certain that the transfer goes as smoothly as possible. After all, your employee will be most valuable in their new position and location if they aren't still dealing with the hassle of moving when they begin work. That's one of the reasons why it's important to work with an experienced relocation management company. However, selling your employee's home can remain a troublesome task, especially if the housing market in your area is not good. Take a look at some things your company can do to help support an employee through the home sales process so that ... Read More

How to Begin Exporting and Shipping Your Product the Right Way

Posted by Janet Turner on May 27, 2016 1:54:35 PM
  Making the decision to ship your product overseas can greatly expand your business profits. Yet when you decide to start exporting, you assume responsibility for properly preparing your items and handling all the shipping arrangements. Learn about common variables you will need to handle when exporting goods and how a freight forwarder can help.  What to Expect When Starting an Exporting Business Exporting businesses commonly rely on sales agents and foreign representatives to arrange the purchase and sale of goods. As you prepare for exports, the day when initial orders come in may seem far away. However, you must plan for this stage in advance. ... Read More

Importing 101 - A Beginners Guide to Importing Commercial Goods into the United States

Posted by Janet Turner on May 23, 2016 2:10:05 PM
Starting an importing business requires not only jumping into commerce basics, but navigating a regularly-changing list of rules for customs, shipping, and importing. Learn the basic steps to follow when importing goods into the U.S.  Importing Business 101 - The Basic Importing Process  If you want your imported goods to arrive on time, and avoid a tax penalty, then you need to know the right way to bring goods into the U.S. If you follow these basic steps, you cannot go wrong:  Partner with a U.S. customs broker and give them Limited Power of Attorney - This allows the broker to act as your agent in arranging the import. Get your documentation in ... Read More

Corporate Relocation: How to Find the Right Employee for the Job

Posted by Jackie Dennis on May 20, 2016 10:48:02 AM
Finding the right employee to relocate to a long-distance location isn't as simple as you might think. A promotion in your current location might only require identifying the employee with the most experience and seniority. However, while experience and seniority may be important factors to consider when identifying an employee to relocate, they aren't the only factors -- or even necessarily the most important factors -- that make an employee an ideal candidate for relocation. Following are some of the qualities that you will need to look for when choosing the perfect candidate for that important long-distance assignment. Ability to be Flexible Not ... Read More

Expecting the Unexpected: Proactive Move-Related Problem Solving

Posted by Janet Turner on May 16, 2016 11:00:00 AM
Expecting the Unexpected: Proactive Move-Related Problem Solving Whether you've moved once before or a dozen times, each move can play out very differently from the last and lead to problems you've perhaps never before experienced. Use this guide to thoroughly assess your next move and root out problems before they arise. By expecting the unexpected, you can proactively ensure that your move carries on seamlessly. Costs, Costs and More Costs While your moving company will do its best to give accurate quotes, costs can often increase as the work involved with your relocation moves forward. Here are just a few areas where move costs can increase: ... Read More

3 Tips for Building a Successful Employee Relocation Program

Posted by Janet Turner on May 14, 2016 3:00:00 PM
A business expansion is always exciting. It means that the hard work you've been doing is paying off, and your company is ready to broaden its horizons. However, that comes with its own set of challenges, especially when you're looking at expanding long distance or overseas. One important challenge is relocating employees who will be responsible for various operations at the new locations. Long-distance and overseas relocations are tricky, and it's important to have a solid program in place to ensure that they're done correctly. Take a look at some features you'll want to incorporate in your new employee relocation program. Support for Local ... Read More

How to Minimize Culture Shock When Relocating Internationally

Posted by Melissa Morr on May 13, 2016 2:37:47 PM
Culture shock is more than just feeling homesick for your old home and your old country. It's also the feeling of disorientation that comes from suddenly needing to find your way in an unfamiliar cultural environment. At times, you may wish that you had never moved, you may feel angry at your new environment for not being what you're used to, or you may feel disappointed in yourself for not finding a way to fit in more quickly. Following are some things that you can do to minimize the stress and discomfort of culture shock in your new home. Make Connections Loneliness will exacerbate feelings of disconnection and disorientation in your new ... Read More

How to Keep Moving Costs to a Minimum When Relocating Employees

Posted by Janet Turner on May 9, 2016 4:29:35 PM
Moving key personnel to a new location is an enormous undertaking. Corporate relocation services coordinate the fine art of minimizing legal, logistical and financial issues while ensuring that the overall move is accomplished successfully. As an HR manager, you'll be looking for a company that sets a high bar for service for its corporate clients. Use this best practices guide as you work to keep costs and timelines reasonable while seamlessly transferring employees to their new location. Single Point of Contact Imagine the frustration you'd face by having to speak with a different person each time you discuss your employee's international move. ... Read More

Plan At least 3 Month Ahead With Our International Moving Checklist

Posted by Janet Turner on May 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM
There is a lot involved when thinking about how to move internationally. Here is a checklist to ease the stress and get you ready for the big move: 2-3 Months Prior Decide what to do with your current housing: rent out, sell, or terminate lease Obtain original copies of important documents, i.e., passports, driving license, birth certificate, wedding certificate, school report, work references and medical reports. Contact the Embassy for all permits required at destination, such as work permits, residency permits, etc. Give notice to your child’s school and request school reports. Check on the quarantine laws regarding taking pets to your new ... Read More

Relocating Abroad? – 5 Tips for Selecting an Approved Freight Forwarder

Posted by Jackie Dennis on May 6, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Moving overseas can be a pressure cooker. There are so many things to organize. Whether you are changing residences, shipped abroad for Military purposes, or opening a new corporate branch in another country, the considerations seem almost endless. One of the smartest things you can do is contact an approved freight forwarder. They are the experts in all things "international" and can help you to put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Your choice of a household goods freight forwarder should be based on the following criteria: Longstanding reputation of handling personal and corporate effects Recognized certification Experience in the proper ... Read More

How to Pack and Move Your Office: Expert Tips for International Employee Relocation

Posted by Janet Turner on May 5, 2016 11:22:20 AM
Moving your office overseas is an exciting venture for any individual. But it is also complex, especially when you consider the minutiae of a global move. In addition to preparing for a location change, you are required to round up the necessary documentation and visas, coordinate logistics, and prepare for potential reorganization. Relocating can be demanding—but it doesn’t have to be impossible. To help prepare for an efficient move, consider the following office move checklist. Plan & Prepare One of the most important aspects of any move is setting realistic expectations. As part of the planning process the freight forwarder will answer any ... Read More

Tips to Keep Children/Pets Safe, Excited, and Involved When Moving Abroad

Posted by Lorena Brockman on May 3, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Lorena Brockman is a blogger for JennsBlahBlahBlog.com and has notable know-how in blogging, travel, fashion, and has been deemed "Greatest Auntie Ever" by many. To learn more about Lorena, visit her company's blog at JennsBlahBlahBlog.com. Moving is a big step and takes planning and action. Moving abroad can be even more challenging for families including children and pets. There are things that need to be taken care of before even stepping foot in another country. Being informed and ready for the move will make the transition easier, and there are ways to make it exciting for pets and children. Following are some tips to keep children and pets safe, ... Read More

Moving? 4 Apps Just For That

Posted by Melissa Morr on May 2, 2016 11:21:00 AM
There are apps for just about everything these days. If you have an iPhone, Smartphone, Android or other compatible devices, you can download literally thousands of apps for finding anything around the world. Of course, entertainment apps are hugely popular but those apps that make our lives easier and more organized can be invaluable. For the past number of decades, industries have been striving to establish a global presence. As such, employee relocations are increasing daily, not to mention retirees who are looking for a resort type lifestyle to leave the cold winters behind. Today, there are many apps that can help you plan your relocation from ... Read More

PCS Move - 6 Packing Tips To Help Reduce Damage Claims

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Apr 30, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Once you receive the PCS notice, you can exhaust the usual moving resources: base transportation office, family center at new base, housing office, finance office, chaplain's office, spousal support, and lots of brochures. But getting ready and working through the move can seem overwhelming, no matter how often you are called on to do it. Here are some tips. Think forward. Preparation reduces panic. For example, assemble all your documents in two 3-ring binders. One is for the security of all papers - orders, birth certificates, banking info, contracts, warranties, and so on. The other is for property-related records. Colored dividers can separate ... Read More

3 Tips that Can Help As You Learn a New Language

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 28, 2016 5:00:00 PM
Take your language skills for a spin - use them to shop or order food. It's considered common wisdom that the best way to learn a new language is to immerse yourself in it, by spending time in a location where that language is widely spoken. But if you're getting ready to move to a country where your first language is not the primary language, you may find yourself wondering just what that really means? In practical terms, how are you going to learn a new language when most of the people around you don't speak your language? Following are some concrete tips that can help you learn your new language. Learn With a Partner Having someone to work with you ... Read More

5 Steps for Seniors Planning to Spend Retirement in a New Country

Posted by Stephan Baldwin on Apr 27, 2016 1:03:00 PM
Stephan Baldwin is the Director of Business Development for www.AssistedLivingCenter.com, an online resource for senior living communities. Many people believe you have to be rich to live overseas, but did you know you could retire and live comfortably on around $1,000-$2,000 a month in over 100 countries?  Moving overseas is an exciting and surprisingly affordable way to spend retirement. It's very doable for those who wish to add some adventure to retirement, but there are several things you must plan for and consider. 5 Steps to Plan Your Overseas Move First, take the time to thoroughly investigate recommended countries. Useful resources include ... Read More

Is a Freight Forwarding Service Necessary for Your Next International Move?

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 26, 2016 2:00:00 PM
  People are constantly on the move in today's global society. It can be quite daunting to prepare for a challenging career promotion that involves a long-distance or even international move. Worrying about the logistics of a move only adds more stress to an already difficult time. It's more than just renting a truck Moving internationally or across the country from Point A to Point B involves a great deal more strategy and steps than the average consumer realizes. When it comes to International, the safest, most economical route must first be plotted utilizing air, land, or sea cargo carriers. These safest modes are determined by calculating volume, ... Read More

Americans Overseas: The Growing Expat Community

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 26, 2016 10:00:12 AM
Global mobility trends show that more than three million Americans annually choose to move from the US mainland to a wide variety of countries around the world. Although that figure only represents a measly 1 percent of the overall US population, three million individuals is still a significant number of people. Although data shows that some of these people were sent overseas as a part of the armed forces, or as a retirement-based decision, many expat Americans move to other countries because of their civilian employment. n fact, because the US Census Bureau does not specifically track expatriates, the three million figure may only represent half of ... Read More

3 Great Websites For Checking Moving Company Reviews

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 24, 2016 11:00:00 AM
 Relocating overseas is a very exciting but very intimidating venture. International freight forwarders who specialize in moving household goods can reduce a lot of the anxiety associated with moving. But when hiring an international mover, it's important to seek detailed quotations that include a full description of the various service options they offer. Choosing a Reputable Household Goods Mover Most freight forwarders have websites where you can view their services and a description of the company on the "about us" page.  You may also find a few testimonials from previous customers,  but really there's no way to contact that customer for a ... Read More

Hiring a Professional Overseas Mover or Moving DIY – It’s Not Just a Toss of a Coin

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 22, 2016 10:13:00 AM
Whether you’re arranging a corporate relocation, moving to a new country, or returning to your native nation, the intricacies of coordinating such a move are tremendous. People relocating overseas have to choose between hiring a certified IMA (International Movers Association) household goods freight forwarder and taking it on themselves. Here are a few pros and cons for each scenario. DIY Household Goods Shipments If you have the time, you can pack your goods, arrange for insurance, hire pick-up and delivery companies in the respective countries, and make your customs declarations for both export and import. Cons There’s an incredible amount of ... Read More

Avoid the Hassle of Insurance Claims With These 5 Proactive Tips

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Apr 21, 2016 3:00:00 PM
Shipping household goods overseas is not a perfect science. Most shipments arrive without hassle, especially when you engage a certified IMA (International Movers Association) member to coordinate the movement. But one of the biggest contributors to customer dissatisfaction is having their goods arrive in damaged condition or just plain missing. It doesn’t happen often, but it happens. So how do you go about obtaining compensation in such instances? Here are 5 tips that can make your life easier should you have to file a claim for your personal effects. Inventory – Create a detailed list of all items being shipped including furniture, clothing, art ... Read More

3 Tips to Make Relocating Easier on Your Children

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 20, 2016 10:04:07 AM
Moving can be a difficult prospect for anyone. Adjusting to a new home, new community, and new people is a challenging process. But it is often hardest on children, who may not easily understand the benefits that come along with the move. A move that has to be accomplished quickly, like a military relocation or a sudden job transfer, can be the most difficult of all. For a child who has no say in the matter, such a move can feel like an arbitrary and unfair burden, as well as a disorienting change. No parent wants to see their child struggle with the fallout of a move, but it can be difficult to know how to make it easier on them. The following are ... Read More

International Origin and Destination Services for Moving Household Goods

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 17, 2016 11:15:00 AM
After you've pledged to take the international relocation plunge, it's important to know about all of the services offered at both origin and destination. It’s not as simple as "Here are my effects so ship them to my new residence." You need to engage the services of an international freight forwarding company that specializes in moving your household goods to a foreign destination. Any time you cross an international border, there are strict compliance issues that must be met. The average person will have trouble figuring out customs issues, shipping regulations and the most economical routing for your relocation. A trusted international mover knows ... Read More

Shipping your Personal Vehicle Overseas

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 16, 2016 10:33:00 AM
You’re getting ready to organize your personal effects shipment overseas and have inventoried all of your household goods. An international freight forwarder has visited your residence to provide an estimate and routing advice to dispatch your goods so they’re available to collect when you arrive in your new country. But what about your vehicle? Some people may choose to sell their vehicle locally and purchase a new one at destination. Others may insist that their car or truck be shipped along with their household goods. Perhaps you own a classic car and can’t entertain the thought of selling it. In any case, you have several things to consider before ... Read More

Relocation Regulations You Need to Know if You're Coordinating an Employee Move

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 15, 2016 11:00:00 AM
When you're the person handling the details of employee relocation for your company, there are a lot of things that you need to know and keep straight. It's a big job. Along with your company's internal policies regarding relocation, you need to be aware of federal regulations -- for instance, how do the moving expenses affect your employee's and your company's tax situations? There's a lot to think about. Following are a few of the things that you'll need to keep in mind. Moving Expenses are Income Is it your company's practice to pay a relocating employee a lump sum bonus to incentivize relocation and help with expenses? If so, you should know that ... Read More

A Guide to Corporate Relocation Incentives

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 14, 2016 4:00:00 PM
When your business is expanding, you need the best employees in your new locations, helping to get things off the ground and ensure that everything is running smoothly. Sometimes that means transferring some of your trusted employees at your current location to the new site. However, while some employees are thrilled to make the change, others aren't looking forward to packing up and moving to a whole new city, state, or even country. When that's the case, a relocation incentive can help make the deal a little sweeter for those employees. Following are a few things that you need to know about relocation incentives. What Are Incentives? A relocation ... Read More

How to Minimize the Stress of Relocating Abroad

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Apr 13, 2016 11:26:00 AM
Moving is never easy, even if you're just moving from one home to another locally. However, relocating to a place far away from your family, friends, and familiar sights can take moving stress to a whole new level. Now you not only have the usual worries of packing up neatly and transporting your possessions in one piece to your new home, but also the stress that comes with leaving your comfort zone and your loved ones for new horizons. While your move will certainly be a new adventure and you may be very excited about it, it's okay if you're also a little nervous. Here are some tips that can help you keep your stress levels under control. Lighten ... Read More

What to Expect Upon Arrival at Freight Destination

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Once your household goods depart for export, you may think that the most stressful work has been done. But sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise at the port of destination. Leading up to the shipment, you’re in constant communication with your international freight forwarding company. But, after your goods arrive, that comfort zone can seem to disappear—unless your mover has a reliable agent at the port of destination. Or, if your goods arrive before you do, your absence can lead to delays and added costs. Plan your Arrival to Coincide with the Shipment Arrival Careful planning is essential when moving abroad. There are many considerations when ... Read More

How to Help Prepare Your Spouse of Partner For an International Move

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 10, 2016 11:10:00 AM
After dealing with the rush hour traffic that you just can’t wait to get through, you arrive home to greet your partner and give him/her the amazing news. You are busting at the seams because the excitement of being promoted to a top position in another country is just too much to contain. You can’t wait to tell your partner and expect the similar exciting feeling from them that you have in your heart. But it doesn’t always work that way. In this day and age, both partners are striving to advance their careers. Often times, children are involved and life is already hectic what with baseball games, dance class and other random events that require the ... Read More

5 Common Moving Mistakes to Avoid When Relocating Abroad

Posted by Melissa Morr on Apr 9, 2016 10:53:00 AM
Moving your home and family overseas really means that you are moving your lives to another country. It takes the utmost in planning, research, organization and decision making. The process can seem overwhelming at first but if you can avoid these international moving mistakes, your relocation can be made much simpler. Hiring a reputable international household goods mover is top priority. It’s not just a matter of opening the yellow pages and making a phone call. You can find movers online that are a member of the IMA (International Movers Association) and are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Considering any mover that does not ... Read More

Moving Pets Overseas - Reliable Pet Relocation

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 8, 2016 1:00:27 PM
Families relocate abroad all the time. Whether you're retired, relocating for business or a family with children, if you have a pet, the family is not complete without your beloved cat, dog, bird etc. A special bond has been formulated over the years that you hope will continue for many years to come. The requirements for entering your pet vary widely from country to country, so there are a number of issues to consider before putting your pet into the international shipping crate. Sometimes, pets could even be prohibited from entry. Families resort to placing them with other family members or putting them up for adoption prior to departure. Overseas ... Read More

Track and Trace Your International Shipment Worry-Free

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Apr 6, 2016 1:27:00 PM
Moving abroad or returning from a foreign country may seem like an arduous task. Anxiety increases for several reasons but usually the most anxious moments occur after your shipment of household goods has departed. You have made arrangements to obtain your possessions at a particular time and trust that the estimated time of arrival will be met. In most cases, your shipment will arrive intact and on time, but unfortunately there are times when shipments are delayed for any number of reasons. Consider that your shipment has to be collected from your residence and taken to the loading warehouse. Then it has to be booked on to an ocean vessel, cleared ... Read More

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Moving Household Goods Internationally

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 4, 2016 2:16:00 PM
Moving overseas can be a very stressful time. There are many things to consider, and one way to alleviate some of the stress is to create a checklist of things to do. Here are 10 FAQs that will get you started on the right path. Who Do I Contact to Get an Estimate? Check online for reputable international freight forwarding companies in your area. They should be a member of the IMA (International Movers Association) and the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Each have stringent customer service and regulatory conditions, so you know your possessions will be handled with the utmost care. Accept only an in-house survey by the mover in order to receive ... Read More

How to Make Your Military Move as Smooth as Possible

Posted by Janet Turner on Apr 1, 2016 11:33:00 AM
If you don't want it shipped, don't let it get boxed up! Being handed your PCS orders can be a source of instant stress. You may have heard rumors that the move was coming ahead of time, which means that you've had time to worry about it before you could actually start making plans. Now that you have the orders in your hands, you've got a limited amount of time to get the details in order, and you're in a tizzy trying to figure out where to start. Relax, breathe, make a cup of coffee, and take a look at some tips that can help ensure that your military relocation is as smooth as it can be. Make Your Labels Work for You Ensuring that the boxes are ... Read More

5 Documents You'll Need to Gather Before Moving Overseas

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 30, 2016 3:27:00 PM
When you're moving internationally, it's paperwork abounds. As you help your employees tame those piles of paper, which ones are particularly important? Before an international move, your employees must gather specific documents to make sure that it's easy to move overseas and live there once they've arrived. Take a look at these moving tips that outline the five essential documents that anyone must gather before an overseas move. 1. Passport A passport is the core document that anyone needs to visit or move internationally. Advise your employees to find their passport at least two months before they leave and make sure that the passports of all ... Read More

5 Reasons to Engage Logistics Companies For Supply Chain Optimization

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Mar 28, 2016 11:00:00 AM
Engage a Professional Logistics Company that Allows you to Focus on your Core Business Imagine that your roof is in need of repair. Or you have a package to send from the Midwest to the West Coast. Do you fix your roof yourself? Jump on a plane to Seattle to deliver your package. Probably not. That is why you partner with a professional with experience to solve your problems. Distributing goods in North America or across the globe is no different. Optimize your Supply Chain Your supply chain is probably the most integral part of your business after sales and marketing. You can make all the sales you want but if you can’t deliver your product or ... Read More

The Top Benefits of Using a Freight Forwarding Service for Your International Relocation

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 25, 2016 10:37:34 AM
Moving internationally is exciting, whether you're moving for business, to reconnect with family, or simply to fulfill a dream of living abroad. However, it's also an extremely complex process. There are a lot of things that you have to get just right in order to pull the move off. From making the arrangements for the legal documentation allowing you to work and live in your adopted country to the challenge of learning a new language or understanding a new culture, you'll have your work cut out for you. Moving your possessions and household goods abroad is another daunting challenge, but with the help of a freight forwarder service, that process can ... Read More

Control your International Relocation Costs with a Comprehensive Bid Document

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Mar 22, 2016 10:19:00 AM
Relocating employees to overseas destinations is part of the job for many corporate HR managers. Some choose to perform many of the international functions themselves in order to control expenses and save money. However, unless you’re experienced in arranging an international relocation, problem may arise that end up costing more. Household Goods Relocation Forwarders have many years of experience in these types of moves. So, if your budget and manpower isn’t sufficient to execute a successful move, you may want to consider a partnership with a reputable IMA (International Movers Association) professional. You will likely spend less money than you ... Read More

3 Ways to Tell You've Chosen a Reputable Freight Forwarder

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 21, 2016 10:05:51 AM
Choosing a freight forwarder to get your possessions from your old home to your new home is serious business. It can be tough to trust movers to pack up your items and move them just across town -- trusting a company to ship your items thousands of miles and have everything arrive in good condition is even more daunting. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't hire a freight forwarder, but you should know how to determine whether or not the service that you're working with is reliable and trustworthy. These steps can help you ensure that you're choosing a reputable freight forwarder to handle this important part of your move. Background Research Before ... Read More

The Most Economic Time of Year to Move Internationally

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 18, 2016 9:14:54 AM
Depending on the reason why you are moving internationally there are certain times of the year that can prove to be more cost effective and logistically convenient. If your upcoming move is a life choice, you would typically have the flexibility to move in non-peak seasons. However, if yours is a business commitment or a military transfer, your choices may be limited. When is the Right Time to Move? It would be nice to throw the dart into a calendar and proclaim that as your moving date. However there are so many factors that may apply to you that would compel you to carefully plan a particular time of year to move. On the other hand, you may be empty ... Read More

5 Questions to Ask Prospective Freight Forwarder Services

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Mar 16, 2016 4:08:23 PM
Choosing a service to move your possessions from one location to another is always a delicate business. This is true even if you're just hiring someone to drive a moving van a few miles away. When you're moving a long distance and your household items will need to be shipped separately, it's even more important to be sure that you can trust the people that are going to be responsible for getting your goods from Point A to Point B. Take a look at some questions that you should be asking prospective freight forwarder services you're considering before hiring them to move your valuables. Do They Handle This Type of Shipment? First of all, you need to be ... Read More

Thought Leader Series: 5 Questions to Ask Before Relocating for a Job

Posted by Lorena Brockman on Mar 14, 2016 3:55:49 PM
Finding a new career is a huge accomplishment. Being given the opportunity to move, work, and live overseas with that career is exhilarating. It's a huge step that takes a lot of planning and consideration. It isn't as easy as buying a ticket, packing, and finding a place to live. There's more complexity; ask yourself these five questions before moving abroad for your job. 1. Will you make enough money? Heading overseas is a great move, but how comfortably will you be able to live? With any kind of move, the cost of living changes. A good idea is to research the cost of living of the new location in reference to your current residency. The exchange ... Read More

Planning an International Move? Here's How to Start

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 9, 2016 5:17:28 PM
The decision to move internationally is bigger than just moving across town, or even moving across the country. Living abroad, whether permanently or just for a few years, can be a life changing experience. However, it can also be a paralyzing decision. Once you've made up your mind to go, you'll want to get started on your plans right away. Making a plan and putting it into motion can help you feel more confident and in control of your decision. International moves take a long time and a lot of work, so there's no such thing as starting too early. Here are a few things you can do to get the ball rolling. Make a Checklist There are so many things that ... Read More

7 Step Process to Moving Abroad {Infographic}

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 9, 2016 3:20:55 PM
Have you ever wondered what a freight forwarder actually does? In this infographic, you will learn who they move and how they get it done. Read More

6 Step Process For Your Next International Move

Posted by Jackie Dennis on Mar 9, 2016 3:12:23 PM
What an International Move with a Freight Forwarder Looks like Freight forwarding companies serve as intermediaries between the individual or organization arranging the move and the shipping companies that actually move the goods. The value freight forwarders bring to their clients comesnot just from their familiarity with the import and export laws of the various regions they serve, but also from the negotiating leverage they have when dealing with shipping companies, which is based on the high volume of business they bring in over the course of potentially very long-term partnerships. By contracting a freight forwarding company with global resources ... Read More

What is Freight Forwarding?

Posted by Janet Turner on Mar 9, 2016 3:06:24 PM
For you to understand what we do, you must be conversant with what freight forwarding is. The name is somewhat self-explanatory; freight forwarding is the coordination and shipping of commodities from one place to another using either a single or multiple carriers via marine, road, air, or rail. It's important to know that freight forwarding doesn't just operate freely (all freight forwarders should be licensed through the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)); it’s coordinated and regulated using best practices to ensure that we provide you with quality services that are offered in a timely and professional manner, whether across borders or overseas. ... Read More

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