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October is International Strategic Planning Month, and while many businesses take this time to review the results of their efforts to date and make plans for the future, as international movers we thought it would be a fitting time to talk about strategic planning for an overseas move. Whether relocating alone or moving your family abroad, planning is the key to a successful international relocation.

Although any long distance move requires advanced planning, moving to another country is much different from moving state to state in the U.S. You will need to prepare for the move months in advance to help ensure every detail is covered. You can find a handy 90-day checklist at Expat Info Desk to help get you started.

Tasks such as booking your flight and obtaining necessary travel documents are obvious, but there are also a host of other matters to consider. You will need to decide if you plan to sell or rent your current house and also arrange for housing in the country you are moving to. If you have school-aged children, you need to think about finding the right schools and preparing your children for an overseas move.Do you plan to relocate a family pet? Some countries will allow it, but may require a pet passport or have other requirements. Read about the international relocation of pets here or ask your move coordinator for advice.

Should you ship your car, or sell it and either buy one after moving or use public transportation? Before deciding, inquire about the cost of shipping your vehicle, consider its worth, and find out if public transportation is available where you are moving to.

Also be aware that many countries will not recognize your driver's license issued in the U.S. You may be able to temporarily use an international driver's license, but will need to obtain a local license as soon as possible if you will be driving.

Plan to leave any vegetables and fruit behind and give your household plants away. You cannot take them with you. If you intend to ship appliances, be aware that they may require modification.

You will also need to think about banking, tax obligations and other financial matters. The financial experts at HSBC offer tips and assistance here.

As you can see, a successful international move needs proper planning. One of your first steps should be to find a reliable mover that can provide door to door international relocation services. The right international mover will be able to handle a lot of the moving details for you and answer many of the questions you will have.

Chipman International welcomes the opportunity to assist with your relocation. If you are planning an international move, take a moment to request a free estimate without obligation and discover how our international relocation management team can help take the stress out of moving overseas. 

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