Charlotte’s Top International Mover

Charlotte’s top international mover. As the fifth-fastest growing city among major cities in the U.S, Charlotte, North Carolina has become a hub of industry and Suddath® has been supporting its residents’ moving needs, including overseas, for over a decade.  A five-time EMMA winner for International Moving Company of the Year, Suddath is a proven industry leader in moving procedures, storage solutions and logistics with over 16,000 international and 54,000 domestic moves each year. 

International moving services customized to you. Our moving team in Charlotte manages almost any moving scenario, including international moves to and from the Charlotte metro, using quality procedures and highly-trained staff. Our crews are background checked and fully trained in our own, industry-leading Suddath University training program. Your move will be overseen by a dedicated international move counselor who will provide fast and accurate estimates, detailed moving plans and specialized services unique to moves abroad. 

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Document Preparation

A move requires careful planning and preparation but can be more complex when you are relocating across international borders. The process begins with a thorough assessment of your home via an in-person survey or virtual walk-through using an electronic device. Particularly for international moves, contents of the home must be accounted for size, weight, shape and more so that the proper transport methods like air, water or road are determined well in advance.

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International Packing Solutions

Our team provides top quality packing solutions that can be customized for each international move. With our full-service packing option, we pack all the belongings in your home and give you more free time to prepare for life in a new international location. Packages for partial packing and DIY offer some cost-conscious alternatives that will fit any budget.

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Inventory Preparation

Preparing for customs doesn’t have to be a tedious process when embarking on an international move to or from Charlotte. Our Suddath experts will assist with gathering all the necessary materials so that you are prepared for any regulations you may encounter at your new destination. Certifications such as Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) ensure that Suddath international movers are knowledgeable and following all compliance and security measures to the high standards expected of US Customs and Border Protection.

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Freight and Overseas Shipping

When moving overseas to or from Charlotte, it is important to explore all shipping options for the most cost-effective and efficient move plan. Distance, travel routes, types of belongings being shipped and more will determine the best method, whether it be air, ocean, ground transport or even a combination of any available option. Your Suddath coordinator will work with you to generate a comprehensive freight solution, and with the use of cutting-edge technology like our Global Move Management Software (GMMS) platform, all aspects of transport are updated and readily available throughout the move.

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Moving with Pets

Suddath takes every step to ensure your pet has the highest level of care during your move. We have long-standing relationships with organizations who specialize in providing a smooth pet relocation process. A helpful moving with pets checklist is a great way to start outlining next steps.

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Custom Crating

When planning an international move, Suddath offers multiple ways to pack belongings, particularly for unique, and often valuable, items. If standard packing is not a great fit, consider a custom-tailored crating solution to safely and securely transport your items to your new home.

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Boat Relocation

As you embark on your international move, ensure that your boat or other water vessel will be safely relocated to your new destination. Moving a boat internationally requires careful planning, specialized equipment and expertise.

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Vehicle Transport Services

Early planning to transport your vehicles will ensure that your mode of transportation will be available at your destination from Charlotte. We provide timely options for moving your vehicle or motorcycle through our valued partners.

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Charlotte International Moving FAQ

How far in advance should I plan my international move?

Try to book a moving company at least 10 to 12 weeks before your international move date. Remember, overseas moving companies are in especially high demand during the summer months.

Should I insure my items for an international move?

Purchasing a comprehensive international moving insurance policy to protect your goods during transit is highly recommended. Extreme care is taken when packing, loading and moving your items to your new location, however accidents do happen.

A good policy should cover your door-to-door for full replacement value at destination. This value is based on your assessment of what your items would cost to replace. Inquire with your Suddath move coordinator, as we can help facilitate international moving insurance.

What is a high value inventory form?

A high value inventory form is an insurance company form where an individual item, pair or set in excess of $3,000 (or whatever the individual insurance policy dictates) is specifically identified for coverage during the international move.

Can you help me move my pets internationally?

Yes, we can move your pet. Suddath coordinates with various specialist pet relocation companies that provide a quality relocation service for your furry family members. Allow extra time for vaccinations, health certificates, chips, etc. as every country is different and some may require quarantine. Suddath can provide all this information, just allow extra time. With pets, sometimes six months or more of planning is required in advance of packing for an international move.

Can Suddath move my car across borders?

Yes, we can arrange auto transport services and vehicle transport services. It’s as simple as providing your Suddath move coordinator with the year, make and model of the vehicle. From there, we can check to ensure your car is authorized and allowed to be shipped to your country of destination, secure a vehicle transport quote and advise you of your costs and regulations. One thing to remember—don’t leave personal items in your vehicle. It needs to be empty of everything other than the standard items it came with from the dealership when first purchased.

Can I choose any day to pack/load items?

Your goods can be moved on any date you choose. Weekdays are best, as there can be additional costs associated with weekend or holiday moves. Try to plan accordingly and work closely with your move coordinator for more ideas on how to avoid additional costs, and please note that some countries require two weeks or more to secure an international shipping container.

The delivery date at destination will depend on the size of your shipment, sailing schedules of the steamship lines between ports and finally, customs clearance procedures and the destination agent’s availability. Once a pack date is determined at origin, estimated transit time will be calculated and advised.

What if you break something during my overseas move?

Suddath takes many precautions and train our teams with certified international packing standards to ensure your belongings arrive on time and without damage. However, our claims team is here to start the settlement process in the unlikely event that something gets damaged during your international move. Your agreed upon insurance coverage will determine the settlement for any potential claims The claims filing process can be easily completed online.

How much does it cost to move internationally?

Move cost is determined based on weight/volume. There are many factors that go into determining the cost of your move abroad, but the weight of your items is the biggest.

Other factors that might influence cost are:

• Specialized moving services that may be required
• If any of your items need custom crating
• Shipment destination
• Specialized access needs

Your move coordinator can discuss these costs with you and determine if there are any factors that would put additional cost onto your move.

What items can’t be shipped internationally?

There are some general items that cannot be shipped, international or otherwise. For example, plants, paint cans or ammunition, to name a few. Make sure you understand what cannot be shipped ahead of time and speak with your Suddath move coordinator for any items that may be specific to the country or region you are relocating to. For example, places like Australia, Singapore and China have stricter rules than others, and ignoring these rules can create delays at customs or even hefty fines.

Do I pay duties & taxes on my international move?

It depends on where you are moving. In most countries, if you have owned items for more than six months, or sometimes a year, you do not. However, some countries have different rules for expats vs returning nationals. Your Suddath move coordinator will provide specific, up-to-date customs regulations for your country of destination.

Do I pay state sales tax on my international move?

As this is considered an international service, you do not pay local state taxes on your expatriate move if it is out of the United States. Your Suddath move coordinator will provide additional information on the overseas moving process and rules at your country of destination, to help you understand if you will be subject to any taxes or fees in your country of origin or destination.

Can I store my household goods overseas?

Yes. Suddath has a network of trusted, accredited partners with approved household goods storage facilities around the world. Your household goods can be held for just a few days or as long as you need.

How can I track my international move online?

As a true, specialized international moving company, Suddath provides password protected access to our online tracking system to view the status of you move.

Tracking your overseas move online is something to help you feel at ease with the status of your move at any one time but is of course only part of a personalized experience. Your Suddath move coordinator will keep you fully up-to-date with key milestones and you will be proactively prompted to complete all tasks required for a seamless experience.

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