Stress-Free Overseas Moving in
Fort Lauderdale

Decades of international moving expertise. Since 1952, Fort Lauderdale residents have been relying on the expert overseas moving services from Suddath®, a trusted partner for local, long-distance and international moves for Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

Voted best international mover. Suddath is a proven industry leader with over 16,000 international moves each year, and has been recognized over five times as an EMMA winner for International Moving Company of the Year, an award that celebrates the innovation, hard work and best-practice culture that Suddath strives for in the international mobility space.

When planning a move abroad to or from Fort Lauderdale, you will be assisted by a dedicated international move counselor who oversees every aspect of your move. From pre-move surveys, quotes and contracts to specific international moving services such as document and customs preparation and coordinating overseas freight shipping, Suddath ensures a stress-free move during an exciting international relocation.

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Planning and Packing for International Moves

For international moves, planning should commence as soon as possible and typically begins with a survey of your residence and all its belongings. With an in-depth review, either in-person or virtually via an electronic device, Suddath will devise a comprehensive move plan. A packing solution can be selected, whether full-service, partial or DIY, using international-specific techniques and materials, to ensure your belongings safely and securely arrive at your new destination

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Document Preparation

When you are relocating to or from Fort Lauderdale across international borders, there is essential information that needs to be collected and tracked throughout the process to ensure for a seamless move abroad. Pre-move surveys, itemized inventory lists, freight plans and more, must be administered and your dedicated Suddath coordinator will assist with preparing all necessary documentation.

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Customs Preparation

Suddath aims for transparency and visibility into all aspects of your international move, especially as it pertains to customs clearances for your belongings. Our 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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Shipping Overseas

There are many options for transporting your belongings during an international move to or from the Fort Lauderdale area. Issues like container needs based on volume, the travel route, proximity to and cost of land, sea or air transportation, all factor into a comprehensive freight plan for your overseas move. Your Suddath international move counselor has access to the latest tech tools, like our Global Move Management Software (GMMS) platform, to help estimate, inventory, and track your items so as they are being moved to a new destination, the details are readily available for your peace of mind.

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Transporting Vehicles Abroad

We have long-standing partnerships with premier providers that assist with transporting vehicles abroad, all the while following the same high standards of quality that Suddath demands for its customers.

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Moving a Boat

A boat is a big-ticket item and is often part of a move going to or from the South Florida region. As you plan for your move abroad, ensure that your boat will be safely relocated by working with Suddath and our trusted partners.

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Relocating Pets

Moving pets globally requires careful planning to reduce stress on your pet. By leveraging Suddath’s long-standing relationship with reputable pet relocation specialists, you can be confident that your pet’s move will be a smooth process.

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Custom Crating

In some instances, even when shipping internationally, special containers may be required because of shape, size, fragility, and more. Our experts will design and craft custom-built containers or crates to get the job done.

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Fort Lauderdale International Mover 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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