Houston’s Leading International Mover

Moving Houston’s residents internationally for over 40 years. With over 16,000 international and 54,000 domestic moves each year, Suddath® is a proven industry leader in moving and storage. We are a leader in moving people across the globe using our long-standing relationships with international partners ensure a smooth transition to even the farthest destinations.

Our Houston international moving company is skilled at making international moves originating to and from Houston go smoothly so you can focus on your destination. As a bustling Texan city, Houston is a prime location for overseas relocations, and Suddath’s experience can’t be matched. We work diligently to make the stresses of moving overseas disappear, using quality procedures and highly-trained staff who can expertly navigate customs requirements.

Houston’s leading international mover. As a five-time EMMA winner for International Moving Company of the Year, and with 100 years of overall international moving experience, Suddath exemplifies the innovation and best practices required for excellence in global relocation. You will work with an experienced move coordinator who thoroughly assess your moving needs and present you with a free, accurate moving estimate and a detailed outline for your move abroad.

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Inventory Preparations

When moving abroad one of the most critical steps is to comply with the customs process and different regulations for your new destination. With certifications such as Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), Suddath international movers are committed to following all compliance and security measures to the high standards expected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This certification and other expert steps taken by Suddath will help you in preparing your household inventory for international relocation.

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Document Preparation

There are many details to consider for an international move originating from Houston. Suddath provides helpful checklists for moving overseas, and a Suddath team member will thoroughly assess your document needs and during your home walkthrough, explain shipping regulations that may dictate how and what gets moved. Your dedicated Suddath coordinator will help prepare and organize all the documentation and procedures needed to make your international move from Houston as stress-free as possible.

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Packing and Storage Solutions

Suddath offers a selection of packing solutions to fit any budget and timing needs. Especially in international moves, time becomes a factor. There are many things to do and people to see before moving, and time may not be on your side. With our full-service packing option, our team packs all the belongings in your home which gives you more free time to prepare for life in a new international location. We also offer partial packing and DIY packing solutions that may help offset costs during the international moving process. Suddath can also assist you with any short- or long-term storage solution needs, if you won’t be taking everything with you overseas.

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Overseas Freight

For international moves, the way your belongings are transported will certainly vary depending on a lot of factors. Distance, waterways and potentially the lack of roads to an international destination, will all be considered as Suddath professionals plan a moving route that will potentially use a combination of land, sea and air shipping procedures to safely and securely move your belongings. Your Suddath coordinator will determine the best method for transporting these items, taking into consideration, weight, volume, destination, costs and more.

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Custom Crating

Certain belongings require a different solution than a cardboard box. Suddath provides custom crating solutions to safely and securely transport your most unique or valuable items to your new home. These tailor-built crates help minimize any risk of damage moving overseas.

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Moving with Pianos

If your beloved instrument is making the journey with you, our team is well-trained in carefully prepping it for an international move. If you need it carefully stored in an environmentally safe facility while you’re overseas, we can assist you with that as well.

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Moving Pets Overseas

Furry family members special care and attention during an international move. Suddath has long-standing relationships with organizations who specialize in smooth overseas relocations for your pets, making sure they receive the highest level of care.

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International Auto Transport

Suddath is able to arrange for your car to travel with you to your destination and provide you with the options to decide if it’s right for you to move your automobile from Houston to your new destination.

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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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