INTERNATIONAL MOVING SIMPLIFIED

Experienced International Movers in Los Angeles

Experience matters for international moving. Just like a well-rehearsed Hollywood film crew, your overseas moving company should have the experience and talent to make your international move a flawless production. Suddath® performs over 16,000 international moves every year, and we have won many industry awards, including five EMMA wins (Expatriate Management & Mobility Award) for our international services.

Reduce stress and look forward to the destination. A move abroad should feel like an opportunity for adventure, not stress. With over a century in the business, Suddath has developed a streamlined international moving process, with the experience and skills to make the overseas move a positive one. Our teams are fluid, skilled, and dedicated to making your overseas move a stress-free event.

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100 YEARS

international moving experience

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16,000

international moves each year

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FULLY VETTED

moving crew

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4.7/5

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INTERNATIONAL MOVING SERVICES

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Flexible Packing and Unpacking Services

Our packing and unpacking services are designed to provide the level of service that makes you the most comfortable. Just let your international moving coordinator know your needs and budget and they will discuss with you whether DIY, partial packing, or full-service packing is right for you. Whatever option works best for you, our goal is to move your things safely and make sure we also protect your peace of mind.

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Inventory Prep

Moving abroad requires that the items being shipped comply with the destination country's customs and regulations for imported goods. Our international moving team receives specialized training in customs regulations, and Suddath as a whole is certified through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

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Document Prep

There are many details to consider for a move originating from Los Angeles, but even more so when your move crosses international borders. Our team will assist you with any documents that need to be completed in order to properly declare items to customs and avoid any unnecessary delays. 

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Ocean and Air Freight

Suddath provides international moving services via air, sea, and land. Your international move may require one, all, or a couple of these services. While you don't need to worry about the precise logistics, your international move coordinator will meet with you and advise you of the best plan for your location, budget and dates.

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SPECIALIZED SERVICES

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Custom Crating

Our services include custom crating for your unique items. Our team of skilled international movers can construct solid crates in the exact dimensions needed to keep your belongings safe for the duration of the overseas relocation.

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Piano Moving Services

There's no need to leave the music behind – Suddath international moving services is experienced in piano moving and can expertly ship your instrument to your new international location.

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Pet Relocation

Depending on what corner of the world your journey takes you, your pet may be subject to different rules and regulations in order to enter your new country. Your Suddath international relocation coordinator can help you request and organize all of the paperwork you will need.

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Short and Long-Term Storage

If you’re unable to take certain items with you, we are equipped to keep your items safe while you’re abroad.
Your items will be stored in a fully-enclosed, secured vault within our climate-controlled warehouse, carefully padded, labelled and tracked electronically.

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Los Angeles International Movers 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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