INTERNATIONAL MOVING SIMPLIFIED

Melbourne’s Most Experienced International Movers

Only hire the best international mover. Moving abroad is a big undertaking and requires a true international moving company that knows how to prepare your belongings, customs documents, and even your vehicle or pet for a long trip overseas. Suddath® has moved over 16,000 families abroad for more than 100 years – no other company can match the knowledge, experience, and successful track record that we have built up over the past century.

Our international moving professionals will help guide you through the process. When you choose Suddath to help you move abroad, you will be assigned an international move coordinator who will help you every step of the journey. They will guide you through your shipment from what level of packing assistance you need, to helping to inventory all of your belongings and preparing customs documents. Our experience can not only provide you with a smoother transition, helping you to avoid unnecessary delays or fees, but connect you with trusted partners for any service you may need.

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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

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5/5

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INTERNATIONAL MOVING SERVICES

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Flexible Packing and Unpacking Services

At Suddath, we believe that our international moving services should never box our customers into pricing or services they don't want. That's why we offer flexible packing and unpacking services. Whatever your preference is, our flexible packing and unpacking services will provide every level of service you want, from DIY to full-packing.

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Inventory Prep

One of the most important parts of international relocation is inventory preparation. This process can seem overwhelming to some, but with our experience relocating over 16,000 families internationally every year, it is a simple task.

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Document Prep

Once your inventory prep is completed, the next step will be document preparation. While your Suddath international move coordinator cannot request the necessary documents for you, they will guide you through completing the paperwork, and notify you when clearance has been received.

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Ocean and Air Freight

Suddath offers international moving services via air, sea, and land, depending on your final destination. Your international move may require a variety of these services, and your international move coordinator will discuss the combination necessary to get your things delivered safely and on time.

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SPECIALIZED SERVICES

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Custom Crating

Suddath customers never have to worry about how large, unique-shaped, or fragile items will make the overseas journey. Suddath's team will construct a crate for any item, no matter the shape or size.

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Piano Moving

Our team is happy to pack and ship your piano to your new home safely. Your international move coordinator will discuss the details and logistics with you so your new home will truly feel like home.

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Pet Relocation

Your Suddath international relocation coordinator can help you request and complete the paperwork or service you will need to get your non-human family members settled safely and legally.

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Car Moving Services

Your international relocation coordinator can work with you and our trusted partners to coordinate the shipping and arrival of your vehicle. Arrive in your new country with all the comforts of home and the road.

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Melbourne 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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