INTERNATIONAL MOVING SIMPLIFIED

The Twin Cities’ Preferred International Mover

Over a century of international moving experience. Customers across the Twin Cities prefer Suddath® because of our flexible offerings, personalized service, and level of experience that exceeds any other international moving company. Since 1901, Suddath has supported the families of St. Paul-Minneapolis when they relocate abroad. Our experienced team, including Suddath drivers, logistics techs, move coordinators, and international relocation partners are here to help ease the stress that often comes with international relocation.

Broad services to fit any need. Whether you want a full-service international moving company to handle every step of the process, or you want someone to simply move the items you pack and prepare, Suddath has the experience to make it easy for you. Our number one priority is to provide the services that reduce your stress without pushing you into services you don’t want or can’t afford. Our international moving coordinators make it their business to help you with every step of the process.

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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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4.8/5

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INTERNATIONAL MOVING SERVICES

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Flexible Packing and Unpacking

With over 100 years in relocation, Suddath has learned that our customers deserve to be in control of their move. We have created a full suite of a la carte, flexible international moving services ranging from DIY to full-service packing.

Speak to your move coordinator about what level of packing assistance would be right for your international move, and we can help you ensure everything is ready to head overseas. 

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Inventory Prep

Suddath is certified through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification. That means that Suddath's international shipments always adhere to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) regulations.

By receiving this certification, Suddath has proven that we can assist with inventory prep by identifying security gaps and implementing security measures that protect your items. 

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Document Prep

Preparing the necessary documents for an overseas relocation is a crucial part of the process. Your international relocation coordinator is thoroughly trained and highly experienced in this process for overseas relocations. We move over 16,000 families overseas every year, so when you are ready to begin the process of Customs paperwork for your declared items, your international move coordinator will help you with every line of documentation.

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Ocean and Air Freight

Suddath uses ocean freight, air freight, and roadway shipping to get your items to their new international location. Your overseas relocation may use one or a combination of these methods. Your move coordinator will review your budget, needs, and timeline to create a logistics plan that fits your needs.

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SPECIALIZED SERVICES

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Custom Crating

We have experts to construct a solid crate to safely transport your items abroad. Our international moving coordinator will visit your home, inventory your items, and take measurements for items that need to be shipped in a custom-built crate so it can safely withstand the journey by air, sea, or roadway.

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Piano Moving

When you relocate internationally, there is no reason to leave your piano behind. Our highly skilled and specially trained teams can pack, crate, and ship your piano to your new home abroad. Your international move coordinator will review the process and build a plan to make sure you can take the music with you.

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Pet Relocation

Suddath moves more than 10,000 families overseas every year, and we have all the experience needed to help you prepare your pets and any customs paperwork required. Let your international move coordinator know you'd like help bringing your pet for your overseas move.

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Car Transport

If you decide you want your car to make the international relocation with you, Suddath can secure and work with a trusted partner to move your vehicle overseas. Just let your international relocation coordinator know, and they will review the steps and pricing with you.

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Minneapolis 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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