Easy International Moving in Portland

At Suddath®, has been moving internationally for generations. International relocation is more than moving to a new home, it’s a life and culture change. Alongside that transition, the planning required to move abroad also requires consideration and planning for things like customs, pet quarantines, official documentation, and a far more complex time management for your shipments.

We move over 16,000 households abroad each year. No matter where you’re going or when you need to be settled, we have the team, experience, and connections to make it happen. We are true international movers, unlike many moving companies who simply offer international move services without the experience and overseas partners to back it up. With extensive global reach to nearly every country in the world, we get you where and when you need to go, using our network of vetted, well-established partners.

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Flexible Packing and Unpacking

Suddath understands that while some customers are comforted by the idea of packing their own belongings, others are stressed by it. 

Our flexible packing and unpacking services are designed to fit your level of need. Suddath can handle all of the packing for you, and we can also provide a load-and-ship only service that allows you to take all the time you need packing each item on your own.

Your international moving coordinator will discuss all of the options available to you and help you choose the moving services that benefit you most.

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Inventory Preparations

International moves require a different level of preparation. Your belongings will be crossing one or multiple customs borders and that means that your prep work is extremely important. Suddath will help you inventory the items you plan to take with you, and during this process we will help you identify which items will require special paperwork and any items that are prohibited in your country.

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.

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Document Preparations

Once your inventory tasks are complete, you will have a list of items that need to be declared at customs. If the proper paperwork is not submitted, your shipment could be held up at customs, rejected, or assigned additional fees. Suddath will help you complete the proper paperwork for each item so that everything possible is done to prevent any issues at customs. While we cannot request the documents for you, we are more than happy to help you organize and complete them. Once you submit them, we’ll notify you as soon as we receive clearance.

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Ocean and Air Freight

Suddath provides international moving services in three forms: air, sea, and land. Every overseas move is different, and yours may include one or a combination of two or more transportation types. Not to worry, this is all handled by your international move coordinator and they will keep you informed of exactly how your belongings will make their way to your new home.

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Custom Crating

Very large, extremely delicate, or uniquely-shaped items may require a custom-built crate for a long journey. Suddath can construct solid crates to ensure they will outlast their international journey.

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Piano Moving

Pianos require special knowledge on the part of your packing and shipping team to make the journey. Suddath moves thousands of pianos every year and we can make sure your piano reaches your new country safely.

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Pet Relocation

International relocation can be stressful for your pet. Your moving coordinator can help you prepare for quarantine durations, immunizations, and current veterinary records documentation to make the transition as easy as possible.

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Motorcycle Moving

Make sure you are road-ready when you arrive in your new country by taking your bike with you. Your international move coordinator will review all of the details of moving a motorcycle internationally.

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Portland International Movers FAQ

How do ensure my items are safely loaded?

It begins with the training and vetting of our Portland international movers. All Suddath crew members who enter a customer’s home are thoroughly vetted by our internal team through background checking and over 300 hours of training. Every Suddath driver is fully interstate qualified. While some van operators may be contractors, they are still required to complete and pass the same safety training and background screenings as our salaried employees.

Our team members spend significant time training at Suddath University at our headquarters in North Florida to ensure your items are safely loaded and all safety procedures are being followed. They are trained on packing techniques, loading/unloading safety instructions, and any international moving procedures.

What is valuation coverage?

Valuation coverage is not insurance. We recommend that you do insure your belongings. To do so, you will need to work with an insurance company. According to the law, an international mover cannot sell you insurance. This law protects you from companies that would take advantage of that process.

Suddath, like other international moving companies, provides valuation coverage. It is an agreement between you and your moving company, and it determines the agreement for claims and the international mover’s liability to cover those claims. It is required, according to federal law, that overseas moving companies offer valuation coverage to you. If they fail to do so, it may be a sign that they are a disreputable or “rogue” mover.

Valuation coverage guarantees that, if your goods are lost or damaged and the international moving company is at fault, the mover agrees to pay the agreed-upon amount. For example, Suddath offers standard Released Value Protection (RVP) valuation coverage at $0.60 per pound of your shipment.

Learn more about your valuation coverage options in our blog post on the subject.

What if something gets broken during my overseas move; how do I submit a claim?

It is always our goal to make sure that your overseas relocation ends with no broken or damaged items. Our drivers and operators spend significant time in training at Suddath University in Jacksonville, Florida to ensure that does not happen. They are trained on packing techniques, loading/unloading safety instructions, and any international moving procedures.

However, in an international move, your items are being processed and handled in ways outside of our control, for example, by customs officers. In the rare case that one of your items is damaged, your Suddath move coordinator will assist you with the process of documenting your broken things and submitting a claim. Once the form is completed, a claims representative will reach out to you within 24 hours.

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