International Moving in San Antonio

Suddath® has been moving internationally for decades. International moving is more than just a typical home move – it’s a complete culture change. In that transition, there is a greater level of planning and adaptation required to ensure a smooth move into your new home. Your San Antonio international mover will need to plan for and consider customs, pet quarantines, official documentation, and a far more complex timeline for your shipments.

We move over 16,000 households abroad each year. Suddath has the experience and knowledge in the international moving industry to properly manage your overseas move. No matter where you’re going or when you need to be settled, we have the partnerships, team and experience to make it happen. With extensive global reach to nearly every country in the world, our team can get you where and when you need to go, using our network of vetted, well-established international partners.

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Flexible Packing and Unpacking

Some customers are comforted by the idea of packing their own belongings and want to take the time to undergo that organizing process, but others are stressed by it or simply don’t have the time. Suddath’s trained international movers in San Antonio can handle all or even just some of the packing for you at the level that an international move requires. Your international moving coordinator will walk through all of the options available to you and help you choose the moving services that benefit you most.

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Inventory Prep

Moving internationally requires a higher level of preparation. Your belongings will be crossing one or multiple customs borders and that means the upfront work is critical to ensuring a smooth transition. 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. Meaning Suddath’s international shipments always adhere to the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) regulations.

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Document Preparations

You will have to prepare 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. Our experienced team will help you complete the proper paperwork for each item so that everything possible is done to prevent any issues at customs, no matter what country you’re entering. 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 across three transportation areas: air, sea, and land. Every overseas move is different, and yours may include one or a combination of these transportation options. This is all handled by your international move coordinator who will keep you informed of exactly how your belongings will make their way to your new home.

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Custom Crating

Delicate, or uniquely-shaped items may require a custom-built crate for a long international journey. Suddath can construct solid crates to ensure they will arrive safely abroad.

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Piano Moving

Pianos require special training for a packing and shipping team to make the journey safely. Suddath’s piano movers in San Antonio have this training and can make sure your piano arrives ready to play.

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Pet Relocation

Your moving coordinator can help you prepare for quarantine durations, immunizations, and current veterinary records documentation to make the transition as easy as possible, and even arrange transportation.

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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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How early should I start planning my international move?

The lead time going into an international move is going to be longer than your typical local or even long-distance move. You should begin reaching out to an international moving company in San Antonio at least 10 to 12 weeks before your overseas move date. Quality overseas moving companies are typically in high demand especially during the summer months.

Can I choose any day to pack and load my items?

Typically, your goods can be moved on any date you choose, especially if you are planning ahead of time and reach out to a moving company early on in the overseas moving process. 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.

Can you help me move my pets internationally?

Yes, we can absolutely move your pet internationally. Suddath coordinates with trusted pet relocation companies who we know can provide quality services for your furry family members. Alongside them, we can advise you on the best timelines that allow extra time for vaccinations, health certificates, chips, etc. as every country is different and some may require quarantines for your pet as well.

Do I need to insure my items for an international move?

It is highly recommended to procure a comprehensive international moving insurance policy to protect your goods during transit. Although extreme care is taken when packing, loading and moving your items to your new location, it is a long journey, and your goods aren’t always in our care. Depending on the country, they will spend some time in the customs process.

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 for more detailed information.

What is a high value inventory form?

A high value inventory form is an insurance 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 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 in San Antonio, 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.

Can Suddath move my car overseas?

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 and from there, we can check to ensure your car is authorized and allowed to be shipped to your country of destination.

If it is allowed, we can secure a vehicle transport quote and advise you of your costs and regulations. One thing to remember is to make sure your vehicle is cleaned and clear of any personal items. It needs to be empty of everything other than the standard items it came with from the dealership when first purchased.

Do I need to 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.

How much should I budget to move internationally?

It’s a good question, but it’s one that is difficult to answer. Move cost is determined based on weight/volume, and everyone’s shipment is different. 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.

Are there any items that 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. This is why it’s important to have an experienced San Antonio international moving company advising you.

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.

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