INTERNATIONAL MOVING SIMPLIFIED

Tampa’s Reliable International Moving Company

A century of moving experience. Suddath® is Florida’s homegrown international moving company with over 100 years of overseas moving experience. We move over 16,000 families overseas per year and help each one of those customers make an easier transition through our personalized service, ability to quickly execute an international move, and protection of your belongings.

A stress-free international move. Our breadth of experience and service allows our international moving customers to receive quick quotes through an in-person visit or virtual walkthrough, and we are able to provide our customers with options for the level of service that will best suit their needs. Unlike many moving companies that offer international move services, we are true international movers, NOT domestic movers that perform international moves. 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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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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4.9/5

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INTERNATIONAL MOVING SERVICES IN TAMPA

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Flexible Packing and Unpacking

Suddath offers three levels of packing and unpacking services for our customers, all the way from our team packing up every item in your house, to a partial move where we pack only what you need, and finally a DIY move, where you pack up everything yourself.

Your international moving coordinator will meet with you to determine your needs and budget. During this meeting, you choose the level of packing and debris removal that works best for you.

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Inventory Prep

Every country around the world has its own set of regulations and customs processes entering the country during an international relocation. A move that doesn’t strictly comply with these regulations can quickly turn into an expensive situation. Suddath’s international movers have been trained to help you with the inventory process for your new country of residence.

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. This certification identifies security gaps and implements specific security measures and best practices. 

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Document Prep

Before your items make it to customs, we’ll help you run through the checklist of documents you need to complete. These documents will make sure that any specialty items needing to be declared at customs are easily accessed and approved to move on through. If you have pets, currency, or other items in need of proper documentation, Suddath can walk you through the process of completing and submitting each one.

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 via air, sea, and land. Depending on where you are moving, we may use one or a combination of all three. Our move coordinator will meet with you to discuss how your items will get from Tampa to your new location. During this meeting, your international move coordinator will help you decide the options that work with your budget and timeline.

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SPECIALIZED SERVICES

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Custom Crating

If you have unique or delicate items, they may need custom-built crates. Suddath can construct solid crates to get your valuable possessions where they need to go, safely.

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Piano Moving

Suddath can help you get a piano of any shape and size to your new overseas home. Let us ship your piano and ensure its safe journey to any corner of the world.

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Pet Relocation

Your moving coordinator can help you request all of the necessary paperwork to deal with quarantine durations, additional immunizations, and current veterinary records.

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Car Moving

Your vehicle can take the trip with you. Suddath will coordinate and work with partners to ensure you are ready to hit the open road in your new destination.

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International Moving 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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