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Stress Free, International Moving and Packing
Your first step of a successful, stress-free International move from Dubai starts here. The upheaval of moving is said to be one of the most demanding and taxing experience a family can go through.
That being said, Global Relocations aims to connect you with quotes from reputable International Moving companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE. With a choice of pre-screened/approved movers, shipping your personal belongings has never been easier.
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We shortlist up to 6 International Moving companies
We call on years of experience in the UAE International Moving industry, ensuring contact with experts. Moving companies who offer fast and efficient moving solutions, allowing you to compare the offers you receive
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We understand the importance of utilizing a high quality international relocation company. Our goal is to fast track the whole process, whilst ensuring you receive the best value for money quotes
Hints & Tips
If you are fortunate enough to know about your move ahead of time, this provides the opportunity to plan and save money in a number of areas. For a start you can invest more time in obtaining and comparing quotes from various international moving companies. 5-6 is an ideal number; it allows you to review a wide range of services and prices calmly, without the process becoming overwhelming.
The international moving company’s representative would usually visit your residence and conduct a pre-move survey. Depending on volume of contents, it can take up to 1 hour for a 3-4 bedroom house. In addition the moving consultant would run through key points about important shipping/packing details. If you have any particularly awkward items you wish to ship, it is in both parties for this to be addressed.
Specialised packing could be required which could add to the cost of moving. For example, fragile chandeliers need to be crated in a special wooden box with hanging support frame. As all wood is imported to the UAE carries a cost factor.
Motorcycles and vehicles (if within one container)
Hanging chandeliers and light fittings
Oversized items i.e Jacuzzi’s/Boats/Pools tables
When choosing your potential mover from the UAE, it is important to ensure the packing crews are fully trained with years of experience in the international moving industry. In addition a responsible Crew Leaders who has minimum 10 years supervisory experience. We of course will do this kind of due diligence for you by identifying the international moving companies that utilise top quality packing materials combined with innovative, market leading packing and operational techniques.
Patience and empathy are vital qualities we look for in the companies we recommend. Our professional but friendly working methods & relations with the best international packers, movers and storage solution specialists, ensure we help organize a stress-free International Move.
Once you have selected on a mover, Pre-planning is key. There will be items you do not want to be packed, such as suitcases, passports, phone chargers, wallet, backpack etc. These items can be placed in a dedicated room such as the master bedroom or an adjoining bathroom, which is clearly designated as a no go area to the packers and crew leader. If your packing is over multiple days, make sure to pack the bed last or check into a hotel.
Communication with your moving company is essential, select packing dates well in advance, establish whether you will remain in the home during packing. Do not schedule in anything else, or even work on the moving day(s). If you have children make sure to prepare them well in advanced. Read our article on moving with children for more info.
Assuming you are moving more than a few suitcases to a new continent, then shipment by sea is your only realistic option. Once your volume exceeds around 13-15 cubic meters / 460-530 cubic feet then it is possibly most cost effective to take your own shipping container, however, if you are willing to be flexible on the door to door transit times, discuss the option of shared containers. There are two types of shared container services LCL and Groupage. Read more on LCL and Groupage here
Don't disconnect utilities before the packing is completed. During summer months it can get blisteringly hot for packers and crew, not to mention if packing continues into the evening. Packing in low light conditions may increase the likelihood for handling errors.
Don't leave everything until the last minute...
Avoid planning your moving date to the very last day of your tenancy contract. Usually, at least, painting will be required (or the landlord deducts painting fees from security deposit). The point is juggling landlords/building security/painters as well as movers can be overwhelming on the final day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our service is totally FREE, you will be contacted by moving companies for your free quotes.
Depends on the requirement, if your move is relatively small and straight forward, a quote could be emailed to you almost immediately after the mover has called you. On the other hand, if your move is a little more complex, an appointment is required and after the pre-move survey is completed, quotes usually take 24-48 hours due to the need to get refreshed updated rates from the shipping line and moving agent at destination.
A streamlined approach is the best way; know in advance exactly what you are taking, and make a list of items. Moving companies can quote on this basis, focused on an average dimension guide. However a pre-move survey is recommended as quotes will generally be more accurate and is based on final packed volume.
If you have a tight schedule and you would like to help as much as you can, or generally getting organized before the move day. We would suggest trying plan for the move, items set aside and pre-pack personal items such as clothes, personal paperwork, backup computers, keep chargers to one side etc.
All quotes provided are door to door unless specified otherwise. There are certain mitigating circumstances for example, the delivery area at destination is tricky and an additional service is required such as long carry, delivery above 1st floor without elevators, heavy items which require extra equipment etc. This is all specified in the moving companies’ quotation. Take the time to go through it so you are prepared.
Straight forward moves, with easy customs clearance generally are unlikely to incur additional costs. However if the container/shipment is selected for a physical inspection then additional costs can be applied.
This can be an extensive topic and we would recommend you reading our article about moving related costs.
It is advisable to check on the regulations beforehand, in most cases yes however there can be associated costs with doing so, generally weighing up cost of shipping vs selling is wise. If money is of no object then yes, to most countries you can pay import duties and take the vehicle. As a general rule, it is not recommended to import cars outside of the UK/ EU. USA/Canada is only recommended for US made and exported vehicles. However with every country there are regulations to make sure your car is compliant with the destination country. It is advisable to check all of this beforehand.
Generally for used household goods and personal effects there are regulations which allows you to import your goods import duty free. There are rules and guidelines for every country, we have an extensive list of county guides which could help you understand more about the regulations of the country you are going to. Also it is recommended you always check with your moving company.
There may be, special handling or a particular packing/crating request. Always specify your requirements to the moving consultant/surveyor at the pre-move survey. They will in-turn ensure the instructions are passed to the packing crew leader on the day.
It is always a good idea to walk through your home on the first day of packing to make sure all instructions are clearly understood.
It is easy and in some cases more cost effective to store your goods in the UAE rather than at destination. Most moving companies provide storage solutions. Different options are available, such as air conditioned storage, covered storage, crated storage, car storage. Storage charges are usually calculated based on per cubic meter per month. Additional handling/retrieval charges may apply.
Most moving companies accept cash, cheque and credit card. Credit card payments may be subject to a processing fee, usually between 2.5% – 3.5% depending on the credit card service provider.
Credit card providers take a commission for every transaction for using their service. Supermarket chains usually include this into their final product price. However with shipping, you are dealing with thousands instead of hundreds and movers don’t include credit card fees in their quotation as it will make the quote seem uncompetitive.
Talk to your mover and schedule in an appointment date. You should fill out the acceptance form, stating you have accepted the quote. Make sure to mention full delivery address and emergency contact details of a friend/relative. Passport copies and UAE visa copies are required for exporting from Dubai and all Emirates in the UAE.
This is particularly pertinent if you have stored your goods for some time and have subsequently left the UAE having cancelled your visas etc.
Regulations change from time to time, best to check with your mover. Generally speaking once a UAE visa is cancelled, you can still export your goods out of the UAE within a reasonable timeframe.
You will most likely be importing the goods as a commercial shipment, which requires a list of items with its associated value to be specified. A commercial invoice will most likely be required which your mover can help organize. Import duties are paid based on value of items and a percentage is paid based on the duty rate tariff, which is unique to every country.
Insurance is definitely recommended, most insurance coverage covers for breakages and damages of the insured value of the item. Under valuing your items is not recommended as if the item does break, you will only be covered for amount you have insured it for. However if the items are low risk of breakage/damage during transit, we would still recommend considering a total loss insurance coverage which is applied at a lower rate, and covers you in case of an entire loss of shipment.
It is best to check with your mover on this. Shipping rates can change from month to month. Validity is usually specified within the quotation, but is normally 1 month.
If the scope of your move does not change, then the door to door price is unlikely to change drastically.
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