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International moving frequently asked questions

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All you need to know when moving internationally

Tips and advice to make your international move a success.

What things should I avoid shipping overseas?

You should avoid shipping certain things, such as jewelry or cash. You should also avoid moving anything hazardous, as it may invalidate your valuation. JK has a list of hazardous items to avoid shipping. You should not ship food as many countries have strict regulations on bringing fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy products across their borders. Also, various countries have their own customs regulations. Your international move coordinator can provide a list of what you can and cannot pack based on your destination.

Will my things ship by air or sea?

It’s your choice. Typically, it is more expensive to ship by air, but the cost varies by destination. You can ship by air or sea, or use a combination of both, sending items you’ll need more immediately by air. In some cases, you may have the option of shipping by land. Your move coordinator can help you decide which method or combination is the best based on your time frame and needs.

How long does it take to ship things by air?

Typically, eight to ten days. If you will need your belongings immediately, you might want to consider shipping by air. Things that you might want to ship by air: clothing, children’s items, and linens.

How long does it take to ship things by sea?

Typically six to eight weeks depending on your destination country and customs. JK will provide an idea of how long it will take based on your destination. Once your belongings arrive in customs, we can provide an exact date to expect delivery.

How will you estimate my international move?

In the metro Washington, D.C. area, a JK international move consultants will come to your home, survey your belongings, and find out what services you need. In other locations, we can estimate via video survey, email, or phone.

Can I ship my automobile overseas?

Yes. You’ll need to choose between container shipping and roll-on/roll-off shipping. Container shipping provides more protection to your car by shielding it from the elements yet is more expensive.

Will I need to pay takes and port fees?

Yes. Your international move coordinator can approximate the cost for you.

Can I pack myself?

Yes, however it’s not advisable for overseas moves. JK’s crews are specially trained to pack belongings that are moving overseas and must withstand the rigors of an international move.

Can I store things in the U.S. or in my new country or both?

Yes, yes, and yes. JK maintains 19,500,000 cubic feet of meticulously maintained storage facilities in Virginia and Maryland. And our global suppliers provide the same high quality storage facilities in other countries.

Will JK crews unload me in my new country?

No. We rely on a global network of proven suppliers through FIDI/FAIM. A coordinator in our member network, who speaks your native language, will work with you in your new country so you receive the same high level of care and attention to detail that JK crews provide in the U.S.

Can I bring my pet?

Regulations on handling animals vary depending on the country. Your JK international move coordinator can advise you.