As you might remember, I have moved quite a bit. Seven times, to be exact. Some of these moves were across an ocean, some of them weren’t. And one of them involved just one suitcase and a bicycle, whereas most others involved 40-foot containers.
It’s those 40-foot container ones you need professional help with. I have learned that it’s important to work with an international shipping provider who is responsive throughout the move, and who makes it look easy. It starts with understanding how an international move works.
Below, Josh with International Van Lines explains in easy to understand terms how your international move from the United States to Johannesburg might look.
Tips, Options, and Shipping Methods for your Move to Johannesburg
by Josh Morales
Congratulations on your decision to move from the U.S. to Johannesburg. As the largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg has a lot to offer, including its rich culture, beautiful scenery, and endless things to experience. Although moving overseas can be exciting, it can also be stressful. In this article, we will provide relocation tips, shipping options, and what to look for when searching for a mover from the U.S. to Johannesburg.
How to find a mover
Finding a moving company may seem as easy as doing a quick Google search; however, when moving from the U.S. to Johannesburg, it’s essential that you find a company with experience. Moving overseas requires skill, knowledge, and proper licensing. The Federal Maritime Commission is the governing agency for ocean transport from the United States. Before committing, make sure you scout their website for company history.
The next step is to see what others say about their service. It’s always good to check a company’s reviews and get feedback from other expats that have utilized their services. The number one mistake we see is people price shopping. Moving overseas is an expensive luxury, but trust me, it will cost you more in the end if you chose the wrong mover.
Ocean freight is the most common mode of transportation. It’s the most economical and safe, in terms of damage. The size of your move will determine if you will require a full container load (FCL) or less than container load (LCL). Full Containers come in three sizes, 20″, 40″ and 40″ high cube. The container would be exclusive to you, and you can choose from a door to door or door to port service. In a full door to door move everything is covered, whereas on a door to port service you would be responsible for arranging transportation from Johannesburg port to the final destination, as well as customs documentation.
For smaller moves, say 30 boxes, an LCL shipment would be adequate. An LCL is also known as a consolidation service. Your boxes and goods would be loaded in a container with other deliveries that are going to Johannesburg. The average shipping time on an LCL shipment is about 30-40 days, depending on the mover’s ability.
The final shipping option is air freight. Air freight shipping is geared toward people who are in a hurry. If you need your stuff promptly and don’t mind paying a large sum of money, air freight is the way to go. Not all moving companies offer air freight, so make sure you do some research.
How to save money on your move
The size of your move will determine the final cost, so downsizing is a great way to cut costs on your move. Moving is a great time to declutter and to figure out what you can live without. You can donate items to charity, sell some stuff online, or give it away. Another great way to reduce cost is to self-pack. You can purchase packing material at any local U-Haul, Home Depot or Walmart. It’s crucial that you create an inventory list with values.
IVL offers international moving services from the U.S. to over 180 countries. We have experience with moving expats from the U.S. to Johannesburg. We’re licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission, bonded, and offer full insurance coverage on all international relocations.
This article was sponsored by International Van Lines.