Unless you live a minimalist way of living or are able to splash out on enormous excess baggage costs, the chances are you will pay a worldwide shipping corporation to deliver your personal effects and vehicle when you are moving country.
In some cases, factors go wrong, creating an unjustifiably stress filled start to expat life. Last month, it was revealed how customers had been left without their personal belongings and out of pocket following Global Moving Systems, a global moving company entered liquidation.
How do you pick a trusted company to ship your vehicle to Australia? As stated by Liam Witham, director of PSS International Removals, the first step is to check references.
“You must inquire if the firm is part of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group (bar.co.uk),” he suggested.
Meaning the company is covered by an approved advance payment guarantee scheme.
“This is essential since this shows that when you have paid for your removals you aren’t going to be asked to pay this amount of money all over again if a BAR Overseas company goes into liquidation,” explained Mr Witham.
Global Moving Systems had not been associated with the BAR Overseas Group. While the BAR stepped in to aid customers suffering from their liquidation, a lot of them needed to shell out for a further shipping firm in order to be reunited with their personal effect.
Mr Witham included: “You could also consider going with a universal moving company that has reached the highest level of service within the industry by achieving FIDI Accredited International Mover (FAIM), the only independent quality assurance standard for the overseas moving industry (fidi.org).”
FIDI is a worldwide alliance of professional international shipping and relocation companies.
It has been said: “We would recommend anybody moving to begin by reviewing a company’s feedback, for example online customer testimonials. This can be the fastest and easiest way to get a feel for a company, and in the realm of online reviews, there is nowhere to hide.”
It was also included: “Make sure you examine your insurance coverage choices and be cautious about any organization seeking cash-in-hand or substantial deposits straight up. This is not best practice and no reliable firm will do this.”
It’s also encouraged to acquire many quotes on paper before choosing a business, and also ask them how long they have been trading.
When it comes to packing your possessions, Mr Witham said: “You must strongly consider choosing a removals company that incorporates a packing service. It won’t break your budget and may save a huge amount of stress, time and energy.”
A spokesperson for PSS International Removals added in: “Most worldwide removals insurance policies will only cover your goods when they are packed by the removals company. For customs functions, all products need to be correctly entered on your inventory, that is produced during the packing process.”
Last but not least, recommended the PSS spokesman: “The friendliness and responsiveness of a business is a likewise substantial aspect when choosing a removals company. Don’t undervalue the need for feeling satisfied with the company that’ll be transporting all your belongings and vehicle all the way to Australia.”