is information on restrictions on what can
and/or should be moved.
Depending on your final destination and new residence, careful attention
must be paid to certain items that may be packed
along with the household
All countries have restrictions on what may be
imported. The most common
the transportation of:
• Culturally Offensive Materials
• Illegal Drugs/Narcotics
• Specialist Electronic Equipment
Culturally offensive materials may consist of a
things, including pornographic materials
(what may be considered
from country to country), literature, toys such
correct dolls, or music. If unsure
about an item’s possibility
to offend, consider
leaving the item behind.
It is important to note here that shipping any restricted items,
even inadvertently, can cause serious problems when the shipment
by customs at the final destination and may result in substantial
fines and delays.
a domestic move where it is common to move everything, from furniture
to firewood in the garage, more
discretion should be used in determining what to pack and ship overseas.
You may be better off leaving certain items behind, because shipping
certain items may
be more costly then replacing them at the destination.
Consider the two examples below:
If a number of furniture pieces in your possession can be purchased
at a lower cost
near or at your destination, then consider storing
or selling bulky or heavy items in order to reduce your moving costs.
Consider leaving behind old freezers, washing machines and other large
appliances. The destination country may operate on a different electrical
current system and without costly modifications, the machine becomes