General Safety Tips and Economic Restrictions

General Safety Tips

Below 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 goods.

All countries have restrictions on what may be imported. The most common restrictions include the transportation of:

  • Automobiles
  • Culturally Offensive Materials
  • Firearms
  • Illegal Drugs/Narcotics
  • Liquor
  • Pets
  • Specialist Electronic Equipment

Culturally offensive materials may consist of a number of things, including pornographic materials (what may be considered pornographic will vary from country to country), literature, toys such as anatomically 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 is inspected by customs at the final destination and may result in substantial fines and delays.

Economic Restrictions

Unlike 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 inoperable