Relocation to Israel – from Israel

Relocation – misconceptions about shipping


Congratulations – You have got a job outside the current country or you have got a long term project or a promotion or getting married or coming back to live in a particular county or whatever the reason is but you are shifting your base (bag and baggage) from one country to another.

So everyone is very happy and excited.

And the time for your travel comes closer and so does a BIG question.
How are we going to take all out belongings from one country to another?
How are we going to relocate with all our things, which have emotional as well as monetary value?
Had it been form one locality to another – well easy or even from one state to another – just call the movers and packers, pack the stuff and load it in a truck.
See it off by road and then receive it in the new destination, or maybe even by carrier trains.
However when it comes to relocating from one country to another, it is not that easy and usually the only mode of transporting furniture, cars, etc. is through ships in cargos.
Some may say that it is easier and cheaper to buy new things than ship them across continents’ but every time does everything have a price tag.
Usually people are hesitant to use shipping as a mode of transportation as they have a lot of misconceptions about the same.
To come to think of a few: cost of shipping is too high, it is too cumbersome, now days everything is readily available (and one can even pre order things online).
So are these only misconceptions or reality about this economic mode of transport that we really don’t know much about?

Well to start with, let’s clear a few most common misconceptions about shipping:
1. Cost of shipping: It may be correct that shipping can be expensive depending on what you want to ship. In case you plan to ship all your belongings including your daily usable (which can be purchased in the other places as well, like clothes, basic furniture etc.) .
Though there are not too many options in international shipping but ocean freights is the cheapest option, by far.

2. You can buy all new things and start anew: Though for some it may be a viable option but may not be feasible. After all, one does get used to certain things and it may not necessary be true that now since the world is so global, one can find anything and everything, anywhere and anywhere.

3. Cargos and shipping is complex: Well! Not exactly. This will only be true in case you are not dealing with professionals.
Remember, shipping companies may use a third party to deal on their behalf in case they do not have a business presence in your town or area.
Usually shipping companies also do insure your shipment and are liable for your cargo and in case any of your cargo is damaged during the voyage, the shipping company is liable to pay for the same.
Ensure to read the teams and conditions very carefully before getting into an agreement.

4. What can be shipped: There are specific guidelines (depending on countries) what can be legally shipped in and/or out of a particulate shipping port.
Be sure to find out from your shipping company what is legally permitted to be shipped and what is not and even before you start shopping before your new place.

5. Can the space be shared: This is not legally permitted and the shipping companies do not usually encourage this?
This may be convenient and may save you some money but in case of any mishap, this may not be the best option.

Now comes to the question of what you are shipping: is it household goods, commercial goods, vehicles, merchandises or whatever.
One has to remember a few things in mind while shipping household goods.
All the things must be first wrapped and packed safely and marked accordingly (brittle, “handle with care” etc.)
IT is best to employ professional to do the packing as the packing crew will also know how to utilize the space, be is more or less.
In case the space is more than your shipment then empty boxes marked “empty” should be used to fill the space so that the boxes do not move much causing damage to the things.
In case there is vehicle that is being shipped, then one needs to posses the clear title or ownership (Without any lease) of the vehicle.
In most of the countries, it is required that the vehicle is manufactured in the county one is currently shipping it form (the only exception to this law is Europe).
Also, in case the vehicle is 30 years or older, then this rule does not apply, however then the vehicle wile b considered as an antique.
Companies that insure cargoes are officially called marine insurance.
Marine insurance typically include door t door coverage.
One must remember that the shipping cost almost never includes the cost of insurance of damage or loss of goods. Only two options are provided for marine insurance – first- Value of the goods on a sheet is declared and second is the “lump sum policy”.
All the marine policies are different and one should thoroughly check to see the period that the policy states for calming any damage or loss after delivery of your goods.
One should check the condition and quantity of goods delivered at the time of the delivery and make detailed notes (with the shipping crew being there, if possible) of any damage or loss so that the same can be used and submitted for insurance claim.
In case the shipment is of commercial items, there is an HS Code (Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System) that is needed.
The HS code is a universal code used to describe the type of commodity being shipped.
This code is used in every international border that the ship enters to declare the commodity being shipped.
Also remember that an invoice needs to be presented for the commodity.
In case the item that is being shipped is of high value then a lot of precautions are taken and the cargo or shipping container may also be designed differently (specially in the cases of fine art like valuable and antique paintings).
The packaging of these items is very important and has to be given special attention.
Insurance is another high-ticket item in this case and one must ensure that only the best insurance company is hired. Remember that shipping antiques and fine art is an art in itself and should be dealt with very carefully.
Also remember that there are a lot of legal formalities involved while undocking and claiming the cargo at the desired destination or dock.
One has to ensure that all the legal papers are in place which includes the insurance papers and the invoices of the items as well as other papers which may have been handed at the time of loading the shipment.
A customs clearance is a must for any good that is been loaded or unloaded or the cargo may be considered to be illegal.