Skip to main content
Moving Overseas

Moving Overseas: How to be Efficient with Customs

People moving overseas on a plane flightNavigating through the complicated maze of customs can often make or break your overseas moving experience. When it comes to transitioning your life to another country, you need all the help you can get, and that’s precisely where experts like the  international removalists at Overseas Packers & Shippers come into the picture. We offer a range of overseas moving services designed to make the process as seamless as possible.

But even with the assistance of international movers and packers, customs can still present a significant hurdle. It’s not just about stuffing your belongings into a shipping container and setting sail. From understanding the legal intricacies to knowing what paperwork is needed, the procedure can be overwhelming. That’s where we come to help. This article delves into the nitty-gritty of moving overseas shipping and explains how to be efficient when dealing with customs.

Discover how overseas removalists can help you manage customs documentation, ensuring that your move isn’t held up by unnecessary red tape. With the expertise of Overseas Packers & Shippers, you’re better equipped to navigate customs regulations, saving you both time and money. By adhering to the tips outlined in this article, you can make your move more efficient and far less stressful.

1. Check customs regulations

To make sure you don’t accidently bring anything illegal into the country you should check with the embassy or embassies of the country you plan to move to. You can also find information on government websites-

New Zealand

For information about New Zealand customs click here.

United Kingdom

For information about UK customs click here.


For information about American customs click here.


For information about Japan customs click here.


For information about Australian customs click here.

2. Cut out things you don’t need

Once you have established what you can and can’t take into the country it is a good idea to assess what you are taking and decide whether some items can stay behind. Some questions that might help you decide what to leave behind include:

1. Does this item have personal value?

2. Would it be easier to sell or give this item away and replace it when I arrive?

3. Would it be more cost effective to sell this item and buy another when I arrive?

3. Fill out relevant documents

When you take items into another country you need to fill out documents. You should know what documents you are required to fill out BEFORE you leave so that you fill them out correctly and are familiar with them. If you are moving to America, for example, you will need to complete a Customs and Border Protection Form (CBP Form). Make sure you have a complete inventory list of goods you are importing so that you don’t miss anything out. Your Moving company will always be on hand to assist you in completing the required paperwork so if in doubt you can always contact them.

Moving to a new place is a big deal at the best of times. If you don’t find out what the importation laws are for the country you are moving to you could run into problems that make your move even more stressful. Before your move make sure you know what is and isn’t allowed to be imported, leave behind things that will be easier to replace when you get there, fill out the relevant documents properly and have a list of the items you are taking.

Leave a Reply