Although some moving companies boast about being able to successfully take on any kind of job, from moving two streets over to international moving Toronto style, it is important to take a close look at their international capabilities before hiring them. There are several other duties involved in international moves that are not required domestically. Not all companies have had this experience. When they assure customers they can handle any job, they are usually talking about domestic logistics.
Specialists like those at http://www.orbitmoving.com/ understand there may be several agents involved in transferring belongings to another country. The origin agent consults with clients to confirm what is being shipped. They actually take a trip to the location where the items are being shipped from and may count boxes, or weigh them, in order to give an accurate quote for the move. When it is time for the move to happen, the origin agent may also show up to pack the items and load them on a truck.
The freight forwarder will do all the international paperwork to make sure items can leave the port. Although sometimes the origin agent and freight forwarder may be the same person or the same company, this person must be licensed to operate legally. Some van lines operate as authorized agents to perform the freight forwarding function.
There are other agents involved in the process of international moving, as well. If there is not enough cargo to make a trip in one container, items may have to wait in a consolidating warehouse. Once the items have shipped, the owner of the items will have to pay a fee in the currency of the destination country to the destination port. Many domestic moving services are not set up to handle this.