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International Removals

Guide to International Removals: Navigating a Seamless Transition

A shipping container on the ocean.

How to manage your international removal, from the initial planning to arrival and settling in.

Moving internationally is a significant undertaking requiring careful planning and organisation. Whether you are relocating for work, personal reasons, or for a new adventure, this guide is designed to help you navigate the complexities of international removals.

1. Early Planning is Key

Start planning your move well in advance. This gives you time to organise your belongings, handle paperwork, and make the necessary arrangements. We recommend you begin the process at least three to six months before your intended move date.

  • Create a Checklist (see our checklist): Create a comprehensive checklist outlining tasks you need to complete – from sorting and packing to notifying relevant parties about your move.

2. Research Your Destination

It is important to familiarise yourself with the customs, culture, and regulations of your destination country. Undertake thorough research and prepare for the adjustments you will need to make once you arrive.

  • Legal Requirements: Research visa and residency requirements for your destination country and ensure all necessary paperwork is in order. You can usually check this via the government website of the country you are moving to.

3. Choose the Right Removal Company

It is essential to choose a reputable international removal company for your relocation. A respected company, such as Constantine Scotland, gives you a wealth of experience in international relocations and comprehensive door-to-door services.

  • Focus on Level of Service: Constantine Scotland’s relocation service includes pre-move consultation, professional packing, secure storage options, a range of transport methods, customs coordination, and comprehensive insurance.

4. Declutter and Organise

International moves are an excellent opportunity to declutter and minimise your belongings. Consider breaking down your items into three categories: items you will need, items you may want to store, and items you can sell or donate. Our secure storage facility is the ideal place to store your valuables in the long or short term.

  • Organise Important Documents: Keep important documents such as passports, visas, and medical records in a secure and easily accessible location.


5. Pack Strategically

Efficient packing is crucial for the safety of your belongings during transit. If you are packing yourself, invest in quality packing materials and follow a systematic approach. Constantine Scotland’s relocation service includes professional packing by expert technicians to ensure your possessions are protected at each step of their journey.

  • Label Boxes Clearly: Clearly label each box with its contents and destination room to streamline the unpacking process.

6. Handle Customs Regulations

Understanding and complying with customs regulations is essential to avoiding delays and complications at your destination. Constantine Scotland’s customs coordinators will handle all customs documentation and clearance processes, ensuring compliance wherever you are relocating.

  • Prepare Necessary Documentation: Gather all required documents, including passports, visas, and an inventory of your belongings.

7. Notify Relevant Parties

Inform key parties about your move, including your utility providers, banks, and relevant government agencies.

  • Redirect Mail: Arrange for mail forwarding or redirection to ensure you receive important correspondence.

8. Consider Destination Services

Constantine Scotland offers destination services to assist with settling into your new home. This can include unpacking and guidance on local services.


9. Insurance Coverage

It is vital to insure your belongings during the move. Constantine Scotland offers comprehensive insurance coverage, giving peace of mind throughout your relocation.


10. Arrival and Settling In

Take time to acclimate to your new surroundings and complete your remaining administrative tasks. If you are relocating to a non-English speaking country, it is advised to learn the local language. Language learning apps such as Duolingo and Babbel can help you with this.

  • Explore Local Services: Familiarise yourself with local services, such as healthcare providers, schools, and transportation options.

Moving internationally can be exciting yet challenging. By following this guide and working with Constantine Scotland’s experienced professionals, you can ensure a smooth transition to your new home.

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