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International Moving, The Packing List

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How to create the perfect packing list for customs when moving overseas. Every household goods shipment being shipped overseas needs to have a packing list to accompany it so that customs can see what is being shipped. Its very important to get this right so as not to cause delays while clearing customs and avoid extra charges or possible fines if you get it wrong.

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International Moving, The Packing List

  1. 1. UPakWeShip The Packing List Great Rates & A Ship Load Of Know How
  2. 2. Contents The packing list is a very important document and has to be completed correctly in order to avoid delays, possible fines and additional inspections. This is quick guide to show you how to complete the perfect packing list. If you stick to these suggestions then you should minimize any delays or further questioning by customs. UPakWeShip is the self packing division of EuroUSA Shipping Join us on Face Book Click Here
  3. 3. The Box Pack the box well making sure anything fragile and breakable is wrapped multiple times in bubble wrap and paper. (See our pack like a pro presentation!) Tape up the box using 2 inch packing tape or duct tape where the flaps meet and also along the side of the box so it is totally sealed. Write the contents on the box to remind you what is in it and give the box a number starting of course at number 1 Furniture items will also need to be numbered. If you are bundling things together like 4 pieces of bed parts all packed and taped together then that can be given one number and be called bed parts.
  4. 4. The Packing List The packing list has to be done for customs so that they can easily see what you are shipping and as the description correlates to the box / item number, its easy for customs to say, we would like to look at “item 8” rather than looking through all the items in your shipment.. We have our own packing list creator that you should use to create your list and it will be available in your customer account portal after you have made a booking with us. Once you have created your packing list it will be saved in your electronic file so that we can send it to customs as well as a copy will automatically be emailed to you for safe keeping. .
  5. 5. Descriptions, very important! In todays world of common security checks, Customs need a good description of the contents and the following will NOT get passed. BAG, BOX, BACKPACKS, TOTE, TRUNK, KIST, CAMPING GEAR, SPORTS GEAR, NICK NACKS, HOUSEHOLD GOODS, PERSONAL ITEMS, MISC ORNAMENTS, MEMORABILIA, COLLECTABLES, KEEPSAKES, TOOLS, TOOL BOX, DECORATIVE ITEMS, CHEST, PBO, MISC, EQUIPMENT, WORK STUFF, SUITCASE. You get the picture? Be more specific! Customs need to know more information in order to let it though. So what’s in the bag? What tools do you have? What’s in the trunk or suitcase? What sports gear is it? Your semi automatic hunting weapon or your running shoes? Are personal items drugs or your after shave? Is the memorabilia baseball cards or Japanese ancient fighting weapons? If the handbag, purse, sports bag or whatever has nothing in it list it as Empty e.g. Empty Bag. Got it?
  6. 6. Descriptions continued…… A very common item is your kids soft toys being listed as stuffed animals. Your thinking….. But Customs might be thinking…… So be descriptive!
  7. 7. Also If you have a bit of a mixture in your box then list the main item so if Customs do decide to look, they can match things up. EG: Books even though there might be some dvd’s as well. Anything that you might consider being a problem to Customs do not ship it. That includes, ornamental swords, daggers, knives etc., old rifles or guns of any sorts, food items, ivory, tobacco items, alcohol, ammunition, any type of drug, pornography and anything that used to be living, is a good start!
  8. 8. Things that might have a double meaning or alert a Customs official who’s English might not be his native language. Gun for a kids toy! Stuffed Animals, already mentioned that one. Knives, for kitchen cutlery Drugs Cabinet for Bathroom Cabinet Water Pistol might be better described as water toy Scooter would be better described as kids toy Darts might be better described as Dart game Bow & Arrow should say little kids Bow if that’s what it is. Get the idea? Don’t List or Pack
  9. 9. Don’t Pack Open Liquids as they might leak. Alcohol as duties will normally make it more expensive than if you purchased locally. Same with tobacco products. Food stuff including herbs & pet food. Endangered items like Ivory, stuffed birds, pressed flowers, snake skins etc. No hazardous or flammable materials. No Chemicals, paint, cleaning products. Any type of weapon We have even had umbrellas inspected for poisonous or sharp bladed ends!
  10. 10. Do not pack anything that used to be living or made from a living thing. Straw Baskets Dried Flowers Christmas Wreaths Untreated Wood items like a home made bird table or wooden bench made from your local tree. Anything that might have bugs in it. Make sure everything is spotless, no mud or dirt on bike wheels, garden tools, shoes, back packs or camping gear. For those lucky enough to be going to Australia or New Zealand
  11. 11. The majority of Middle Eastern Countries do not like anything that you could worship so leave the Greek Goddess statue behind. No alcohol! Most videos, DVD’s and possibly books might be further inspected by a Ministry of Information or similar for suitability in Asia as well as Middle Eastern Counties, so check the regulations before you pack. No Pictures of semi naked people or worse and don’t forget to check photo albums as well. Saudi Arabia and some other Countries will not allow products from Jewish companies so avoid Marks and Spencer labels and also anything Christian or non Muslim related religious material which includes everything from a child's bible to a Christmas Tree. Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia or Middle East
  12. 12. So are you ready to produce a great packing list? You can now make your own packing list in our portal once you have an account with us. You will be able to save this as you go so you can add to it each time you pack some more. You can do this using your phone, tablet or laptop so its great if you are going around room to room adding everything you have packed. Our packing list creator has been designed to be “user” friendly for customs. Once completed you will be emailed a typed copy of the list for your reference.
  13. 13. Move Overseas! Treasure the experience Enjoy a new culture Create memories of a lifetime Learn a new language Remember….. You can always move back So you have nothing to loose! Choose a mover with over 30 years in business, Great Rates And don’t forget our ship load of know how! UPakWeShip Tel 1 866 868 6386