With the shear number of international moving companies in the USA, it can be quite a challenge to find the best international mover for your overseas move.
Lucky for you, you’ve stumbled across this blog.
Here are the things your should look for in an overseas moving company that will help you recognize the best from the rest.
One of the most important places to start when researching a moving company is to find and scan through their online reviews. Online reviews can come from several different places including Facebook and other social media sites, unbiased moving review sites, on a company’s own website, online expat forums and even on Youtube.
Take time to read through a good amount of reviews, starting with the most recent ones. Due to the nature of the overseas shipping industry, you’ll find most international moving companies may have a few bad reviews here and there, so reading a good number of reviews will give you a proper indication of how good a company is.
We’ve all heard of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). It’s a place for North American consumers can read honest reviews and complaints about BBB accredited companies. If a company is accredited and has a great BBB rating systems score, you can have confidence that they have a good reputation amongst their customers and choosing them would be a great decision.
Another professional organization to check out international moving companies with is the International Movers Association (IAM). The IAM is an organization committed to keeping high standards of service in the international moving industry. Membership in the IAM comes with a strict code of ethics to adhere to so be sure to search the IAM directory to see if your chosen moving company is a member.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the federal agency responsible for regulating international importing/exporting. An international mover must be licensed by the FMC in order to operate legally in the U.S. You can research an international moving company’s licensing here.
After you’ve checked out your mover thoroughly with the above steps, go ahead and give them a call or request a free quote. Once the line of communication is opened, assess their communication skills and their willingness to help you with your questions. If they treat you like garbage or harass you looking for a booking, you can guess that that poor treatment is what you’ll get throughout the process.
On the other hand, if they are friendly, transparent, communicate well and are willing to listen and answer your questions you’ll know that you’ve chosen the one of the best interational moving companies in the USA.