What You Need to Know About Bonded Storage

March 15th, 2017 Comments off

You’re moving to another country, and you need a place to store your stuff. What are your options? One place you can store your things is in bonded storage. Read on to learn more about this option and why it might be right for you.

What Is Bonded Storage?
Bonded storage (also known as bonded warehouses or customs warehouses) are storage facilities in which you can store goods without having to pay duties upon them.
How does that work? We’ll illustrate with an example. Let’s say that Mark is moving from England to Toronto. He’s shipped a bunch of his things to Canada, but he’s still looking for a place to live. Some of the items which he’s shipped are taxable. Mark can leave them in bonded storage without paying customs duties until he’s ready to move.

What Are the Other Advantages of Using Bonded Storage?
Deferring paying customs duties is a fairly big advantage. However, that’s not the only reason that people choose to place their goods in bonded storage.
For a start, you can store goods there for at least four years. That’s a pretty important fact to know if it takes you longer than expected to find a place to live.
Second, these warehouses are specially equipped to preserve your belongings. They’re temperature controlled, so you don’t need to worry about mold or damage from the heat or cold. That feature gives you peace of mind.
Third, bonded storage is highly secure. Only authorized personnel can enter them, and they are safeguarded by state-of-the-art systems. So, as long as your belongings are stored there, you don’t have to worry about them being damaged or stolen.
Fourth, it doesn’t matter how little or how much stuff you’ve got – chances are that the bonded storage facility can accommodate your shipment. This is good news if you’re shipping a large amount of things (such as the contents of your home) or if you’re shipping something small yet quite valuable (such as a painting that’s worth thousands of dollars).
Fifth, moving companies generally run bonded storage facilities. When you’re ready to move your belongings, the shipping company can load the items onto a truck and deliver them to wherever you need. That means that’s one less hassle you have to worry about when you’re ready to move.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: We Offer Safe and Secure Bonded Storage Facilities
If you’re moving to Canada and you can’t clear customs at the port of entry, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. can store your goods in our bonded storage facility. Our bonded storage solutions are convenient, secure and economical. Orbit’s warehouse is big enough to store household belongings as well as cars. When you use Orbit’s storage facilities, you have peace of mind that your belongings are safe from theft and damage – our bonded warehouse is fireproof and secured by a state-of-the-art alarm system. To learn more, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

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Going on Exchange: Short Period International Moves

March 6th, 2017 Comments off

Moving abroad doesn’t have to be permanent. There are many people who have to move to another country for work or who have to go back to their country of origin for a short period of time to take care of a family member.

You might be excited about the move – it’s a new opportunity to meet different people and experience another culture. However, the question arises: what do you do with your things in the meantime? Read on to learn about storage options for people who aren’t staying abroad permanently.

What Can You Do with Your Stuff While You’re Abroad?

You have a few choices of what to do with your things while you’re living abroad temporarily.

For a start, you could sell all of your things. That would raise some much needed cash, although you’d just need to buy more furniture or whatever else you sold when you come back home.

A second option is to store your things with family or friends. This is the cheapest option, but what happens if that person needs to move or his or her home is flooded, robbed, or damaged by fire? Your belongings wouldn’t be insured, so you would still need to buy new things.

The third option is to put your belongings in storage with your moving company. For many people moving abroad for a short period of time, this is the best place to store their things. We’ll explain why in the next paragraph. 

Why Choose Your Moving Company’s Storage?

There are a few reasons as to why your moving company’s storage facilities are the best choice for you if you’re not moving abroad permanently.

First, these storage facilities are insured. That’s not the situation at your average self-storage facility. In the highly unlikely event something happens to your things, you’re not facing a major financial loss.

Moreover, they’re fireproof, clean, and are secured by state-of-the-art technology. These features give you peace of mind that your belongings are completely safe.

In addition, if and when you want to ship your belongings to your new home, the moving company can quickly prepare them and ship them at the earliest possible opportunity. That’s not something the moving company can do if you were storing your belongings in a self-storage unit because of insurance issues.

And even if you’re not entirely sure how temporary the move is going to be, you can still use your moving company’s storage facilities until you have a clearer idea of what’s going on.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Offering High Quality Storage Facilities

If you’re moving abroad for a short period of time, store your belongings at Orbit’s storage facility. We offer state-of-the-art security that protects a clean, fireproof, temperature-controlled warehouse. You have peace of mind knowing your belongings are insured. And if you need to access your belongings, you can drop by during regular business hours. To learn more, call us today at 416-661-4228.

By Adi Shaked

 

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The Benefits of Moving during the Off-Peak Season

February 17th, 2017 Comments off

What’s the best time of the year to move? Ultimately, it’s whatever suits you best. That being said, there are certain advantages to moving during particular times of the year. Read on to learn why you might be better off moving during the fall and winter.

Why Do So Many People Move during the Summer?

As the song goes, “Summertime, and the living is easy.” During the summertime, many people are on vacation, so fewer important projects are carried out at work.

In addition, most school-aged children aren’t in school during the summer. So, moving at this time of the year won’t interrupt their studies or their social lives.

What Are the Disadvantages to Moving during the Summer?

Moving during the most popular time of the year is not without its pitfalls, though. Whenever an activity is very popular, it becomes more difficult to do.

Because so many people move during the summer, it’s harder to find moving companies with availability. And if they have availability, it might not work with your schedule as well as you would like. Furthermore, because moving services are in such high demand, you’ll have to pay more for them.

Why Move in the Late Fall or Winter?

The late fall or winter might seem like the least appealing times of the year to move. It might be raining or snowing, and it’s definitely not as warm. If you’ve got kids, they’re smack dab in the middle of the school year.

All of these seeming disadvantages actually work in your favour. Because no one wants to move in less-than-pleasant weather, you get the choice of dates and times for when you want to move. All the trucks and personnel are available!

Some moving companies will offer customers a discount during the winter, so there’s an additional incentive to move during this time. Not only do you get greater choice, but you save money, too!

For people without school-aged children, a late fall or winter move isn’t as disruptive. But even if you do have children in primary or secondary school, you can still minimize the disruption of a late fall or winter move. Plan it during the holiday season when they’re on break from school anyway. When they start again during the next semester, all of the students will be on the same page.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re planning an international move in the late fall or winter, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We have over a decade of experience moving people around the world at any time of the year. And while some companies can only provide better service and personalized attention during the off-season, we offer it all year long! Our courteous and professional staff answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time and with all of the materials necessary to get the job done right the first time. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228 today.

By Adi Shaked

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What You Need to Know about Moving to Costa Rica

January 26th, 2017 Comments off

Costa Rica draws immigrants from other parts of the world because they long for excellent weather and a stable economy and political system. There’s an expatriate community of Canadians who have come to the country for just those reasons. If you’re interested in joining them, you won’t regret it. Read on to learn some important things to know before you move there.

What You Can’t Bring with You

Many countries have restrictions on what you can and can’t bring in. Costa Rica is no exception.

You can’t ship narcotics, explosives, pornographic or politically subversive materials to the country. In addition, you can’t ship firearms, ammunition, animals, agricultural products, plants, medicines, large quantities of liquor, food or cosmetics without a permit.

What Do You Need to Ship Your Household Goods?

Many people ship their personal effects to Costa Rica. In order to ship your belongings to the country, you’ll need to fill out some paperwork.

One of the requirements is an original bill of lading (known as a B/L). It’s a detailed list of goods in the shipment. If you’re shipping your goods by airplane, there’s a special term for a B/L – it’s called an air waybill (AWB). You’ll need to include the total number of items and their weight on your B/L or AWB.

If you’re shipping electronics or appliances to Costa Rica, you’ll need to include the brand, serial number and model of all electronic appliances on your B/L or AWB.

It’s crucial that the number of items and their weight on the B/L or AWB match what’s actually in the shipment. Costa Rican authorities check this information very carefully, and if there’s a discrepancy between what’s on the B/L or AWB and what you’re shipping, that will delay customs and you’ll be charged a fine.

In addition, you’ll also need to provide your moving company with a copy of your passport.

Bringing a Pet

You can bring Fluffy or Fido with you to Costa Rica. The Costa Rican government doesn’t require you quarantine your pets when they arrive in the country. However, if they appear sick, they’ll be kenneled for 30 days at a government facility.

As with shipping goods, you’ll need certain documents to bring your pet into the country. These include a certificate of vaccination (which should also be for rabies), a health certificate issued by a veterinary service less than 30 days before arrival, authorization from the Costa Rican Ministry of Health (obtained at the consulate or embassy) and an invoice indicating the value of the pet.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re moving to Costa Rica, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have over a decade of experience moving customers to Costa Rica and other places across the globe. Our customers appreciate our professionalism and our commitment to customer service – a number of clients have used us more than once! Discover the Orbit difference by calling 416-661-4228 today.

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Reasons to Use Short and Long Term Storage

January 11th, 2017 Comments off

Moving abroad can be exciting. Figuring out where you’re going to store your stuff isn’t. In fact, it can be headache-inducing. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. What if you knew that you had access to high quality storage that included insurance for your belongings, so you had peace of mind that your things would be safe for the duration of the time they were in storage? Read on to learn more about short and long term storage offered by your international moving company.

Why Use Short Term Storage?

We’ll use an example to illustrate the benefits of using short term storage offered by your international moving company.

Jack is moving to London, England for work. For the first three months, he knows he’s going to be living in a furnished flat. After that, he’s going to start looking for an unfurnished place, and then he’ll send his shipment over.

In the meantime, Jack has chosen to store his belongings at his moving company’s storage facility. When he’s ready to ship his things, he’ll contact the moving company and the movers will pack the items into containers.

Why did Jack choose to store his goods at the moving company’s facility instead of at a self-storage unit? For a start, the moving company insures his belongings. If he were to keep them in a self-storage unit, those items wouldn’t be insured. Moreover, Jack knows that the storage facility is clean, fireproof, and equipped with a state-of-the-art security system.

Why Use Long Term Storage?

You might be reading this and saying, “Well, I can see where short term storage makes sense. But why would I want to store my stuff long term at the moving company’s facilities? Doesn’t it make more sense in that situation to use self-storage?”

Again, we’ll use an example to illustrate. This time, Jack is living in Australia. He expected to get a work permit fairly quickly, but it’s taken him over a year. Jack didn’t want to ship his belongings over before he had a work permit, because he wouldn’t be able to stay in the country otherwise.

Although the situation is different, the reasons for choosing his moving company’s storage over a self-storage unit are the same. Jack’s belongings are still insured as long as they’re at the moving company, and the movers can quickly prepare them for shipment once Jack contacts them. They’ll be safe in the fireproof, temperature-controlled storage facility, so Jack doesn’t have to worry about them being damaged.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Source for High Quality Storage

Whether you’re looking to store your things for a few months or a few years, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. can help you. We provide long term and short term storage in a fireproof, temperature-controlled storage facility protected by a top of the line security system, and you can access the storage during regular business hours. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228 today.

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Moving from Montreal to France or Vice Versa? Here’s What You Need to Know

January 3rd, 2017 Comments off

Are you considering moving from Montreal to France? Your French skills will put you at an advantage over other immigrants from English-speaking countries. What if you’re planning on moving from France to Montreal? Perhaps you’d like to study at one of the city’s highly regarded universities. In either situation, it’s important to know about shipping rules and regulations for international moving. Read on to learn what you need to know if you’re moving to or from Montreal to or from France.

Moving from Montreal to France

France, like other countries, has a customs bureaucracy. So, when you’re moving there, you’ll need paperwork in order to ship your personal effects.

What paperwork do you need? For a start, there’s the certificat de changement de residence (certificate of change of residence). You must request this document from the French consulate in Montreal before you leave Canada. This document includes the date you’ve entered the country and the date you’re leaving. You’ll also need a certificat de non cession (a certificate of non-transfer) from the consulate, too.

This document shows that the goods you’re bringing into France are for personal use and you’re not going to resell them. Another document you’ll need is something that proves you’ll be living in France. This proof could be telephone bills or bills for utilities, or you could provide the title to your property or rental agreement. In addition, you’ll need proof that you lived outside of France for at least a year. You can use the same types of documents that you’d use to prove you’ll be living in France.

Moving from France to Montreal

Although Montreal is a very international city, it doesn’t have its own customs regulations. When moving from France to Montreal, you’ll need to fill out Canadian customs forms. However, if you’d prefer to fill them out in French, you can do so.

The Canadian government divides people coming to Canada into two categories: immigrants (people moving to Canada who are planning on establishing a residence for more than 12 months) and returning residents (people who lived in Canada then moved abroad and are coming back to the country). The difference between the two categories is that an immigrant can import household and personal effects he or she has used before moving.

For returning Canadian residents, they can import these goods to Canada duty-free if they’ve used them for six months prior to their return. Immigrants and returning Canadians must fill out customs forms (your moving company will provide them). One thing to remember is that when moving to Montreal, you’ll have to pay taxes on alcohol. You’ll pay Quebec taxes as well as Canadian customs duties on any alcohol you import.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

Wherever you’re moving, choose Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. For over ten years, we’ve been moving people across the world. To find out how we can help you, call us at 416-661-4228 today.

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Why Should You Move to the Bahamas?

December 14th, 2016 Comments off

The Bahamas are a string of islands off the coast of Florida. Although there are 700 islands in the chain, only 29 of them are inhabited. But residents love living there. The archipelago is home to over 300,000 people.  Are you planning an international move to the Bahamas, or thinking about moving there? Read on to learn what life is like in the Bahamas and why you would love living there.

The Weather

The average temperature in Toronto in December is between two and four degrees Celsius. In contrast, the average temperature during the same month in the Bahamas is around 15 degrees Celsius. You won’t see snow, ice or freezing rain in the Bahamas.

This archipelago enjoys what’s known as a “tropical marine climate,” which means there are fairly high temperatures all year long. Yes, there’s a rainy season. However, many people would gladly trade frigid winter for rain and some wind.

The Natural Beauty

Did you know that there are 2,000 coral reefs stretching from the coast of Florida to the island of Hispaniola (home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic)? The Bahamas’ location puts residents smack dab in the middle of those reefs.

It’s not just the reefs, though. There are thousands of kilometers of coastline. The Lucayan National Park offers a network of underwater caves to interested divers. And of course, there are the pristine white beaches and the crystal clear waters.

The Conveniences and Creature Comforts

One of the best parts of moving to the Bahamas is that you don’t feel as though you’re giving anything up. You don’t have to sacrifice the modern conveniences of your life in Canada because you’ve moved there.

New Providence, the island that’s home to the Bahamas’ capital city of Nassau, boasts hospitals, colleges, hotels and resorts. Freeport, located on Grand Bahama Island, is the country’s second largest city. It also has modern and efficient infrastructure.

Moreover, the Bahamas are easily accessible by air because it’s a popular tourist destination and there’s more than one airport in the archipelago. So, getting back and forth between the Bahamas and Canada isn’t too difficult.

The Stability

One of the advantages of moving to the Bahamas is that you don’t have to worry about economic or government upheaval.

The government and the economy of the Bahamas are both quite stable. Residents aren’t concerned about the risk of unrest or war, which should give people moving there peace of mind and comfort knowing that they and their property will be safe.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

If you’re considering moving to the Bahamas, contact Orbit International Moving and Logistics. We’ve been moving customers all over the world for over a decade – we are your international moving specialists. Why do our customers choose us? Orbit offers excellent customer service. Our staff answers every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew arrives on time with everything they need to get the job done right the first time. We’ve had customers that love us so much, they’ve used us more than once! Call us today at 416-661-4228 to learn more.

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How Can You Emigrate from the US to Canada?

November 21st, 2016 Comments off

Many Americans were disappointed when Donald Trump won the American election. So many people were interested in moving to Canada that the Canadian immigration website crashed on election night. If you’re serious about moving to Canada from the States, you need to know how to emigrate. Read on for some important information about immigrating to Canada from the US.

Family Sponsorship

Do you have a relative that’s a permanent resident or citizen of Canada? He or she might be able to sponsor you to come to Canada.

There are certain categories of family sponsorship. Your spouse, partner, or parent can sponsor you. Let’s say you’re the parent or grandparent of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident – he or she might be able to bring you to Canada. Even if you’re the dependent child of a Canadian permanent resident or citizen’s dependent child, your family member can sponsor you.

Express Entry

Canada wants skilled immigrants to come to the country and help build its economy. To that end, it created the Express Entry program.

You’ll have to fill out an application form to determine your eligibility for Express Entry. If you meet the criteria, the Canadian government will place you into a pool of candidates. The highest ranking candidates will be invited to apply for permanent residence.

Immigrant Investors

Are you an entrepreneur looking to invest in Canada? The Immigrant Investor program is for you.

You have to provide proof of your net worth. The Canadian government will evaluate the information with the aid of a designated accounting firm. You must also place $2 million in a non-guaranteed investment. Moreover, you have to have either French or English language skills, and you must have the equivalent of a Canadian post-secondary degree.

Self-Employed

You might be able to immigrate to Canada from the US if you’re self-employed. Canada is looking for candidates in three fields: cultural activities, athletics or buying and managing a farm.

In order to apply for the self-employed immigration class, you have to have a certain amount of experience and you must be able to prove that you can support yourself and contribute to Canada’s economy. You’ll also need to demonstrate that you have the education and language skills to succeed in the True North. Furthermore, you must also prove you’re not a security risk and that you’re healthy so you won’t be a drain on Canada’s public health system.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

Are you considering moving from the US to Canada? Contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have over a decade of experience in international moving, including from the US to Canada. What makes Orbit different? Our staff is courteous, professional and committed to ensuring that your move goes smoothly and hassle-free. And our movers arrive on time with everything they need so that your belongings arrive safely. Call us today at 416-664-4228.

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The Top Five Things People Learn from Moving Internationally

October 28th, 2016 Comments off

Regardless of where you move, international moving changes your life completely. Even if you move from one English-speaking country to another, there are still things that will be different, and you’ll go through an adjustment period. You’ll gain valuable knowledge about life in another country, and you may even discover some valuable insights about yourself, too. Read on for the top five lessons people learn when they move abroad.

Be Flexible

Things don’t always go as planned when you move to another country. The bureaucracy is different, the culture is different, and expectations are different.

Don’t go into this situation thinking everything will go exactly as you want it to – it won’t. Have a backup plan (or more than one) when things don’t work out. A sense of humor helps, too.

Be Patient

This lesson is inextricably linked to the first one. Remember that not everything in your new country will work at the same speed as the old one. It could take weeks or months for documents to be processed at government offices. That beautiful apartment you checked out online might not be ready when you need it.

Getting frustrated won’t help the situation. Taking a deep breath and remembering that some things take time, on the other hand, will.

Be Organized

Now is not the time to be a procrastinator. You have a great deal of work to do, and you need to complete it within a certain time frame.

Set a schedule for yourself. Figure out what you need to do, and when you need to do it. Then, make sure those tasks are finished with by their due dates.

Furthermore, being organized means that you decide in advance what you’re taking with you and what you’re leaving behind. Don’t decide on moving day that you’re not taking your Aunt Lucy’s dining room set with you.

Knowledge Is Power

Learn as much as you can about the country to which you’ll be moving and what life is like there. While you’re at it, find out about what the international moving process is like, too.

It’s normal to have expectations – everyone does it, and it’s impossible to prevent yourself from dreaming things will turn out a certain way. But, going into a situation unprepared almost guarantees that you won’t achieve your dreams.

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What You Need to Know about Moving Goods from Canada to the US

October 14th, 2016 Comments off

If you’re moving to the US from Canada, you’re probably wondering about the procedures and processes you’ll have to go through in order to start your new life in the States. What paperwork will you need to cross the border? Is there a risk you’ll be stopped or that your shipment won’t be allowed through? Read on to learn what you need to know about moving goods from Canada to the US.

What Goods Are Duty Free? 

There’s good news if you’re shipping the contents of your home to the US: household goods and personal effects that have been in your possession and use for a year or more are duty free. Planning on shipping your Aunt Nancy’s antique dresser? As long as you can prove it’s over 100 years old (with a receipt of purchase or appraisal), you won’t have to pay tax on it, either. Let’s say you’ve bought a bunch of things right before you moved. Don’t underestimate their value or lie to customs officials. They could confiscate those items and then slap you with a fine.

What Paperwork Do You Need?  

The documents you need depend on your status in the US. If you’re a returning US resident, you’ll need a completed copy of the 3299 Customs Form and a valid passport. Are you a part-time resident of the US? You’ll need the same form, a passport, proof of property ownership or lease in the US and documents that prove you live in Canada (such as utility bills or property tax records).

What if you’re not a resident at all? You’ll still need the 3299 Customs Form and a valid passport. In addition, you’ll need a copy of the I94 form that a US Customs official will insert into your passport when you enter the States. Depending on your situation, you might also need a study visa or work visa as well as a letter offering you employment in the US.

Do I Need to Clear Customs Myself?  

The answer to that question depends on certain factors. Generally, you don’t. However, if there’s a problem with your paperwork, your goods will be held in storage (called “in bond”), and you’ll have to clear customs yourself.

Be aware that unless you’re a returning US resident, you have to enter the US before your shipment does. You’ll need to submit a copy of the I94 form to the moving company in order for your goods to make it over the border.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Experts in Shipping from Canada to the US. If you’re moving from Canada to the US, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have over a decade of experience shipping clients’ goods across the Canada-US border. Some of our clients have been so happy with us, they’ve used us more than once! Our dedication to providing the best customer experience sets us apart. Call us now at 416-661-4228.

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