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Exploring Groupage Shipments To Spain

Shipping container

Whether you’re a minimalist, on a shorter term move, on a tight budget, or simply bringing a few larger items to Spain with you Groupage shipment may be the best course of action for your move.

How Groupage Shipments Work

Much like a ride sharing, those using groupage shipping combine their cargo with other people shipping within the same, individual container, sometimes with multiple stops along the way. This is also called consolidated shipping. Once the container arrives it is unloaded and claimed by the appropriate parties. By sharing your container with others, you enjoy a significant savings on the cost of your move. This type of arrangement is best for someone who only has a smaller shipment.

The Advantages of Groupage Shipping

Usually if you only use three quarters of a shipping container you still pay for the entire space. With groupage shipping you only pay for the room you take up, with another person (or multiple people) filling up the remaining space. Many times, groupage shipping has less handling of the product, which means a lower risk of damage during travel. High volume shipping ports, such as Spain, are efficient places to receive a shipment, meaning you may have to wait less time to receive the items in your move.

Things To Consider Before Booking Consolidated Shipping

Consolidated or groupage shipping isn’t right for everyone. By sharing your container, you need to spend more time ensuring your items fit into the required dimensions. Since your items will be sharing space with someone else’s there is less wiggle room. If timing of the arrival of your moving items is important, speak to the moving company in advance to get a timeline along with the pricing for each moving option available before you decide.

Possible Issues

It may be more difficult to find a mover offering groupage shipping. Some companies do not want to take on the complex nature of a groupage shipment. Thankfully many experts, like the team at Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd., have years of experience with consolidated shipments and will get you the best price possible thanks to their robust network of carrier connections.

North America & Spain

Economic relations are strong between Canada and Spain. Many credit this tie with the Canadian-European free trade agreement (CETA). Restricted items for this type of shipment are the same as any country, and include food and food products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and electronics. You may need to get explicit permission to ship such items. Speak to your moving specialist before placing anything in question into your shipping pallet.

The Ports of Spain

Spain is a port destination, meaning that there are numerous locations to receive goods from a distance depending on your needs, whether it’s receipt of your items in Valencia (a public terminal known for container shipping), Algeciras Bay (known for its ships connecting Spain with Africa, Asia, America and Europe), Barcelona (providing a sea access port for the whole Spanish territory), Las Palmas (an international port) and Bilbao. Letting your goods cruise on over to Spain may be the best and most cost-efficient way to manage your move.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

Moving to Iceland: Permits and Customs

Iceland may not seem like the ideal place to move to because of what the country’s name implies, but if you’ve been before, you know that this country is an absolute gem. The travel hot spot is currently on the rise for tourists and expats due to its breathtaking scenery and landscapes, geothermal pools, and of course, the northern lights. It feels almost otherworldly. But not too unfamiliar, as their food is delicious and their music, artists such as Sigur Rós and Kaleo, are quickly making their way to the top of the charts.

Moving to any country can prove to be a difficult endeavor, not to worry though, Orbit International can help you get there. Iceland, being part of the European Union, has a particular hierarchy when it comes to accepting immigrant applications. At the top of the list, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) members are considered first. They do not need a special resident permit to live in Iceland, they just have to register with Registers Iceland upon arrival.

European Economic Area (EEA) Members
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Members
Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein.

There are 6 different types of applications for a residence permit if you are not a member of the EEA or EFTA.

Residence Permit

Just about everyone else, Canadians and Americans included, may visit Iceland on holiday or business for 90 days or less in accordance with the Visa Waiver Program. If you want to stay longer, you must apply for a residence permit with the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.

If you want to apply for one, there are requirements that need to be met for the specific type of residence permit you are applying for. Documents need to be submitted and it is important to present them properly. If done properly, it will increase your chances of getting accepted and will also speed up the process. Applications that are submitted with all everything in order receive priority.

1) Family reunification: Only the immediate family members of a citizen of Iceland, other Nordic citizens who have a permanent address in Iceland, foreign citizens who are living in Iceland as a specialist, a professional athlete, PhD student, those who have a residence permit based on humanitarian reasons, or are permanent residents, can apply for a residence permit on the basis of family reunification.
2) Spouse /cohabiting partner
3) Child
4) Relative
5) Work: Residence permits can be given out because of specific employment opportunities in Iceland which are not deemed as temporary. According to the Foreign Nationals Right to Work Act, the applicant must be fully qualified in a field that is needed by an employer and have the level of education equivalent in Iceland. Further information about the rights associated with this type of work permit can be found here. Information about athletes and temporary shortage of labourers can be found here.
6) Study/Education: Residence permits for students are issued to foreigners over the age of 18 who intend to study in Iceland at a university level or other studies meeting university admission requirements. The applicant must be registered for full time studies.
7) Au pair
8) Special ties
9) Humanitarian considerations

Customs and Shipping Regulations

If you already have your residence permit in order and all you need to do is move to Iceland, all you need to know if what you can bring into the country. Like all countries, Iceland has import regulations which allow duty-free items to be brought over, while some are prohibited.

Restricted Items
– Arms and ammunition: Firearms and ammunition brought for personal use must be accompanied with a permit issued by the police authorities and a —
– European firearms permit.
– Tobacco: 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of other tobacco products.
– Cash: Up to ISK 8,000, and an unlimited amount of foreign currencies.

Alcohol:
– 1 liter of spirits and 0.75 liter of wine and 3 liters of beer; or
– 3 liters of wine and 6 liters of beer; or
– 1 liter of spirits and 6 liters of beer; or
– 1,5 liters of wine and 12 liters of beer; or
– 18 liters of beer.
– 3 kilograms of food, not exceeding the value of ISK 25,000.
– Gifts not exceeding ISK 10,000 per item.

Prohibited Items
-Narcotics and dangerous drugs
-Uncooked meat and meat
-Weapons: Daggers with blades exceeding 12 centimeters, switchblade knives, knuckles, truncheons, crossbows and handcuffs.
-Snuff and chewing tobacco
-Used riding gear.
-Embassy Support

If you need more information about permits or customs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of the two embassies of Iceland in Canada.

Embassy of Iceland in Embassy
Constitution Square
360 Albert Street, Suite 710,
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1R 7X7
Phone: +1 (613) 482 1944
Fax: +1 (613) 482 1945
Web Site: http://www.iceland.org/ca
Email: icemb.ottawa@utn.stjr.is
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 08:30 – 16:00

Consulate General of Iceland in Winnipeg, Canada
One Wellington Crescent, Suite 100
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3M 3Z2
Phone: +1 (204) 284 1535
Fax: +1 (204) 284 1539
Web Site: http://www.iceland.org/ca/win
Email: icecon.winnipeg@utn.stjr.is
Office Hours: 09:00 – 16: 00 Monday – Friday

Moving to Iceland?
If all of this seems plausible for you, you may start thinking about moving you and your family or business over to Iceland. Choosing the best company to make that move for you is crucial in assuring a smooth transition over to Iceland. Orbit International Moving Logistics is by far the best and most experienced company in sending containers anywhere around the world and they should be your top choice for doing so. With out extensive knowledge, we can provide you with the proper information regarding the movement of your possessions to Iceland. Get in touch with us on our contact page, and make your first big step towards Iceland.

Why Should You Move to the Bahamas?

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.

By Adi Shaked

Moving to Kuwait

 

KUWAIT

Moving to KUWAIT

When moving from Canada to KUWAIT it is very important to choose the best Shipping company. Orbit International Moving Logistics is the best international moving company in Canada. We have extensive knowledge with international relocations to KUWAIT, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to KUWAIT and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to KUWAIT. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call (416) 661-4228.

CUSTOMS RULES/REGULATIONS  

  1. Customs Duty/Tax for Personal Effectsis @ 5% of the cargo value as assessed by customs authorities. The consignee must produce cash receipt/invoice as proof of purchase of new items, for ascertaining customs duty. Used Personal Effects being imported first time are generally exempted from duty/taxes, however subject to absolute discretion of the customs officials.
  1. Consignee/Importer’s  presence(along with original identification docs, i.e. Passport or Civil ID) is mandatory for inbound customs inspection & clearance
  1. Services are basedon direct customs clearance and delivery from customs to the designated point of delivery. Additional charges apply for shipments cleared to our warehouse for re-delivery.
  1. Origin handling agents must ensure proper packing/palletization of cargofor safe handling purpose and shipments must be conducive for all weather conditions. Pls note during peak summer season (July/Aug/Sept) temp is likely to reach between 45° to 50° C.
  1. Auto Imports:As per regulations in place, only Kuwaiti Nationals are permitted to import automobiles for personal use in their name. The option is if your client (expatriate) can manage to get the help of a Kuwaiti friend/colleague and use that person as the importer. But your client must ensure that this Kuwaiti friend/colleague has not imported any cars previously in his name…..import of more than 1 car for personal use is not permitted.
  1. Timeline:We require 8-10 working days (for sea freight) and 2-3 working days (for air freights) from date of receipt of Delivery Order and all clearance docs from cnee, to process paper works through customs and clear cargo for inspection & delivery.
  1. Prohibited items: Pornographic literature, pork meat, alcoholic products, statues / art work defined as offensive to Islamic teachings and principles, narcotics, wireless transmitters, firearms and ammunition, goods of Israeli origin.
  1. Items which may be detained by Ministries for examination: Videos, books, records, CD’s, laser discs, audio cassettes, medicines/drugs, magazines and photographs.

Documentation requirements for import customs clearance includes:

  • MBL/MAWB(Express or Original)
  • Detailed Packing list
  • Arabic Packing List (Generic. Format available upon request)
  • Cnee’s passport original & copy (with photo/personal info page & residence permit stamp page)
  • Cnee’s Visa copy with entry stamp of Kuwait Immigration (if applicable)
  • Cnee’s civil ID original & copy
  • Original Statistical Bayan / ED (For shipments of GCC origin)
  • Employment letter (if applicable)
  • Temporary import license (if required; to be obtained by consignee directly from the Ministry of Commerce here in Kuwait)
  • Original Invoice/Cash receipt for proof of purchase
  • Original Vehicle export certificate & clearance certificates from DoT at origin
  • Registration / Vehicle ownership title (Original)
  • Vehicle should meet GCC/DoT specs & not older than 5 years
  • No items permitted to be stored inside vehicle.
  • As per customs regulations, the cnee’s presence is mandatory for preparation of bayan & during inbound customs inspection.
  • An expatriate is not allowed to import vehicles in his name.

Important: This information is intended for general guidance. We are not able to take responsibility for any errors or omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use.  As such it is advisable to contact the nearest Kuwaiti official office for full and current information prior to importation.

The Best International Moving Companies

There are many overseas moving companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Anguila and choosing the right overseas moving services.

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International Moving for Dummies

International Moving for DummiesThe informational book series “For Dummies” aims to explain complicated subjects (especially those related to computers and the internet) in an easy-to-understand way for the average reader. At Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd, we wanted to apply this concept to simplify your preparations for an international move: we prepared an “International Moving for Dummies” guide. Read on for some simple tips on moving to another country.

Stay organized. If you’re not an organized person, now is the time to start being one! You’ll need to make lists and set schedules. If you aren’t organized, you’ll find that you’ll be more stressed when it comes time to get things done.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Specifically, you should ask your friends, family and colleagues for recommendations of international movers and relocation specialists. If they’ve never had to look for an international moving company, they might know someone who has. They can also give you advice on what to look for in this type of service, and what to avoid when shipping worldwide.

Do your research. Call three to five moving companies for quotes. Bear in mind that the cheapest quote is not the best quote. You should choose the quote that includes the most services for the lowest price. If the moving company doesn’t give you a lot of information about what’s included in the quote, just ask. If the company’s representative doesn’t want to give you more details, then you know that’s not the moving company for you.

Sort your stuff before you start packing. Over the years, we all accumulate things we don’t need. That doesn’t mean you need to bring it all with you when you move, especially if you’re moving to another country. Get rid of anything you’ve realized you haven’t used in more than a few months.

Decide what you are taking with you, and keep it organized – there’s that “O” word again. Once you’ve figured out what you’re taking with you, you’ll need to put those things into two categories: what’s coming with you on the plane and what can be packed. For example, you’ll want to bring your passport and other travel documents with you on the plane.

Be prepared on moving day. Once more, this tip goes back to being organized. When the movers show up is not the time to start sorting out your stuff. Being ready also means making sure the movers have a place to park their truck outside your home, clearing a path for them outside and inside of the house, shoveling snow if necessary, and putting your pets in a place where they will be out of the way of the movers. Another part of being prepared is keeping the utilities on until the last possible minute – you don’t want to be in the dark or the cold.

Choose Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. for your international moving needs. We’ve been in business for over 10 years, providing excellent customer service with professional, dedicated employees who work with customers every step of the way. But don’t just take our word for it. Read some of the testimonials on our site to learn about our satisfied clients. Call us today at 416-661-4228.

International Moving Process

“Your staff demonstrated they are knowledgeable and remarkably efficient which could not remain unnoticed. I would be delighted to recommend your company at any time”.         

 

The International Moving Process

1. Survey

Once you contact us, we will arrange a pre-move survey. This is where one of our professional surveyors visits your home to calculate the volume of your household goods. All our surveyors are highly experienced moving specialists. They have worked in the removals business for many years and have a high degree of industry knowledge.

The surveyor will spend time explaining the moving process in detail. They will use a laptop presentation to show you how our packing process works and what you can expect from our removals crew.

During the survey, they will walk around your home with you, making a detailed inventory of the items you wish to move. Based on this inventory, they will estimate the weight and volume of your goods. This allows us to give you an accurate quote.

You will receive one of our moving guide brochures, with details of customs restrictions (depending on your destination, there may be items that you cannot ship). The brochure will also give you details of our Transit Cover, which you may like to take out to protect you against the risk of goods being damaged in transit.

Both the surveyor and your moving coordinator will be able to talk you through any paperwork you need to fill out. They can also explain storage options in case there is anything you do not wish to move.

2. Quote

The surveyor will pass their calculations and inventory onto our moving team. You will be assigned a dedicated move coordinator, who will send you our quote and a letter introducing themselves.

You can contact your coordinator with any questions you may have regarding the quote or the removals process. They can also advise you on filling out the necessary paperwork, or taking out the Transit Cover.

If you then choose to move with us, your coordinator will discuss your moving date with you and will book a packing day with our trained crew.

Your coordinator is here to help throughout the entire moving process. They will keep you fully informed of all key dates and will support you at every step.

Our packing crew will arrive at the date and time agreed with you. On arrival, the crew and foreman will introduce themselves, and walk through your home with you, so that you can go over what needs to be packed, and point out anything particularly fragile.

After laying protective coverings on floors, the crew will pack your belongings using expert wrapping techniques and tailor-made packing materials to minimize movement and therefore damage during transit. Our foreman will prepare a computerized inventory of all items will label each item with a bar-coded label as well as basic information about your move. Each item packed will be documented and signed as a receipt for the belongings being shipped.

Packing materials and storage containers – keeping your possessions safe

Wrapping: We use 6 ply (as opposed to the standard 4 ply) padded blankets, and a range of other specialized packing materials to protect your belongings during shipping.

Custom-made cartons: We have a range of custom-made storage containers for fragile or bulky items, for example:

  • Telescope boxes for paintings to protect the shape of your pictures and paintings.
  • Wardrobe cartons to transport your clothes upright, minimizing creasing.
  • Wooden crates to keep fragile items safe.
  • Over-sized cartons to transport large items like golf clubs and bicycles.

To us, everything you own is priceless. Our crew members are very experienced movers, and will take the utmost care with all your possessions. By listing their initials on the inventory, they even take personal responsibility for every box they pack.

3. Transportation

Depending on where you are moving to, your goods will either be transported by road, sea or air. We’ll track each stage of your move in our database, so your moving coordinator will be able to talk you through likely transit times, and keep you informed at every step.

4. Customs clearance and delivery

When your belongings arrive at your destination country/city, they’ll be collected by one of our trusted destination partners. We expect the same high standards from our partners as we do from in-house staff, and thoroughly assess them on strict criteria to make sure they deliver the sort of service that we know you expect.

We handle everything for you at your destination. This includes customs clearance and delivering your belongings to your new home as well as final unpacking to the rooms of your choice.

5. Unwrapping at your new home

Once our partner has delivered your goods, they will unpack it for you on a flat surface. They’ll even take away the packing materials for recycling when available.

Your coordinator will keep you up-to-date with transit schedules and times, and will tell you which of our partners will collect and deliver your possessions to your host country address.

We take the hassle out of an international move, so you can focus on having an enjoyable journey to your new home.

 

 

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Moving to Mexico

Customs regulations for the import of used household goods into Mexico

 

According to Mexican laws and regulations, in order to qualify for a free importation of your personal you must follow the following rules:

First – ALL goods must be used by the client for at least six (6) months.
2nd the client is bringing the items into Mexico without the intended for resale.

“Retiree” Visa status: You must show the list if items you intent to bring into Mexico and have it notarized and stamped by the Mexican Consulate in the city of origin.

Do Not Ship personal effects until all the documentation is complete and approved by the destination agent. (The airport holds the shipment for 30 days and ports for 60 days only). If the documentation is not presented by that time, the Mexican government confiscates the shipment. Inform the destination agent of the estimated time of arrival of the shipment at the Customs House of Port of Entry in order for them to proceed with the import process.

Have the moving company set up the transportation to avoid unnecessary demurrage and storage charges.

 

Sea shipments that are consigned to Mexico City terminal are handled directly by the contracts that the steamship lines. Agents cannot accept C.O.D. (Cash On Delivery) charges. The Destination agent can only collect these charges for destination services.

If you secede to ship Items that are Prohibited or Restricted as per the lists below, you are taking the risk that the customs authorities will seize the entire shipment.

 

Note: Sea shipments must indicate the following:

  • A TAX ID number for all parties shown on bill of lading as shipper, consignee, and notify party.
  • Mexican nationals must inform their RFC (TAX ID) number.
  • Generic RFC / TAX ID numbers should be applied only in the following cases:
  1. Diplomatic and consulate goods should use the following code:  EMB930401KH4
  2. International organizations should use the following code: OIN930413N0
  3. Foreigners should use the following code:  EXTR920301TS4

Ports: Altamira, Manzanillo, Tampico, Veracruz and Laredo (overland from US)

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

 Required Documents – Foreigners:

  • Copy of Passport.
  • Temporary Residence Visa, (Visa de Residente Temporal). This is to be obtained by the Instituto Nacional de Migracion; this Visa card also acts as a temporary Work Permit
  • Inventory List – original and 2 copies, typed, in Spanish, signed by owner and notarized by Mexican Consulate at country of origin (NOTARIZED LIST IS FOR FORGEINGERS IS NOT ALWAYS REQUIRED- ALWAYS FOR PERMANENT RESIDENT VIAS HOLDER AND SHIPMENTS ORIGINATING FROM SOE COUNTRIES SUCH A CANADA THE CONSULATES ASK FOR EVERYONE MOVING TO MEXICO TO GET IT).
  • Value Manifestation form – provided by destination agent.
  • Inventory in Spanish, with estimated value.
  • Declaration to Customs (Carta Juramentada) – declaring that there is no items on the Prohibited List in the shipment and indicating any new items. This should be addressed to Customs at Port of Entry
  • Letter of Commitment (Carta Compromiso).
  • Liability Letter – provided by destination agent.
  • Federal Registration or Tax ID of company (Registro Federal Causantes) – provided by employer
  • AWB/OBL – when arriving VIA Air, you must also include the airline ticket.

 

Diplomat Status – Foreigners:

  • Passport – copy of (all pages).
  • Import Permit – “Diplomatic Franchise” must be obtained by the corresponding Embassy in Mexico City. from the General Customs Authority.
  • Declaration to Customs (Carta Juramentada) attesting you have no illegal substances, food, or firearms.
  • Carta Compromiso.
  • Carta Solidaria.
  • Inventory – in Spanish with estimated value.
  • Origin and proof of destination addresses.

 

Diplomat Status – Returning Mexicans:

  • Copy of Passport (all pages).
  • Import Permit – “Diplomatic Franchise” The corresponding official government office of which the diplomat belongs must obtain this permit through the Embassy in Mexico City from the General Customs Authority.
  • Inventory – in Spanish with estimated value.
  • Both origin and destination addresses.

 

Returning Mexican Citizens:

(Must have lived 2 years abroad)

  • Copy of Mexican Passport.
  • Inventory list – Original and two copies in Spanish notarized and sealed by the Mexican consulate at the place of origin.
  • Tax File number (RFC)
  • Declaration Letter (Carta Juramentada) – Provided by service agent to Customs attesting you have no illegal substances, food, or firearms and that other belongings are not new.
  • Manifestation of Value form provided by service agent and signed by the customer.

 

 RESTRICTED / DUTIABLE ITEMS

The below mentioned items are subject to approval by the Mexican customs and agricultural authorities. Please inform us as soon as possible if you plan to send any of the following items:

  • Pets. Can be imported with special documentation.
  • Automobiles: They may be temporarily imported by foreign or Mexican citizens under certain conditions.New Furniture & new House hold goods must be included on the notarized inventory. Include receipts & import permit; subject to duties & taxes up to USD$1000; only allowed via Laredo; Destination Agent must be made aware of these items prior to departure.Inheritance – requires permission from Secretary of Commerce & Industrial Promotion; incurs tax.
  • Appliances/Electronics – must be included on notarize inventory; state serial numbers, make/model.
  • Works of Art, Antiques, Carpets/Rugs – must be declared on the notarized list.
  • Bicycles – one bicycle is allowed per person and it has to be used.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

Note:  Although an importer with a diplomatic status is allowed to import items on the Prohibited List, consultation with the Destination Agent is advised

You should under no circumstances include any prohibited items in your shipment. Heavy fines will be issued and the entire shipment could be seized. Do not try to hide illegal items inside the shipment. Mexican customs inspections are thorough and illegal items will most likely be found by the authorities. Do not include any of the following items:

  • Firearms & Ammunition of any kind including firecrackers, explosives, corrosives, chemicals, combustible liquids & gases, poisons, paint, varnish.
  • Controlled drugs and Psychotropic Substances
  • Pornography, obscene articles, publications, videos & software
  • Reproduction of copyright publications & videos
  • Cars, motorcycles, boats & spare parts
  • Precious metals, archeological items & fossils
  • Wine & Liquor – if found in the shipment clearance will be delayed and extra handling fees incurred for removal from the shipment and kept with the Customs Dominion until an import permit has been secured and the appropriate duties and taxes have been paid.
  • Medications – without prescriptions
  • Any type of food, plants, bulbs, seedlings, seed, liquids of any kind, etc.
  • Toilet paper, diapers or similar items.
  • Detergent, soap or similar items.
  • Collectible items (e.g. pens, cars). They could be considered items planned for sale in Mexico.
  • Blank CDs / tapes etc.
  • Large quantities of the same or similar items. They could be considered items planned for sale in Mexico.

 

IMPORTATION OF PETS

Only dogs and cats are allowed importation without special permission. For all other pets, consult with the Destination Agent for current requirements and regulations.
Subject to duty of pets are valued over USD$5,000.

For pets arriving without their owners, it is recommended to send documents including AWB in advance via fax, to avoid delays in releasing pets. It is recommended to arrange for arrival at the beginning of the week, to avoid pets being kept in Customs control over the weekend, as there is not staff on site to care for them.

 

Required Documents:

  • Passport – copy (owner’s)
  • Certificate of Health – issued within 5 days before arrival date
  • Vaccination Records – including rabies vaccine, must be over 30 days and under 1 year
    • Authorization – obtained from Secretary of Commerce and Industrial Promotion
    • AWB (Air Way Bill)– for pets arriving not accompanied by their owner; must state “Freight as Agreed”; only 2 pets allowed per AWB
    • Pro forma invoice

 

IMPORTATION OF VEHICLES

Diplomats can import vehicles duty free and do not need to be present to clear the vehicle and can utilize any port of entry.

FM-3 Visa holders may only use Altamira, Veracruz and Tampico ports and must be present during clearance. Vehicles crossing via land into Laredo must be driven by the owner than driven to the destination by the owner. Vehicles are subject to duties & taxes to be paid at Customs. Vehicle cannot be included in household goods shipment.

 Returning Nationals may import a vehicle, however it is prohibitive and the Destination Agent should monitor the entire process closely.

Mexico implemented emissions requirements for vehicles. Requirement for emissions certification should be obtained by the website for Mexican Customs.

  • FM3 Visa – original (Non Diplomat)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Title, Registration & vehicle plates
  • Driver license & invoice or bill of sale
  • Diplomatic Franchise – diplomat only
  • Liability Letter – returning Mexican nationals
  • Credit card – one accepted internationally; used to pay the tax & duty

NOTES:

Entry & Exit Requirements: All non-Mexican citizens must have valid immigration documents including one of these visa categories: FMM, FM2, FM3 or FME. U.S. citizens who are also Mexican nationals are considered to be Mexican. Dual nationality status could result in the delay of notification of arrests and other emergencies or hamper U.S. Government efforts to provide consular services. Dual nationals are subject to compulsory military service in Mexico; in addition, dual national males must register for the U.S. Selective Service upon turning 18. Those possessing both U.S. and Mexican nationalities must carry proof of citizenship of both countries. Under Mexican law, dual nationals entering or departing Mexico must identify themselves as Mexican. Under U.S. law, dual nationals entering the United States must identify themselves as U.S. citizens.

Safety & Security: US citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, to stay current with the latest safety and security announcements dispersed by the Embassy in your area.

Your enrollment can also help the Department of State reach your family and friends in case of emergency. In its efforts to combat violence, the Government of Mexico has deployed federal police and military troops to various parts of the country. Government checkpoints, often staffed by military personnel, have been erected in many parts of the country, especially, but not exclusively, in the border area. U.S. citizens are advised to cooperate with personnel at government checkpoints when traveling on Mexican highways.

 

Crime: Street crime, ranging from pick pocketing to armed robbery, is a serious problem in most major cities. Carjacking is also common, particularly in certain areas. The homicide rates in parts of Mexico have risen sharply in recent years, driven largely by violence associated with transnational criminal organizations. In some areas, municipal police forces are widely suspected of colluding with organized crime. In others, police officers are specifically targeted by members of transnational criminal organizations. Because of the dangerous situation in which police officers operate, one is advised to take a nonthreatening posture when interacting with police and to cooperate with police instructions.

Kidnapping, including the kidnapping of non-Mexicans, continues to occur. Express kidnappings, i.e., attempts to get quick cash in exchange for the release of an individual also occurs along with a common scam throughout Mexico called ‘virtual’ kidnapping by telephone, in which the callers typically speak in a distraught voice in a ploy to elicit information about a potential victim and then use this knowledge to demand ransom for the release of the supposed victim. Information that can be used against victims may also be obtained from social networking websites. Credit card “skimming” is also on the rise via skimming machines, tellers with in banks or merchants. One is advised to frequently review account activity.

 

Health: Mexican pharmacies cannot honor foreign prescriptions. U.S. citizens have been arrested and their medicines confiscated by Mexican authorities when their prescriptions were written by a licensed

U.S. physician and filled by a licensed Mexican pharmacist. The importation of prescription drugs into the

United States can be illegal in certain circumstances. U.S. law generally permits persons to enter the

United States with only an immediate supply (i.e., enough for about one month) of a prescription medication. Tap water is unsafe and should be avoided. In high-altitude areas such as Mexico City (elevation 7,600 feet or about 1/2 mile higher than Denver, Colorado), most people need a short adjustment period. Air pollution in Mexico City and Guadalajara is severe. Those with heart or respiratory problems should consult their doctor prior to relocation.

Fumigation of Wood Packing Materials: Mexico imposes ISPM15 regulations for wood packaging material (WPM).
It is advisable to protect the personal effects against rain since the Mexican Ports & Customs houses are saturated and sometimes goods are placed in the open and must therefore be well protected against the rain.

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

  • Embassy of Mexico: http://portal.sre.gob.mx/was_eng/index.php?Itemid=73
  • USDA: www.aphis.usda.gov

The above information is a brief summary of the Mexican import regulation for household goods.
Mexican customs regulations are subject to change without notice and we cannot be held liable for the consequences resulting from non-compliance.

 

List of Mexican Consulates in Canada

Embassy of Mexico in Ottawa, Canada
45 O’Connor St.
Suite 1500
K1P 1A4
City: Ottawa
Phone: (613) 233-8988
Fax: (613) 235-9123
Web Site: http://www.sre.gob.mx/canadaingles
Email: info@embamexcan.com
Office Hours: 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

 

Consulate of Mexico in Calgary, Canada
Suite 1100-833 4th Avenue
SW Calgary
Alberta, Canada
City: Calgary
Phone: (403) 264-4819
Fax: (403) 264-1527
Web Site: http://www.sre.gob.mx/canada
Email: concalgary.@sre.gob.mx

 

Consulate of Mexico in Vancouver, Canada
Suite 411-1177 West Hastings St. Piso 4.
Vancouver, B.C. V6E 2K3
City: British Columbia
Phone: (604) 684-1859
Fax: (604) 684-2485
Email: mexico@consulmexvan.com

 

Embassy of Mexico in Toronto, Canada
199 Bay St., Suite 4440
Commerce Court West
Toronto, Ont. M5L 1E9
City: Ontario
Phone: (416) 368-1847
Fax: (416) 368-8141
Email: cgmtoronto@consulmex.com

 

Consulate of Mexico in Quebec, Canada
2055 rue Peel,
Suite 1000 Montreal,
Québec, H3A 1V4 Canadá
City: Montreal
Phone: (514) 288 2502 y (514) 288 2707
Fax: (514) 288 8287
Email: comexmt@consulmex.qc.ca

 

Moving to Mexico

When moving from Canada to Mexico it is crucial to choose the right international mover. Orbit International Moving Logistics is one of the best international moving companies Canada. With our extensive experience with international moves and relocation to Mexico, Orbit International Moving Logistics can offer your employee valuable insights about moving to Mexico.

Orbit International moving specializes in shipping to Mexico and has gained substantial knowledge and experience over the years.
We try to avoid using the sea ports since they are very congested and there are many unforeseen charges that will accrue there. we ship most shipment VIA Laredo TX.
Live View of Laredo Border Crossing Bridges: http://www.cityoflaredo.com/bridgesys/bridge4cam.html

Please find below some helpful tips that can assist you with planning your move to Mexico. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call orbit at (416) 661-4228.

 

The Best Overseas Moving Companies

Most moving companies will claim to be the best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true.

To help determine how to choose the right company, we have gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

 

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Mexico and choosing the right overseas moving services.

 

Pakistan – Customs Regulations

CUSTOMS PRESCRIPTIONS:

Each person is allowed duty free allowance for the following items:

Personal wearing apparel and clothing accessories,

  • Personal adornments,
  • Toilet requisites and electric shaver,
  • Medals, trophies & prizes,
  • One electric iron,
  • One hair dryer,
  • One hair dresser,
  • Two hundred cigarettes or fifty cigars, or half a kg of manufactured tobacco,
  • Pushcart, toys & goods of personal use of the accompanying child,
  • One mobile phone,
  • One wrist watch,
  • One radio or one ordinary tape recorder,
  • One VCP or VCR or VCD or DVD player,
  • One still and one video camera,
  • One laptop or desktop PC,
  • One wheel chair for personal use,
  • Personal jewelry not exceeding $1500 for ladies,
  • Professional tools & equipment with a value not exceeding $5,000
  • Old and used furniture, fixtures, crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils, rugs, carpets, HH linen & bedding,
  • Second hand or used medical equipment only for registered medical practitioners recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental council.

REMARKS:

 

  • To avail this facility the resident must have been living abroad for two years or more
  • The TR certificate is issued by the Mission in the resident country
  • The transfer of residence also includes foreign nationals coming to Pakistan for a period of two years or more
  • Customs clearance time is 4-5 days
  • Customs duties payable in any currency acceptable in Pakistani Banks or in Pak Rupees.

Removals goods

Residents not availing the TR facility

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:

 

  • Original Passport
  • Original Bill of Lading
  • Packing List

 

Each person is allowed duty free allowance for the following items:

  • ·        Personal wearing apparel and clothing

 

Following items are allowed on the payment as notified from time to time by the federal government

  • ·     Accessories
  • ·    Personal adornments
  • ·    Toilet requisites and electric shaver
  • ·    Medals, trophies & prizes
  • ·    One electric iron
  • ·    One hair dryer
  • ·    One hair dresser
  • ·    Two hundred cigarettes or fifty cigars,
  • ·    Or half a kg of manufactured tobacco
  • ·    Pushcart, toys & goods of personal use of the accompanying child
  • ·    One mobile phone
  • ·    One wrist watch
  • ·    One radio or one ordinary tape recorder
  • ·    One VCP or VCR or VCD or DVD player
  • ·    One still and one video camera

Goods Documents required Customs Prescriptions Remarks

 

  • Television
  • Deep freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave oven
  • Cooking range
  • Washing machine
  • air conditioner.
  • One laptop or desktop PC
  • One wheel chair for personal use
  • Personal jewelry not exceeding $1000 only for lady passengers
  • Professional tools not exceeding a value of $2,000

A further duty free allowance of the aggregate value up to five hundred dollars in case the goods are purchased from one of the duty free shops in Pakistan within sixty days of the arrival (excluding the dutiable items listed above)
Clearance 4-5 days
Customs duties payable in any currency acceptable in Pakistani Banks or in Pak Rupees.

Diplomats’ removals

Exemption certificate issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad

  • OBL/AWB
  • Inventory/Packing list
  • Authority letter from Mission
  • All household goods and personal effects are duty/tax free.
  • Port storage is free for five days
  • While demurrage for containerized shipment will be charged normally after seven days from vessel arrival.

 

Goods Documents required Customs Prescriptions Remarks Temporary Visitors/Tourists

  • Original passport.
  • Original Bill of Lading.
  • Packing list

The tourist is allowed duty free allowance for a period of 30 days or less:

Personal wearing apparel and clothing accessories, personal adornments, toilet requisites and electric shaver, medals, trophies & prizes, one electric iron, one hair dryer, one hair dresser, two hundred cigarettes or fifty cigars or half a kg of manufactured tobacco, pushcart toys& goods of personal use of the accompanying child one mobile phone, one wrist watch, one still and one video camera, professional tools of the value not exceeding five hundred dollars, additional duty free allowance of the value not exceeding one hundred dollars, pushcart, toys

and goods of personal use of the accompanying child.

 

Goods Documents required Customs Prescriptions Remarks Vehicles

  • OBL
  • Goods Declaration Form
  • Passport
  • Invoice of purchase showing the engine number, model and horsepower.
  • Valid Driving License(In case of TR)

 

Duty as per specifications:

 

Up to 800 CC

 

50% Custom Duty on the assessed value

16% Sales Tax

6% Income Tax and 1 % Federal Excise Duty

801 to 1000 cc

55% customs duty

All other duties remain the same.

1001 to 1500 cc

60% Custom duty

All other duties remain the same.

1501 to 1800 cc

75 % Custom duty on the assessed value

all other duties remain the same.

1800cc and above

90 % Custom duty on the assessed value, all other duties remain the same.
Sales tax is charged at the assessed value plus the custom duty.
Income tax is charged at the assessed value plus the custom duty plus the sales tax value.
Federal duty is charged at the assessed value plus the customs duty.

 

Duty free entry for diplomats and privileged persons.

Goods Documents required Customs Prescriptions Remarks Pets/Animals

  • Health & Vaccination Certificates issued by concerned Authority at originating country
  • Passport of importer
  • Quarantine Certificate issued by Government of Pakistan
  • AWB

Allowed accompanied or as unaccompanied baggage

Prohibited items

  • Arms and ammunition
  • Obscene and subversive literature
  • Items of intellectual property right infringement
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All goods of Israeli origin

 

List of Pakistani Consulates:

High Commission of Pakistan in Ottawa, Canada

10 Range Road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 8J3
City: Ottawa
Phone: # (613) 238-7881-2 lines
Fax: # (613) 238-7296
Web Site: http://www.pakmission.ca
Email: parepottawa@rogers.com
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday Application deposit time : 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Pick-up time : 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (High Commission will remain closed for all official Canadian and Pakistani holidays)

 

Consulate of Pakistan in Montreal, Canada
3421 Peel Street
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1W7,
Canada
City: Montreal
Phone: # (514) 845-2297-2 lines
Fax: # (514) 845-1354
Email: parepmontreal@sprint.caparepmontreal@bellnet.ca
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday Application deposit time / Pick-up Timings: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Consulate will remain closed for all official Canadian and Pakistani holidays)

 

Consulate General of Pakistan in Toronto, Canada
Suite 202, 1120 Finch Avenue
West Noth York
Ontario M3J3H7
City: North York
Phone: (+1) (416) 250-1255 / /1256, (416) 250-6654
Fax: (+1) (416) 250-1321
Web Site: http://www.pakmission.ca
Email: pareptoronto@rogers.comcwa@pakmission.ca
Office Hours: Mon to Fri: 9.00AM to 5.00PM Document Depositing time: 09.15-12.15 hours Document Pickup time: 14.00-16.00 Hours
Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in North York, Canada
240 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 402
North York, ON M2M 4E7
City: Ontario
Phone: (+1-416) 250-1255/6
Fax: (+1-416) 250-1321
Email: pareptoronto@sprint.ca
Consulate General of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in North York, Canada
240 Duncan Mill Road, Suite 402
North York, ON M2M 4E7
City: Ontario
Phone: (+1-416) 250-1255/6
Fax: (+1-416) 250-1321
Email: pareptoronto@sprint.ca

 

Consulate General of Pakistan in Vancouver, Canada
400 Burrard Street,
Suite # 1444
Vancouver BC, V6C 3G2
City: Vancouver
Phone: +1-604-643-1728 (Consular Section)
Fax: +1-604-643-1759
Email: info@pakistanconsulatevancouver.com
 

Moving to Pakistan

If you are planning to move from Canada to Pakistan, we recommend that to consider with a high degree of importance what overseas shipping company to choose.

Orbit International Moving Logistics is one of the best international moving company in Canada. With our extensive experience with international removals and relocations to Pakistan, we can offer you and your family, valuable insights about you’re moving to Pakistan and finding the right international relocation companies and choosing the best international moving service overseas moving companies. We have listed below helpful ideas and tips that can help you plan you’re moving to Pakistan. Shall you prefer to talk with an International moving consultant, please call  (416) 661-4228.

 

The Best Overseas Moving Companies

There are many overseas moving and shipping companies who claim to be the best mover and best relocation company in the country. Of course this cannot be true because then, all the international shipping companies would be the best.

To help determine which overseas moving company is right for you, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd has gathered some vital points for you to consider.

  1. The best tip – a recommendation from a friend.
  2. Research the overseas moving companies you are considering. Check if they are licensed to export and import.
  3. Make sure that you are performing an equal comparison between the quotes of the various companies. You compare international relocation rates from the overseas moving companies based on shipping an equal volume of goods and contracting the same exact shipping service on the same dates. Pay special attention to the “EXCLUDES” of each quote to insure that you are not overlooking any hidden fees.
  4. Check the overseas moving company’s referrals and reputation. Ask each company for testimonials from past clients. A reputable overseas moving company should have some for you to review.
  5. Visit the physical office of the overseas moving company you are considering. Never trust an international moving company without a physical address!. In this day and age anyone can have an office in their basement.
  6. Make sure that the overseas shipping company you choose has reputable overseas forwarding agents who can assist you in the same manner that you are getting from the company moving you from Canada.

 

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd was established by 2 long time family friends who had experienced moves with mixes results. However, none have satisfied the quality of service needed during such an emotional and straining event. We have extensive experience relocating customers worldwide by Ocean Freight and Air Cargo as we are an international shipper. Our rates are always All-inclusive. What sets us apart is the level of service we offer our customers.  We provide free, no-obligation estimates, listen to your concerns, and find the solutions best suited to meeting your removal and relocation needs – whether you’re moving your family.(i.e. door-to-door, door to port, full containers, RO-RO, custom crates, etc.) We offer free consultations with one of our relocation specialist and assist you in planning moving to Pakistan and choosing the right overseas moving services.

international shipping

International shipping are sensitive to the international shipping
rates

Cheap international shipping does not a end up being cheap.

It is important to research the company

Things to look for in order to insure quality of service are testimonials
and reviews as well as international shipping tracking

We also offer a baggage service as well as international package
shipping

Ask one of our specialists.

International relocation

Important steps:

 

The movers will give you a relocation checklist.

Relocation package examples are given our through our
relocation center.

We also work with head hunters that assist with relocation
jobs. They have a  relocation salary calculator.

The Relocation policy is always given by the relocation
specialist at the time of the moving survey or the move out day.

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