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Is moving from Canada to Portugal a good idea?

October 21st, 2020 Comments off

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Whether you’re looking for a career change, an escape from Canada’s cold winters, or are retirement bound, Portugal may be a promising option for you and your family. If you love beautiful beaches, islands and countryside you’re in luck. But picturesque landscapes aside, is this move the right one for you?

Portugal Wants You

In early 2020 Portugal made it easier to immigrate to the country. The government wants to bring in international workers and is even offering tax break incentives to entice you. However, the biggest tax cut of 50 percent income tax is for Portuguese citizens who have been out of the country for over three years. These tax breaks are currently slated to last until 2023.
In addition to tax breaks the Portuguese government has also put processes into place making it easier for international workers to obtain a work visa or purchase property.

Comparing Loonies to Euros

Cost of living is a huge factor in any move. Across the board it’s cheaper to live in Portugal than in Canada. Rent is roughly 30 to 40 percent less expensive in Portugal than Canada. Food prices, including restaurant dining, are also significantly cheaper than in Canada. Based on approximate 2020 numbers, the average salary in Portugal is about five percent less than it is in Canada. Be sure to figure travel expenses to visit Canada into your annual budget.

Tempering Weather Expectations

While Portugal is warmer than Canada year-round, it’s not devoid of cold and rainy weather. December and January temperatures have been known to hit freezing and below, there is a lot of rainfall, and even some frost and snow. For those who feel homesick around the holidays, this may be the perfect time to return to Canada for a visit, since you won’t be enjoying the weather in Portugal that time of year anyway.

Foodie Paradise

If you like seafood cuisine, fish, and quality wine, you’ll enjoy the reasonable prices on this fare in Portugal. The northern Douro region has been renowned for their port wine for hundreds of years.

Bone Up on Your Portuguese

If you speak Spanish it should be a snap to pick up on Portuguese with a little work. There is an estimated lexical (vocabulary or language) similarity of roughly 90 percent. Just the same, don’t start speaking Spanish and expect that anyone will understand what you’re saying.
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Excellent Healthcare

One thing that Canada and Portugal have in common is their fantastic healthcare. If you’re a citizen and under 18 or over 65 you can enjoy free healthcare. If you are a citizen and fall between 18-65 the healthcare is highly subsidized. As a non-citizen you can enjoy affordable healthcare, however, you will want to set aside some money for medical care in your budget.

A Popular Place to Retire

The western region of Algarve is akin to the Florida of North America when it comes to retirees. People enjoy a mild temperature for most of the year, and time with many other retiree expats. This year Live and Invest Overseas voted Portugal as the best place in the world to retire. It doesn’t hurt that local government allows international resident retirees to get their pension without paying tax on it for up to a decade.

Boa sorte (good luck) on your move!


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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.

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What to Look for in a Long-Distance Moving Company

October 1st, 2020 Comments off

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A big move may have you feeling out of your element. You don’t need to feel lost when it comes to booking a long-distance mover. Moving at any time requires a lot of planning. When you don’t have the option of loading up a moving truck and seeing your items driven directly from point A to point B, it can add stress. Consider these five items when hiring a long-distance mover to ensure your experience is a good one.

Find a Well-Recommended Company

A good way of narrowing down the competition is finding out what other people think. Start by asking someone you know and trust, preferred international movers from your place of business, or family members who have had successful moves. These recommendations will help you narrow your search. Once you have a short-list of companies go online to check the reviews. If you can, look for reviews that relate specifically to the countries involved in your long-distance move to determine whether your move is something the company specializes in. This can also be a good place to find questions or concerns to bring up specific to your own move before you hire.

Look for an Established Business

While it’s always nice to support a small start-up, an established company with years of experience will allow you to rest easy knowing that all your items are in good hands. Since they have a lengthy client list there will be plenty of reviews and records of move after move that was successful, punctual, and that kept all items safe from shipment to arrival. They will also have the experience necessary to understand the intricacies of each move and the contacts required to keep things on schedule and budget.
Make sure that your mover is licensed and insured to protect yourself and your property should a rare case of damage or loss occur during your move.

Seek Clarity

A good mover will be able to provide you with an accurate quote based on the number of items being moved, packing material required, method of shipment, and destination of your goods. Someone with experience will be able to give you an approximate idea of their costs over the phone and will provide a consult in person, providing a set estimate, particularly around any heavy, large, or breakable items for your move. Make sure you ask about any extra fees or surcharges that people typically run into for moves like your own. If the mover can’t give you a clear and accurate estimate, it’s time to “move” on to someone who can.

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Find the Right fit for Your Move

If a moving company specializes in moves within North America, they’re probably not your best bet for a move to Australia. Make sure that the company you hire has experience in breakable items if you’re moving a collection of expensive glassware, or musical instruments if you’re moving a grand piano. Determine whether the company has the packing supplies and containers necessary to accommodate your move before you book. Make sure the quote from your company meets the timeline necessary for your move to run smoothly. There is no sense in booking a company that is less expensive if it means that your personal items are not going to arrive when you need them.

The Bells & Whistles

Thanks to technology many movers can provide real time tracking for your items. This helps many people put their minds at ease, as they can check in on where their items are at any time throughout their move, from drop off to pick up.

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.

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What you Need to Know Before Moving to Australia

September 15th, 2020 Comments off

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A move to Australia brings most to the other side of the planet. While a move to an English-speaking British colony may be of some comfort, the distance and differences between home and the land down under are plenty. Before you spread some vegemite on toast this is what you need to know.

Sort Out Your Visa & Work Plan In Advance

Whether you’re going on a working holiday visa or are moving to an iron-clad permanent job offer, don’t leave home until you have your paperwork in hand. For those on a working holiday visa, remember you’ll only be permitted to work with each employer for six months. The holiday working visa will also require you to complete three months of regional (often farming related) work. If you want to extend your holiday working visa from one year to two, make sure you have your regional work completed early in your stay.

Expat Tip: Beat the heat on your holiday working visa by completing your regional work in the cooler months (often May through September).

Cash is King

Find out if your credit cards and bank account can still be used in Australia, and if not get some that will. Don’t forget to call your bank and credit card company to report your move, otherwise your cards may get flagged and suspended for unusual activity, an unnecessary hurdle to overcome. It’s also recommended you have enough cash in the bank to cover at least 6-8 weeks rent, since many accommodations require at least a four-week deposit.

Expat Tip: Bring less stuff and more cash. If you’re travelling in the Outback, you’ll have to pay a premium for food and drink. A tin of pop can even be more expensive if it’s cold vs. room temperature.

Where to Live

Many outsiders assume that Australia is relatively small and warm; Australia is roughly the size of Europe, and small portions of Australia see more snowfall than Switzerland. Whether you’re planning to travel during your stay or want to figure out what clothes to pack and where to settle based on your interests, seasonal preferences, and job opportunities this regional summary may help.

You’ll see all four seasons in Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, thanks to its oceanic climate (sometimes in the same day). Temperatures peak in the low to mid 40s°C in February and dip just below 0°C in July. Melbourne is known for fine dining, art, and is often selected among the most livable cities in the world.
Enjoy Sydney for mild winters and warm summers (think North American West Coast weather) with highs of 26 °C in January and lows of 8 °C in July. Sydney has a vibrant night life and wonderful beaches.

Brisbane has more of a tropical climate with 280 days of sunshine. This is the third most populated city in Australia with a diverse and quickly growing population.
Perth has hot and dry summers and wet and mild winters, and is famous for being one of the most geographically isolated large cities in the world.
Darwin’s closeness to Southeast Asia makes it appealing to anyone who wants/needs to travel to Asia. This is the most northern major city in Australia and has a tropical savanna climate with both dry and wet seasons. If you like heat and culture this is the place for you.

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Expat Tip: Wear lots of sunscreen. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Make sure you look for “Reef-Safe” sunscreen to ensure you aren’t impacting the aquatic life in the area.

Finding the Right Accommodation

Many find it’s helpful to pre-book a hostel or place to stay in advance for a few weeks to allow them time to find a more long-term living solution suitable to their needs. Most Australian apartments are rented without furniture, so pack and ship accordingly. When searching for a place in a hotter climate, air conditioning is vital. Finally, if you’re on a tight budget find out when the next “Hard Rubbish Day” is in your area. This is when locals leave large items, think furniture and appliances, out for collection and you can get yourself some used items for your home at no cost.

Staying Connected

Australia isn’t known for public Wi-Fi or speedy internet services (it was ranked 50th globally for internet speed). If you’re traveling the outback bring a map because as great as GPS is, you’ll want a backup plan for places with spotty service. You may want to purchase a portable Wi-Fi router to save yourself headaches, and don’t forget a portable cell phone charger and universal power adapter while you’re at it.
Keep all these things in mind and you’ll be ready to say G’day mate to Australia in no time.

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.

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What to Bring When Moving to Europe

August 31st, 2020 Comments off

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Europeans are known around the world for castles, art, music, great food, and historical sites. While these items, along with family, a job, or education may be the reason you’ve decided to skip to the other side of the pond, they don’t provide any insight on what you should bring with you when moving to Europe. Thankfully, this article will save you a lot of time, space, and headaches.

Getting Started

Before any major move, it’s good practice to reduce what you own. Donate, sell, and store items that aren’t practical to bring with you. This will reduce the cost of your move simply because there’s less to transport. Once you’ve done this, go through everything again. Most of us are guilty of underestimating how much we own. On the same note, you’ll want to ensure that you don’t get rid of easy to move items and end up purchasing again after your move.
Expat Pro Tip – Living spaces in Europe are often smaller than in North America. This includes elevators, doorways, and staircases for moving your furniture into your home. Think twice before packing your oversized armchair. It may not fit.

Daily Items

These are the items you use in your everyday life like clothes, medication, computers, and converter plugs. You’ll want these items to arrive at the same time you do. Bring portable battery packs and chargers to allow for using your cellphone more often. You will likely use Apps like Google Maps and be in regular contact with family post move and won’t want to end up with a dead battery. Many phone providers offer universal ports for purchase so you can take and charge your phone in virtually any country. Check the climate around the time of your move and pack accordingly for what goes with you on your flight and what arrives via shipment/air freight. Also, if you’re moving anywhere that they never see snow, sell or store your skis, snow parka, or any other items that you know you won’t be using. If you’re an avid reader consider buying an E-reader because books are heavy to move and take up a lot of space.

Expat Pro Tip – Before you purchase a large converter for your appliances, for several hundred dollars, consider the practicality of it as you’ll need to move it around your new home, particularly in the kitchen. It may be easier just to purchase a few new appliances that will work with the plug outlets in your new home country after your move, depending on your needs.

Documents & Legal Items

Paperwork is an important facet of your move. Marriage licenses, visa, employment letters, insurance policies, wills, passports, prescriptions, credit cards, letters of entry, housing documentation, tax documents, and more should come with you (on your person) during your move. It also never hurts to make copies of these items before you move and have someone you trust keep the spare set in a filing cabinet, lockbox or safe should something get lost in the shuffle.

Expat Pro Tip – Those bringing computers with them should take the time when they arrive to change the settings on their systems to reflect their new time zone, including the standard European date format (day, month, year) and adjust all margins in your programs for A4 paper instead of letter. Since paper is a different size, don’t bother bringing your printer with you.

Sentimental Items

Some framed family items or an old stuffed animal might be the personal item that helps make your new location feel like home. Many ex-pats find that the holidays are the hardest time of year and it helps them feel less homesick if they ‘splurge’ on packing some Christmas or seasonal decorations to remind them of past traditions. Sentimental items could also include a small amount of dry food items that you won’t be able to get in Europe but will miss.

Expat Pro Tip – Arrange for close friends or family to visit you a few months in. Not only can they bring you a few additional personal or sentimental items on their travels, but they can also help you explore your new home through the eyes of a tourist.
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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, contact us at 416-661-4228.

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Exploring Groupage Shipments To Spain

August 20th, 2020 Comments off

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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.

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How to Ship Personal Items Internationally

July 30th, 2020 Comments off

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A local or move to the other side of the country can be as simple as loading up a moving truck and unpacking at your new home. When it comes to an international move, things get more complicated. In addition to deciding what you sell, donate, store, ship, and buy for your new home you also need to figure out the best way to ship your personal items internationally. Fortunately, with some expert help you can ensure your personal items arrive safely and on schedule for your move.

Shipping by Container

The great thing about shipping containers is that they can store and send virtually anything. From clothes to appliances, furniture, and even cars, you’re covered. An experienced international moving company, like Orbit International Movers, can help you navigate the ins and outs of various timing, insurance, and customs related to your move.

Knowing What You Can Ship In A Container

Shipping containers are versatile, but this isn’t the issue. What you need to be mindful of is customs and what you are and are not allowed to move. For example, most personal items that you use in your day to day life, like your clothes and furniture will be shipped without a problem. However, you may want to cancel your Costco membership several months before your move because, if you pack a dozen jumbo bottles of shampoo, a customs officer may flag your container, believing that you’re bringing supplies for a hair salon. Same goes for alcohol or anything that may be mistaken for a commercial import. You can ship one or two of most items, but anything more will likely be flagged and you’ll pay duty.

The Six Months Rule

Many customs protocols won’t consider your belongings personal property unless you’ve owned them for six months or more. While customs aren’t going to question those jeans you bought last month, major purchases like appliances, televisions or other big-ticket items may be flagged, particularly if you pack it in the original box. For new looking items, you will want to have proof, like credit card statements or receipts, that you in fact made the purchase more than six months ago.

Just Don’t Pack…

You’re probably best to take valuable jewelry or small expensive items on the plane with you, inside your carry-on luggage. Items like weapons or firearms should not be shipped via container, and you will need to check with the authorities in your destination country and your airline as to whether you are allowed to bring them into the country, as well as the proper documentation and procedure for moving them legally. While many containers aren’t inspected when leaving the country, spot checks for contraband happen. Make sure there is nothing illegal in your storage container and if you’re unsure of an item, just ask the experts.

Shipping Your Car

A shipping container is usually the best option for moving your vehicle, whether it’s a car, van, boat, or motorcycle. Your movers will go over all the documentation you will need to ship your vehicle to ensure a smooth move. Every country has different rules and taxation processes for moving larger items, so ask your mover for their advice about your vehicle well in advance of your move. If you will be taxed 60-80 percent on your vehicle’s worth it may be a better option to sell it before you leave the country. Also consider that if your vehicle is rare in your destination country, service will be costly and slow for the upkeep of your car, and will flag you as an outsider.

Insurance

While experienced movers will take every necessary precaution to ensure your items make it safely from point A to point B, insurance is an excellent safeguard against damage or loss. When booking your international moving company, check their insurance and your own personal insurance to make sure you can easily recover costs for your items in the rare instance of damage or loss.

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.

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Temporary Storage and Short-term Storage Options for Moving

July 21st, 2020 Comments off

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Not all moves are as simple as from point A to point B, particularly when you’re dealing with the logistics of a long-distance move. Employment contracts, finishing up an academic year, or waiting for paperwork to come through can all mean a staggered move schedule, as can staging a house for sale, and working with differing closing dates on a home. This is where short-term storage solutions can help simplify your life.

What is Short-Term Storage

Short-term storage is usually a storage solution for three months or less but is often flexible enough that it can be extended when life’s little hiccups present themselves. Some people end up using temporary storage for 3-6 months and beyond, depending on their needs.

Why You Need Temporary Storage

Storage space isn’t just for treasure hunters on reality TV, it’s practical for many stages of a move. Storage space provides a solution for customers with needs such as home renovations, moving (both locally and long-distance or overseas), estate planning, those with kids coming home from university for the summer, or staging a home for sale. Temporary storage is designed to be relatively short term, convenient, and to help simplify your living situation. Storage contracts can be as short as a month, extended as needed, and include containers that can be easily shipped for a move.

Traditional Storage Units or Storage Shipment Containers?

The right storage option for you will usually be dependent on the type of life transition you’re about to make. Generally, a fixed storage unit is cheaper than a portable storage solution, but the convenience of storage pods makes up for the price in many cases. Pods can be delivered to your driveway for you to fill at your convenience, and arrange for a pick-up time (and delivery time and location) that works best for your schedule.

Figuring Out What You’ll Need

Moving and storage experts can easily help you determine what size units you’ll need to ensure you have the right size space to store and ship your goods. They can also offer customized supplies like boxes and protective wrap to make sure your items remain safe in storage and in transit. An expert team can also help you determine what items go into which unit for priority of shipment and for ease of access (in case you need to access items before your move), as you require them. If your moving timeline or storage needs may change, it’s worth it to research flexibility ahead of time to make sure that you can extend your storage contract into the future.

Is SIT The Best Option For Me?

SIT simply stands for Storage in Transit. This means that if you’re hiring a moving company anyway, they can help take your old items out of your home, store them for a predetermined amount of time, and then deliver them to your new home.
Let Your Storage Provider Know What They’re Storing
Some items such as electronics, antiques, or art may be more prone to damage than other items, like a family couch. Let your storage team know about any specialty items you are storing and/or moving so they can arrange for temperature and humidity controls within your storage unit if needed. Reputable storage and moving companies will be able to provide you with insight into their systems for security and insurance to make sure your items are safe and well taken care of, during every step of your moving and storage process.

Making the Right Choice

Like any big investment, it’s recommended that you compare a shop and find the plan and company that best meets your needs. A lengthy move that requires storage and shipment is challenging enough. By doing the research ahead of time you can rest easy knowing your personal items will be stored and shipped safely.

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.

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Inheritance Shipment Made Simple

July 6th, 2020 Comments off

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With immigration being the norm in many countries, and Canada alone welcoming on average 200,000 immigrants and refugees each year, it’s no wonder that many people live separately from their relatives. Living far away from loved ones includes planning for overseas weddings, family reunions and vacations, but unfortunately, it also means dealing with an international inheritance when an immediate family member or a favourite aunt passes away. In addition to sorting out funerals from afar, those acting as executor will need to manage local and international bequests including international inheritance shipments. Here are some of the basics you need to know about handling inheritance international shipments and how Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. can help. ​

For Those Being Left Money


​Before you start mailing cheques, you’re best to connect with an accountant or taxation lawyer with specialization in the country of the deceased, and the beneficiaries. For example, you cannot mail more that $10,000 across the US border without notifying the appropriate officials in advance. If you mail more you risk the funds being deemed as fraudulent, being held at the border, and never making their way to the appropriate recipient. Every country has their own unique international estate and tax laws that need to be taken into consideration. Accounting firms that specialize in cross-border tax and estate-planning can help executors and those planning their wills understand tax implications, and can help make an executor’s job seamless when it comes to distributing inheritance money, property, and goods.​

Logistics and Fees​

​It is an executor’s responsibility to arrange the distribution of gifts to the beneficiaries as determined in the will. When everyone is local this is much easier. In addition to making the arrangements the executor needs to plan for the fees required to get these items to their intended new home. As executor you may be asking yourself ‘who pays for the shipping of grandfather’s antique coin collection or grandmas Chanel suit?​


Some wills leave explicit instructions about who pays for what and, if this is in the will, the executor must simply follow these guidelines. If there are no instructions it’s best for the executor to determine if an item is a specific or general gift. Normally the cost associated with getting a general gift to the beneficiary belongs to the estate. A general gift doesn’t specifically describe an item and could include “a home”, “a car” or “a piece of artwork”, and doesn’t qualify as a specific gift, even if the person bequeathing items only had one of each item listed. A specific gift is any item on a Memorandum of Personal Effects or hand-made list by the deceased that would include the word “my” in it, for example “my vinyl collection”, “my stamp collection”, “my car”. Unless otherwise decreed in the will, it is generally the beneficiary who pays the costs to get these gifts sent to them. ​

​How Inheritance Shipments Work


Inheritance shipments are simply items that have been acquired by a deceased person. Whether or not duty is paid on these items depends on a variety of factors, including if the person who has passed was a citizen of the country where the goods are being shipped or not, if the goods were ever located in the same home as the person being bequeathed them lived, or if the items (like artwork or antiques) fall under a special provision. All items must be accompanied with the correct paperwork, filled out in full.​

​The Importance of Expertise​

Shipping multiple items to several destinations or even one destination around the world can be complicated and nerve-racking. By hiring experts, such as the team at Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd., our years of experience ensure all required documentation and detailed shipment inventories are filled out correctly, and that your most valued family items will make it to their intended home quickly and safely.​
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. ​

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5 Ways COVID-19 Can Impact Your Work Visa

June 15th, 2020 Comments off

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A lot of plans have been turned on their side thanks to the impacts of COVID-19. Family vacations and reunions have been postponed, as have grad trips, and the idea of taking a gap year backpacking around Australia or Europe needs to be paused for the foreseeable future. For those looking to relocate as a part of their career, things are also hazy, as regulations on travel for work and pending work visas vary from region to region, the company you work for, and whether or not you are considered an essential worker. Here are five ways COVID-19 may impact your work visa.

Pending Work Visas Already in Process

Those who had approval for work permits prior to mid-March, particularly those entering their new country employed in what are key or critical sectors, will likely be able to proceed with their plans close to their original schedule. People working in emergency services, health, transportation, agriculture, and food processing are the most likely to be allowed to enter under the scope of essential travel. In some rare cases employment roles are beginning remotely from outside of the country, allowing employees to start work but without international travel or a move.

Those Seeking Renewals

Renewals are still being granted, however more time is required for those who have not received visa extensions prior to the middle of March. It is best to submit your documents for renewals or permanent residency ahead of time anticipating delays, to ensure any staffing delays or additional screening requirements are met long before your visa expires. Those who lose employment during the pandemic may find themselves without status and are best to contact the appropriate visa bureau to see what this means for their working and living arrangements.

You Still Need to Apply

Anyone who has been invited to enter a country through their department of health or ministry of foreign affairs to assist in pandemic response is sure to see a timely or even expedited work visa process. People seeking travel back and forth across country borders will not be approved in most cases since many countries are requiring a 14-day self-quarantine for people entering the country prior to commencing work.

Travel From Higher Risk Regions

In mid-March the US President announced a travel ban for virtually all of Europe’s Schengen area, which vastly impacts any work visas granted for anyone to the US coming from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ireland and the UK, in addition to existing travel bans in place between China and Iran. If you are seeking a work visa and are from any of these countries and plan on entering the US, expect delays.

Continued Education Abroad

Whether or not you’ll be allowed to travel on a work, or in this case study, visa is likely impacted by how your educational institution is delivering programming and when you received your study permit. For example, international students in Canada who had been approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020 are allowed to enter the country. In many cases students who can learn remotely are encouraged to do so from their home country.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Expats

May 28th, 2020 Comments off

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There is no question that COVID-19 has impacted how everyone is living right now. One group that may be feeling this sudden change more than others is expats, those who live abroad from their native country. Many are far from friends and family and some don’t know when the next time is that they’ll be able to visit home or entertain family in their new country, often causing anxiety and feelings of isolation. Here are how four groups of expats are being challenged in the face of COVID-19.

Newcomers

Those who had just set out on their new life as expats, particularly those without a steady income, an established support and social network, or set residence, may have found it easier to hit the eject button on their journey abroad than stay and struggle. Some have requested government assistance to get them home as quickly as possible and receive the aid they need to afford their travels. At this point nearly anyone entering a country must enter a mandatory 14- day self-quarantine, with some exceptions for front line workers depending on need and regulation.

Living on the Front Line

Many expats left their home country for job opportunities, including people working on the front line, knowing they’re making a big difference and feel that it’s their duty to stick around and help where they are needed most. Those, like people from Canada, know that their governments will welcome them back home with open arms should they choose to head home and have some comfort knowing they can leave for “home” when they feel the timing is right.

Student Impact

While many post-secondary education institutions have moved their classes online for the foreseeable future so there are no issues there as long as students have access to the required technology. Bigger issues involve those on student visas or expecting student visas for the coming year. Students and prospective students must remain in regular contact with their respective international students’ office to keep up-to-date on whether they’ll be able to head to class virtually (either from abroad or locally) or defer their education. They also must stay informed on exemptions to travel restrictions, scholarship information, and various supports available to them during these times.

Retirees

Many people choose to “Snowbird” or divide their time between two international destinations when they retire. Some of these people needed to make a choice when “return to home orders” went out with many receiving notices that their insurance would expire in a matter of days. Others made guesses and vaguely educated decisions on whether they’d stay put or go home dependent upon how bad the outbreak was/is in each of their homes. Many have had to make a choice weighing their finances, weather, and potentially being completely physically cut off from loved ones depending on where they decided to “wait out” this global pandemic. Many retirees have temporarily placed their expat life on hold or are making the decision to return home permanently, in some cases several years before their original plans. Expect a lot of “for sale” signs popping up in secondary residences in the months and years to come.
Whether you are just arriving in your expat life or have decided to return home for the time-being remember to check your legal and moral obligations in terms of recommendations and regulations surrounding self-isolation, medical testing and more. Stay safe and stay connected to your loved ones online and by phone to help ease the stresses of physical distancing whether you’re ten, one hundred, or thousands of miles apart.

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​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. ​

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