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October 22nd, 2018 Comments off

Why People Are Moving to Europe?


Europe has long been an attractive destination for people looking to start a new chapter in their lives or to seek opportunities. But, what is it that draws people?
This post discusses why people are interested in moving to Europe. After reading this post, you might decide to join them.

European Quality of Life


When people think of Europe, one of the things that come to mind is a relatively high quality of life. There are a few reasons for this.

First, a number of European countries offer socialized medicine. Citizens’ tax dollars pay for medical services, making it less expensive for people to receive the health care they need.
Second, higher education is also subsidized in a number of European countries. The quality of the education is also quite good, making these countries an attractive choice for people from abroad.
Third, the majority of European countries are established democracies, which means that services are consistent and reliable. Take, for example, public transit. In Vienna, you know that the train will always be on time.

A Blend of Modernity and History


Europe is home to Greece and Rome, two of the biggest influences on modern Western civilization. The Renaissance also started in Europe, producing some of the world’s most recognized art and literature.

However, European culture didn’t die out after the 17th century. To the contrary – European countries still produce amazing art, literature, and music today. When you move to Europe, you’ll find a plethora of opportunities to expand your mind.

The Amazing Cuisine


Some European countries are known for their cuisine (Italy, anyone?). And where else can you get authentic Italian food except in Italy?

Moreover, it’s less expensive in many countries to drink wine or beer than water. So, if inexpensive and plentiful alcohol is your thing, Europe is the place to be.

Short Travel Distances and Low Airfares


It takes an hour to travel by train from Bratislava to Vienna. That’s but one example of the short travel times between European capitals. Because things are fairly close together, it’s easier to get from place to place.

In addition, airfare between many European capitals is relatively inexpensive. It won’t cost you too much money to get from Budapest to Bucharest for a quick weekend jaunt. The competition between airlines means that Europeans have more and cheaper choices when it comes to travelling.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts


If you’re considering moving to Europe, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have been moving people across the world for over a decade. Some of our clients have used us more than once! What makes us different than our competition? We offer excellent customer service. Our moving crew shows up on time and with everything, they need to get the job done right, and our customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small. To learn more about how Orbit can make your move smooth and hassle-free, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

By Adi Shaked

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How Long Does It Take to Ship from Canada to Australia?

October 16th, 2018 Comments off

If you’re moving to the Land Down Under, you have a number of questions. For those shipping personal effects from Canada to Australia, the questions double. One of the most important questions is, “How long does it take to ship my goods from Canada to Australia?” The answer will depend on what method you’re using to ship your goods. Read on to learn about how long it will take you to see your goods.

Sending Your Goods by Air


The fastest way to send your goods to Australia is by air. It will take approximately a week or so for them to arrive.

That being said, sending them by air is also the most expensive method. Moreover, the amount of items you can ship is quite limited. You can’t ship large and heavy items such as furniture. Also, there are other restrictions on what you can ship by air – you can’t send items such as aerosol containers or items with lithium batteries.

Sending Your Goods by Sea


Sending your goods by sea, conversely, is a significantly longer process. It can take between six to nine weeks to ship goods by sea from Toronto to Australia.
Bear in mind that shipping by sea is considerably cheaper. Additionally, you can ship larger items, such as furniture, on a boat.

Other Sources of Delays


Australia has some of the toughest biosecurity rules in the world. Customs authorities in Australia are scrupulous about ensuring that nothing harms the country’s crops. As such, inspections of shipments are the norm.
These inspections can add time to the shipment process. In addition, if customs authorities discover that one of your items is contaminated, they will destroy it. This adds a needless expense to your move.

Ensuring Your Goods Arrive in Australia in a Reasonable Amount of Time


Regardless of which method you choose to ship your goods to Australia, you can help the shipping company adhere to the estimate it gave you by following Australian customs regulations.
Don’t bring anything forbidden into the country such as fruits, nuts, plants, seeds, or biological products (see the list here). Make sure that whatever you are shipping is clean, empty and dry. Things that are wet and dirty are a breeding ground for bacteria. Also, soil can carry diseases which could kill Australian crops. By taking the time when you’re packing to make sure your goods are ready for Australia, you can help them get to your new home on time.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts


If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have over ten years of experience moving our clients Down Under and around the world. Some of our clients like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. We’ve impressed them with our commitment to excellent customer service. Want to discover what makes Orbit different? Call us today at 416-661-4228 to find out.
By Adi Shaked

What to Pack When Moving to Australia for a Year

October 2nd, 2018 Comments off

The Land Down Under is a beautiful, vibrant, country with a number of major cities. If you have the opportunity to spend even a year there, you should take it.

So, what do you pack if you’re going for a year? This list will help you figure out how to pack to maximize your enjoyment in Oz.

Where Are You Moving?


The clothes you should bring will depend on where you’re moving to in Australia. It’s a big country, and there is more than one climate.

Perth, located in the southwestern part of the country, is known for hot temperatures in summer. If you’re going to move to Sydney, on Australia’s east coast, be aware that summer temperatures are cooler. It’s also rainier there, so be sure to pack an umbrella.
Be aware that homes aren’t very well heated during Australia’s winter. While Australia’s winter temps never approach anything close to Canada’s frigid negative numbers, you’ll want a sweater to keep you warm.

What Not to Pack


In this case, it’s also helpful to know what not to pack. You don’t want to take too many clothes with you – if you’re only going to Australia for a year, you don’t need your whole wardrobe. And, as mentioned above, you won’t need your heavy winter gear.

Once you decide you’re traveling to Australia for a year, it’s time to go through your wardrobe and figure out what is absolutely essential and what should stay behind. If you haven’t worn it in six months, it’s not worth bringing. Another good question to ask is, “Can I see myself wearing this in the year I’m going to live in Australia?” If you have to invent scenarios in which you would wear an outfit, you shouldn’t bring it. There are very strict luggage limits for flights to Australia, too, which you can’t exceed.

It’s also important to be aware of Australia’s biosecurity laws. Australia has some of the toughest biosecurity laws on the planet. They have these laws in place to keep crops safe.

To that end, you can’t bring in live plants, fruits, seeds, nuts, or soil from outside of the country. If customs authorities discover that you have a forbidden item, it will be destroyed. Consult the Australian customs authority to get the complete list.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert


If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have over a decade of experience moving customers to Australia and 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.

By Adi Shaked

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Moving to California from Canada: What You Need to Know

September 12th, 2018 Comments off

California has been the subject of songs, books and movies. Its climate, its landscape, its food and its lifestyle have attracted people from the 1500s. Canadians are no exception.
If you’re considering making the move to the Golden State, there are a number of things you’ll need to keep in mind before the big move. Read on to learn what you should know before moving from Canada to California.

Decide What You’re Taking with and What Stays Behind

Moving can be an expensive proposition. That’s why from the point you decide to move, you need to take a careful look at your stuff. Start asking yourself if it’s worth it to ship some of these items.
While not everything that’s available here is sold Stateside (think Kinder Eggs), you can replace many belongings fairly easily. And when it comes to clothes, your Californian wardrobe will depend upon where you move. As the state is quite large, there’s more than one climate. What makes sense to wear in LA might not be warm enough for San Francisco.

Have Your Paperwork in Order

In the US, you can’t get anything done without a social security number (SSN). Once you have an SSN, you can apply for jobs, get a bank account, a credit card, a cell phone, and a work visa. That should be one of the first things you do.

Once you have a credit card, you can start building a credit history. Many apartment buildings require a good credit history, so keep that in mind when you’re hunting for a home.

Be Medication-Savvy

We Canadians enjoy mocking the Canadian healthcare system. However, if you move there, the shoe is on the other foot.

Make sure to take a supply of medications if you’re on any. Also, be aware that some medications aren’t sold in the US, and if they are, they might be under a different name. Talk to your doctor about what other treatment options are available south of the border.

Think Carefully about Importing Your Car

It’s much easier to get your car imported at the US border than waiting until after you get settled in. However, if you choose not to do it at the border, you have a year to do so.
There have been people who have reported problems because they hadn’t paid off their car loan before moving, or they leased their car. Do your research before you move.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re considering moving to California, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We have been moving people across the world for over a decade. Some of our customers love us so much, they’ve used us more than once. What makes Orbit different? We treat our customers with courtesy and professionalism. No question is too small for our customer service representatives, and our moving crew shows up on time to do the job right. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228.

By Adi Shaked

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What Steps Do You Need to Take Before Moving to Australia?

August 17th, 2018 Comments off

Are you moving to the land of kangaroos, koalas, and wallabies? There are a number of steps to take before moving to Australia.

This post lays out the actions you need to take before you take the plunge. Read this guide so your move to Australia can be smooth and hassle-free.

Keep Quarantines in Mind

When you’re moving internationally, one of your first steps should be to decide what you’re taking with you and what you’re leaving behind. However, that becomes a bit more complex when you’re moving to Australia. Australia has very strict quarantine laws. These laws vary by state, so what’s allowed in one state might not be allowed in another. Check the rules in the state to which you’re moving to determine what you can and can’t bring. While people think of quarantines, pets are the first thing that comes to mind. However, quarantines apply to more than just pets.

That being said, we’ll take a minute to discuss quarantines on animals. Bear in mind that only dogs and cats that have been in an Australian Quarantine Inspection Services-approved country for an entire six months before moving are allowed to enter the country. Other animals are subject to approval or rejection.

Decide What’s Making the Move

Shipping your belongings around the world won’t be an inexpensive undertaking. It makes sense (and cents) to figure out whether it’s more economical to ship your belongings or to buy new furniture in Oz. Remember that Australia runs on different voltage than North America. Your appliances won’t work there without a transformer and an adapter. It’s not worth shipping your fridge across the world.

What You Need to Know before Shipping

Once you’ve decided what you’re going to ship, you should be aware of what you can ship without paying duty. Personal and household items that you’ve owned for a year before moving can be shipped duty-free.

You can ship furniture, crockery, cutlery, linens, clothing (not furs), books, jewelry, musical instruments, antiques or family heirlooms, stamp and coin collections, paintings, sculptures, power tools and sporting equipment as long as you’ve owned it for a year or longer before moving to Australia.

The Australian government will charge duty on motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts, caravans, boats, trailers, aircraft, machinery, plant equipment and fur clothing.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have experience shipping people’s goods across the world. Some of our clients like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why do we get repeat customers? They appreciate our customer service. No question is too small for our customer service representatives, and our moving crews arrive on time, with all the equipment they need to get the job done right the first time. We treat your belongings as though they were our own. To learn more about what makes Orbit different, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

By Adi Shaked

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Moving Furniture from Canada to France

August 14th, 2018 Comments off

Moving to France is exciting. You’ll be exposed to a new culture, language, and let’s not forget those fabulous French desserts.
However, before you get too excited about petit fours, crème brulees, and madeleines, there are some things you have to keep in mind. Specifically, you need to know about the furniture you can and can’t import into France. Read on to learn what you need to know about moving furniture from Canada to France.

What Documents Do You Need?

In order to import furniture into France, you have to possess certain documents.
You’ll need a valid Canadian passport, a valid visa, residence and work permit (if applicable), a certificate of employment, a Certificate of Change of Residence obtained from the French Consulate with your signature indicating the dates during which you’ll be living in France, a document called “Attestation de non-cession” (which states that you have lived abroad for at least one year, have owned all items for more than six months, and that goods will not be sold for 12 months), proof of residence in France (such as a lease or utility bills) and three copies of an inventory with values in euros signed by you. Your inventory must indicate the contents of each carton. If you’ll be in France on a work permit, you’ll need a letter from your employer indicating the dates you’ll be living in France.

Regulations on What You Can Ship

France has certain regulations about shipping personal effects.

You can’t import goods if you haven’t owned them for at least the previous six months. Moreover, those goods must be going to your principal residence in France, and your shipment must arrive within one year of your arrival date in France.
What if you’ve received furniture as part of your inheritance? You must provide a notarized declaration of the inventory, the relationship between you and the deceased and proof of French residency. The goods must be shipped within one year of death.
Let’s say you’ve just gotten married. You have to provide a marriage certificate and proof of French residency. The goods must be shipped within one month of the wedding.

Bear in mind that you can’t ship ivory or animal skins, counterfeit goods or goods that are less than six months old. Moreover, if you’re shipping antiques, you must provide a certificate of authenticity.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re moving to France, call Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have been moving people across the world for over a decade. Some of our clients are so satisfied, they’ve used us more than once! What makes Orbit different? It’s our customer service. No question is too small for our customer service representatives, and our moving crew shows up on time, with all of the equipment they need to get the job done right, in one shot. To learn more about why customers choose Orbit, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

By Adi Shaked

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Moving to Sweden from Canada to Claim Benefits

July 5th, 2018 Comments off

Canada and Sweden have a few things in common. They’re cold climates with internationally renowned metropolitan centres. Both countries are crazy about hockey, and they both offer excellent benefits to their citizens.
What happens if you move to Sweden from Canada? Can you claim benefits? Read on to learn more.

Are You Eligible for Canadian Benefits?

Depending on your situation, you might be eligible for benefits from both countries, even if you move from Canada to Sweden. The two governments have an agreement on social insurance payments which came into force at the beginning of 1986.

If you contributed to the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP) as well as the Swedish national pension plan, or you lived in Canada and Sweden, you might be qualified for Canadian and Swedish old age and disability benefits. Under the agreement, Canada will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your periods that are creditable under Canada’s pension program, and Sweden will pay a benefit amount reflecting the portion of your creditable periods under Sweden’s pension program.

The two types of pension plans included under the agreement are CPP and Old Age Security (OAS). The Swedish pension plan covered under this agreement includes the Basic Pensions Scheme and the Supplementary Pensions Scheme.

Your eligibility for CPP and OAS are based on the contributions you’ve made to these programs. If you’re not eligible for CPP, the Canadian government will consider the periods in which you’re credited for Sweden’s Supplementary Pensions Scheme as the time in which you contributed to CPP. If you’re not eligible for OAS, the Canadian government will consider the time in which you resided in Sweden after the age of 18 as periods of residence in Canada.

Are You Eligible for Swedish Benefits?

As mentioned earlier, there is a Swedish pension plan. There are also other government benefits available to Swedish residents.

Once you arrive in Sweden, you must register with the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). That will entitle you to basic healthcare, parental benefits, child allowances, disability coverage and other insurance payments.

What about eligibility for the national pension plan? The Basic Pensions Scheme provides flat-rate benefits based on residence in Sweden, while the Supplementary Pensions Scheme is based on income from employment and self-employment. To qualify for a benefit under the pension program, you normally must have resided in Sweden or contributed to the Supplementary Pensions Scheme for a minimum number of years.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re moving from Canada to Sweden, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd today. We have been moving clients around the world for over a decade. Some of our clients were so happy with us, they’ve used us more than once! They love our commitment to customer service and professionalism. Our customer service representatives answer every question, and our moving crew shows up on time, with everything they need to get the job done right. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228.

By Adi Shaked

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Do You Tip Packers from Your Moving Company?

June 20th, 2018 Comments off

When it comes to tipping, there are a few schools of thought. There are those who believe tipping isn’t necessary, or only in the case of exceptional service. Then, there are those who believe you should tip a set amount. There are also those who think you should tip at least a certain percentage.
When it comes to tipping the packers from an international moving company Toronto, tipping is a recommended practice. Read on to learn when you should tip and how much.

When Should You Tip the Packers from Your Moving Company?

The answer to the question above is, “If you feel as though they’re doing a great job.” If you choose a moving company that’s got a great reputation, you won’t have an issue.

The packers will show up on time, with all of the equipment they need. If it’s winter, they’ll wear overshoes so their boots don’t leave muddy footprints all over your home. They understand how to pack items so that they won’t break during the long journey to your new home abroad. Have special instructions for an item? Just ask – the packers will listen. They want to preserve their company’s reputation, so it’s in their best interest to ensure you’re satisfied.

What if you choose an international moving company Toronto with a less-than-stellar standing? There’s a good chance that the situation above won’t play out. Instead, the packers (if they show up at all) will most likely be late. Moreover, they probably won’t bring the right equipment, or they won’t bring the right amounts of it (you don’t want your packers to run out of bubble paper or boxes in the middle of the job). Their lack of attention to detail can yield broken or damaged items – definitely not the outcome you want.

How Much Should I Tip the Packers from Your Moving Company?

Estimates vary. At Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd., we recommend tipping $30 to $50 per person per day. The reason for this sum is because packing is hard work, and our crew puts in a great deal of effort to ensure that our customers’ items make it to their destination in one piece.
Ultimately, it’s your choice as to how much you want to tip, if at all. Tipping is recognition for a job well done, and our movers work hard to deserve their tips.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Choice for an International Moving Company Toronto

If you’re moving abroad from Toronto, consider choosing Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We have over a decade of experience moving people across the world. Our packing crew is not only well-trained but highly professional. They arrive at your home on time with everything they need to complete the job properly, the first time. They work efficiently yet carefully to ensure that your items are protected to the greatest extent possible. To learn more about what makes Orbit different from the competition, call us at 416-661-4228 to learn more.

By Adi Shaked

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Why Move to Egypt?

May 25th, 2018 Comments off

Egypt has long been the cultural hub of the Arab world. It is a vibrant country that presents opportunities for professionals seeking employment and new experiences.
While many people might not consider Egypt as a destination for professional growth and development, there are many appealing aspects about the country that draw individuals. Read on to learn more about why you should think about moving to Egypt.


What Kinds of Employment Opportunities Does Egypt Offer?

Although Egypt might not have the same kind of job market for expatriates that other Arab countries possess (such as the Gulf states), there are some jobs available for foreigners.
One popular occupation for expatriates is to teach English. You can find those positions at English language schools as well as private schools. Employees of non-governmental organizations are also fairly prevalent in Egypt.

The petroleum export sector as well as the media is other popular employment avenues for foreigners in Egypt. Egypt’s IT industry is rapidly growing, so that might be a consideration if you’re in that field.


What Kinds of Accommodation Are Available?

Expats have a range of accommodation available to them. It’s important to know that most foreigners live in Cairo, and within Cairo, they’re concentrated in certain neighbourhoods. Depending on your needs, you can find something as small as an apartment or as large as a villa. Your fellow expats can help you find the best real estate agent so that your living experience in Egypt will be enjoyable.


What Kinds of Educational Institutions Exist in Egypt for Expat Kids?

If you’ve got kids and are looking for schools for them, you can feel reassured that Egypt boasts a number of international schools. As Cairo is the biggest city in Egypt, the international schools are concentrated there. Students have the option of continuing the curriculum of their home country at these schools, so when they return, they won’t feel left behind or out of place.


What’s Egyptian Culture Like?

Egyptians can be very warm and friendly people. They’re eager to help foreigners get to know their country. One of the advantages of living in Egypt is that it’s less restrictive for women than other Arab countries. While women may experience harassment, they won’t be subject to the same stringent dress codes that would apply in places like Saudi Arabia or Kuwait.


Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re considering moving to Egypt, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have over a decade of experience moving people across the world. In fact, some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once! Why do our customers come back? They appreciate our courteous, professional approach. Our customer service representatives answer all questions, and our moving crew shows up on time with all of the equipment and materials they need to get the job done right, the first time. To learn more about what makes Orbit different, contact us.

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What Should You Pack When You Move Abroad?

May 1st, 2018 Comments off

You’re in Toronto, moving overseas. What do you pack for this new stage of your life? If you’re like most people, you’ve probably accumulated a great deal of stuff. What should you bring, and what should you leave behind?

This Toronto Moving Overseas Guide will help you figure out what to bring and where to pack it – read on for more details.

Where Are You Moving?



The destination of your Toronto moving overseas journey dictates what you should pack. If you’re moving to a warm climate, you won’t need your Canada Goose jacket. Moreover, take the political and social climate into account, too. Shirts with political slogans or provocative pictures might actually be against the law in some places. Do your research carefully before you begin sorting through your belongings.


The second thing you have to do is to be ruthless. Haven’t worn that outfit in over a year? Donate it. You’ll have weight limits on your suitcase, so you can’t take everything. Start a cull as far in advance as possible of your move to make things less stressful.


If you’re shipping furniture or other household goods, remember that homes abroad might not be as spacious as those in Toronto. You might not have room for that baby grand piano your grandmother left you. Appliances aren’t always worth bringing, especially because they run on different voltage in other parts of the world.

Where Does This Go?



When you’re going from Toronto to moving overseas, you have to figure out what will come with you on the plane and what you’re shipping. Bear in mind that shipping by sea can take weeks, if not months. What things will you need immediately?


Your passport is vital. Don’t pack that anyplace but your carry-on. You’ll also need any other kinds of documents that prove you have a right to enter the country, such as visas, rental agreements or work permits. Don’t forget to bring any prescription medication, glasses or contacts on the plane. Make sure your laptop or tablet comes with in your carry-on, too.


The above advice sounds incredibly obvious, right? However, when we’re stressed or excited, we often forget simple things (such as packing the medicine we take on a daily basis in an accessible place). Make a list of things you’ll need once you arrive and check them off as they go in your suitcase or carry-on.


Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Toronto Moving Overseas Experts


If you’re moving overseas, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We have over a decade of experience moving people across the world. Some of our clients like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. What makes Orbit different? We treat our clients with the utmost respect and courtesy – no question is too small, and our moving crew arrives on time, with all of the equipment they need, to get the job done. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228 today.


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