City-to-City Movers: A City-to-City Moving Checklist

July 13th, 2017 Comments off

Are you considering moving between cities? You might think it’s less of a headache than moving between countries. After all, you don’t have to learn a new language, you can most likely find your favourite food at the grocery store, and you’ll still be using the same currency.
However, there are still some things you’ll need to keep in mind. Read on for our city-to-city moving checklist so your move can be smooth and hassle-free.

Think about the Cost
You might think that it’s cheaper to move things yourself. The truth is that it depends on the situation.
How much stuff are you moving? Do you have large paintings, heavy furniture or antiques? If you can toss all of your things in a couple of boxes or suitcases and then shove them into the trunk, then you don’t need a moving company. There’s a pretty good chance that description doesn’t fit you, though.

At the very least, you most likely have heavy furniture. You’ll need a truck, and it might be cheaper to go with a professional moving company than to rent a truck and drive to a new city. When it comes to cost, think about the cost of your time. It might take you much longer to accomplish a job that professional movers would complete in half the time.

Think about Safety
In addition to the aspect of cost, take a second to regard safety (that of yourself, anyone who’s helping you move, and that of your belongings).
Professional movers know how to move objects of all sizes safely so they don’t injure themselves, you or your stuff. Moreover, they know how to pack your things properly so they won’t get damaged during the journey.

Get References and Quotes for Moving Companies
If you’re going to be moving from one city to another and you want to use a professional moving company, you need to get references and quotes. Ask others who have made similar moves about which movers they’ve used. They can tell you whom they loved (and whom they didn’t).

Just remember that references aren’t the only thing you should be looking at. Once you talk to some of the companies, ask for quotes. When it comes to quotes, bear in mind that cheaper isn’t always better. It’s a low quote because it might not include things like a truck or packing materials. Go for the most reasonable quote that includes the greatest number of services.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd: Your Moving Experts
If you’re moving from one city to another, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. Don’t be fooled by our name – we don’t only handle international moves. We can help you move from city to city, whether that city is 45 minutes away or across the country. Our customer service representatives are courteous and professional, and our movers show up on time and get the job done right the first time. To learn more, call us today at 416-661-4228.

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Cheap Moving Tips: Save Money When Moving House

June 28th, 2017 Comments off

When people think of moving, they groan about how long packing is going to take them, and what a pain in the neck the whole process is. However, there’s another complaint that people don’t always consider: moving is expensive.
Well, to be more accurate, moving can be expensive. But, there are ways to save money. Read on to learn about how to make the moving process cheaper.

Set a Schedule

This might sound more like organizational advice than a budgeting tip, though it’s actually a very important way to save money.
When you do things at the last minute, you have to scramble, and that leads to costlier choices. Let’s say you realized you don’t have enough bubble paper. Sure, you can find an all-night office supply store, but it might be more expensive than the stores that closed hours ago.

Compare Quotes, Carefully

You might think that you should choose the cheapest moving company on the market. “That will save me money, right?” you ask.
The answer is, “not necessarily.” You get what you pay for; there’s a reason the quote is so cheap. Read the fine print to learn exactly what it includes. The movers might not bring the right packing materials, which could lead to your belongings becoming damaged. It doesn’t save you any money if you have to buy new dishes.

Purge before You Pack

Even if you live in a small space such as an apartment or condo, you’ve still probably accumulated a great deal of stuff. The more stuff you have, the more it will cost to move.
Sort through your things. If you haven’t used something in the past six months and you can’t come up with a rationale for using it in your new place, sell it, recycle it, or throw it out.

Select the Right Season, If Possible

It will cost you more to move during some seasons than others. Summer is the most expensive moving season because it’s the most popular. People with kids want to move before the school year starts, and many companies experience a slowdown in the summer, so employees worry less about missing work.
Moving in the spring, fall, or winter is more affordable. You might be saying to yourself, “Well, that’s nice, but my schedule doesn’t permit me to move during that season. What do I do?”. If you absolutely must move during the summer, try to move on a weekday. Not many people move during the week, making it somewhat cheaper than the weekends. And book in advance – the longer you wait, the less chance you have of being able to book an available truck.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Moving Experts
If you’re looking for a company that offers the most services for an affordable price, turn to Orbit International Moving. Our rates are reasonable, and our packages are the most inclusive you’ll find. Contact us today to discover the Orbit difference at 416-661-4228.

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Safety Tips for Moving Furniture

June 22nd, 2017 Comments off

You’ve probably seen movies or TV shows in which the main characters try to move furniture and fail hilariously (scenes of furniture hurtling down flights of stairs or getting stuck around corners seems to be a comedic goldmine).

While the scene might make you laugh, you definitely don’t want that to happen to you in real life. Read on to learn safety tips for moving furniture so that you protect yourself and your property.

Get the Right Equipment
Take a good look at that solid bookcase – you know, the one that your Aunt Ruth left you. It’s made of oak, and it’s at least 70 years old.
Well, if I take everything off of it, the bookcase should be much lighter,” you say to yourself. “Once it’s empty, I just tilt it and I’ll be good to go.

If you want to move the bookcase (or any other heavy furniture), you need the right equipment. A dolly, furniture slides and lifting straps are all crucial to ensuring your furniture doesn’t become damaged and you don’t hurt your back.

Lift Properly
Have you ever heard someone tell someone else, “Lift with your legs!” That’s not just some old wives’ tale – it’s actually good advice.

Moreover, you should lift gradually. Don’t make jerky movements – you’ll hurt yourself. And keep your back straight. That will reduce injuries.

Carry Carefully
You should carry tall or long items (such as filing cabinets, sofas and wardrobes)at an angle. And don’t do it by yourself – these pieces of furniture are heavy.
Large chairs and recliners are cumbersome, which is why you should carefully flip the chair on its side and hook the back around the doorway.

Don’t Rush and Don’t Overdo It
When you’re moving furniture, it’s important to take your time. Rushing leads to mistakes, which in turn lead to injuries to your body and damage to the furniture.

Also, don’t lift more than an amount with which you’re comfortable. Moving furniture isn’t a weight-lifting contest, and you shouldn’t do it to impress someone. If the furniture is too heavy for you, put it down and call in professional movers. There’s no shame in hiring outside help. In fact, it’s better to call a moving company than to hurt yourself because you were too proud to admit the job was too big for you to handle.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Moving Experts
Do you have furniture that you need to move? Contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. Our experienced, professional moving crew knows how to safely move furniture without injuring themselves or damaging your property. We work carefully and efficiently to make sure the job is done right, the first time. Our moving crew brings all of the right equipment and materials to the site – you don’t have to worry about a thing. When you choose Orbit, you have peace of mind that your property will be transported safely. To learn more, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

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The Professional Packers’ Guide: All You Need to Know

May 24th, 2017 Comments off

If you’re getting ready to move (whether it’s across town or across the world), packing is probably the part of the process that you’re least excited about. You want to get your life started in a new place, but all of the stuff you’ve accumulated over time has to be dealt with.
That’s why we’ve created this guide based on the advice of professional movers. This guide will make the process easier and less stressful, so you can get excited again about the next chapter in your life.

Start Sorting Early

If you’re moving to a smaller place, there will be things that you won’t have room for. Even if you’re moving to a larger home, you’ve most likely accumulated quite a bit of stuff over the years. Not all of it is useful, and if that description fits an item, there’s no reason it should come with you.

Once you’ve decided you’ll be moving, start sorting through your belongings. If you can’t remember you even had an item in your possession, that’s a good sign you should either donate it to charity or throw it out.
Sorting through things early on makes moving easier – you’re not rushed or stressed when the time comes to move.

Consider Customs and Other Regulations

After you’ve sorted through your things and have decided what you’re going to bring with you, you should think about customs or other regulations if you’re moving abroad. Many countries have customs regulations – authorities will tax you if you bring in certain items (usually alcohol and tobacco products). Moreover, many countries have bans on certain items – the consulate or embassy of that country will have a list, so consult it before packing.

Even if you’re moving domestically, there are certain things that moving companies might not be able to transport. Check with your moving company before you break out the boxes.

Pack with Care Using Quality Materials

If you’re bringing fragile items such as plates, make sure they’re wrapped individually with a paper that won’t leave smudges. Don’t make any one box too heavy; you won’t be able to pick it up otherwise.
Use sturdy boxes. You don’t want them to fall apart during the move. When it comes to items such as antiques and paintings, putting them in crates might be a wise decision. Crates will protect them during the move. Crating should be left to professional movers.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Moving Experts

Whether you’re moving across town or across the globe, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd is the right choice. We’ve been moving customers to locations near and far for over a decade. Our staff is courteous and professional. The moving crew arrives on time with all of the equipment and materials they need to get the job done right the first time, and the customer service team responds to every question, no matter how small. Find out what makes Orbit different – call us today at 416-661-4228.

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Why Move to Malta?

May 10th, 2017 Comments off

Malta is a tiny island state located in the Mediterranean. Every year, people move to Malta for a variety of reasons. Some of them are freelance professionals, while others want to retire in the comparatively warm climate.

Read on to learn more about why people are moving to Malta – maybe you’ll be convinced, too!

Affordability

Malta is one of the most affordable places to live in the EU.
You can buy a pint of beer at an off-the-beaten-path pub for as little as €1.50. Moreover, public transportation is fairly reasonable, too – it costs €0.75 per bus ride. And if you’ve got a bus pass, you won’t spend more than €26 per month on getting around by bus. Utilities tend to be inexpensive in comparison to other EU member states, depending on your immigration status.

The Weather

Malta is known for its fantastic weather – it gets 300 days of sunshine per year! The temperatures are still high even into October (something you won’t find in some parts of Canada). So, don’t forget your hat, and stock up on sunscreen!
In the winter, it’s quite rare for temperatures to fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Just be aware that buildings aren’t as well insulated in Malta as they are in Canada, and there’s no central heating. Wear sweaters, cuddle up and have some hot cocoa.

Safety

Malta is one of the safest places to live in the EU.
The country has 0.3 incidents of violent crime per 1,000 residents. Cyprus is the only EU member with a lower rate of violent crime. In fact, many native Maltese still leave their cars and homes unlocked.

English Is an Official Language

When you move to Malta, you don’t have to worry about surviving in a foreign language. English is one of the official languages of Malta.
Everything you need will be in English – government documents, signs, menus, etc. In addition, 88% of the population speaks English. If you want to learn Maltese (a mixture of Italian and Arabic), go for it! Native Maltese will appreciate it. However, you can still get around quite well only in English.

Laidback Lifestyle, Friendly People

Life in Malta runs at a slower pace. This is great news if you’re looking to escape the rat race (although if you’ve got a Type A personality, Malta might not be the place for you).

The Maltese are some of the friendliest people on Earth. They are helpful, hospitable and warm – even to foreigners. You’ll feel at home right away.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re interested in moving to Malta, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We’ve got over a decade of experience moving people around the globe. Some of our clients have even used us more than once – they appreciate our professionalism, courtesy and commitment to getting the job done right, the first time. If you want to experience the Orbit difference, call us today at 416-661-4228.

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Moving to Iceland: Permits and Customs

May 8th, 2017 Comments off

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.

Moving to Russia: What you need to know about moving to the largest country on Earth

May 3rd, 2017 Comments off

So you are thinking about moving to Russia, the largest country in the world. Filled with history and rich in culture, the once communist country is now a capitalist one where people own private property, their businesses make profits, and workers are paid wages. Contrary to popular belief, while communism is the official opposition to Vladimir Putin’s “United Russia”, no one is getting jailed for speaking out and news sources are not getting shut down. If you prepare, moving to Russia can be seamless, and we can help you get there.

Moving to any country can be a challenging task, however, moving to Russia can prove to be exponentially tougher because of the strict rules and regulations imposed on foreigners. The last thing you want is for your possessions to be lost in some airport while you wait for weeks without a bed to sleep on.

For starters, you won’t get in the country without the right immigration and shipping documentation when arriving at customs. The documents should be sent one month in advance. Speak to your Destination Agent if you uncertain about anything regarding your paperwork. Better be safe than sorry.

Paperwork
-Valid passport + and a photocopy
-Russian visa and a photocopy
-Power of Attorney, three photocopies (for moving company/Destination Agent to carry out clearance formalities)
-Letter to customs from Russian employer, three photocopies (prepared by shipper’s employer)
-Russian TD10 Customs Form (Declaration for Unaccompanied Luggage)
-Packing list
-Temporary import obligation (for duty free import of surface shipments only)

Shipping Regulations

The process for shipping is significantly more complicated than other countries, so following these tips is recommended. Keep the following in mind.

Russian customs rules are subject to change at any time and without prior notice
It is advisable to not go through customs by yourself unless you speak Russian and are knowledgeable about the process.
All shipments can be inspected, which can result in extra terminal handling and storage charges.
Household goods can be imported to Russia duty free unless they are on the prohibited and restricted list.

Prohibited Items

The majority of countries around the world have a list of items that are completely prohibited when entering the country. Russia is no different. These are the things you are not allowed to bring into Russia.

-Fish and products made of fish
-Narcotics
-Fruits and vegetables
-Dairy and meat from Armenia and Georgia
-Weapons and ammunition
-Any material that goes against the Russian Federation
-Pornography

Restricted Items

While some items are prohibited entirely, some have restrictions relative to size, weight and amounts. These are the restricted items upon entering Russia.

-Live animals require a permit
-Dairy and meat products: Quantities are limited. They must be in their original packaging.
-Cigarettes: Your choice of 400 cigarettes, 200 cigarillos, 100 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco are allowed duty free. Anything more than that will be taxed.
-Alcohol: You must be 21 years old and you are limited to 2 liters duty free.
-Caviar: 250 grams duty free
-Limited amounts of cash in foreign currencies
-Medication requires a prescription

Motor Vehicle Regulations

When moving to Russia, you might need to bring your car over as well instead of buying or renting a new one. Their import duties may differ depending on the make or model of your car. Foreigners are allowed to get a temporary permit for their vehicles which are valid for one year without being subject to tax. After that initial year, they must be re-exported. If you want to ship your car over to Russia, you will need the following paperwork.

-Power of Attorney, three notarized photocopies
-Letter to customs, three photocopies
-Photocopies of passport, visa and registration
-Original vehicle registration document

Pets and Animals

If you have a pet and absolutely want to bring it over to Russia, there is no problem, but you will need the proper documentation to guarantee that your friend makes it through customs.

-Vaccination records
-Veterinary health certificate bearing a seal of the local Board of Health. This document must be issued no more than 10 days before arriving to Russia.
-Import license
-Identification: Tattoo or microchip
-Animals other than dogs and cats require special import permission from the Russian Ministry of Agriculture

If you have any questions regarding your move to Russia, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Embassy of Russia. They will iron out any concerns you might have. Contact one of the two offices here.

Embassy of Russia in Ottawa, Canada
285 Charlotte Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N-8L5
Phone: +1-613-235-4341, +1-613-236-1413
Fax: +1-613-236-6342
Web Site: http://www.rusembcanada.mid.ru/
Email: info@rusembassy.ca

Russian Consulate in Montreal, Canada
3685 Avenue de Musée
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G-2E1
Phone: +1-514-843-5901, +1-514-842-5343
Fax: +1-514-842-2012
Web Site: http://www.montreal.mid.ru
Email: consulat_mtl@bellnet.ca

Moving to Russia
When moving from Canada to Russia, choosing the best overseas moving company is crucial in ensuring a smooth transition to your new home or business. Orbit International Moving Logistics is by far the best and most experienced company in its field. With our extensive experience in sending containers to Russia, we can offer you and your family important information about your potential move and make the transition seamless.

Orbit International Moving Logistics was started by two friends who go way back. Over the years, they gathered valuable extensive experience relocating their customers worldwide by using Ocean Freight and Air Cargo. As Orbit became established, they realized that certain services needed consistency. The level of service: free estimates, all-inclusive rates, fast communication. Whether you are moving your family or your business, Orbit International Moving Logistics is the way to go for your international moves. Whether it be a door-to-door move, door to port, full sized containers, roll-on roll-off, or custom crates, we are here to help you. Please contact us for more information and “Discover the Difference with Orbit”.

What You Need to Know about Moving to Hong Kong

April 26th, 2017 Comments off

Hong Kong is a vibrant destination attracting professionals from all over the world, especially in the financial sector. Many people have moved there for professional reasons. If your job is taking you to Hong Kong, or if you’re moving there to start a new chapter in your life, take a few minutes to learn about shipping your belongings there.

What Items Are Subject to Tax?

There’s some good news if you’re moving to Hong Kong: most of your household items are duty-free. So, if you’re shipping your coffee table, you won’t have to pay tax on it.

There are a few items which are taxable. Motor vehicles, liquors, tobacco, hydrocarbon oil, and methyl alcohol are subject to duties, and it doesn’t matter whether they’ve been imported from abroad or locally manufactured and exported.

What Kind of Documents Do You Need?

You’ll need certain documents in order to ship your personal effects to Hong Kong, as customs officers will inspect your goods. You don’t need to be present for this inspection.

The Chinese government requires you to submit copies of the biographical information pages of your passport (the page with your picture on it), the original bill of lading or air waybill, a detailed inventory and the shipper’s full contact details in Hong Kong (including address, telephone number and email address).

What Items Are Restricted or Prohibited?

As with any country, Hong Kong (and by extension China, which controls Hong Kong) restricts and prohibits certain items.
Plants and plant products require a special license. So do weapons and ammunition – you’ll have to get the license from Hong Kong’s police department.

Illegal drugs, firearms, explosives, knives, controlled chemicals, meat, poultry, rough diamonds, counterfeit goods, any liquids that could leak from a container and cause irritation as well as pornographic materials are all prohibited.

Can You Bring in Pets?

Yes, you can bring your pets to Hong Kong. As with many other countries though, you’ll need to have your paperwork in order.

You’ll need to get a health certificate for any pets you wish to import as well as an import permit (the agency that oversees agricultural issues in Hong Kong can help you with that). Unless you’re bringing a dog directly from the United Kingdom, your pet will need to be quarantined.

Orbit International Logistics Ltd.: Your International Shipping Experts

If you’re moving to Hong Kong, contact Orbit International Logistics Ltd. We’ve been moving people around the world for over a decade. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. What makes us stand out from our competition? Orbit delivers exceptional customer service; every one of our employees is courteous and professional. Our customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and they’ll be with you every step of the way. And our moving crew shows up on time, with all of the equipment they need. To learn more about how Orbit can help you, call us at 416-661-4228.

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Moving to Singapore: What You Need to Know

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

Singapore, the tiny city-state in the South Pacific, is an economic powerhouse. In addition to economic opportunity, people are attracted to its political stability and proximity to a number of other hot destinations (such as Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia).

If you’re planning on moving there for work or for other reasons, here’s what you need to know about shipping your personal effects there.

Shipping Goods without Paying Duties

You can ship your personal effects without paying duties as long as the following criteria are met:
-You’re a Singaporean, a Singaporean permanent resident, a foreigner transferring residence to Singapore, or an immigrant

-If you’re a Singaporean or a returning permanent resident, you have to have lived outside of the country for at least six months

-You can prove you’re the owner of the goods

-You’ve owned these articles for at least three months

-You shipped them by air or by sea

-You’ve imported your belongings within the first six months of your arrival in Singapore

-You don’t try to sell your belongings within three months of their importation

What Goods Are Taxable?

Every country has a list of personal effects that are taxable, and Singapore is no exception.
Liquors, tobacco products, motor vehicles, private aircrafts, boats, yachts and any commercial goods are subject to taxation. It doesn’t matter what your resident status is – you’ll have to pay duties to import any items on the list above.

What Items Are Restricted or Prohibited?

Again, every country has a list of goods that are either highly prohibited or restricted outright. Singapore doesn’t buck any trends in that regard.

Animals (including birds), arms and explosives, batteries, chemicals, diesel oil, movies, fish, flammable materials, food items, pathogens, fertilizer, plants, radioactive materials, and wood are some of the items on the “restricted” list.

Chewing gum, certain kinds of telecommunication equipment, fire crackers and rhino horns are on the prohibited list, so don’t try shipping them.

What Documentation Do You Need to Ship Goods?

You’ll need the following documents when shipping personal effects to Singapore:
Passport

-Work permit (if relevant)

-Entry permit

-Bill of lading/air waybill

Picking up Your Belongings

Once your shipment has arrived in Singapore, your moving company’s local agent picks it up.

If your goods are arriving by boat, the agent will retrieve them from the port, and if they’re arriving via air, the agent will bring them from the airport after filling out the relevant customs forms.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

If you’re moving to Singapore, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We have been moving customers across the world for over a decade. Our dedicated, courteous and knowledgeable staff answers all of your questions, no matter how small. And our team of movers arrives on time, with all of the equipment they need, to get the job right the first time. Some of our customers love us so much, they’ve used us more than once! To learn more, call 416-661-4228.

What You Need to Know about Quarantine in Australia

April 6th, 2017 Comments off

When you think of Australia, kangaroos and “G’day, mate!” most likely come to mind. If you’re moving to Australia, there’s another thing you should consider: quarantine. The island nation takes biosecurity very seriously, and doesn’t want any pests or other threats infesting its shores. Read on to learn what you need to know about Australia’s quarantine system.

Biosecurity in Australia: A Brief Primer

Australia has a unique ecosystem. To that end, its government wants to preserve it by preventing outside threats from infiltrating the country.

There has long been a quarantine system for anything brought into the country. For decades, an agency called AQIS (Australia Quarantine and Inspection Service) was in charge of quarantines, but in 2012, it was dissolved and folded into the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Shipping Goods to Australia

Because of the strict biosecurity regulations, you’ll have to empty, dry and clean anything you’re shipping. It can’t come into contact with food, soil, plants, water or animals immediately before being shipped, as those things could contaminate items.

Any personal effects you ship to Australia will be subject to some kind of inspection by government officials. Before you prepare your shipment, you should be aware that certain items aren’t allowed into Australia.

You can’t bring in fresh fruits and vegetables, live plants and bulbs, prohibited and restricted seeds, unidentified seeds or spices, live animals requiring an import permit, biological products (including herbal medications, unprocessed goods of plant or animal origin, soiled goods or those containing organic residue, or goods knowingly infected with pests or disease. If you ship a prohibited item, you’ll be responsible for the cost of the item’s destruction.

There are also some items which are restricted, meaning that they must be treated with chemicals to ensure they aren’t hosts to pests. Those items include wood, textiles, and animal products such as fur or feathers.

When your goods arrive in Australia, they’ll be subject to an inspection by Australian government officials. The Australian government charges people shipping their goods to the country for the cost of inspection. Some of those fees are charged upfront.

Reputable moving companies will include these costs in your quote. You’ll be made aware at the outset of the process that the inspection and the fees to complete it are mandatory – they might call them “quarantine fees” on your invoice.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Shipping Experts

If you’re moving to Australia, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We’ve been shipping customers’ personal effects to Australia for years. Our customer service representatives walk clients through every step of the process so there won’t be any surprises (including on the invoice). We answer any question, no matter how small. And our moving crew arrives on time with the equipment they need (including approved shipping materials) to get the job done right the first time. If you want your move to Australia to be smooth and hassle-free, contact Orbit today at 416-661-4228.

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