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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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What You Need to Know about Making Aliyah

March 14th, 2018 Comments off

Making Aliyah is the fulfillment of a dream that’s thousands of years old. You’ll finally be living in the Holy Land of Israel, walking on the same ground as ancient Jews.
It’s also a process that involves quite a bit of paperwork, adapting to a different culture, and learning a new language if you don’t already know Hebrew. Read on to learn more about what happens when you make Aliyah.

The Application Process
In order to make Aliyah, you have to apply for Israeli citizenship. Applicants from Canada can fill out their forms with the assistance of Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organization dedicated to helping North American Jews make Aliyah.

Nefesh B’Nefesh recommends applying for Aliyah six to eight months in advance of your move. As part of the application process, you will have an interview with a shaliach (a representative of the Jewish Agency for Israel, a quasi-governmental agency in Israel). The shaliach will review your documents at this time.

Shipping Your Belongings

Many people ship their belongings to Israel. One of the benefits of making Aliyah is that you’re exempt from paying duties.

When you’re packing, bear in mind that Israeli appliances run on 220 volts of electricity. Their plugs are designed differently than those in North America. Also, even though it can get cold in certain parts of Israel, you won’t need the same down-filled parkas you’d wear during Canadian winters.

Moreover, Israeli homes are smaller than North American houses. You’ll have less room, so be careful when you’re selecting what you’re going to pack.

Once You Arrive

Your Aliyah process continues when you get off the plane. You’ll deal with Misrad HaKlita (the Immigration and Absorption Ministry) as well as Misrad HaPnim (the Ministry of the Interior). They will give you a number of important documents, such as an identification number, registration for a health fund (known in Hebrew as Kupat Cholim), and a voucher for ulpan (intensive Hebrew classes).

After you get settled in and received your shipping container, you’ll find that your days are filled with going to government offices. This is part of the experience of making Aliyah – it ensures that you receive the services to which you’re entitled as an Israeli immigrant. At the same time, you’ll be going to ulpan classes so that you can learn to communicate effectively in Hebrew. These classes are vital to help you integrate into the Israeli workforce and culture.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Top Choice for Shipping to Israel

If you’re planning to make Aliyah, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. can help make the process smoother. We’ve been shipping personal effects to Israel for over a decade. What makes us different than our competitors? We pride ourselves on excellent customer service – no question is too small, and our moving crew arrives on-time and with all the equipment they need. Orbit works closely with Nefesh B’Nefesh olim to ensure the shipping process is smooth and hassle-free. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228.

By Adi Shaked

How to Ship Your Goods Internationally for Less

March 1st, 2018 Comments off

The international moving process isn’t known for being cheap. People can spend thousands and thousands of dollars to move from country to another. An expensive component of moving internationally can be shipping.
However, there are ways to reduce the costs of international shipping. Read on for tips on making your international move cost less, including choosing the right Toronto international shipping company.

Ship Less
Here’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind when you’re shipping goods – smaller shipments aren’t going to be as expensive as larger shipments. Now is the time to decide exactly what you’ll need when you start your new life abroad.
When you make the decision to move, start going through your stuff. If you haven’t used something in at least six months and it doesn’t look like you’re going to use it any time soon, it’s time to get rid of it.

Pick the Right Time to Move
Sometimes, you can’t control when you can move – you might have a great opportunity that you simply can’t pass up. Other times, you have greater flexibility. If you can be flexible on your dates, do so – it will save you money.
Summer is the most popular time of the year to move. Kids aren’t in school and people take vacations. As such, it’s the most expensive time of the year to move. If you want to save some money, try moving in the fall, winter, or spring.
It’s also cheaper to move midweek than to move on the weekends (again, weekends are more popular because many people don’t work on the weekends). When you move at less popular times, you’re more likely to get a moving truck at the time that you want.

Choose Your Toronto International Shipping Company Carefully
When it comes to international shipping, less can actually be more – as in, a lower quote from a Toronto international shipping company can cost you more money. Just because a moving company offers you a lower quote doesn’t mean that the quote will be comprehensive. It might not include all of the services you need.
There’s a very good chance that the moving crew will show up without the proper equipment or materials, or they’ll charge you more because they didn’t perform a site survey. Choose a quote that includes the greatest amount of services for the lowest amount of money – you won’t regret it.
Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Top Choice for a Toronto International Shipping Company
If you’re looking for a Toronto international shipping company, choose Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We’ve 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 us different? We’re committed to offering excellent customer service throughout every aspect of the move – our moving crew shows up on time and with everything they need to get the job done. To learn more, call us at 416-661-4228.
By Adi Shaked

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Why Move to Australia?

October 23rd, 2017 Comments off

When people think of Australia, they imagine a large, remote island populated by kangaroos, koalas, and people who talk about throwing shrimp on the barbie. While Australia has had its fair share of fun poked at it, there are actually a number of fantastic reasons to move to the Land Down Under.
Australia is vibrant, modern and its residents have a great quality of life. Read on to learn why you should consider moving to Australia.

The Economy
Australia’s economy is quite robust. Unemployment is low. In many parts of Australia, there is a fair amount of casual work (part-time and temporary positions), which is especially great for young adults without a great deal of professional experience.
Moreover, because the minimum wage is so high, even casual jobs can earn you more money than what you were making back home. Which means you can enjoy…

The Great Outdoors
Since Australia’s an island, there are miles and miles of beaches. The vast majority of Australians live on the coast, so you’re never far from a beach.
Don’t like sand? Don’t worry. There’s still plenty to do here. You can visit rainforests, deserts and even take advantage of skiing.

The Amazing Weather
It helps that Australia has pretty fantastic weather so that you can enjoy its natural beauty.
Because Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. When it’s winter in Canada, it’s summer. However, the winters in Australia are quite mild. Temperatures generally don’t drop below 15 degrees Celsius. So, pack a sweater, but leave the parka behind.

A Multicultural Society…
Over the past few decades, Australia has embraced immigrants with open arms. The society is now quite multicultural – nearly half of Australians were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas.

For many Canadians, who are accustomed to being part of a multicultural society, being in Australia won’t feel so different.

…That Still Speaks English
While there are many languages spoken in Australia, the native language is still English. That means that you don’t need to learn a new language in order to go about your day-to-day life.
You will need to learn some slang, though. Australians (or, as they call themselves, “Ozzies”) have their own spin on English. So, while you’ll be able to have a conversation with an Ozzie, you might have to occasionally ask them what they’re talking about.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts
Orbit has been moving customers to Australia and around the world for over a decade. Some of our customers love us so much, they’ve used us more than once! What’s our secret? We offer unparalleled customer service. Our customer service representatives are always courteous and professional, and they answer any question, no matter how small. Our moving crew shows up on time with everything they need to get the job done right the first time. To learn more, call Orbit 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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