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Is moving from Canada to Portugal a good idea?

October 21st, 2020 Comments off

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

Portugal Wants You

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

Comparing Loonies to Euros

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

Tempering Weather Expectations

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

Foodie Paradise

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

Bone Up on Your Portuguese

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

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

A Popular Place to Retire

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

Boa sorte (good luck) on your move!


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

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What you Need to Know Before Moving to Australia

September 15th, 2020 Comments off

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

Sort Out Your Visa & Work Plan In Advance

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

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

Cash is King

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

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

Where to Live

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

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

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

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

Finding the Right Accommodation

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

Staying Connected

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

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

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

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What to Bring When Moving to Europe

August 31st, 2020 Comments off

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

Getting Started

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

Daily Items

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

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

Documents & Legal Items

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

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

Sentimental Items

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

Expat Pro Tip – Arrange for close friends or family to visit you a few months in. Not only can they bring you a few additional personal or sentimental items on their travels, but they can also help you explore your new home through the eyes of a tourist.
Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert
We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, contact us at 416-661-4228.

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Exploring Groupage Shipments To Spain

August 20th, 2020 Comments off

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

How Groupage Shipments Work

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

The Advantages of Groupage Shipping

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

Things To Consider Before Booking Consolidated Shipping

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

Possible Issues

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

North America & Spain

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

The Ports of Spain

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

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

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

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How to Ship Personal Items Internationally

July 30th, 2020 Comments off

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

Shipping by Container

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

Knowing What You Can Ship In A Container

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

The Six Months Rule

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

Just Don’t Pack…

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

Shipping Your Car

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

Insurance

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

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

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5 Ways COVID-19 Can Impact Your Work Visa

June 15th, 2020 Comments off

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

Pending Work Visas Already in Process

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

Those Seeking Renewals

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

You Still Need to Apply

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

Travel From Higher Risk Regions

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

Continued Education Abroad

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

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

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

5 Ways to Prepare for Self-Quarantine During an International Move

May 19th, 2020 Comments off

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COVID-19 is changing a lot about the way we live. When it comes to travel many are under a directive to self-quarantine or self-isolate when they return from abroad or after a move. When you’re returning ‘home’ from travel, it’s likely that you have a pantry full of some basic staples, knowledge of local delivery services, and a network of friends and family to help drop off essentials until you’ve finished your time in solitude. When you’re charting new territory in an international move toward your new home, there are added challenges and barriers. This is where the Scout Motto to always “Be Prepared” comes in handy. Here are five tips to help prepare for mandatory self quarantine during your international move.

Find Out the Rules & Timing for Self-Isolation

Many places require people, even those with no symptoms, go into a mandatory period of self-isolation of at least 14 days upon entering the country. This often includes a quarantine that cannot involve staying with those deemed a part of vulnerable communities (i.e. over 65 or those who have underlying medical conditions). For those who do not have an adequate place to self-isolate, they may contact the head public health officer in the country they are travelling to in order to find an appropriate place to hunker down. For those who are entering the country as front-line workers, connect with officials to determine what rules are applicable for you and your family. Should you begin to show any symptoms of COVID-19 during your self-isolation period and beyond, notify the appropriate health officials immediately.

Know How To Travel From The Airport

Much like the game of Monopoly, when you arrive in your new country you must go directly into self isolation; you can’t stop and pick up supplies on your way there, nor can you entertain guests. Many countries do not allow for those travelling from the airport to take public transit to their new home, but instead you must take an approved mode of transportation (usually a taxi) and you will be required to wear a non-medical mask or face-covering while travelling to the place where you will self-quarantine. Find out the rules in advance and follow them!

Get The Basics

By ensuring that you arrive with a cell phone with reception you can prepare for other potential obstacles, like it taking a day or two or for your internet or home phone to get connected. Attempt to make arrangements for internet, phone, cable etc. to be set up before you arrive. Work with a reputable international mover to ensure your packed essentials arrive on a schedule that will work for you. If your move is for work you can have someone from your organization head to your place to test this out on your behalf, and have contact with the appropriate internet service providers since you won’t be able to once you arrive, for several weeks. In addition to this, that co-worker may also be able to drop off the items required to allow you to begin work remotely, since you won’t be permitted to go into work for some time in most instances.

Order Food Like A Pro

Research delivery services before you leave and, if you can, place your order before your move to ensure that the items will arrive on your doorstep just in time. More and more grocery stores and delivery services are making contactless delivery a part of their services. If all else fails, pizza delivery will have to do, just be sure to let the people know that you are in self-quarantine and they’ll need to knock, leave the food, and go.

Staying Social, Together Alone

This is where having a working internet connection is important. Just because you can’t see people face-to-face for some time, it doesn’t mean that you can’t stay in touch. Utilize networking sites like Facetime, Zoom Meetings, and Facebook Video to keep connected with friends and family, while you isolate. Use online gaming platforms to keep up with a weekly card game, Words With Friends, or other virtual games to stay in touch and engaged with the outside world. If all else fails, never underestimate the power of a phone call.

Stay healthy, safe and take care of each other!

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert​

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

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Tips For Moving To Hong Kong & Other Major International Destinations

May 4th, 2020 Comments off

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Is the distance of Hong Kong, but familiarity of a major city calling you abroad? Maybe you’re from a smaller town and the buzz of living in a big metropolis appeals to you. Whether it’s a major move for work or an item on a bucket list that has you looking into an international move to a big city, many of the same tips will apply. London, Hong Kong, New York, and beyond, here are five simple tips to help you manage your international move to any major city in the world.

Set Your Moving Date & Then Plan Backwards​

An international move has a lot of steps. Time and organization will be the best way to ensure your move goes smoothly. This will allow you to budget time and money and create a plan that will allow you to pack up and move, and still have plenty of time to visit with friends and family before you set off for your new home. Hire a reputable mover to help you pack, store, and send your items to your new destination within your budget and timeline.

Big City Equals Smaller Home​

Big cities are known for great nightlife and entertainment; however, they aren’t known for spacious living arrangements. The average size of an apartment in Hong Kong is just over 600 square feet, 495 for a London flat, and in Japan micro apartments that are roughly 100 square feet each are on the rise. This means you’ll want to cull items before you leave – donate, store, and only move essential items that you know you’ll need.​

Big City Budgeting

It costs more money to live in a big city than a small town. ‘Big opportunity’ comes with high costs of housing, food, and transportation. Make sure that your budget allows for some room for unexpected expenses and the ‘big city tax’ needed to survive and thrive. Business Insider ranked the most expensive cities to live in around the world in 2019. Cities included in this list were: LA, Tel Aviv, New York, Copenhagen, Seoul, Osaka, Geneva, Zurich, and Hong Kong.​

Job Hunt In Advance

If you don’t already have a job offer in hand it may be more difficult to obtain a work permit. It never hurts to hit the job boards before you move and get a few applications out before you’re unpacking at your new home. If you are employed, work with your employer well in advance to ensure there are no hiccups in obtaining a work visa before you leave home.​

Research Your City

Look into housing items and neighbourhoods to figure out what you can afford, and map transit options to and from your work to make sure they’re convenient and logistically possible to fit in with your schedule. Look into weather on a month by month basis to figure out which items you need to pack to wear straight away, which items you’ll need to purchase, and which you can ship to arrive after you’ve settled in.​

Moving During COVID-19​

There are various rules and restrictions that vary country to country, region to region during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check in with your mover, employer, airline, and embassies to ensure that you are apprised of any changes or regulations that may impact the timing of your international move. Rely on the expertise and networks of a professional mover to ensure that your move is as smooth as possible during these uncertain times, so adjustments can be made to get your items to you as quickly and safely as possible. Stay healthy!​

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

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How COVID-19 May Impact Your International Move

April 14th, 2020 Comments off

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Health, safety, and ever-changing rules and precautions are at the front of everyone’s mind in the face of COVID-19. The moving industry is considered an essential service, and as such management and workers are doing what they can to ensure timely and safe moves during this uncertain time. Here are 5 things you need to know about how COVID-19 may impact your move.

What Your Mover Is Doing

Important sanitation and distancing measures have been put into place to help protect customers and staff. Your mover is continually monitoring COVID-19 responses and regulations from all health agencies and governments from around the world and is responding accordingly as the situation unfolds.

Reduction of Services & Limited Options

There is a reduction of services, whether it’s reduced staffing to comply with social distancing measures or limited resources in packaging. This means local moves may involve smaller crews and options may be pared down for international moves, depending on how particular countries have responded and adjusted to COVID-19. Professional international movers have a solid network around the world to help negate any delays for their clients.

Some Businesses Have Chosen To Close

As of the date of the posting of this blog most regions have ruled that moving companies and our supply and storage facilities are essential services and treated as such, are ready to serve their clients. While most movers are still operating, it is a good idea to make contact to find out how COVID-19 will impact your international mover as some movers have chosen to temporarily shutter their business. Increased regulations surrounding borders and shipping, as well as limited staffing, may impact when items will arrive. Orbit International Moving Logistics Limited remains open to meet your international moving needs.

Border Limitations

It is recommended that you investigate whether you are permitted to travel to the country of your move, prior to setting out. Several countries, including Canada, have a list of travel exemptions which may apply to you and your move, provided you are deemed to be travelling for an essential purpose. Those moving for work will want to communicate with their company regarding any potential delays of your transfer and how it will impact your resettlement. Within North America cross-border transportation of goods including household movers are not currently undergoing any additional restrictions beyond needing an I-94 to show that they are transporting goods for an approved move. It is recommended that those crossing the border into the US for work have a valid work permit to ensure their entry.

Prepare for Change

Just like anything else surrounding COVID-19, impacts and restrictions are changing each day. Many people arriving in a new country will need to remain in self-quarantine for some time after their arrival and this may impact their ability to pick up their items from storage facilities. Rely on the expertise and networks of a professional mover to ensure that your move is as smooth as possible during these uncertain times, so adjustments can be made to get your items to you as quickly and safely as possible. Stay healthy!

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert

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

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How to Choose the Best International Moving Company

March 30th, 2020 Comments off

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One of the best ways to save time is to outsource to experts, particularly something as complicated as a national or international move. Selecting the best company for your move will ensure the right fit and that everything arrives where you want it, when you want, and within your budget.

Look at Referrals

If your relocation has to do with work, see if they have a preferred company they use and ask to connect with someone else within the firm to get their feedback on whether they’d recommend the company. Expanding asks for referrals from online forums about personal moves as well as your social network can be a good starting point for getting connected to international movers. In addition to that, you can always turn to a Google search to see which movers specialize in your needs.

Price Comparison

The rule of three applies to securing quotes. Ensure that you seek out comprehensive quotes from at least three moving companies to get a handle on what is standard for services offered and prices. Read the fine print to make sure what’s being offered is the same, and that you’re getting coverage for the specialty services most important to you, i.e. packing and movement of musical instruments and customs for an international move.

Get Started Early

The early bird gets the worm. Starting earlier will give you the most flexibility with the best movers and will allow you to avoid additional surcharges for a rushed move. The best moving companies can provide you with a detailed checklist to help streamline your move and ease your stress levels.
Dotting the I’s & Crossing the T’s
The best movers will have license accreditations and memberships to showcase that they meet industry-wide standards. The FIDI (Federation of International Movers) is an industry standard for the top movers around the world. Other acronyms to look for include FMC, AMSA, IAM, DOT, OTI, and NVOCC. Ask your movers where they have affiliations, and while you’re at it investigate their insurance policies to ensure you’re covered should something get lost, broken, or damaged during your move. Look at reviews from people who have run into trouble in their move and how the company responded and resolved the situation when things went wrong.

Tracking

We live in the age of information. Find out if you can get real time tracking from your company to ensure you know where your packages are throughout the process. Many people find that selecting a mover with this service puts their mind at ease.

Buyer Beware

If your quote seems too good to be true it may be. Verify the company’s address and how long they’ve been in business to ensure they are a legitimate mover. Because you have researched several quotes, you’ll have a good idea what is industry standard for your move in terms of deposit and timeline and will be able to make an informed decision. Businesses who have years of experience under their belt have the expertise and contacts to help make your move as smooth as possible, and a proven track record.
Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Expert
We have over a decade of experience moving customers around the world. Some of our customers like us so much, they’ve used us more than once. Why did they come back to Orbit? Our customer service is what sets us apart – customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving crew shows up on time with all the materials they need to get the job done correctly the first time. To learn more about Orbit, call us at 416-661-4228.

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