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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!


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.


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.

– 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:
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:
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.

-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
-Fruits and vegetables
-Dairy and meat from Armenia and Georgia
-Weapons and ammunition
-Any material that goes against the Russian Federation

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:

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:

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:

-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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What You Need to Know About Bonded Storage

March 15th, 2017 Comments off

You’re moving to another country, and you need a place to store your stuff. What are your options? One place you can store your things is in bonded storage. Read on to learn more about this option and why it might be right for you.

What Is Bonded Storage?
Bonded storage (also known as bonded warehouses or customs warehouses) are storage facilities in which you can store goods without having to pay duties upon them.
How does that work? We’ll illustrate with an example. Let’s say that Mark is moving from England to Toronto. He’s shipped a bunch of his things to Canada, but he’s still looking for a place to live. Some of the items which he’s shipped are taxable. Mark can leave them in bonded storage without paying customs duties until he’s ready to move.

What Are the Other Advantages of Using Bonded Storage?
Deferring paying customs duties is a fairly big advantage. However, that’s not the only reason that people choose to place their goods in bonded storage.
For a start, you can store goods there for at least four years. That’s a pretty important fact to know if it takes you longer than expected to find a place to live.
Second, these warehouses are specially equipped to preserve your belongings. They’re temperature controlled, so you don’t need to worry about mold or damage from the heat or cold. That feature gives you peace of mind.
Third, bonded storage is highly secure. Only authorized personnel can enter them, and they are safeguarded by state-of-the-art systems. So, as long as your belongings are stored there, you don’t have to worry about them being damaged or stolen.
Fourth, it doesn’t matter how little or how much stuff you’ve got – chances are that the bonded storage facility can accommodate your shipment. This is good news if you’re shipping a large amount of things (such as the contents of your home) or if you’re shipping something small yet quite valuable (such as a painting that’s worth thousands of dollars).
Fifth, moving companies generally run bonded storage facilities. When you’re ready to move your belongings, the shipping company can load the items onto a truck and deliver them to wherever you need. That means that’s one less hassle you have to worry about when you’re ready to move.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: We Offer Safe and Secure Bonded Storage Facilities
If you’re moving to Canada and you can’t clear customs at the port of entry, Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. can store your goods in our bonded storage facility. Our bonded storage solutions are convenient, secure and economical. Orbit’s warehouse is big enough to store household belongings as well as cars. When you use Orbit’s storage facilities, you have peace of mind that your belongings are safe from theft and damage – our bonded warehouse is fireproof and secured by a state-of-the-art alarm system. To learn more, contact us today at 416-661-4228.

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