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Moving to Singapore: What You Need to Know

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

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

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

Shipping Goods without Paying Duties

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

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

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

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

-You shipped them by air or by sea

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

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

What Goods Are Taxable?

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

What Items Are Restricted or Prohibited?

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

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

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

What Documentation Do You Need to Ship Goods?

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

-Work permit (if relevant)

-Entry permit

-Bill of lading/air waybill

Picking up Your Belongings

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

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

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

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

Moving Internationally: Can’t I Just Buy Stuff There?

August 13th, 2015 Comments off

Moving Internationally: Can’t I Just Buy Stuff There?International moving has its perks. The opportunity to live abroad is exciting – you get to experience a new culture, try different food, and you’ll probably learn another language. It also means you’re going to be starting life over someplace else.

When you’re moving internationally, you have some choices to make. If you are a home owner or renter, you need to decide what you’re going to do with your belongings. Are you going to move them? If so, what items are you going to move?

Some people might think that it’s easier to sell all of their belongings and buy everything they need in their new country. That might not be such a bad idea, in some cases. However, it could end up working against you. Read on to learn why it may be better to ship your belongings.

If You Have Kids

When moving overseas with kids, especially if they’re young, having familiar toys and furniture can make the transition to a new country easier.  They’ll be surrounded by the things they love, so they won’t feel as though they’ve had to leave everything behind.

If You Have Items of Sentimental Value

Kids aren’t the only ones who want to be surrounded by the familiar. No matter how badly you may want to move, it’s still a difficult, hectic and stressful process. Having your beloved armchair might help things go a little smoother.

Also, you might have heirloom furniture that you’d like to take with you so you can ensure it stays in good hands.  You can’t replace your grandmother’s armoire, so look into having it shipped.

The Cost and Quality of Furniture

You should also take into account the cost of buying completely new furniture. In some countries, the cost of living is high. That makes buying goods quite expensive relative to your income. Before you decide to leave it all behind, do some research to determine whether it’s cheaper to ship your furniture (all or some of it) or to buy it at your destination.

Furthermore, you also have to consider the quality of the furniture available in your new home. Is it built well? Will it last for years? You get what you pay for. If you buy something cheap, it’s not worth it in the long run if you have to replace it more than once.

Buying Furniture Can Be a Hassle

When you arrive at your destination, is the first thing you want to do to spend hours wandering through stores buying furniture and arranging for it to be delivered? You will have many other things you need to deal with, so why worry about going shopping for things?

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Discover the Difference

Are you planning on moving overseas? Contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today at 416-661-4228. We have over ten years of experience shipping our clients’ precious cargo across the world. Our staff is courteous and professional.

Talk to our customers. They’ll tell you about the Orbit difference.

 

Why Moving Companies Aren’t as Bad as You Think

March 19th, 2015 Comments off

Why Moving Companies Aren’t as Bad as You Think

If you ask people about one of the most unpleasant experiences they have to go through in life, moving is probably one of them. A large part of the reason that no one likes moving is because they have to deal with moving companies, and the moving industry generally doesn’t have a great reputation. Unfortunately, unscrupulous businesses have ruined things for the good companies who are dedicated to their clients.

We’re here to tell you that not all movers are crooks, and why moving companies aren’t as bad as you think. Here are some features of good moving companies that will restore your faith in the industry:

Great customer service.

Moving companies with a decent reputation will provide a dedicated customer service representative to clients. This representative will be with the customer every step of the way to answer questions he or she may have. The representative will also offer helpful tips and advice to make the client’s moving experience as smooth and as hassle-free as possible.

The right equipment.

Let’s say you’re a house painter. When you go to someone’s house to do a job, you bring everything you need with you, like brushes, paint, and a ladder. Moving companies with a good reputation will also bring the right equipment to your home. In this case, the right equipment includes a truck big enough to hold all your belongings, quality packing materials that will withstand a long haul move, and the correct number of movers to get the job done efficiently.

Courtesy and professionalism.

Courtesy and professionalism means more than employees showing up on time to your home. They also have a pleasant demeanour, and they’re wearing uniforms or clothing that shows that they work for the moving company. The movers work with efficiency and care to ensure that they finish in a timely fashion while packing your belongings so that they survive their lengthy journey intact. They are not rude. Representatives from the company explain every item on the invoice.

Happy customers.

Good moving companies have plenty of satisfied customers who are happy to spread the word about their positive experience. When you’re happy about doing business with a company, you let others know. A good moving company has plenty of clients who will recommend it to their friends, family, and colleagues.

A moving company only achieves this level of customer satisfaction if the three aforementioned components are in place. Clients appreciate excellent customer service, employees who arrive at a job prepared, and behave with courtesy and professionalism. You know you’ve found a good moving company if its customers talk about those three things.

Looking for a good moving company? Call Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today at 416-661-4228. We’ve been in business for over ten years, and our professional, courteous staff is ready to help make your move a smooth and headache free experience. Don’t believe that we’re one of the best moving companies in the GTA? Just talk to our many happy customers. They’ll share with you how Orbit Moving made their move one of life’s pleasant experiences.

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International Moving for Dummies

February 26th, 2015 Comments off

International Moving for DummiesThe informational book series “For Dummies” aims to explain complicated subjects (especially those related to computers and the internet) in an easy-to-understand way for the average reader. At Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd, we wanted to apply this concept to simplify your preparations for an international move: we prepared an “International Moving for Dummies” guide. Read on for some simple tips on moving to another country.

Stay organized. If you’re not an organized person, now is the time to start being one! You’ll need to make lists and set schedules. If you aren’t organized, you’ll find that you’ll be more stressed when it comes time to get things done.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Specifically, you should ask your friends, family and colleagues for recommendations of international movers and relocation specialists. If they’ve never had to look for an international moving company, they might know someone who has. They can also give you advice on what to look for in this type of service, and what to avoid when shipping worldwide.

Do your research. Call three to five moving companies for quotes. Bear in mind that the cheapest quote is not the best quote. You should choose the quote that includes the most services for the lowest price. If the moving company doesn’t give you a lot of information about what’s included in the quote, just ask. If the company’s representative doesn’t want to give you more details, then you know that’s not the moving company for you.

Sort your stuff before you start packing. Over the years, we all accumulate things we don’t need. That doesn’t mean you need to bring it all with you when you move, especially if you’re moving to another country. Get rid of anything you’ve realized you haven’t used in more than a few months.

Decide what you are taking with you, and keep it organized – there’s that “O” word again. Once you’ve figured out what you’re taking with you, you’ll need to put those things into two categories: what’s coming with you on the plane and what can be packed. For example, you’ll want to bring your passport and other travel documents with you on the plane.

Be prepared on moving day. Once more, this tip goes back to being organized. When the movers show up is not the time to start sorting out your stuff. Being ready also means making sure the movers have a place to park their truck outside your home, clearing a path for them outside and inside of the house, shoveling snow if necessary, and putting your pets in a place where they will be out of the way of the movers. Another part of being prepared is keeping the utilities on until the last possible minute – you don’t want to be in the dark or the cold.

Choose Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. for your international moving needs. We’ve been in business for over 10 years, providing excellent customer service with professional, dedicated employees who work with customers every step of the way. But don’t just take our word for it. Read some of the testimonials on our site to learn about our satisfied clients. Call us today at 416-661-4228.

Top 20 Myths About Moving Companies

December 23rd, 2014 Comments off

Top 20 Myths About Moving Companies

When you think about moving companies, there are probably many different things that come to mind: boxes, trucks or employees in uniform. If you have some experience with hiring moving companies, there are also most likely a few myths which might pop up.

We’re here to deflate the top 20 myths that you may think about when you hear the words “moving company.”

  1. “They’re all the same.” No, not all moving companies are the same – there are huge differences between price, quality and service.
  2. “All moving companies use tricks on their customers.” Again, there companies out there which are honest and upfront with their clients, and there are those that aren’t.
  3. “Moving companies don’t know anything about customer service.” Yet another myth that needs busting – movers such as Orbit International Moving Logistics, Ltd. appreciate their clients and treat them with respect, courtesy and professionalism.
  4. “Movers won’t treat your things carefully.” Movers are paid to handle your belongings with care. If they didn’t do their job well, they’d be unemployed.
  5. “I have to pack everything myself.” This would depend on the specific moving service package you agree to. Many packages include packing services done by the movers.
  6. “Go with the cheapest quote.” This is a really bad idea. You might save money upfront, but when you discover that your belongings don’t arrive on time or are damaged, your mistake will end up costing you more.
  7. “Every quote covers the same thing.” Ask what a quote includes before selecting a moving company. You don’t want any surprises after all.
  8. “It doesn’t matter what kind of materials you use to pack your things.” This is only true if you don’t care what happens to your valuable belongings. Higher quality packing materials will protect your items during transfer.
  9. “With all of the current advances in transportation, your stuff should get there really quickly.” If you’re shipping packages internationally, it can take weeks and weeks for boxes to arrive. Many people don’t realize this.
  10. “Insurance is a waste of money.” Not so. What is actually a waste of money is paying to replace expensive or valuable items that were damaged during shipping.
  11. “You can ship whatever you’d like, as long as you pay for it.” This statement doesn’t apply to certain items such as food, drugs, pornography or ammunition.
  12. “I don’t need to be present for customs clearance in Canada.” Actually, you do. The moving company cannot clear Canadian customs for you.
  13. “It doesn’t matter what time of the year I move.” Summer is the busiest season for moving, because many families try to move at that time to avoid disrupting school. Winter moving has its own physical challenges to deal with, depending on where you live.
  14. “I can get all-risk insurance if I pack everything myself.” Forget mythical, this statement is flat out wrong. You’re ineligible for all-risk insurance if you pack everything yourself.
  15. “I can book movers at the last possible minute, and everything will work out.” You can’t expect to arrange a long distance move a few days or even a couple of weeks in advance, that’s for sure. It requires longer range planning and preparation.
  16. “References and testimonials aren’t important.” They’re only unimportant if you don’t care about the quality of the moving company you choose.
  17. “Moving companies have control over the timeline.” Events can take place that are outside of anyone’s control, such as ship delays. Don’t expect the timeline to be written in stone.
  18. “The port will always be open and available.” Certain ports around the world are known for strikes taking place frequently. The moving company can’t do anything about that, but it can at least let you know before the move takes place.
  19. “I’m only able to ship if I’ve got enough items for a full container.” If you don’t have a full container, the moving company can ship your things with someone else’s shipment.
  20. “Moving is always a stressful experience.” It can be, but choosing the right company is all about minimizing stress during a move.

When you choose Orbit, moving is not a stressful experience! Our personalized, professional and courteous customer service guarantees a pleasant move, no matter where you’re relocating to.

 

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How to Choose a Moving Company: Factors to Consider

November 5th, 2014 Comments off

How to Choose a Moving Company: Factors to Consider

How to Choose a Moving Company: Factors to Consider

As essential as it is, shopping for a moving company can be confusing and tiring. So many of them make the same claims that you often wonder what the difference could be between all of them (or if there even is one). The golden rule of looking for a moving company is: don’t let their claims fool you. There are indeed differences between professional moving companies, and some are best avoided altogether.

Here are some points to consider when you’re choosing a moving company:

Are You Planning a Long Distance or Local Move?

Your destination will determine what kind of moving company you need in the first place. You wouldn’t want to hire a local moving company if you’re planning on relocating halfway across the country or to another continent. Some international moving companies do offer local moving services, however.

Ask for References

Beyond the right service, what you are essentially looking for in a moving company is trust. Keep in mind that whichever moving company you choose will be transporting your belongings, some of which might have a high cash value and others which might have a high sentimental value. You want to be able to trust this company thoroughly. That’s why it’s important to ask for references. Talk to your family, friends and colleagues to find out which companies they recommend (or which companies you should avoid). The opinions of those around you will be extremely valuable in your research.

Check Their Reputation

A good indicator of whether a company is trustworthy is their reputation. When choosing a mover, you should make it a priority to dig around and find information about their past. Have they been in business for a long time? Do they have a real business address? Have any customers lodged complaints against them with the Better Business Bureau? If you’re moving internationally, does the company have experience shipping to your destination? Finally, if you’re taking advantage of any other of their services, how long has the company been providing them for?

Compare Prices

The quote a moving company gives you is a crucial factor to consider, but it shouldn’t be because you want to move on the cheap. The lowest quote might be from a terrible moving company. Remember that you get what you pay for, especially when it comes to moving services. A low quote might mean that the company doesn’t have enough staff, sufficient funds to run their company in the long term, the proper materials or even its own truck to move your belongings. Get about three quotes, and pick the one that’s reputable, affordable, but includes the greatest amount of services.

Ensure They Are Financially Sound

This may sound strange, but take it from an insider – it never hurts to visit the company and check if they appear to have the sufficient monetary ability to carry out your move. You do not want to get caught up in a situation where the mover is unable to pay their bills to ocean lines, destination agents, customs brokers and other partners. This can cause significant delays and additional fees to your overseas move.

What Services Do They Offer?

A professional moving company can offer more than just transportation services. Movers also frequently offer packing and unpacking services. In addition, the company might have logistics services available to help make the shipping process as smooth as possible. These logistics services may include tracking and storage. A good company will offer a wide range of services to support your actual move.

Focus on Professionalism and Accreditation

When you choose a moving company, you want it to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism. Professionalism involves treating customers with courtesy and respect. You want the customer service representatives to listen patiently to your questions and answer them thoroughly. A professional moving company takes its job and its customers seriously.

A good indication of a company’s level of professionalism is whether it belongs to any professional organizations. Businesses have to meet certain criteria in order to join professional organizations, and memberships are paid, which means only a select group can join. Furthermore, as members of such organizations, moving companies are bound by a code of conduct that mandates that they do business fairly and in adherence to local and federal laws. While it’s not obligatory for businesses to join professional organizations, it’s a positive sign if they’re members.

By considering these questions and focusing on the right criteria when making your choice for a moving company, you’ll be armed with the right tools to choose the right company for your needs. As daunting as it might be to find a good moving company, it will make all the difference when the move is finally carried out.

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How Much Alcohol Can I Bring into Canada?

September 29th, 2014 Comments off

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Importing Alcohol into Canada: What You Need to Know

Being outside of the country, whether you are traveling or living abroad, gives you an opportunity to learn about new cultures, try new foods, and sample different kinds of wines and spirits that aren’t available at home. Luckily for you, it’s possible to bring these wines and spirits back to Canada as souvenirs of your journeys to other places. However, there are some important things you need to know about importing alcohol into Canada, whether you are bringing it with you or having it shipped.

Just How Much Alcohol Can You Bring into Canada?

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) allows you to bring a certain amount of alcohol with you in your luggage for personal use if you have been outside of the country for a year or longer. You can bring 1.5 liters of wine, a total of 1.14 liters of alcoholic beverages, or up to 8.5 liters of beer or ale. The CBSA defines alcohol as products that exceed 0.5% alcohol by volume. You can’t bring alcohol in your luggage for personal use if you’re under the legal drinking age.

Shipping Alcohol to Canada

You’re allowed to ship a greater amount of alcoholic beverages than that to Canada, though. The amount you’re allowed to ship will depend on the province. Also, you’ll need to contact that province’s liquor control authority before you ship the alcohol.

Below are the regulations for shipping alcohol to Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.

Shipping Alcohol to Ontario

In Ontario, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) regulates the import of alcohol. The LCBO is also in charge of the liquor permit process. In order to ship alcoholic beverages into Ontario for personal use, you must fill out a liquor permit form.

The LCBO allows individuals to ship up to 120 bottles of spirits that are 750 mL, 1 L or 1.14 L, and up to 1200 bottles of wine that are 750 mL or 1 L in size. You must report all of them on the application form. If you’ve lived outside of Canada for less than five years, the alcohol needs to have been in your possession for at least six months. Have you lived outside of Canada for more than five years? The six month rule doesn’t apply – you simply have to have owned and used the alcohol you’re importing. You also can’t import the alcohol from someplace other than where you’ve been living abroad. So, let’s say you’ve been living in England for the past four years. You can’t import wine from France (no matter how much you love Bordeaux).

On the liquor permit form, you’ll need to enter the number of containers and calculate the deposit as well as the tax on each bottle. The tax and deposit information is listed here. You’ll also need to add HST. To calculate how much HST you owe, multiply the total tax by 13%. When you are clearing customs, you will submit the liquor permit form. You’ll also need to pay the tax and deposit on your alcohol, which is the sum of the tax, deposit and HST.

Shipping Alcohol to Quebec

In Quebec, the Societe des alcools du Quebec (SAQ) is the authority that controls the import of alcohol. To import alcoholic beverages into Quebec, you must contact the SAQ before you return to Canada.

The SAQ allows immigrants, residents and Canadian citizens to bring alcohol into Quebec as long as the alcohol has been in their possession for at least three months before their return to Canada. The alcohol must be imported no later than one year after your return, and it must be part of the same, single shipment as your personal effects. Furthermore, the alcohol cannot make up the larger portion of the shipment in either quantity or value.

A family can only bring in one beverage collection, and the amount of beverages in that collection depends on your status under Canadian law. Canadian citizens can bring in up to 180 liters of alcohol per full year spent abroad, up to 540 liters. Immigrants to Canada can also bring in up to 540 liters of alcohol. Temporary residents are allowed to bring in up to 90 liters for each year of their authorized stay, provided that the beverages were acquired three months before they came to Canada.

When your shipment arrives in Quebec, the CBSA will require the SAQ’s authorization to release the beverages. In order to obtain the SAQ’s authorization, you’ll need to provide documentation that you lived abroad, a shipping document listing your personal effects, and a list of the beverages in your collection. You’ll also need to pay a markup fee, the specific tax, the GST, and Quebec’s sales tax (QST) on each bottle. The specific tax is $1.40 per liter for all alcoholic beverages, and the GST and QST are 5% and 9.975% respectively. The markup fee for wine and beer is $3 per liter and $5 per liter for spirits. You will also need to pay federal duties and customs fees for your alcoholic beverages that are part of your shipment when you clear customs.

Shipping Alcohol to British Columbia

British Columbia does not place any restrictions on the amount of alcohol you can bring with you if you’ve been living outside of the country for a year or longer. This applies to immigrants, former residents of Canada who have lived abroad for at least a year, and temporary residents. The British Columbia Liquor Distribution Branch (BCLDB) requires that you possess the alcohol for at least six months before your return to Canada, and that it accompanies your personal effects.

You will pay a reduced provincial markup and tax on the alcohol you import into the province. The BCLDB has based its tax on 750 mL bottles. Table wine is $2 per bottle, fortified and sparkling wines are $3 per bottle, and spirits are $8 per bottle. These amounts will be prorated for different sized bottles or partially full bottles. It’s important to remember these amounts don’t include federal duties and taxes.

The BCLDB prepares the B3 Canada Customs entry form for you. This form contains information about the wines and spirits you’re importing. You need to supply the BCLDB with the following information: the number of bottles you’re bringing in, the size of these bottles, the type of alcohol, and the percentage of alcohol. The BCLDB also needs the name of the country you’re emigrating from as well as your local address, phone number and email address in case the agency needs more information. When the BCLDB has all of this information, a representative will fax, email or mail the completed form to you.

If you’re planning an international move to Canada from abroad and have personal items that need special care (such as an alcohol collection), you’ll need to contact a reputable company specialized in shipping to Canada to help you with the logistics, which can be quite complex.

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Moving in the Winter in Canada: How to Prepare

September 10th, 2014 Comments off

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Moving in the Winter in Canada: How to Prepare

Everyone jokes about the winter in Canada: the bitter cold, the mountains of snow, and the layers of ice that all serve to make going anywhere or doing anything difficult (except for ice hockey or skating). Who would want to move in weather like that? Sometimes, you have no choice. The experience doesn’t have to be stressful or unpleasant, though. Here are some tips from experienced movers in Toronto for preparing for a winter move in Canada.

Heat Things Up

Be careful about setting the date to cancel your utilities. You want your heating to remain on until the very last minute. Not only will you stay warm, but anything that needs a warm environment (such as plants or pets) will survive as well.

Clear a Path

The annual average snowfall for most major Canadian cities is at least 40 centimeters. That means there’s a good chance that you’ll see snow outside your window on the day you move. You can’t control the weather, much as you would like to. However, you can be prepared. Stay tuned to your local weather forecast. If there is wet, white stuff on the ground, get your shovel out and clear a path for the movers from their truck to your door. Don’t like shoveling? Pay one of the neighborhood kids to do it for you. Put down salt, gravel or kitty litter to prevent slips and falls.

Protect Your Floors…

You and the movers will be going in and out of the house during the course of the move. Keep your flooring in good condition and avoid slips. The movers will protect your floors.

…And Your Belongings

While you might enjoy the winter, electronics, artwork and furniture don’t. How do you protect them from the elements? Many electronic devices come with manufacturer’s instructions, which include information about packing them. If you don’t have the manufacturer’s instructions, look them up online. If you’ve got the space, try to save the packaging for electronics, which will protect them best. However, if you don’t, don’t worry about it. Wrap them and pack them carefully, then cover the boxes so they do not get wet.

Like electronics, artwork also needs to be protected. Pictures and sculptures should be packed in padded crates, and then covered so they don’t get wet. If you’re moving far away, consider shipping them by air to ensure they arrive at their destination safely.

Furniture should also be protected with a rainproof covering. If you’ve got outdoor furniture, make sure it’s dry before it travels to your new home.

No matter what category of belongings you’ve got, the best way to protect them is to ensure that they get onto the truck and do not sit outside in the snow or cold.

Don’t Pack Everything

Even if you’re pretty sure it’s not going to snow the day of your move, don’t pack your shovels, warm clothes, hats, gloves, etc. Weather can be highly unpredictable, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Choose an Experienced Mover

Whether you’re moving across the country or across the city, pick a moving company that has experience, especially moving clients in winter. Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd., based in Toronto, is that company. We’ve got experience in international shipping, long distance moving and shorter moves. Our employees are courteous, professional and experienced.

When you choose Orbit, you’re picking a moving company that’s a proud member of the International Association of Movers and the International Movers Network. That means that we have to uphold the highest standards of customer service to be a part of these two organizations. And that’s why our movers always arrive on time, with the right trucks, the right equipment, the right packing materials, and the right team.

Call us today to receive a free, no-obligation estimate. We’ll show you why we’ve got so many repeat customers.

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When I ship my goods from Canada, Do I have to declare them to Customs?

January 14th, 2014 Comments off

When shipping your personal goods from Canada, Canada customs may want to know what is being exported from the country.

It is important to remember that the moving company acts on the client’s behalf and should do anything in it’s power to avoid delays in their shipments.

If there are any conveyances on the shipment, the Moving company MUST submit a “B-13” (Export declaration) to the Canadian Border service agency. this document will specify the details of the conveyance and the personal effects in very general terms – value and the weight.

In the event that there are no conveyances included in the shipment, the moving company can note on the Bill of lading that there is an exemption named “NDR3” (no declaration required). However, from a practical point of view, many steamship lines are not aware of this regulation, thus, creating difficulties at a critical time of loading the container on the ship.

As a result, we always submit the B-13.

 

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When is a custom crate required for my goods?

December 18th, 2013 Comments off

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When is a custom crate required for my goods?

 

Answer:
The idea of building customs crates are to protect your goods in transit.

We will advise to crate an item when:

  • Items with odd shapes such as antique furniture and sculptures, . When loading them along with other effects, there is a risk of them getting damages
  • Porous items such as glass and marble tops.
  • Large fragile items.
  • Items with very high value such as painting and other are objects.

One more thing that needs be to be considered is the type of wood used to build the crate.
Under international regulations, ISPM15 certified wood is required. This is a regulation enforced in order to avoid the spread of plant, pests and diseases.

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