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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.

Do You Tip Packers from Your Moving Company?

June 20th, 2018 Comments off

When it comes to tipping, there are a few schools of thought. There are those who believe tipping isn’t necessary, or only in the case of exceptional service. Then, there are those who believe you should tip a set amount. There are also those who think you should tip at least a certain percentage.
When it comes to tipping the packers from an international moving company Toronto, tipping is a recommended practice. Read on to learn when you should tip and how much.

When Should You Tip the Packers from Your Moving Company?

The answer to the question above is, “If you feel as though they’re doing a great job.” If you choose a moving company that’s got a great reputation, you won’t have an issue.

The packers will show up on time, with all of the equipment they need. If it’s winter, they’ll wear overshoes so their boots don’t leave muddy footprints all over your home. They understand how to pack items so that they won’t break during the long journey to your new home abroad. Have special instructions for an item? Just ask – the packers will listen. They want to preserve their company’s reputation, so it’s in their best interest to ensure you’re satisfied.

What if you choose an international moving company Toronto with a less-than-stellar standing? There’s a good chance that the situation above won’t play out. Instead, the packers (if they show up at all) will most likely be late. Moreover, they probably won’t bring the right equipment, or they won’t bring the right amounts of it (you don’t want your packers to run out of bubble paper or boxes in the middle of the job). Their lack of attention to detail can yield broken or damaged items – definitely not the outcome you want.

How Much Should I Tip the Packers from Your Moving Company?

Estimates vary. At Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd., we recommend tipping $30 to $50 per person per day. The reason for this sum is because packing is hard work, and our crew puts in a great deal of effort to ensure that our customers’ items make it to their destination in one piece.
Ultimately, it’s your choice as to how much you want to tip, if at all. Tipping is recognition for a job well done, and our movers work hard to deserve their tips.

Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your Choice for an International Moving Company Toronto

If you’re moving abroad from Toronto, consider choosing Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. We have over a decade of experience moving people across the world. Our packing crew is not only well-trained but highly professional. They arrive at your home on time with everything they need to complete the job properly, the first time. They work efficiently yet carefully to ensure that your items are protected to the greatest extent possible. To learn more about what makes Orbit different from the competition, call us at 416-661-4228 to learn more.

By Adi Shaked

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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”.

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.

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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