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How To Go About Moving to Australia

June 11th, 2019 Comments off

Each year thousands of people make the decision to relocate to Australia. Many Australian cities sit atop the Top 30 Cities around the world for quality of life. This article isn’t meant to convince you of why you should move to Australia, but to provide practical tips on how to make your move as seamless as possible.

Determining Where You Want to Move

Unless you have a job offer in your hand, weather may be a big deciding factor on where in Australia you want to live. It’s not all dry, hot outback and there are six different climates to consider. The northern coast is hot and humid, there is a small area of humid and warm climate on the eastern cost, in the northern inland you can expect a hot dry zone with warm winters, a hot dry area with cooler winters in the southern inland and sections of the west coast, warm summers and cool winters on the south coast, and warm summers and cold winters in Tasmania and areas of New South Wales and Victoria.

Your Visa Application

You need a Visa to visit Australia, even if it’s not to work. You may want to consider getting a vacation visa to check out how you feel about various parts of the country before moving.

All visa applicants are assessed for their English proficiency (if their native language is not English), skill qualifications, screened for their health by government approved doctors, character (like a police check), and must sign the Australian Value Statement agreeing to follow local laws and live as locals do.

If you have a job offer in Australia waiting for you, your employer will be completing your sponsored migration visa for you with most Temporary Skilled Visas being for a maximum of four years.

Those who want to move Australia without a job offer can apply for the SkillSelect Program and prove that they have the right professional proficiencies to find a job on the Skilled Occupations list. Points towards being awarded a visa are based on the skills you and/or your partner will bring with you to Australia.

Backpackers, adventurers, and anyone who is 18 to 30 and wants to go to Australia can apply for a Working Holiday Visa. This visa provides entrance for 12 months in Australia, but has restrictions, like you can’t work for the same employer for more than six months (which isn’t that hard if your primary reason for being there is to travel around the country).

Items to Sort Before You Move

There are items you’ll need to attend to before you leave on your adventure. These are a few of the things you’ll want to take care of:

  • Get a relocation checklist and follow it (this includes items like getting a migration agent, setting your budget, finding a job and place to live, and hiring a team to help move your things overseas)
  • Redirect your mail
  • Cancel all subscriptions and pay off any outstanding bills & debts in your home country before you leave
  • Go to the doctor and sort out any potential health issues (make sure you get copies of your prescriptions for post-move, and that your vaccinations are up to date)
  • Rent or sell your home and/or give notice at your rental of your intention to move
  • Set up an Australian bank account to avoid monetary delays and international fees
  • Sort out living arrangements for pets when you’re away, and/or determine applicable quarantines for your pets to allow them to travel with you
  • Put anything you don’t want to move into storage
  • Things To Bring With You

    Bringing the following items in paper and USB form to Australia with you will make the transition of your move exponentially easier:

  • Taxation Documentation
  • Your resume and references
  • Your Visa Approval/Visa & Passport
  • Insurance Documentation
  • Rental reference letters
  • Your children’s report cards and educational records
  • Your up-to-date will
  • Current prescriptions
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    What to Bring When You Move to Australia

    April 30th, 2019 Comments off

    G’Day Mate! If you want to live in the land down under, even if it’s just for a year, it can be stressful not knowing what to pack and what to leave in storage. First determine which items are better to rent or buy when in Australia. Next think about how you’ll be spending your time to determine what items are must haves and which are nice to haves.

    Before you leave, find out if where you’re staying supplies items like furniture and pots and pans to avoid shipping items that you won’t need. ​

    Documentation

    These are the basics for any trip, whether it’s for one week, one month, or a year. Make sure you have your Passport, your e-visa /copy of your e-visa acceptance email, your boarding passes, and any applicable print outs of where you’ll be staying. You’ll also need to bring any applicable tax information, visa information, your marriage license, birth certificate(s), immunization and medical records, travel insurance paperwork, and credit cards/ cash cards.​

    Packing Cubes​

    Using packing and storage cubes is a wonderful way to keep everything you need organized, accessible, and compact. This can help you organize items by importance, season, and even destination.​

    Electronics​

    A recent price comparison study found that those living in Australia pay twice as much for their technology and technological devices than people in North America. Since this includes gadgets like phones, computers, software, and more, it’s better to buy at home and bring it with you. If you’re going to Australia for work or for play (or a combination of both) you’ll likely want a small laptop to help you search for local employment opportunities, connect with family back home, or work remotely. Don’t forget a solid case to prevent it from getting broken. Those who won’t need a full computer may favour an iPad instead. Avid readers will want to bring a Kindle or e-reader to stay on top of their reading lists without adding the bulk of physical books. Don’t forget to bring a power bank to charge your appliances and a universal adaptor that will work. Australian power runs on The Australian Type I power outlet and is one of the lesser used outlet types worldwide, so make sure you bring the right adapter to keep your electronics charged and ready to go.​

    Clothes​

    What you ship for later (or send with friends and family who visit) will depend on what time of year and where in Australia you’re staying. Summer in Australia begins in December and the heat continues until the end of February, while winter is June 1 to the end of August. For summer you’ll want to make sure you pack: A peaked or bucket hat, flip flops (these are called thongs down under), sunglasses, swimsuit, light sweaters, slip on mesh water shoes, a beach towel, some t-shirts and shorts, skirts, dresses or trousers (whatever your preferred go to capsule wardrobe summer wear is), one or two items that are a little dressier in case you go somewhere formal, and a waterproof/windproof jacket for rainy season, and some running/hiking shoes and hiking trousers. Note that winter is a little warmer in Australia compared to most European countries and other areas in the Northern Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need some warm gear. Pack a toque or cold weather hat, a pair of running shoes or light hiking boots, warm thermal socks, a scarf, thermal underwear (particularly if you’ll be hiking or camping), some favourite long sleeved and short-sleeved shirts and sweaters for layering, a warm coat, a raincoat/windbreaker, jeans, hiking trousers and again, a couple of dressier items to wear for job interviews or going out in the evening. Bikini/ swimsuit/ trunks. Don’t forget that you can purchase some items in Australia, but it’s best to bring some of your favourite and more specialized items from home.​

    Prescriptions & Medications ​

    Shop for items like prescriptions and favourite over-the-counter medications before you leave, as name brands you rely on may not be as readily available, or available at all in Australia. Wear contacts? Stock up on your prescription to make sure you have an ample number of back-ups. In terms of prescription drugs, you will be permitted to take a three-month supply, but just remember to bring a copy of the physical prescription written in English, that confirms that this medicine has been prescribed to treat a medical condition. ​

    Your Favourite Brands​

    If you’re brand loyal, it’s helpful to know which of your favourite products cost significantly more in Australia so you can complete a shop before you leave. According to Finder some of the brands that will cost you the most are Gap, MAC, Revlon, Brooks, Burton, Dickies, Levi’s, Sega, Apple, and Sony. ​

    Miscellaneous ​

    A water bottle with a built-in filter is a must have for anyone who is travelling and needs to keep hydrated. It’s cheaper to buy bottled wine in Australia than it is to buy bottled water, so save some money and the environment, and filter it yourself. This way you won’t ever need to worry about tap water being filtered and safe to drink. ​

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    What You Need to Know Before Moving to California

    April 11th, 2019 Comments off

    California Dreamin’ isn’t just a song, it’s a mindset. California represents a better way of life and a world of potential opportunities to many. It’s no wonder so many people look to make the west coast their new home. Whether it’s the pursuit of warmer, dryer weather, more time with nature, fame and fortune, a diverse culture, education, or employment, particularly in the tech industry, there are many reasons why you might be contemplating a move to The Golden State.
    Before you pack your bags and sunscreen there are important things you need to know before moving to California​.

    Big Business Opportunities​

    Since 2010 California alone is responsible for 20 percent of the US’s economic growth. The biggest industries in the state include technology, tourism (with Walt Disney Company being a huge player in the local employment industry), and agriculture. California grown products are huge, generating the most crops in the US. (https://livability.com/ca/real-estate/moving-to-california-heres-everything-you-need-to-know)

    Wheels Are Essential

    Not a fan of driving? California may not be for you. While San Francisco has the best public transit in the state, real estate prices reflect this service, so it may not be an option. California is the third largest state in the US (after Alaska and Texas) which means that most towns and cities are considered to have lower population communities, meaning public transit options aren’t great. Recent census data reveals that the average commute for those living in California is just under half an hour each way, so be prepared for the traffic. For those who want an eco-friendly commute the cities of San Francisco, Napa, and Santa Monica are known for being bicycle-friendly.​

    You Might Meet a Celebrity​

    The density of famous folk is heightened in California. Don’t be surprised if you run into someone while you’re in West L.A. or enjoying a hike or spiritual retreat at Joshua Tree National Park. You may want to act like a local and play it cool though – no autographs or selfies (that’s for tourists).​

    Where Post Secondary Education Dreams Come True​

    Do you want a wonderful education for yourself or your kids? Being able to take advantage of in-state tuition fees in California will provide access to the largest public university system in the US. California has over 400 universities and colleges including Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Pomona College, and many other highly sought educational institutions.​

    The Danger Factor

    While it’s beautiful and sunny most of the time in California, there are some risks associated with living here. It can be dry and windy with fires, draught, and mudslides as possibilities that should be considered for your safety, and when purchasing your insurance. Southern California has around 10,000 earthquakes each year, although most of them are so tiny they aren’t felt. Roughly 15-20 each year are greater than a magnitude of 4.0 on the Richter scale. Crowding in cities makes it challenging to find kid-friendly places for them to run around and explore. In addition to cities, inner cities and some suburbs can be dangerous. The violent crime rate in California is ranked 16th nationally. ​

    The Best Mexican Food Outside of Mexico​

    California Mexican cuisine is world-famous. From fast food chains to ‘it’ hot spots, anyone who enjoys Mexican food is in for a real treat.​

    Look at Your Budget Sheet Carefully​

    Money won’t go as far for you in California as it would in other states. Today the housing crisis makes it tricky to find an affordable place to live. According to CNBC, the cost of living score is 2 out of 50 possible points, with the average home price at $1,182,092. The cost of living in California is said to be 43 percent higher than the national average. Make sure you look at your financials closely, as a solid six-figure salary in California won’t go as far. Remember to look at the implication of both property taxes and income taxes in California when setting your budget for your out-of-state move. ​

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    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.

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    By Adi Shaked

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    Safety Tips for Moving Furniture

    June 22nd, 2017 Comments off

    You’ve probably seen movies or TV shows in which the main characters try to move furniture and fail hilariously (scenes of furniture hurtling down flights of stairs or getting stuck around corners seems to be a comedic goldmine).

    While the scene might make you laugh, you definitely don’t want that to happen to you in real life. Read on to learn safety tips for moving furniture so that you protect yourself and your property.

    Get the Right Equipment
    Take a good look at that solid bookcase – you know, the one that your Aunt Ruth left you. It’s made of oak, and it’s at least 70 years old.
    Well, if I take everything off of it, the bookcase should be much lighter,” you say to yourself. “Once it’s empty, I just tilt it and I’ll be good to go.

    If you want to move the bookcase (or any other heavy furniture), you need the right equipment. A dolly, furniture slides and lifting straps are all crucial to ensuring your furniture doesn’t become damaged and you don’t hurt your back.

    Lift Properly
    Have you ever heard someone tell someone else, “Lift with your legs!” That’s not just some old wives’ tale – it’s actually good advice.

    Moreover, you should lift gradually. Don’t make jerky movements – you’ll hurt yourself. And keep your back straight. That will reduce injuries.

    Carry Carefully
    You should carry tall or long items (such as filing cabinets, sofas and wardrobes)at an angle. And don’t do it by yourself – these pieces of furniture are heavy.
    Large chairs and recliners are cumbersome, which is why you should carefully flip the chair on its side and hook the back around the doorway.

    Don’t Rush and Don’t Overdo It
    When you’re moving furniture, it’s important to take your time. Rushing leads to mistakes, which in turn lead to injuries to your body and damage to the furniture.

    Also, don’t lift more than an amount with which you’re comfortable. Moving furniture isn’t a weight-lifting contest, and you shouldn’t do it to impress someone. If the furniture is too heavy for you, put it down and call in professional movers. There’s no shame in hiring outside help. In fact, it’s better to call a moving company than to hurt yourself because you were too proud to admit the job was too big for you to handle.

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    Why Move to Malta?

    May 10th, 2017 Comments off

    Malta is a tiny island state located in the Mediterranean. Every year, people move to Malta for a variety of reasons. Some of them are freelance professionals, while others want to retire in the comparatively warm climate.

    Read on to learn more about why people are moving to Malta – maybe you’ll be convinced, too!

    Affordability

    Malta is one of the most affordable places to live in the EU.
    You can buy a pint of beer at an off-the-beaten-path pub for as little as €1.50. Moreover, public transportation is fairly reasonable, too – it costs €0.75 per bus ride. And if you’ve got a bus pass, you won’t spend more than €26 per month on getting around by bus. Utilities tend to be inexpensive in comparison to other EU member states, depending on your immigration status.

    The Weather

    Malta is known for its fantastic weather – it gets 300 days of sunshine per year! The temperatures are still high even into October (something you won’t find in some parts of Canada). So, don’t forget your hat, and stock up on sunscreen!
    In the winter, it’s quite rare for temperatures to fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Just be aware that buildings aren’t as well insulated in Malta as they are in Canada, and there’s no central heating. Wear sweaters, cuddle up and have some hot cocoa.

    Safety

    Malta is one of the safest places to live in the EU.
    The country has 0.3 incidents of violent crime per 1,000 residents. Cyprus is the only EU member with a lower rate of violent crime. In fact, many native Maltese still leave their cars and homes unlocked.

    English Is an Official Language

    When you move to Malta, you don’t have to worry about surviving in a foreign language. English is one of the official languages of Malta.
    Everything you need will be in English – government documents, signs, menus, etc. In addition, 88% of the population speaks English. If you want to learn Maltese (a mixture of Italian and Arabic), go for it! Native Maltese will appreciate it. However, you can still get around quite well only in English.

    Laidback Lifestyle, Friendly People

    Life in Malta runs at a slower pace. This is great news if you’re looking to escape the rat race (although if you’ve got a Type A personality, Malta might not be the place for you).

    The Maltese are some of the friendliest people on Earth. They are helpful, hospitable and warm – even to foreigners. You’ll feel at home right away.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

    If you’re interested in moving to Malta, contact Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. today. We’ve got over a decade of experience moving people around the globe. Some of our clients have even used us more than once – they appreciate our professionalism, courtesy and commitment to getting the job done right, the first time. If you want to experience the Orbit difference, call us today at 416-661-4228.

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    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.

    Alcohol:
    – 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: http://www.iceland.org/ca
    Email: icemb.ottawa@utn.stjr.is
    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: http://www.iceland.org/ca/win
    Email: icecon.winnipeg@utn.stjr.is
    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 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.

    The Benefits of Ocean Freight

    May 26th, 2016 Comments off

    So you’re planning an international move. One major thing you need to consider is shipping. When you’re getting ready to ship your belongings internationally, you have a couple of choices: you could ship them on an airplane or on a cargo boat. While air shipments have their advantages, so does ocean shipping. Read on to learn more about why ocean freight can be a better shipping option for you.

    Cost

    When it comes to cost, shipping your things on a boat is the cheaper option.  Airlines calculate shipping costs on chargeable weight. The term “chargeable weight” refers to a combination of the weight and size of a shipment.

    Shipping companies that use boats, on the other hand, tend to bill customers based on the size of the shipment rather than the weight. When you’re shipping your belongings by boat, they’ll be packed into containers. Containers come in standard sizes. Let’s say your shipment takes up less than a full container. The shipping company will charge you based on how many cubic meters it takes up.

    Quantity

    Part of the reason that shipping things via air is more expensive than by boat is because boats have significantly more room for storage.

    Planes are large vehicles, especially the cargo variety. However, ocean freighters are much bigger. They can hold a lot more. Consequently, you can ship greater quantities. You want to ship your grandmother’s dining set? A boat can accommodate your needs. Planes weren’t built to carry such heavy or large loads.

    A Greater Variety of Permitted Goods

    Airlines have restrictions on what you can bring on board. There are a number of items that affect cabin pressure and the safety of the flight. For example, you can’t ship aerosol cans on a plane.

    Ships have fewer restrictions on what you can ship because they don’t have the same safety issues as planes. You can ship aerosols by boat, for example.

    Environmental Impact

    Shipping your goods by boat has a lower environmental impact than air freight. For some people, this is an important consideration.

    Boats emit far less carbon dioxide than planes. In addition, the international ocean freight industry is constantly working to improve this shipping method’s environmental friendliness. Industry organizations have set standards for ships’ fuel efficiency.

    Moreover, the ocean freight industry has been very proactive about managing waste and recycling materials. Shipping containers are constantly reused, and those that need to be “retired” can find new life as storage units or even offices in remote locations.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

    No matter what shipping method you choose, when you’re moving abroad you want an experienced, reliable moving company to ensure your belongings arrive intact at your new home. Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. has been shipping customers’ goods across the world for over a decade. Some of our clients have been so happy with us, they’ve used our services more than once!

    Why are we different than other moving companies? Our staff is professional and courteous, and our movers show up on time to every job with all of the equipment they need. Contact us today at 416-661-4228 to learn more.

    By Adi Shaked

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    How to Cope with Your New Life Abroad

    May 18th, 2016 Comments off

    Moving internationally is a huge step. Even if it’s something you’ve planned for, the experience still might not meet your expectations. After moving abroad, you might find that you feel homesick, lonely, or overwhelmed – even if you’re in a country where you speak the language. Read on for some useful tips on how to cope with your new life abroad.

    Make New Friends

    Your transition to life abroad will be easier if you make new friends, especially if those new friends come from your home country and/or speak your language.  Sometimes, consulates or embassies organize events for expatriates. There might also be organizations run by people from your home country that run events for people like you.

    In addition to socializing with other expatriates, make an effort to get to know the locals. This can be very important if you don’t speak the language very well, because it will give you an opportunity to practice. Another advantage of befriending locals is that they can give you important advice about living in the city or the country that you might not discover otherwise.

    Explore Your New Home

    You’ll feel less homesick and more excited to be starting your life abroad if you take the time to explore what your new home has to offer. Take some time to research what the local attractions are. Eat at local restaurants to get a taste for the national or regional cuisine. Making friends with long-time residents can give you insight into your new home and help you feel like less of an outsider.

    Stay in Touch with Family and Friends Back Home

    Being connected with your loved ones back home makes you feel connected to them and can reduce feelings of homesickness. Technology today makes it easier and cheaper than ever to stay in touch.

    Talking to friends and relatives can also remind you why you wanted to move in the first place. They might reinforce why you made the right decision.

    Take a Little Bit of Home with You

    Being surrounded by familiar furniture or belongings can make the transition to a new country less intimidating. You’ll feel as though you’ve brought a little bit of home with you to your destination.

    In some cases, it makes sense to ship some of your things abroad. It might be more expensive to purchase those items in your new home, or they might not be readily available.

    Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd.: Your International Moving Experts

    Using a reliable, trustworthy shipping company for your international move makes the transition to a new country easier. Orbit International Moving Logistics Ltd. has been moving clients across the world for over a decade. Some of our clients have been so impressed with us that they’ve used us more than once. Why choose Orbit? Our dedicated customer service representatives answer every question, no matter how small, and our moving staff arrives on time with all of the equipment they need. Find out what else makes Orbit different – call us today at 416-661-4228.

    By Adi Shaked

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