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Calculating International Moving Costs

It’s not a secret that moving to another country costs more than moving to a neighboring state, but you can calculate your international moving costs before you end up surprised by a big bill. We believe that an understanding of how we calculate a moving estimate can help our customers plan for their big move.


A major portion of your international moving cost come from the type of transportation that you choose to use. Some moving companies offer the following transportation options for their customers’ possessions:

  • Air transport
  • Sea transport
  • Transport container

If possible, you can combine different transportation methods to keep your costs low, but ultimately it depends on the weight of your household goods.

Packing and Unpacking

Packing up your entire home for an international move, or unpacking everything once you get there, can be a big project, so many people choose to utilize a moving company’s services. If your budget allows, you may want to get help from the professionals to ensure that your belongings arrive in your new destination safely. If you choose to have your professional movers help you pack or unpack, it will be reflected in the final cost.


Depending on the location of your move, the size of your new home or the amount of time that you plan to live in a foreign country, you may need to store some of your belongings either temporarily or long-term. Many moving companies offer storage services at an additional charge to their international moving costs.

If you are planning an international move, it is important to consider all of the factors when determining the final moving rates. Everything from the distance of the move, the amount of items you need shipped and the country to which you are relocating contribute to your final costs. Contact the National Van Lines team at [phone] with any questions about the specific costs of your move.

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