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Moving Abroad? You Can't Afford Not to Consider THese Things

Have you ever considered taking the plunge and moving across the planet? To some people, this prospect isn’t as scary as staying in one country forever. And with all the technology at our disposal these days, making an international move has never been easier. But before you run off to explore a new culture and have the adventurous life of your dreams, ask yourself these questions to get yourself completely ready.

Do you know the language? If not, you’ll either be paying extra for translation services, or be very lost on your first entry into your new country. This doesn’t just mean that you’ll have a hard time getting around town, but also that your important paperwork might not be correct. When you hire an international moving company, you won’t have to worry about this. They will handle all the nitty-gritty details for you.

Are you taking the bare minimum? It’s advised to take only what you absolutely need to your new home in your new country, for several different reasons.You will be paying less for your international moving costs, you will have less to physically transport, and you can fill your home with new items from your new country.

Do you need storage? If you can’t bear to get rid of all your items, or there’s simply no time to do so, invest in a storage unit here in the United States. This way, you can have an eye on your things at all times, even when you’re abroad. With top-notch security and climate control, you can bank on your things being kept in the best care.

What will happen to your car? It may feel like second-nature to put your car up for sale, but don’t jump to that conclusion without investigating all the options first. It may be the best idea for you and your family to have your car professionally transported, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of selling your automobile or settling for a lesser price than the value in the weeks before the big day.

So, You Want to Ship Your Car. Here are the Next Steps.

Once you’ve made the decision to have your vehicle professionally transported from one place to another, there are several more factors to consider. What you need to ask yourself first is: what type of move is this? Are you going to move from one state to another? Is this a cross-country move? Are you moving coast to coast? Finally, will you be moving internationally? There are many different reasons to ship your car, from simply not wanting to drive for days on end to the fact that there may be an ocean between Point A and Point B.

If you’re remaining in the United States, you have two options for vehicle transport: open carriage or closed carriage. With an open carriage transport option, your car will be stacked in a trailer with several other vehicles which are headed in the same direction, exposed to the outside air and the elements. For these reasons, open carriage transport is a cheaper option.

If you don’t want your car to be exposed to the outside air and any debris that can be kicked up into the trailer, closed carriage transport is what you should consider. This is a wonderful option for antique automobiles, as the car is enclosed in a sealed container, away from harm. Of course, this will cost more than open transport, but it is a worthwhile investment.

Shipping a vehicle from state to state normally takes a few weeks, and an international shipment could take a month or longer. The difference between rates lies mainly in the location of the shipment, as well as whether you opt to have your vehicle shipped alone, or in the same container as other vehicles going in the same direction.

Did You Know


The intention of a trailer coupler is to secure the trailer to the towing vehicle. It is an important piece, as the trailer couple attaches to the trailer ball. This then forms a ball and socket connection.It allows for relative movement between the towing vehicle and trailer while towing over uneven road surfaces. The trailer ball shouldbe mountedto the rear bumper or to a drawbar, which may be removable. The drawbar secures to the trailer hitch by inserting it into the hitch receiver and pinning it.
The three most common types of couplers used are straight couplers, A-frame couplers, and adjustable couplers.Another option is bumper-pull hitches in which case draw bars can exert a large amount of leverage on the tow vehicle.This makes it harder to recover from a swerving situation (thus it may not be the safest choice depending on your trip).

QuestionIn 2009, the book 'Trucking Country: The Road to America's Walmart Economy' debuted, written by author Shane Hamilton. This novel explores the interesting history of trucking and connects certain developments.Particularly how such development in the trucking industry have helped the so-called big-box stored. Examples of these would include Walmart or Target, they dominate the retail sector of the U.S. economy. Yet, Hamilton connects historical and present-day evidence that connects such correlations.

QuestionThe moving industry in the United States was deregulated with the Household Goods Transportation Act of 1980. This act allowed interstate movers to issue binding or fixed estimates for the first time. Doing so opened the door to hundreds of new moving companies to enter the industry. This led to an increase in competition and soon movers were no longer competing on services but on price. As competition drove prices lower and decreased what were already slim profit margins, "rogue" movers began hijacking personal property as part of a new scam. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces Federal consumer protection regulations related to the interstate shipment of household goods (i.e., household moves that cross State lines). FMCSA has held this responsibility since 1999, and the Department of Transportation has held this responsibility since 1995 (the Interstate Commerce Commission held this authority prior to its termination in 1995).


Implemented in 2014, the National Registry, requires all Medical Examiners (ME) who conduct physical examinations and issue medical certifications for interstate CMV drivers to complete training on FMCSA’s physical qualification standards, must pass a certification test. This is to demonstrate competence through periodic training and testing. CMV drivers whose medical certifications expire must use MEs on the National Registry for their examinations.

FMCSA has reached its goal of at least 40,000 certified MEs signing onto the registry. All this means is that drivers or movers can now find certified medical examiners throughout the country who can perform their medical exam. FMCSA is preparing to issue a follow-on “National Registry 2” rule stating new requirements. In this case, MEs are to submit medical certificate information on a daily basis. These daily updates are sent to the FMCSA, which will then be sent to the states electronically. This process will dramatically decrease the chance of drivers falsifying medical cards.

QuestionThroughout the United States, bypass routes are a special type of route mostcommonlyused on an alternative routing of a highway around a town.Specificallywhen the main route of the highway goes through the town.Originally, these routeswere designatedas "truck routes" as a means to divert trucking traffic away from towns.However, this name was later changed by AASHTO in 1959 to what we now call a "bypass".Many "truck routes" continue to remain regardless that the mainline of the highway prohibits trucks.

QuestionWith the ending of World War I, several developmentswere madeto enhance trucks.Such an example would be by putting pneumatic tires replaced thepreviouslycommon full rubber versions.These advancements continued, including electric starters, power brakes, 4, 6, and 8 cylinder engines. Closed cabs and electric lighting followed. The modern semi-trailer truck also debuted.Additionally, touring car builders such as Ford and Renault entered the heavy truck market.