Professional International Moving Company with a Personal Touch

Trusted international movers since 1919. Moving internationally is exciting, but also complex and daunting. At Suddath®, we simplify your overseas move by providing a one-stop-shop for all your international moving needs, supported by professional, dedicated move counselors who personally manage every step of the way. We break down processes into easy-to-manage parts, keeping you both on budget and on time. By making international relocation easier, you’re free to focus more on your new destination, while worrying less about the move.

Trusted since 1919 to deliver dependable, high-quality service, Suddath successfully performs over 16,000 international moves and 54,000 domestic moves each year. We are true international movers, with a broad range of services and an extensive global reach to nearly every country in the world. We get you where and when you need to go, using our network of vetted, well-established partners.

Suddath is a 5-time International Mover of the Year winner. This accolade was awarded through the FEM Americas Expatriate Management & Mobility Awards (EMMAs) in 2019 and previously won in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. The award highlights Suddath’s commitment to having a positive impact on our partners’ business priorities through innovations, improvements and a dedicated focus on transferee experience.

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Competitive, Accurate and Transparent International Move Pricing

With Suddath, you can always expect competitive and affordable pricing with full cost visibility and no hidden fees. We differ from other international moving companies in that we control all aspects of the move and don’t outsource move management to middlemen. This helps save you money while providing industry-leading pricing transparency and cost granularity at every stage of the move.

We also have negotiated rates and lanes contracted with trusted, professional providers, and will always fight for you on any vendor charges that weren’t in the original scope.

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Personalized International Moving Services

We know that every move is unique. Suddath takes a personalized approach with our customers, offering options to keep you both on time and on budget, while providing guidance and visibility every step of the way. Our broad range of services go above and beyond that of typical international moving companies and can be customized to fit your unique needs.

Each customer is assigned a personal move counselor, who will guide you through the entire process – including customs, documentation and international insurance coverage options – and will oversee all logistics associated with your move. We can also facilitate pet relocation, auto and boat transportation, wine and fine art shipping, as well as settling-in and maid services.

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Reliable, High-Quality Global Moving

Suddath strives to give our customers the highest level of service by working with our dedicated partners and suppliers to quickly resolve any issues or challenges that may arise. Our commitment to quality, reliability and dependability is reflected in the thousands of on-time international relocation services we have successfully made for our clients. Our experienced, professional move counselors carefully manage every step of the process, tracking the location of your goods through advanced technology to provide you full visibility of your belongings along the way.

To ensure quality and minimize claims, Suddath professionally packs, wraps and crates using specific international moving materials for an added layer of protection. Lastly, unlike many operators in our industry, we are financially stable and pay our bills on time, ensuring that none of your items will be held up due to unpaid invoices from any of our agent partners.

International Mover Accredited with FIDI

Moving internationally, you want to make sure you have a trusted, reliable and vetted company helping you to make the transition. As a proud partner of the FIDI Global Alliance of international movers, Suddath invites you to discover what it means to be a FIDI FAIM agent.


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Document Preparation

Before your international move, a survey will be conducted by an experienced Suddath representative. To assist in document preparation and determine the accurate volume and weight of your overseas move, we follow a transparent, step-by-step process.

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Shipping Options

Suddath provides transportation services via air, sea and land to meet your specific shipment needs. We take into consideration shipment size (weight and volume), origin and destination, available service options, cost components and customer expectations.

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Inventory Preparation for Customs

One of the most important steps of moving internationally is knowing and complying with the customs regulations of the country you’re moving to. Our experience with international moving ensures that key details aren’t overlooked, so you don’t incur major inconveniences, delays and added costs.

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Packing, Unpacking, and Debris Removal

Unique items or items that are particularly delicate, fragile or irregularly sized, may require their own tailored, custom crates built to protect these types of items. Our team consists of experts who will take measurements and build a crate to spec to protect these items.

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International Moving Resources

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How far in advance should I plan my international move?

Try to book a moving company at least 10 to 12 weeks before your international move date. Remember, overseas moving companies are in especially high demand during the summer months. Especially as the global pandemic has caused delays in some areas, starting the moving process earlier is best.

Should I insure my items for an international move?

Purchasing a comprehensive international moving insurance policy to protect your goods during transit is highly recommended. Extreme care is taken when packing, loading and moving your items to your new location, however accidents do happen.

A good policy should cover your door-to-door for full replacement value at destination. This value is based on your assessment of what your items would cost to replace. Inquire with your Suddath move coordinator, as we can help facilitate international moving insurance.

Do you have a checklist or other resources for an international move?

Suddath has been moving people and families across borders for more than 50 years. Our experience means we can take care of everything for you or give you the best international moving tips and advice for navigating this journey. Moving to a new country offers a life-changing experience that’s full of excitement with new cultures to explore. But it’s important to prepare for your overseas move so you can settle in your new home with as little stress as possible.  That’s why we have put together this blog full of tips to help people relocate to a different country with ease, and also compiled this documentation checklist.

What is a high value inventory form?

A high value inventory form is an insurance company form where an individual item, pair or set in excess of $3,000 (or whatever the individual insurance policy dictates) is specifically identified for coverage during the international move.

Can you help me move my pets internationally?

Yes, we can move your pet. Suddath coordinates with various specialist pet relocation companies that provide a quality relocation service for your furry family members. Allow extra time for vaccinations, health certificates, chips, etc. as every country is different and some may require quarantine. Suddath can provide all this information, just allow extra time. With pets, sometimes six months or more of planning is required in advance of packing for an international move.

What should I look for in an international moving quote?

International moves are not all the same. There are many different variables that go into accurately calculating moving cost, as well as understanding what companies will be able to give you peace of mind during your move abroad.
For example:
·       Look for a true international mover. You can tell a company that has experience and history in overseas moves with their accreditations and awards, with industry standards such as PAIMA, IAM, FIDI FAIM-Plus and EMMA awards.
·       Inclusive door to door costs
·       Destination Terminal Port Charges (DTHC) included in quote
·       Volume/weight container size indicated
·       Insurance rate and percentage  
·       Inclusion of any additional packing costs
·       Estimated transit time
·       Exclusive use or consolidated service
·       Potential additional cost at destination
·       Storage costs at destination
Most importantly, read the estimates in detail and do not just look at the bottom-line price. Compare weights and volumes with transit times and services both included and excluded. Use your Suddath representative as a resource and they will help you compare.

Can I choose any day to pack/load items?

Your goods can be moved on any date you choose. Weekdays are best, as there can be additional costs associated with weekend or holiday moves. Try to plan accordingly and work closely with your move coordinator for more ideas on how to avoid additional costs, and please note that some countries require two weeks or more to secure an international shipping container.

The delivery date at destination will depend on the size of your shipment, sailing schedules of the steamship lines between ports and finally, customs clearance procedures and the destination agent’s availability. Once a pack date is determined at origin, estimated transit time will be calculated and advised.

How much does it cost to move internationally?

Move cost is determined based on weight/volume. There are many factors that go into determining the cost of your move abroad, but the weight of your items is the biggest.

Other factors that might influence cost are:

• Specialized moving services that may be required
• If any of your items need custom crating
• Shipment destination
• Specialized access needs

Your move coordinator can discuss these costs with you and determine if there are any factors that would put additional cost onto your move.

What items can’t be shipped internationally?

There are some general items that cannot be shipped, international or otherwise. For example, plants, paint cans or ammunition, to name a few. Make sure you understand what cannot be shipped ahead of time and speak with your Suddath move coordinator for any items that may be specific to the country or region you are relocating to. For example, places like Australia, Singapore and China have stricter rules than others, and ignoring these rules can create delays at customs or even hefty fines.

Do I pay duties & taxes on my international move?

It depends on where you are moving. In most countries, if you have owned items for more than six months, or sometimes a year, you do not. However, some countries have different rules for expats vs returning nationals. Your Suddath move coordinator will provide specific, up-to-date customs regulations for your country of destination.

Can I store my household goods overseas?

Yes. Suddath has a network of trusted, accredited partners with approved household goods storage facilities around the world. Your household goods can be held for just a few days or as long as you need.

Do I pay state sales tax on my international move?

As this is considered an international service, you do not pay local state taxes on your expatriate move if it is out of the United States. Your Suddath move coordinator will provide additional information on the overseas moving process and rules at your country of destination, to help you understand if you will be subject to any taxes or fees in your country of origin or destination.

How can I track my international move online?

As a true, specialized international moving company, Suddath provides password-protected access to our online tracking system to view the status of you move.

Tracking your overseas move online is something to help you feel at ease with the status of your move at any one time but is of course only part of a personalized experience. Your Suddath move coordinator will keep you fully up-to-date with key milestones and you will be proactively prompted to complete all tasks required for a seamless experience.

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