International office moving checklist

If you have already moved or expanded your business, then you must already know just how complicated this process is. Commercial moving is not like moving a home – where all you are working with is a family of four, five people. A company might function similarly to a family – but it often has dozens of people involved! This is why office moves tend to get a little harder – and often need the help of professional international moving companies Bahrain. And to top it all of, these kinds of projects get extra hard when we start talking about international office moving. Because of it, Four Winds movers Bahrain have gathered a bunch of tips and tricks and compiled an international office moving checklist. In the following article, we present to you the must-do steps for your international move.

What makes international commercial moving so complex?

The first thing you need to understand is what it takes to create an international office moving checklist and what it includes. Usually, moving your office overseas is a long process in which you are moving your corporate premises to another country. Which can be on a completely new continent. Because of the huge distances in question, you will usually need to figure out different routes. Or, leave it to our expert movers and packers in Bahrain. Along with the obligation of figuring out the perfect way or ways of transport for moving your items to their destination. Most of the time, for relocations across the ocean, people choose sea freight forwarders and international moving services.

Passport is essential for an international office moving checklist
Don’t forget to prepare and update your documents such as your passport and the Bill of Lading. They are an absolute must!

Our international office moving checklist will take you on a journey around the globe.

Firstly, there is a difference we need to make here between international commercial moving and residential long-distance relocations. Even though you might cover great distances, it does not necessarily mean you are conducting an international move. But, once you start working with customs and borders, it’s a safe bet to turn to an office moving checklist. Another important note: most of the times, you will need to be in the new country to receive your items from your cargo services and forwarders. In any other case, shipping your items will not be considered moving them internationally. Sometimes, you might even need to provide proof of living in said country, as well.

Before you can create an international office moving checklist, you need to understand different types of moves

When you start to look into the process of international office moving, you will notice two types of moves. The first type is door-to-door, and the second one is door-to-port relocations.

Man driving a forklift
Door-to-door commercial moving is great if you are unsure about the laws in your destination country.

 1. Door-to-door

When it comes to our door-to-door international office moving and shipping services, you actually don’t need to do much. First, our movers will pick up your furniture at your old office. Then we will deliver them, as the name suggests, right on the doorstep of your new office. In this scenario, our company will also take care of the logistics. From getting the moving truck to you, delivering the furniture to the port, to finding the proper vessels and shipping your items to their new destination. However, in some instances, the client will be in charge of packing, loading and unloading your furniture.

The freight forwarding company usually deals with customs for you. And since Saudi Arabia customs can be confusing for foreigners, this might be the best option for your customized international office moving checklist.

2. Door-to-port

On the other hand, if you feel comfortable with the laws in Saudi Arabia, door-to-port moving could be the better choice for your unique relocation needs. As part of this option, you can pick up your items in the destination’s port yourself. You will need to arrange for their transportation to your new offices separately.

What does an international office moving process actually look like?

Now that we have scratched the surface of our international commercial moving checklist, let’s talk about its different phases. Don’t worry, the whole process can be split into four simple steps.

  1. In the first step, you are setting your office furniture on the journey. Depending on the type of services you are using, you will load your truck or container with your items.
  2. Make sure you pack your items properly, securing them on pallets – they are probably up for a bumpy road!
  3. Include your international office moving inventory list in your shipment for when they arrive at the borders.
  4. Finally, make sure you are not shipping anything illegal – or something that your company is not allowed to move.

Getting through the ports

The second and third steps we mentioned, in fact, mirror each other. They are both connected to the ports. We believe you should try not to travel before your shipment reaches its first port. This is in case something happens and the company needs to reach you. You need to be available in order to react and solve the issue. Because in case you are already in another country, you will not be able to do anything about your cargo. There is also a couple of office moving checklist points you will need to prepare for when your items reach their destination port. Let’s first mention one of the most important things – a customs broker. This is a person who will deal with your shipment documents and the fees.

Moving truck
Make sure the truck will have easy access to your new office address, so you can unpack without stress.

The final step

The final step in international office moving is getting your things to their destination office. Note that, depending on where your new offices are, it’s possible you might also need city permits for parking the moving truck. Of course, you can always call us and book our reliable moving services to help you sort this out if you are unsure about any step of this long process. It’s always best to consult with professionals than try to improvise things yourself.

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