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Moving to the USA

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Moving to the USA

What you need to know when moving to the USA

Moving to the USA from New Zealand? Whether you’re relocating to America with the entire household, or going on your own, the Transworld team are here to help.

Moving doesn’t have to be a drawn out, stressful process. We make it easy. As certified and knowledgeable moving experts, the Transworld team are here to help you figure out your options, answer your queries, and make the whole process as simple as possible.

To help with your move to the USA, we’ve put together useful tips and advice around:

  1. Shipping options
  2. American customs
  3. What you can and can’t take


Shipping your personal belongings: your options

There are a number of different options you can choose between when shipping your items to America. To make the best choice for you, consider these factors:

  1. How much do you want to ship?
  2. What’s your budget?
  3. How fast do you want your goods to arrive?

FCL: for when you need the space

The full-container load (FCL) is ideal for an entire household of items, as you get the container all to yourself and do not have to share.

The other benefit of FCL is that it is one of the faster shipping methods. Once your items have been checked and loaded, they can get on their way to America.

Transworld regularly ship FCL to all ports in the USA.

Key benefits:

  1. Space: a full-container can fit a whole household’s worth of items.
  2. Efficient shipping times: as soon as you are ready to ship your items, they can get on their way.
  3. Ship to any port in America: our full-containers can be sent wherever you need them America-wide.


Groupage: for when you’re happy to share

slide 35Groupage shipping is a great option for those moving to the USA with only a few items, or a smaller household.

This option enables you to share container space with other individuals similarly relocating to America. An economical choice, this shipping option does take slightly longer as the container needs to be filled before it can be sent to the USA.

Key benefits:

  1. Cost-effective: groupage is the cheapest shipping option as price is based on the cubic volume of your items.
  2. Space flexibility: only pay for the space you use, as little or as large as you require.
  3. Ship everywhere in America: we can ship your container to any location in America.


Air Freight: for when you need items urgently

Our air freight shipping option is the fastest and the most expensive. This is usually recommended for individuals needing a few items urgently (like extra baggage or forgotten items).

When weighing up your shipping options, work out whether air freight is worth the extra expense for your particular needs.

Key benefits:

  1. Speed: this is by far the fastest shipping option.
  2. Essentials: air freight is perfect if there are a small amount of items that you need immediately.
  3. Fly anywhere in America: wherever you are in the USA, we’ll get your items delivered to you.


How long will shipping take?

  1. FCL: shipping takes approximately 6-7 weeks for the Los Angeles port or 8-9 weeks for New York.
  2. Groupage: once the container has been filled, this shipping option takes between 12-16 weeks.
  3. Air Freight: the speediest shipping, air freight usually takes 2-3 weeks.

Want to know how much shipping to America costs? Receive a free quote!


We’ll handle customs

customs3As part of the comprehensive, door-to-door service that we offer, we’ll manage all of the customs involved in moving to the USA.

With a wealth of experience in dealing with US customs, the Transworld team can help you prepare your items accordingly and ensure you have completed all the necessary paperwork for the move.

We take care of:

  1. Supplying a detailed inventory of all packed items
  2. Providing the 4 documents required for US customs

What you need to do:

  1. Provide a copy of your passport
  2. Be aware that items packed by yourself will be subject to extra customs examinations, so we recommend all packing is carried out by our professional service
  3. The correct Green Card or residency visa


What you can and can’t ship to the USA

What you can’t: prohibited and restricted items

The US have a particularly strict customs, and it is worth familiarising yourself with the rules and regulations before you make the move.

Some items that cannot be shipped, include:

  1. All food
  2. Alcohol should not be included due to costs for clearance and duty
  3. Drug paraphernalia
  4. Merchandise from Cuba, Iran, Burma or Sudan

Firearms and weapons

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) regulates and restricts firearm and weapon importation.

If you are planning to import firearms or weapons to the USA, you must do so through a licensed importer, dealer or manufacturer. Requests for import must be made with an ATF form and permit.

What you can: shipping vehicles to the USA

article.originalThere are a number of regulations and requirements around importing vehicles into the US. It is a complicated and costly process and not many private individuals ship their vehicles to the USA. All vehicles must comply with all relevant safety standards. It is advised that before proceeding to import a vehicle you contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EDA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).

To import a vehicle to the USA, these are some of the requirements:

  1. Vehicles must meet the fuel-emission requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency and the safety, bumper and theft prevention standards of the U.S Department of Transportation
  2. Vehicles bought in foreign countries must be modified to meet American standards - it is unlikely a vehicle obtained abroad will meet all relevant standards
  3. Vehicles entering the US that do not comply with the standards are either brought into compliance, exported or destroyed
  4. Necessary documentation includes the original bill of lading, bill of sale and foreign registration
  5. Relevant EPA form 3520-1 and DOT form HS-7

If you’ve got a query regarding shipping vehicles to the US, give us a call. We’re here to help!

What you can: shipping pets to the USA

While it is possible to ship pets to the US, there are certain restrictions and prohibitions. Rules differ between states, and it is always wise to check the requirements of the specific state that you are travelling to.

Unlike other countries, there is no quarantine in the US. Dogs and cats from New Zealand do not require rabies vaccinations, as New Zealand is a rabies-free country.


The Transworld service

The Transworld team provide customers with a door-to-door service, taking care of all the details involved in relocating to America. From packing your items here in New Zealand, to managing shipping and customs, to safely delivering them to your door in America.

You’ll also have a dedicated team member on-hand throughout the process to answer your queries, keep you informed and make sure your items arrive safe and secure at their destination.

The Transworld team are here to make your move to the USA as simple and straightforward as possible. Give us a call today for a free quote!


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