Save Money on Overseas Moves

Get the most out of your Relocation Budget

International Moving is undoubtedly one of the most exciting decisions in life, but also one of the most expensive. With the complexities and multiple factors that go into International moving, the costs can add up quickly if you’re not cautious.

There are a lot of ways to maximize your international relocation budget. If you are prepared in advance, your relocation project will be less stressful, and not cost as much, leaving you with more money to spend on flights and other essentials.

Ship the Important Stuff

All International movers will give you quotes that are based on the total volume (or weight for air freight) of the items you need to move. So, consider carefully what you need to take with you. There’s no need to ship all your possessions to your new home – especially if your move is temporary, and if you are moving into a smaller place at the destination. When deciding on shipping bulky furniture, think about what costs less to replace at the destination. You must read up about the electrical system of your destination country. Depending on the which part of the world you are moving to, your appliances may not be compatible with the voltage in your at the destination. You may need to buy step-up / step-down transformers, adapters etc. which will end up rendering it pointless and expensive to ship these items. This doesn’t mean you have to sell or dispose what is not shipped. You can always put your belongings into secure storage. Storage is much cheaper than shipping and you will also save a lot of money on your return shipment home.


Different modes of international shipping come with different costs and timelines. As a rule of thumb, the slower the mode of transport, the less it will cost. Air freight is the fastest way to get your belongings moved internationally, but is also the most expensive way to do it. Ocean freight is much more cost effective and the most widely used. Even with Ocean Freight, there are multiple options, namely FCL (Full Container Load), LCL (Less than Container Load), and also Groupage shipping – which is by the most economical method of International Moving. You can find more information on Shipping Modes / Options here.


If you’re flexible on the date of delivery, groupage shipping can prove to be very economical, especially when you don’t have enough volume to fill at least half of a shipping container. When choosing the groupage option, you only pay for the space your items occupy inside the container. No more paying for empty space. This dramatically optimizes freight costs for all shippers sharing the space in the container. If you’re ready for CM Relocation to look after your entire internatonal move, simply contact us for a hassle free quote. We will be happy to visit you at home for an in-home survey and provide you with an accurate price quotation.
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