There is a growing trend in the Untied States in which people whose jobs went overseas are following the jobs and moving to other countries in order to keep their families together and make a decent living. If this is the case, and a family is leaving America for another country, either for a job or to retire, then they will need international shipping for all their worldly belongings.
When shipping internationally, there are several regulations and rules about what can cross the borders and that includes international waters and airspace. The biggest problem many shipping companies have is with liquids. They are not allowed to pack or carry liquids of any kind across the boundaries into another country. Liquids would include but are not limited to dish soaps, bath soaps, hand lotions, baby formula, medications that are liquid, wines or other liquor or cream based cosmetics. Some countries will allow medications and baby formula but will not allow wine collections or other liquors to cross into their land. The transport company will know what is allowed and what is not.
Because cargo ships take several weeks to arrive at a new home abroad, many people will ship, through a postal service or other carrier, several personal items that they use daily so that they will have them when they arrive at their new house. Items such as kitchen utensils, clothing, a laptop, personal hygiene items or paperwork for a new job could be boxed up and shipped to the new address so that it would be waiting upon the family's arrival. The rest of the household items like the beds and television would take a couple of weeks to arrive.
There are several different methods of shipping a household full of items to another country. There is a cargo ship or freight carrier that crosses the ocean with semi-truck container filled with a family's belongings and there is also extremely large cargo planes that can hold pallets filled with boxes of items that have been secured so that they will not slip around during the flight.
If a family would want to keep their car instead of purchasing a new one in a new country, they could arrange for either the cargo or freight shipper to forward their vehicle to their new home. There may need to be some modifications in order to make the automobile 'legal' in the new country and a person would need to check with the new countries vehicle registration department to make sure what procedures need to be taken. Bicycles, mopeds and motorcycles are very popular in many countries, but again, may need some minor changes to become street ready at the new home.
A large freight plane or cargo ship could also carry family's recreational vehicles as well; a boat, camper or personal watercraft could all make the trip abroad. Professionals who work with shipping vehicles and other large items know what they are doing and just how to tie down things so they do not move around during a flight or rough seas.
Another major item that families want to bring with them is their appliances like the washer and dryer or refrigerator. These will require special outlet adaptors for the European electrical plugs for their system is different then the US. One can pick up these adaptors before they leave the United States or when they arrive in the new country for all the markets and small stores will likely carry them.
There are several factors that will determine the price of an international shipping quote a household to another country. The state from which the items are leaving from, the country the items will be arriving, the manor in which they will be traveling and the amount of the cargo that will be traveling all play a role in the price package.