Shipping Routes to Norway and Switzerland Reopened

03 November 2016


Due to changes in import regulations that took place this year, Seven Seas Worldwide was forced to suspend all shipping services to Norway and Switzerland. However we are pleased to announce that with immediate effect, our Baggage Worldwide service is open for business once more in both of these countries.

Our Baggage Worldwide shipping service collects and delivers your excess baggage and personal belongings for you. We’re world leaders when it comes to unaccompanied baggage so take a look at our section on the website and see what we can do for you in both Norway and Switzerland.

If you've packed one suitcase too many or you have to send items to Norway or Switzerland that can't be packed into a box like sports equipment or skis, our excess baggage service is all you need. Whatever the item, we can collect and deliver it, door-to-door, all over the world. Get a free online quote now and see how much you could save.

 

Migrant Numbers to be Reduced by New Zealand Govt

20 October 2016


The UK's decision to leave the EU has sent shock waves throughout the world and the unprecedented number of people who attended the recent Down Under Live expo brought into sharp focus that emigration to Australia and New Zealand is quickly becoming the solution for many.

The New Zealand government, wary that the number of new migrants has been growing substantially over the last few years, has announced that it will be implementing changes to reduce these numbers. However the numbers will not drop dramatically as plans reveal that over the next two years, the projected figure of 100,000 new residents will be brought down to around 95,000. Instead of reaching the target of 140 points to obtain residency, candidates will now require 160. The most notable reduction is the 5500 places held in reserve for families which has now been cut down to 2000. The government has suggested their decision to implement these new directives has been based purely on the issue of balance ensuring that skilled homegrown workers are fairly reflected in the employment market.

In addition to this news, the government has also announced that South Africans visiting New Zealand will need a visa from this November, as a result of the growing number of fraudulent South African passports discovered this year.

These new rules are believed by experts to be the start of a greater shift towards stricter controls over immigration in New Zealand, with Australia taking a similar stance. Therefore if you are considering a new life abroad in either New Zealand or Australia, Seven Seas Worldwide recommends making a decision sooner rather than later: Do the research, ask the questions, establish if a move abroad is right for you at this time. 

A decision like this is not to be taken lightly, but if you take too long to make it, you may find your opportunity to take up residency has been taken away from you anyway. Take a look at the range of services Seven Seas Worldwide has to offer. Get a free quote within minutes, and let's start your journey today!

 

Sending Christmas Decorations - Things You Need to Know

18 October 2016

Christmas Decorations Shipping

Forgive us for mentioning Christmas in October but as a shipping company, Seven Seas Worldwide have to plan ahead and, if you're sending items abroad this Christmas, so should you.

Let us ask you this: Are you sending any packages to friends or family living abroad this Christmas? Do the packages contain festive ornaments and decorations such as a Santa figurine or a traditional Christmas wreath? We're not ones to pry, we believe you should celebrate Christmas however you wish! The only problem is if you're sending these gifts to Australia and New Zealand, you may find that they will be sent back to you, or more likely, confiscated.

But why should this be? Are customs officials notably less festive than other citizens? Well no, that would be unfair. We're sure there are plenty of inspectors who come to work in December with tinsel round the brims of their hats. No, this is a simple reflection of Australia and New Zealand's stringent quarantine laws that prevent any item from entering the country that may be dirty or may have come into contact with the earth and not been sufficiently cleaned. From our experience, pine cones are very popular as part of Christmas ornaments and decorations, so if you're sending anything with pine cone adornment or similar, we urge you to think twice before sending.

Australian and New Zealand Quarantine laws also request that boots, camping equipment and other outdoor items are thoroughly cleaned before packing off and sending. Any evidence of dirt could mean the worse for your consignment. For more information, call a member of the team or visit our shipping pages.

How to Pack Liquids

05 September 2016


So you need to pack liquids in with your belongings before moving, do you? Well, first thing's first: If there's any way you can avoid packing liquids, that would be ideal. It would save us a lot of hassle. And you too of course.

But if you're determined to ship bottles of shampoo, sauces and various other containers of liquid, remember this: When it comes to packing the items away in a box, please note that the original lid on the container is never enough. You will need to pack the liquid container inside another tightly-sealed container to remove any risks of leakage. In fact, we'd recommend putting the tightly-sealed container inside another container just to be on the safe side. We're not joking. And to ensure the container is as safe as secure as it can be, wrap it in bubble-wrap or put it in a polythene bag, and then put it in the removals box.

For more information, check out our humorous little video below.

Get a Degree for Free

26 November 2015

studying in germany

In the US, students can expect to pay around $10,000 a year in fees, healthcare, insurance and rent. This is why young Americans are seeking to obtain a degree abroad, particularly in Germany.

In a recent BBC Magazine report, Franz Strasser visited Germany to speak to a number of US citizens who chose Germany as their place of study for the next few years, including Katherine Burlingame who is getting her Master's degree in Cottbus, East Germany. 

'A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Katherine spent less than €500 ($570) a month in Cottbus, which included housing, transportation and healthcare. On top of that she received a monthly scholarship by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Council) of €750 ($815) which more than covered her costs. "When I found out that just like Germans I'm studying for free, it was sort of mind blowing," Katherine says. "I realised how easy the admission process was and how there was no tuition fee. This was a wow moment for me."

She added 'I can't imagine ever thinking that my children one day are going to end up in thousands and thousands of dollars in debt when they can come to Germany and have no debt and you can live so cheaply as a student.'

Strasser also visited a student studying at the Technical University of Munich and discovered that had the student stayed and studied in his hometown of South Carolina, he would have paid roughly $9,500 more than he does in Germany.

So with the number of US students migrating to Germany for their studies, who can they turn to for a smooth, effective and affordable transition? Well, the website you're currently visiting will give you a clue.

Seven Seas Worldwide has long been the first choice for many students because we've been in the moving business for two decades and know all about the emotional upheaval of an important move at such a young age. This will probably be their first time, breaking away from home, away from the family dynamic and facing up to independence and adulthood. And if they choose to do that abroad, expect the emotional levels to be cranked up a little more.

With Seven Seas Worldwide, you can expect a range of services designed to meet the needs of students in the US. We have new and revolutionary methods to help move personal belongings and household goods from A to B. If you're a student in the US, weighing up the options of a move abroad, check out the Students section of the website and see how we can help you today. Or get a free quote now via our easy-to-use freight calculator.