Tips to Prepare for an Overseas Move

10 July 2018

Whether you're an international student studying abroad or an expat finally moving back home, making the decision to uproot your life and move to another country will almost always be a stressful undertaking. After helping thousands of people move worldwide, we've compiled our best 5 tips to prepare for an overseas move. While your adventure won't be without its struggles, across the ocean is a lifetime of experiences worth fighting for.

Prepare for Cultural Differences

Culture shock is a common experience shared by many who move from one country to another. From having to learn a completely new language to losing a close-knit social circle, there will be significant changes to how you normally live your day-to-day life. Even those returning back to their home countries aren't spared, as they are just as susceptible to reverse culture shock. For those who haven't had a chance to return to their home countries for several years, even decades, the home that they remember will have drastically changed since they left.

The best way to help during this transition is to prepare mentally for major changes. Knowing exactly what to expect will help in

  • Study and practice the country's language
  • Research cultural differences in customs, manners, and traditions
  • Reach out to your social circle, family, and friends so you're not left completely alone
  • Familiarise yourself with the public transport system
  • Exchange currency in advance to practice with
  • Visit Smartraveller to stay informed of any safety concerns

Get Your Documentation in Order

There's more to moving internationally than just making the decision and packing your bags. There will be documentation that will need be organised for both your home and host country. Ensuring that all your paperwork is prepared will ensure that your not held up at the borders or denied entry into the country. Here are just a few of the things you'll need to arrange before you leave the country.

  • Print copies of appropriate work or study visas
  • Purchase flight tickets
  • Ensure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay
  • Notify any providers: Real estate agent, utility companies, mail service
  • Apply for an international driver's license
  • Get copies of dental records, health insurance, etc.

If you're the planning type, check out this comprehensive overseas moving checklist for a to-do-list that covers everything from preparation to settling in.

Get Help from the Professionals

With your departure date on the horizon, it might be a good idea to get help from the professionals. At Seven Seas Worldwide, we have years of experience helping customers move from a host of countries in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. From packing to shipping, we have the experience to handle every type of move, big or small. Other professional services that you might consider during your move are end of lease cleaning services and long term storage companies.

Settle In to Your New Life

If you've finally made it and stepped foot into your host country, you can breathe a sigh of relief, because you've gotten over the most difficult parts of your journey. Now all that's left is to settle in and re-establish your identity.

With the basics completed, you can now connect with family, explore the city through public transport, or join local meetups to make new friends.

If you're moving home in the near future, whether it be to the next town or halfway round the world, speak to Seven Seas Worldwide about our simple, effective and friendly solution to shipping overseas.


Seven Seas Worldwide are Expanding Again

01 February 2018

New European Depot in Belgium

We are delighted to announce the expansion of our network here at Seven Seas Worldwide. We've always been able to collect and deliver items throughout Europe but until now we've not had an established depot in Europe to assist with the demand. Until now. A fully operational depot in Belgium is now up and running.

Located just South East of Antwerp, our new European hub will ensure our good growth in Europe continues in 2018 and beyond providing clearer channels and better coverage for all shipments going in and out of Europe.

This also means we can operate our increasingly popular MoveCube service in and out of mainland Europe which we're very excited about because we believe the MoveCube is the future of moving home. If you want a smooth, stress-free, door-to-door service, look no further than the MoveCube!

And we're not stopping at Antwerp. We want to continue this expansion over the next few years so our presence in Europe is as comprehensive as any shipping company or international courier.

Watch this space.

You can find us at:

Seven Seas Worldwide BVBA
Winkelom 87, Unit A1
2440 Geel

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Ship Prevented from Entering New Zealand Waters

27 October 2017

shipping to nz

Seven Seas Worldwide has received news that a ship found to be carrying moths has been stopped from entering New Zealand waters.

The ANL Warragul was scheduled to arrive in the Port of Tauranga on the 22nd October. However the ship was prevented from entering New Zealand waters after the discovery of live and dead moths. The vessel is currently outside the 12 nautical mile mark outside of New Zealand territorial waters. 

Seven Seas Worldwide has a container on this vessel and is monitoring the situation closely in order to provide updates for customers who are affected.

We will alert customers to any potential delays but do please get in touch if you want to discuss matters further.

Get it There for Christmas!

29 September 2017

Australia Christmas Shipping Dates

 If you are hoping to send special items in time for Christmas, here are the dates you need to know!

Final Shipping Dates for Christmas 2017

DestinationsFinal Dates
Canada 16th October
China 16th October
Hong Kong 16th October
Malaysia 16th October
New Zealand 16th November
Singapore 16th October
South Africa 16th October
Taiwan 16th October
Thailand 16th October
UK 16th October
USA 16th October

IMPORTANT These dates apply to the final dates for payment to be cleared so your shipment can go ahead. This means you will need to have your boxes, bags or MoveCube already collected and all your documentation completed correctly.


Standing Out from the Crowd | MoveCube Service

09 August 2017

You may hear the odd comment online about 'hidden charges' when it comes to shipping items abroad. At Seven Seas Worldwide we do our best to make all charges transparent, laying out exactly the costs involved the moment you get a free quote via our website. We will never hit you with hidden charges.

International removal is an expensive business in general, and not only are our rates are very reasonable but in addition we have a three-stage payment plan to help you spread the costs to assist with your cash flow during the transition.

  1. Deposit
  2. Shipping and Transport
  3. Port & Container Fees and Warehouse Handling

We are upfront at the beginning as to the costs which will be incurred for our MoveCube® service. It may seem on the face of it that we're more expensive than our other international removal companies but in fact the opposite is true. But don't take our word for it, read through the details on the quotes from other companies and look out in particular for what they exclude:

  • Port fees, including handling
  • Container fees, including cleaning
  • Storage and warehouse handling
  • Quarantine and Custom inspection or examination fees

The key factor that makes us more informed is that we operate within our own global shipping network. Simply, we're there at the beginning, the middle and the end. We have first hand knowledge of all potential shipping charges (if there are any) and will lay them out to you before the journey begins. Our charges INCLUDE the items listed above and which are excluded from other removal companies' quotes. There will be some who claim these charges may not arise at all - then why exempt them? With a Door-to-Door service you'll want to know that everything is included in your quote.

As you can see from our charge structure we tailor these to assist you, this is why the Seven Seas Worldwide MoveCube® service provides free boxes, free packing materials, free loading and unloading AND free storage options! So by the end of the journey, you'll realise how much you saved.

Don't leave your treasured possessions with a removal company who either does not know or does not care about the charges at the destination. Move abroad with Seven Seas Worldwide, the company with over twenty years' experience in international shipping.