Are you planning an international move and not sure how it is going to affect your bank balance? At ServiceMarket, we help dozens of customers every week in obtaining quotes for their international moves, so we know that there are four main things that determine how much your international move is going to cost you.
- Mode of transportation
You can choose to move your goods using air, land or sea, and the costs vary accordingly. Generally, air freight is considerably more expensive compared to shipping by sea – to give you a general idea, you can expect to pay almost thrice as much for air freight. However, it is also the quickest way of transporting your goods. Although shipping by sea is comparatively cheaper, you should also allow your goods a good 8 to 10 weeks to get to the final destination. However, if you are planning on relocating to nearby areas like Qatar, consider moving your goods by land since that is the most cost effective solution for short distances if you are moving within the GCC.
- The size of your move
The greater the number of goods you move, the more it is going to cost you. For air freight, the cost is calculated based on the total weight of the goods, whereas if you are shipping goods by sea or land, the cost is calculated based on their volume.
- The type of service you need
There are 3 main types of services for international moving: door-to-door, door-to-port and port-to-port. In door-to-door moves, you can leave the movers to deal with the entire move, from packing the goods in your Dubai home and delivering and unpacking them at your new home. They also handle all the paperwork at customers. However, this is done at a significant charge. On the other end of the spectrum is port-to-port service, where the mover only handles the shipping of goods overseas. You will be responsible for packing the goods, handling foreign customs and the delivery of the boxes to your new house. This is a cheaper option compared to door-to-door and door-to-port service. Lastly, door-to-port services will handle the packing and shipping of your goods to an international airport. Once arrived at its destination, it is your responsibility to clear customs and collect your goods.
- Distance to destination
As expected, the cost of the move will also depend on how far you are moving. At ServiceMarket, we worked with one of our partner companies to compile a list of common destinations and the associated cost of shipping goods to them from the UAE. The costs below are estimated for moving 25 cubic metres from the UAE by sea to these destinations. In case you’re wondering how much this is, 25 cubic metres allow you to fit the contents of a 2-bedroom apartment or a single car.
Keep in mind that the total cost of shipping to one country may also vary depending on which area you are moving to within the country and all the services that the mover is including in the price. After you get in touch with international moving companies in Dubai obtain the formal quotes, make sure you read through the documents provided by the mover so you know what you are paying for.