Below is information on restrictions on what can
and/or should be moved. Depending on your final destination and new residence, careful attention
must be paid to certain items that may be packed
along with the household goods.
All countries have restrictions on what may be
imported. The most common restrictions include
the transportation of:
• Culturally Offensive Materials
• Illegal Drugs/Narcotics
• Specialist Electronic Equipment
Culturally offensive materials may consist of a
number of things, including pornographic materials
(what may be considered pornographic will vary
from country to country), literature, toys such
as anatomically correct dolls, or music. If unsure
about an item’s possibility to offend, consider
leaving the item behind.
It is important to note here that shipping any restricted items, even inadvertently, can cause serious problems when the shipment is inspected by customs at the final destination and may result in substantial fines and delays.
Unlike a domestic move where it is common to move everything, from furniture to firewood in the garage, more discretion should be used in determining what to pack and ship overseas.
You may be better off leaving certain items behind, because shipping certain items may
be more costly then replacing them at the destination.
Consider the two examples below:
If a number of furniture pieces in your possession can be purchased at a lower cost
near or at your destination, then consider storing or selling bulky or heavy items in order to reduce your moving costs.
Consider leaving behind old freezers, washing machines and other large appliances. The destination country may operate on a different electrical current system and without costly modifications, the machine becomes inoperable.