Having your things packed up and shipped off to another country for the first time is fascinating and terrifying all at the same time.
The packers are surprisingly efficient and fast (usually) and it is amazing how your whole life is suddenly boxed up and whisked away, leaving you with a shell of a home and a handful of items.
A part of the process and before the packing dates are set, you will have to complete a bunch of paperwork.
Here is an example of the documents your relocation company are likely to request before your goods/consignment can be shipped to Abu Dhabi.
The first thing to do is work out
what you are sending in each category
The best thing you can do is buy some large coloured sticker labels from a stationary shop and go around the house and garage and put a sticker on everything to label it.
Red for STAYS HERE (warning
Blue for SEA FREIGHT and
Yellow for AIR FREIGHT.
That way, the packing guys are clear on what goes where and you don’t have to run around confirming every item with 8 different people.
Trust me, the last thing you need is your very important laptop and printer, going in the sea freight rather than the airfreight – or worse, all your clothes disappearing off for 2 months!
A container takes a typical 3 bed house load of furniture and whiteware (kitchen appliances etc) including garage stuff like tools and bicycles.
Check out our example shipping inventory including estimated values for the insurance company.
On the day before the company come to pack your things, you MUST pack up your airplane suitcases as if you are ready to leave.
Put them in a corner with big don't touch signs and then you will be sure you don't accidentally send off something important via slow sea travel.
Another bonus to packing your airplane luggage before sending off your shipping is you will be sure that you are taking and sending exactly what you need and that your suitcases weigh the right amount etc before you fly.
Once the packing guys have been and gone, that’s it, you are on your own with what is left.
You will inevitably find there are things left behind after the packing day that you want to take - but they then must be jammed into your flight luggage...no big deal if you were organised in advance for this contingency.
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