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Planning your Move

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Paradise Relocation will select the most effective container for your move based on your specific needs as well as the weight and volume of your personal effects.


  • Constructed of plywood with a 2-inch by 4-inch wooden frame
  • Skids are attached to the bottom of the container so it can be handled by a forklift.
  • Usually lined with water-resistant paper and may be caulked as necessary to keep your goods dry.
  • Steel straps are placed around the outside to secure the lift van.
  • Standard sizes are 185 to 210 cubic feet. Other sizes can be built to hold bulky items.
  • Generally used if total shipment weighs less than 500 pounds. Shipments weighing 2,000 to 4,000 pounds are based on current pricing conditions.
  • Can be used for storage as well as transportation, which prevents additional handling.
  • Preferred when the destination country lacks the capacity to handle steamship containers.

Steamship Containers:

  • Constructed of steel and resemble motor freight trailers
  • Twenty-foot containers hold approximately 1,100 cubic feet while 40-foot units hold about 2,200 cubic feet.
  • Can hold more than a single lift-van and are used for large or bulky shipments. To effectively use a steamship container, a minimum of 700 cubic feet (approximately 4,000 pounds) is suggested.
  • May not be available for shipping to some foreign countries.
  • Provided by ocean carriers and may not be utilized for storage purposes.
  • Due to their construction, allow for best protection of a shipment compared to other containers.
  • Can result in lower transportation charges if the minimum requirement for weight and volume are met.

Air Freight Containers:

  • Constructed of triple-layered waxed corrugated cardboard, they range in size from 18 to 96 cubic feet. Larger containers are fitted with skids for ease in moving with a forklift.
  • Restricted to certain dimensional specifications in order to pass through aircraft cargo doors.

Transportation Methods

After your goods are packed your shipment will begin its movement coordinated and managed with the watchful eyes of Paradise Relocation. Your shipment may be moved by rail or motor freight to the port of exit. It will then be shipped via air or ocean to the destination port.

Motor Carrier

  • Provides unlimited access to most geographical areas throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world
  • Used to transport steamship containers, lift vans and full trailer overload cargo
  • Provides expedited pickup when necessary


  • Capable of transporting more goods in certain trade lanes by stacking steamship containers over long distances.
  • More cost effective than a motor freight carrier.
  • Frequently used to transport steamship containers to and from an ocean port to inland locations.


  • Most common way to transport shipments internationally.
  • Typically is significantly less expensive than air freight.
  • Normally comprises the longest leg of a move, in terms of distance and time spent in transit.
  • Most cost efficient means of transporting large shipments, greater than 600 cubic feet or 3,000 pounds.

Air Freight

  • Reduces transit time; used to send time-sensitive items.
  • Recommended for certain countries, depending on the nature of the shipment and final destination.
  • Ideal for smaller shipments
  • Cost is based on cubic size and destination.

Transportation: Your shipment will be forwarded via one or more modes of transportation:

  • Motor freight carrier
  • Railroad
  • Steamship line
  • Airline

After your shipment has been packed and loaded, it will be transported by truck or rail to the port of exit. Depending on the type of transportation selected, the container(s) will be loaded into a vessel or into an aircraft.

Transit Time: The type of transportation used, the distance to be covered, the time required to clear customs and the distance covered by alternate modes, will affect the transit time of your shipment. Paradise Relocation utilizes a computerized status management system to track shipments. As information is received during transit, the shipment's progress is updated. You can receive periodic updates about your shipment by calling your agent. If you have not left your home country yet, the origin agent can help you. When you arrive at your new location, contact your destination agent. We also offer the opportunity for some shipments to be tracked on the Internet. Ask your move manager if your shipment qualifies.

Shipping Cost: To determine costs, a Paradise Relocation agent will survey your entire home. Be sure to show the agent everything to be moved, including any items in the garage, basement or attic. The estimate you receive will detail the charges for packing and transporting your household goods.

Some services, however, will not be calculated into the estimate. Those not normally included are:

  • Extra pickups or deliveries
  • Servicing of electrical appliances
  • Additional valuation in case any item is lost or damaged in transit
  • Access issues and location changes at destination

Other Expenses: In addition to the transportation of your personal property, you will want to plan for the following relocation-related expenses:

  • Travel accommodations
  • Travel insurance
  • Customs duties and/or taxes on your household goods
  • Possible storage of your belongings at origin and/or destination
  • Shipping your car, plus customs duties
  • Automobile conversion to meet government standards
  • Document fees for passport, visa and permits
  • Inoculations and a physical examination
  • Pre-move trip to find housing
  • Temporary housing until a permanent residence is found or until your furnishings arrive
  • Cross-cultural training in advance of your moveTuition costs if your children will be in a private school abroad or in a boarding school at home
  • Medical care

Payment for Services: Unless prior arrangements have been made, payment for your shipment must be received before the goods are moved to the port of exit. As soon as your shipment is prepared, you will be notified of the actual charges. Payment can be made by cashier's check, money order, cash or traveler's checks. A personal check will not be accepted. Corporate transferees will need a purchase order or letter of authorization from their company.

Payments to the destination agent and customs officials often are required to be in the currency of your new country. Any additional charges not included in your transportation cost - such as for extra deliveries, storage, duties, taxes, parking permits and access related expenses - must be paid to the destination agent prior to delivery.


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