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Moving to South Korea is a step not to be taken lightly. Here are some tips which will help you in planning your move...

If you are planning to move to South Korea, take enough time to choose your carrier. It is an important step, not to be taken lightly. A removal expert should visit your home to assess the volume of belongings you wish to carry. You will have to specify which objects or goods require special care (special packaging). You also have to specify what you will do yourself (dis-assembly of furniture, packing dishes etc.). You can find international removal experts in yellow pages or on the internet.

Procedures

The quote must specify several key points:

  • address of departure - place of removal of goods
  • arrival address in South Korea
  • volume
  • type of transport
  • benefits of the carrier
  • price.

It is common to route your belongings directly to your new home. However, some carriers do not guarantee home delivery. Instead, your belongings will be delivered to a point of storage, which involves additional costs to repatriate these towards the final destination. You therefore have to seek information in advance on the transport and routing conditions.

It is important to make a comprehensive list of your belongings in order to establish a value statement. This document will allow you to set, in case of loss or damage to your property, compensation according to the damage. You must fill it yourself, specifying the overall value of your belongings and the value of some assets which could exceed the contractual value limit. An estimate cannot be established without this statement.

Accordingly, insurance will be offered by the carrier. This insurance generally covers non- predictable transport damage of your property according to the value specified in your statement. The insurance cost varies according to your property's total value. The removal company will give you an insurance certificate.

You will have to sign the consignment while loading and delivery of your business. This consignment contains the terms of the contract, the mode of transport, the volume of objects which will be transported, the customer's name and address as well as details of the shipping company etc. By signing this letter, you will be giving the green light mover to load your belongings till the end of the contract at the delivery.

 Important:

The carrier will handle all related paperwork on your behalf (customs clearance, etc.). For additional security, you can opt for an affiliate of the International Federation of International Movers.

 Good to know:

You are advised to check in advance with the South Korean Embassy or Consulate about international removal. You also have to be aware of specific provisions or to obtain information on banned products etc.

 Useful links:

FEDEMAC - Federation of European Movers www.fedemac.com
FIDI - The International Federation of International Movers www.fidi.org

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