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Relocation to Saudi Arabia is a big step forward; here are a few guidelines to keep in mind once you decide to move there.

Once you decide to make the big move to Saudi Arabia, make sure you put aside enough time to prepare beforehand. Depending on your situation, you may decide to ship some or all of your personal items, such as furniture, sporting goods, appliances etc.

If you decide that you want to bring everything you own with you, take time to look into a removal company. A good removal company can make a world of a difference. Getting a consultation on how their process works, quotes and shipping estimates, delivery times, overall customer service, and reviews from other customers should all be considered. Try to get recommendations on carrier/mover companies that have a good reputation. A quick online search can help find you the best-suited company. You can also get a quote here.

Things to consider when using a carrier/removal company:

  • Origin address – where removers will pack and load your belongings
  • Destination address in Saudi Arabia – where removers will unload your belongings, and if they will deliver it to your home address in Saudi, or at a storage unit
  • Volume and weight of your items
  • Types of transportation (by air, train, truck, ship)
  • Nature of the services, terms and conditions, insurance damage
  • Prices and payment plans

It’s a good idea to look for companies that have previous experience shipping to Saudi Arabia. They will be more experienced in dealing with the process and the specific country requirements.

You may decide to not move all your belongings with you and this also should be prepared for beforehand. Choosing to start fresh and leaving all your belongings behind is common and may occur for some of these reasons:

  • Cost-effective: It may make more sense for your budget to sell everything you own and/or keep your belongings in your home country, perhaps in storage.
  • Availability: You can find everything you may want or need in Saudi Arabia. Also, thanks to the internet you can order pretty much everything as well. However, bear in mind that certain items might be prohibited from entering Saudi Arabia.

Carrier/ Shipping

If you’ve decided that you are going to use a carrier or shipping company, then there are a few things to keep in mind that will simplify the process:

Make a List

Make a comprehensive list of everything you own. List the item, note all the details, and include the value of the item. This will be needed in case of any loss/damage. A declaration of value will need to be completed to establish the overall value of your belongings.

Damage insurance

Your company will provide an option for insurance; it is advisable that you purchase a plan with good coverage. Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully to ensure that you understand what it entails.

Waybill

 Finally, you must sign the waybill before loading and after delivery of your belongings. The waybill is a document that specifies the terms and conditions of the contract, the mode of transportation, the volume or weight carried by the removal company, and the name and address of both the customer and the carrier. By signing the waybill, you definitely agree to these terms and conditions and give permission to the removal company to go ahead.

 Important:

Your carrier company will handle any custom and duties. This includes any paperwork that may need to be completed.

 Useful links:

FEDEMAC - Federation of European Movers
FIDI - International Federation of International Removers

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