The costs for hiring an international mover in 2023

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Published on 2023-02-07 at 10:48
It's no secret that times have changed. The cost of fuel, goods, and services has increased, and the costs of hiring an international mover have gone up. The good news is there are ways to reduce the cost of your move, and knowing what to expect will help with planning and budgeting. So if you dream of moving abroad and want to know how much you'll need to plan for, read on.

What's the average cost of hiring an international mover?

Hiring an international mover will average $2500 to $12,000. The size of your move, destination country, and service will be the most significant cost factors. Additionally, the time of year and international mover you choose can affect the cost of your move. 

How to save money on your move

Below are five steps you can take to reduce the cost of your overseas move: 

  • Declutter: Moving overseas is a great time to purge. It will also help reduce the cost of your overseas move. Go room by room and donate, sell, or throw away anything you can live without. 
  • Self-PackSelf-packing will help you save about 10% on the overall cost, but it can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. It's best to speak with your international mover about the details. 
  • ServiceDue to cost, ocean shipping is the most common transport method. It's economical, and you can pick it up from a local port which will help save you money. 
  • Time of yearSometimes we can't choose when we move, but if you can, moving during the winter is the cheapest time of year. 
  • MoverLook for a reputable international mover with experience shipping household goods to your country of choice. They will have a better deal on shipping costs, and you will have a better experience. 

Follow these steps, and you will be on your way to saving money on international moving costs

Other costs to consider when hiring an international mover

Below is a list of additional costs to consider when hiring an international moving company: 

  • Insurance: You should strongly consider insurance when moving overseas. The insurance cost can range from 2% to 4% of your household good's declared value. 
  • Storage: Most international moving companies offer storage at the place of origin or destination. The cost for storage will range from 50 cents to $1 per cubic foot per month. 
  • Special handling: You can pay up to $300 to $500 for bulky items like pianos, cars, or large safes. 
  • Crating If you're shipping fragile items like painting or a marble tabletop, you may need crating, which can average $200 to $500. 
  • Long-carryThere may be a long-carry fee if you live in an apartment or hard-to-reach location. The cost will average $75 to $200, one time. 

Make sure you discuss your move's details with the international mover of your choice. The more information they have, the easier the moving process will be. 

What's the cost of transporting my car overseas? 

You can ship a car in the same container as your household goods or as a stand-alone service. Sending a single vehicle will cost $1200 to $3500. The service will be the most significant cost factor. Below are the different shipping options from least to most expensive: 

  • Cheapest: Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) is the most affordable way to transport a car overseas. However, it's a port-to-port service that will require the dropoff and pickup of your vehicle. 
  • Moderate: A shared container service is a great way to reduce the cost of shipping while having your car containerized. Most international moving companies offer consolidation services. 
  • Expensive: Shipping your vehicle in a sole container can be costly. However, it's the recommended service if you have a high-end or classic car. 
  • Very expensive: If you're in a hurry to get your car, air shipping is the quickest mode of transportation, but it comes at a cost. It can be double or even triple the cost of ocean shipping. 

If you're shipping household goods and a car, you can have them in the same container. You will pay for loading, blocking, and bracing of your vehicle. The additional cost will average $500 to $800.

Is pet transportation expensive?

Depending on the size and breed of your pet, plus factors like travel documents, quarantine requirements, and airline regulations, the cost will range from $1500 to $2500.But don't worry, no matter how far-flung their new home is; there are ways to ensure you get them there safely and affordably. 


Although international moving costs increased in 2023, there are ways to help reduce the cost. It's best to start the process early and seek international movers with experience shipping to your destination country.

Here at International Van Lines, we offer international moving services to over 140 countries. We maintain one of the best reputations in the industry for making the process seamless, affordable, and easy!

If you're looking for a moving quote, complete an online form or call us at 855-392-8155! We wish you the best of luck and look forward to helping you on your new journey!