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Packing for an International Move

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While the idea of packing for an international move on your own belongings is tempting, it should be left to our professional international movers. We have the experience, expertise, and moving supplies to protect your goods from the extra stress of international air and sea shipments. Additionally, we can help you adhere to the stringent shipping requirements and security measures in the current global environment.

Here are some of the tools, moving supplies, and moving boxes your Lile international movers will be using to pack your belongings.

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Tools, Materials & Moving Supplies

  • Unprinted newspaper and tissue paper (newspaper ink can soil and even damage some items)
  • 2″ plastic tape (to assemble and close cartons)
  • Utility knife and scissors
  • Permanent markers

Types of Moving Boxes

  1. 1.5 cu. ft. box (book box)
    Use for heavy or dense items, including books, records, shoes, canned goods, kitchen canisters, small appliances, and hand or power tools.

  2. 3 cu. ft. box
    General-purpose size. Suitable for toys, lampshades, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, etc.

  3. 4.5 and 6 cu. ft. boxes
    For large, lightweight items such as pillows, bedding, and toys. Do not overload these moving boxes.

  4. Stand-Up Wardrobe
    They have a bar for hanging clothes, curtains, and draperies. The bottom does not support weight, so do not pack other items in the bottom of these cartons. Lay-down style wardrobe moving boxes are also available.

  5. Dishpacks
    These boxes are made especially for carrying dishes, with available cell dividers for transporting dishes, glasses, bowls, and other kitchenware. It is also suitable for lamps, small pictures, knick-knacks, and light appliances.

  6. Mirror Boxes
    Telescoping, large and small sizes. Provides extra protection for mirrors, large pictures, and glass tabletops.

  7. Mattress Boxes
    Available in crib, twin, standard, double, and queen/king sizes.

  8. Custom Crates
    Wooden crates can be custom-built in various sizes. These crates are ideal for marble, large glass table tops, chandeliers, antiques, statuary, trophies, and other large, bulky, or delicate items requiring extra protection.

  9. Padding
    Padding is available for furniture and any large items. All non-packed or crated items will be padded using the highest quality materials available on the market today.

Packing the Professional Way

Lile’s packing staff can ensure your belongings are safe and secure for your move.

Here’s how we go about packing the right way:

  • All packing materials, moving supplies, and cartons will be new
  • All china, glass, and crystal will be individually wrapped prior to packing
  • Cartons will be taped across the top, bottom, and all sides
  • All rugs and carpets will be rolled and wrapped
  • The customer’s name, room, and contents will be marked on each carton

All items not suitable for packing will be padded for transport. These items include furniture, large bulky pieces, and large appliances. Such items are paper padded, and where items require additional protection, double wrapping, and crating may be used.

Proper padding requires the following steps:

  • All furniture will be dismantled if appropriate
  • All hardware (nuts and bolts) will be placed in plastic bags before being put in the master hardware moving box
  • All furniture will be wrapped in a minimum 3-ply paper pad
  • Corner pads will be used to provide additional protection
  • All paper pad seams will be sealed using export vinyl tape
  • Skeleton or full crates will be used on awkward or fragile pieces

Getting the Most for Your Money

In determining the cost of your shipment, we consider its density – the combination of its weight and cubic volume. Large, odd-shaped items decrease space efficiency and increase the cubic volume of your shipment. So, to minimize the cubic volume and help keep your costs down, certain items may not make sense to take.

For example:

  • Rattan/wicker
  • Large quantities of disposable diapers
  • Large plastic outdoor children’s toys

Talk with your Lile international moving company representative if you have questions about particular items. Call us at 888-507-6304 or complete our online quote form to set up your international moving survey with one of our professional moving consultants. 

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