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Moving across the border involves a unique set of circumstances especially for individuals yet to change residences from the different country. If, for instance, you are moving internationally from Japan to another country, moving across the border is synonyms with moving overseas because Japan is surrounded by ocean. However, if you are, for example, moving to another country within Europe or moving from the USA to Canada, you are not going across the ocean although you are moving internationally. When you are moving internationally to a nearby country, even if you are not travelling for a great distance by sea or airplane, it is not ideal to show up at the nearest border crossing with a van full of household possessions, mattresses, clothes, and kitchenware and expect to slide through as if you were taking a weekend shopping trip.


Below are few things to consider when planning your exciting new move:


If your documentation is not in line, it doesn’t matter how well you’ve prepared for everything else in the process. There is need to complete the necessary forms for moving between borders. Things always run smoother with no hassle when you’ve correct and updated paperwork. Make sure you’ve your passport or your Global Entry card when you cross the border.



There are obviously what you can and cannot carry across the border on any trip such as prohibited goods, firearms, explosives, fireworks and ammunition, currency and monetary instruments, Goods subject to import controls and much more.



Most cases, things will move slowly, or the paperwork will seem clumsy but remember the terrific numbers goods and people that cross the border every day, and there needs to be a system in place to track it all.



Before you go across the border, ensure to check with your cell phone provider to understand their international programs you might need to take advantage of. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to just turn your phone off for the day if you’re not going to stay for a long period.



Dogs and cats that are at least three months old need a signed and dated certificate from a certified veterinarian confirming that they have a current vaccination against rabies. This certificate must identify the animal in your possession. If your pet appears unwell, a veterinary health certificate prepared within the last 30 days may be requested at the border.



Even with all of your updated forms and documents, you may still be required to “pull over” for a comprehensive inspection. In fact, you should expect this. The easier you avail yourself for the border patrol to inspect your possessions, the easier it will be to get back on the road. If you’re packing your goods for shipping across the border, you’ll need to make sure that every carton, box, and crate has been identified with its contents in big bold letters on the top of each casing. If you have experienced international moving from other parts of the world such as Japan or Europe, you may have prepared a document called packing slip. Very similarly you need to show what is inside the packages although you do not have to make a separate document. If it’s a box containing silverware, label it accordingly and so forth. If the box contains fragile items, ensure to make it bold enough. Also, ensure you do not place anything on the top that may scratch or gets damaged if customs officers have to slice open tape for a closer look. The possibility of them not exercising the same care in opening your possessions as you arranged it is to be expected.


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