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Preparing for the Move

When you and your family finally decide to move to Kuwait, there are a few things you should keep in the back of your mind.

Nothing is easy when it comes to relocating. Kuwait, or any Middle East country, does present its own set of unique challenges. Before moving to Kuwait, you may want to consider the following:

One Month before Move

  • Ensure you have all your travel documents and they're up-to-date.
  • Bring suitable clothing for the season of the year you're travelling. Ladies should dress modestly. Women are not required to cover their hair.
  • Ensure your vaccines are up-to-date.
  • Have a medical and dental check-up.
  • If you're transferring during the summer, start several weeks out preparing your body for the extreme heat by drinking lots of fluids.
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up-to-date.
  • Get yourself an International Drivers License.
  • Take a defensive driving course.
  • Ensure your health insurance is up-to-date.
  • Buy yourself a cheap cell phone when you arrive in Kuwait. Not all homes/apartments are equipped with landlines. Calling anywhere outside Kuwait is extremely expensive, regardless of when you call.
  • Consider purchasing a vehicle in Kuwait, rather than shipping one. The rule of thumb when buying a vehicle: Put lots of metal between yourself and other drivers. Bigger is better. Gasoline is extremely cheap and plentiful, so driving a massive SUV is quite common.

Two Weeks before Move

  • Purchase several three prong electrical adaptors, if you're coming from the USA or European countries that don't use a three prong electric plug. Voltage in Kuwait is 220/240.
  • Bring a laptop with Skype pre-installed. Although it's illegal, those with an active Skype account will be able to use it.
  • If you're travelling with pets, consult your vet on what vaccines your pet needs to have.
  • Makes sure you ATM card will function in Kuwait. Contact your bank so they're aware of your location, should you chose not to close your bank account back home.
  • Bring sufficient funds to support you until you have established a bank account or other financial means to support yourself.
  • Reconfirm your trip with your airline.

One Week before Move

  • Coordinate closely with your movers as to what is permissible and what isn't permissible to bring with you to Kuwait.
  • Depending on where you're moving from, arrival of your household goods can take up to eight weeks. In some cases, longer transit periods are possible.
  • Ensure your packers don't ship any prohibited items. Most moving companies have an up-to-date list of what can and can't be shipped. Pork products, guns, ammunition, and especially alcohol (of any amount) are ILLEGAL.
  • Once your shipment arrives at the port, expect to have to wait several days before your shipment clears Kuwaiti Customs. In many cases (diplomats excluded) all shipments will be opened and thoroughly inspected for contraband.

Understand Pricing

The price of moving depends on the how much is being moved, the value of the goods, and the distance to be moved. If possible, ship only the truly indispensable items and try to buy when you arrive to abate some of the cost.

Shipping Size

Basic shipping costs are calculated on the amount of volume (Cubic Feet) that your packed goods will take up in one of our shipping containers. Volume is calculated by multiplying the length x depth x height.

An example would be a full size refrigerator/freezer that is 3 feet (.91 meters) wide, 2 feet (.6 meters) deep, and 6 feet (1.8 meters) high would be 36 cubic feet (1.01940 m3).
20 foot (6 meters) container total cubic capacity = 1172 cubic feet (33.2 m3)
40 foot container (12 meters) container total cubic capacity = 2392 cubic feet (67.7 m3)
A standard 2 to 3 bedroom house or condo should fit into 1 x 20ft container. A larger 4 to 5 bedroom house would need 1 x 40ft container. One benefit of a larger shipment is that the greater the overall volume for shipment, the lower the rate per cubic foot, and vice versa.

Distance

Removal cost also depends on the point of origin and final destination. Certain regions are expensive despite a shorter distance. For instance, Europe tends to be relatively expensive to ship to. A full load from the UK to Spain can cost £5000. For comparison, a full load from the UK to Australia is £6700.

Miscellaneous Costs

Note that the final price is almost always more expensive than even the best estimates. Be knowledgeable about basic costs and budget a buffer between what you think it will cost and what you can pay.

Shipping Options:  Sea or Air

The two basic options are to go by sea or by air. Most companies offer these options, so inquire about the price difference and decide which method is best for you.

Sea

To move by sea takes about 6-8 weeks, but costs less than traveling by air. If moving by sea, your household goods will be packed into containers that are usually loaded at your residence. Once your home is packed into the containers, they are then shipped by rail or transport to the port where they are then loaded on to a steamship container. The container is then loaded on the boat as cargo. Once your goods have arrived in the new country, the container is unloaded and must pass through customs.   All cargo arriving at Shuwaikh Port will be thoroughly inspected by Kuwaiti Customs officials. The inspection process may include unpacking every box within your container to ensure no alcoholic beverages, pork products, Israeli goods, firearms or other prohibited items enter the country. International movers will be able to help you with the custom forms and are responsible for clearing your goods.

Just getting the necessary documents together for customs clearance can take several days. You can expect heat damage for containers arriving in the summer months, due to containers sitting in the open air for several days.

Air

Moving household items by air is becoming increasingly popular, despite a much higher price tag. Heavy cardboard boxes are normally used to pack your goods, although some air freight companies will use containers. You may find that shipping items by air is less expensive than renting a furnished place or living in a hotel.

Airfreight is calculated on either the actual gross weight of the consignment or the volume weight, whichever is the greater. Weight is expressed in kilograms. To calculate the volume weight of a given item we multiply the length, breadth and height in centimeters and divide by 6000 to obtain the volume weight in kilos. For household goods the volume weight generally exceeds the gross weight.

Finding a Reputable Company

Try to find feedback from people who have used the company. While online reviews can easily be found by using Google to research a company or speaking with people you know can yield the best results. Friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family can all be a valuable resource. Ask around to find out which companies have the reputation as the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Basic Questions to ask during your Meeting:

  • How long has your company been in business? While a new company isn't necessarily a bad choice, experience is valuable.
  • What is your safety record?
  • Can you put me in touch with former customers? Good tour companies should have no problem supplying references.
  • What is the full company name, address, phone number, and website?
  • What equipment do you provide? How many movers am I guaranteed?
  • Can I see proof of your local/interstate/international moving license and insurance?
  • What paperwork is necessary? Do they handle customs for all items?
  • What is your cancellation and refund policy?

It is advisable to get at least three estimates in writing. A verbal agreement is not enforceable, so make sure to have the estimate and details written down. By comparing multiple estimates, you will find what an average price for your move will really be, and find a company that best matches your expectations. It will also inform you of the different offers and advantages different companies offer. This can provide you room to negotiate with the company of your choice.


Update 26/05/2013

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