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What To Consider When Moving Your Business Overseas

Business has been a global affair ever since the invention of international travel, where companies of all kinds now have the potential to expand across the world. Today we have superfast planes and trains to connect us with our global neighbours, where the powers of online communication make it easier than ever to conduct business on an international scale.


Whether you’re opening a new branch or moving your premises overseas, there are lots of logistical considerations to bear in mind to ensure a smooth transition. There may be difficulties to address when it comes to shipping the contents of your office to a new country, where you also have to consider various other travel restrictions and limitations.


Read on to find out more about what you need to do when moving your business overseas.

Customs Regulations

Before packing up and shipping out, it is vital that you research the customs regulations in place at your destination. This is particularly important if you’re planning to relocate electrical equipment or other potentially hazardous goods. You may need to apply for special permissions or call in ahead of time to ensure a smooth journey.

Transporting Goods

Another important part of your move will involve transporting office furniture, paperwork and other essential items overseas. You may wish to consider whether shipping your contents is a cheaper alternative than air travel, where you will also need to find effective packaging solutions to protect fragile goods during transit.

Visas & Permits

When moving your business overseas, it is vital to ensure that your workforce is cleared to travel abroad. You may need to apply for visas and permits, where it is important to ensure that everyone has the correct travel documents to hand before you set off. Other considerations such as accommodation for your staff should also be arranged ahead of time.

Settling In

Once you arrive at your new premises, you should allow for some time to get settled in. There may be variations in business culture to consider as you proceed, where you should endeavour to explore your new surroundings and research any relevant customs to help your company to flourish. You should also adequately prepare your team for potential language barriers or changes in the climate that may affect daily business practice.

Burton & Smith: International Removals You Can Trust

At Burton & Smith, we provide a range of thorough international relocation services, where our team can assist with transportation, insurance and documentation to help make the whole process as easy as possible. Get in touch with us today to find out more about moving overseas with your business.

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