@lowellmk Good Afternoon. Many of your questions are only answerable on an individual basis because it has to do with shipping destinations, size of load etc. I did get in just under the wire before the rules changed this year.
1. Before moving I actually narrowed down and got quotes from I think at least 6 shipping forwarders several months prior to moving knowing the quotes would expire and have to be re-quoted (some estimate with a zoom, some with an in person visit). Quotes are usually good for about 30-45 days. That way I got a feel for the movers, prices and who I wanted to hire. I actually ended up firing the forwarder I hired 2 weeks before moving and used my back up forwarder (THE BEST). The forwarder has relationships with a local mover where ever you live and the destination agent in Portugal. So you are actually evaluating all three of those entities (forwarder, local moving company and destination agent) and I will tell you my investigation found they were not all equal. More info to put in here but that is a synopsis.
2. The shipper will recommend shipping options based on how much you have and how much you can/want to spend. I had a 20' container for a 2bdr apartment because it was cheaper than all the other options. An added cost is the amount of insurance you want to add to your load. There is usually a minimum.
3. This varies according to the season, port traffic and/or any other obstacles. Moving in strict covid times had many delays, I don't know about now. My container actually cleared in 5 days. I know some people who's took 3 weeks and there can be extra port charges involved with that.
4. I believe most companies will quote you anywhere from 7-12 weeks.
5. Yes, the destination agent, they were beyond excellent. The day after my container cleared customs they delivered it to my home even though they don't deliver on Saturdays because they didn't want me to have to wait an extra week. They were in Sintra, me in Viseu a 3 hour drive and they arrived on time at 8 am. Amazing.
6. Impossible to answer for you. Depends on your load. I have heard of quotes anywhere from $5k-40,000.
7. Can't answer that. I did not have one, not one broken item. I have heard horror stories though and a lot depends on the insurer I think.
8. You will need to get an EIN number. You will have to get a baggage certificate and local documentation of residence with your NIF. The baggage certificate is obtained through the US Portuguese consulate and mailed to your US address. Many accountants will do the EIN number for you but it is also easy to do online.
Unequivocal recommendation for this company. They are in the middle of the US. I moved from California. Tell her Roberta sent you.
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