In an international maritime move, you can send all types of personal belongings, furniture, household goods, cutlery, appliances, books, toys, clothes, music instruments, artworks, electronic devices, cars, motorbikes, and in general, any object that’s not flammable or dangerous.
Due to certain regulations of international shipping and those of each country, there are certain types of products that cannot be shipped in an international maritime move. This is regardless of whether you’re sending your household goods via FCL shipping or LCL shipping.
In general, you are prohibited from shipping:
Depending on your destination country, there may be additional restrictions. For example, certain countries may place additional restrictions on the maritime transportation of cars.
Also, keep in mind that you are not allowed to send goods from one country to another for commercial purposes in an international move. Should you wish to do so, it will be considered an import or export, and the legal and fiscal aspects and processes would be different.
This means that the person who is shipping the household goods in an international move must be the same person who’s there to receive them at destination.
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