Using an unlicensed freight forwarder when you’re moving internationally. Access the list of licensed freight forwarders (OTI - Ocean Transportation Intermediaries) on the Federal Maritime commission’s website.(Read: Why your NVOCC should be FMC-licensed)
Failing to read the contract/estimate before signing or paying for the overseas move. Read the fine print!
Not having all the required documents to facilitate your ocean freight shipment
Not knowing the import rules and regulations of your destination country
Not understanding the difference between the two types of insurance: At Risk and Total Loss
Not having a reputable destination shipping agent
Not being sure whether the truck picking up/delivering your belongings can access your street or building
Not doing enough research. Find people that have experienced similar international moves. Look for information on the internet; there are plenty of useful resources available online!