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Steps to Reduce Security Risks During an International Move

Posted by Jim Retzer on Tue, Jun 24, 2014

country signsAs if international relocations weren’t complicated enough with the myriad of country-specific, cultural considerations – the security implications of moving to another country make the entire move even more complex.

As an employer moving one or more employees abroad, it’s critical to be mindful of and take steps to reduce the many security risks your employees face in an international move – like these mentioned below:

  • Conduct a thorough audit of household goods. Make sure to have a list of all the items that will be moved in each and every shipment. Most international moving companies will provide a complete inventory of items being moved. This helps provide accurate records for weight quotes. More importantly, it serves as a record of items being shipped for the household being relocated. This way, it’s easier to quickly identify objects that may be missing or tampered with.
  • Choose tamper-proof seals when packing. Speaking of tampering, when packing up certain household goods, consider using tamper-proof seals or tamper-proof tape so that unauthorized access can be easily identified. This is a great way to help transferees determine if their specified possessions have been tampered with during their move overseas.
  • Verify legalities and restrictions. From a customs perspective, there are many items that can be problematic when making international moves.

The following are among the top items that cause customs issues:

 Medications                                                                                              

 Plants

 Animal Products

 Cultural Antiquitiescustoms image

There are more. Be sure to ask the relocation company to provide a list of current restrictions and prohibitions for the specific country to which you will be relocating.

  • Expect heightened scrutiny depending on the country of origin. Diplomatic relations between nations have a significant impact on the level of scrutiny incoming items must endure. Countries make security measures for items crossing their borders according to these relationships – for better or for worse. Transferring employees should be aware and expect the possibility of greater scrutiny of some household goods and personal possessions.
  • Protect personal information. In the information age, information is universal currency. When relocating employees internationally, consider working with relocation specialists that work within the U.S. – E.U. Safe Harbor Frameworks are designed to prevent the unintentional loss or disclosure of personal information. Take care with tracking information for shipments; allow access to only the people who need this information.
  • Audit shipments while unpacking. This step doesn’t necessarily help prevent loss, theft, or exposure, but it does help movers quickly identify objects that are missing or may have been tampered with. This is where detailed inventories and audits prior to the move prove helpful.

There are many challenges in any employee relocation move, whether it’s down the street, to a new city, or to a new state. But moving from one country to the next opens a brand new scope of challenges. In addition to the logistics of the move, there are new cultures, customs, rules, import and export regulations, security concerns, and laws to learn and a short time to get them all down.

Dealing with the ins and outs of transferring employees across borders can be difficult in the best of situations. Simplify the process by hiring a reputable international relocation company to handle the details for you.

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