Archive for the ‘Relocation Services’ Category

Relocating Your Pets Safely

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Beside your children or loved ones, your pets will be the most valuable and important thing you will be moving with you to your new home. Relocating to a new place can be difficult for animals, as they are not usually used to travel and may be uncomfortable with some of the conditions they will be forced to move in. A good way to alleviate their discomfort is to keep up as many routines as possible before the move. There is not such thing as preparing a pet mentally for a move, so give them as many of the usual comforts as you can.

Before the move occurs, make sure you have the proper equipment and plans in order to move your pets as safely as possible. Purchase a strong and sturdy transport carrier if you are going to be using a mode of transport that requires one, usually a plane. Plane travel is probably the least comfortable mode of transport for your pets, so make sure that you book a direct flight if at all possible. Make reservations for your flight far in advance and make sure you get full instructions and restrictions from the airline regarding their pet policies.

If you are moving by car things get a little easier. Cats should always be kept in a carrier during auto travel. You can buy special car harnesses for dogs at most pet stores. Stop frequently along the trip so that your pets can relieve themselves and get a little bit of exercise. Of course, never leave your pets unattended in the car or in the back of a moving van during hot summer months. Doing this can be very dangerous when temperatures can reach up to 120 degrees inside a vehicle.

Puerto Rico: Get Ready for the Caribbean

Friday, September 16th, 2011

If you live in Florida or elsewhere in the southeast U.S., you may already be familiar with what the climate is like in Puerto Rico. Those that have never been, however, should prepare for the drastic difference in climates between most of the U.S and the islands in the Caribbean. The truth is that the weather will be much better than what you are probably used to, but there are some things to watch out for if you are not familiar with a tropics.

Proper preparation and supplies for a tropical storm or hurricane are a must. Atlantic tropical storms are a constant presence in the Caribbean from about June to November every year. Preparations should include an emergency supply kit that contains first aid, water and enough food to last a few days if all other sources of food are cut off. You should also consider purchasing insurance against any kind of damage to your home or stuff inside your residence in case anything happens.

Relocating to Puerto Rico may also require a change of wardrobe. Temperatures and humidity average quite a bit higher than most of the continental U.S (highs are in the mid-80 degree range throughout the year). You will want to bring lots of light comfortable clothing and forget your winter coats at home. You will, however, need to bring plenty of rain gear as Puerto Rico has an annual rainfall around 50 inches, which is comparable to many areas of the south east U.S.

Save Money with Relocation Services

Monday, September 12th, 2011

One of the most daunting aspects of moving your family to a new home is the costs. There are the big costs such as moving trucks and the movers themselves, but there are also tons of little costs that we don’t even think about until we encounter them before we move. One of these costs is the coordination between moving services. Many van lines will not be able to offer a relocation of your household goods from your old front door to your new one. This may be because of remote locations or simply because only certain van lines reach certain areas. In order to account for this it is a good idea to consult with a relocation service that can coordinate multiple moving companies together to ensure that your stuff gets to your new home at an affordable price.

Another significant cost can be getting your vehicle or multiple vehicles to your new home. If there are more vehicles in the family than there are drivers there are a few options. First, you can tow one vehicle behind the other. When doing this you need to account for gas and for any type of trailer equipment. Two, you can use the services of a vehicle transportation company who can arrange to have your vehicle moved for you to your new home at an affordable price. If you are planning on flying to your new home, you may want to have all of your vehicles moved through a vehicle transportation service.

Using a relocation service for your international or domestic move does not just mean saving money, but time as well. By using the expertise and experience of a global relocation service you gain the knowledge and resources of people who have helped others move thousands of times. They know all the ins and outs of the industry and can get you the best deal when it comes to relocating your household goods or cargo.

Relocating to Puerto Rico

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Puerto Rico is a beautiful place, but relocating a business or household there can still offer many challenges and obstacles. The main challenges come from Puerto Rico being an island in the Caribbean Sea, which means cargo, goods, and vehicles need to be transported their by either boat or aircraft. Most customers will find that transporting their goods by boat will be the most cost effective option, but for those who need to expedite their relocation, Unipack offers expedited transport through aircraft.

Puerto Rico is a United States territory, so many of the laws and regulations are the same as in the continental states. Movers will find that things like voting and driving a vehicle are nearly identical to the systems found in states like California and New York. Puerto Rico does have it’s own tax system, but it is based on the U.S. Tax system. There is a sales tax of 5.5% and local municipalities have the option of adding up to an additional 1.5%.

Movers also need to be aware that Puerto Rico can impose taxes on goods entering the territory. Merchandise or articles arriving from the U.S. to be be sold, consumed, given away, or remain in Puerto Rico are subject to a 6.6% Puerto Rico excise tax that is calculated from the commercial invoice value. This is payable upon entry to Puerto Rico. Get a quote or contact Unipack associates to find out more information on your relocation to to this wonderful territory.

Relocation Services A la Carte

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Unipack provides its phased Relocation Process as part of three different packages depending on how much of the relocation process you want to outsource.

1. The relocation management company handles it all

2. The relocation management company provides the support structure and works closely with your HR staff or senior management

3. The relocation management company works in a limited capacity, accessing specific parts of the process and making recommendations for refinement to the in-house relocation process

4. One key benefit to working with a relocation management company is having a single point of contact for all relocation service providers. But if you’re happy with any or all of those providers, there’s no need to switch. From customized packages to turnkey solutions, Unipack works with you to keep every relocation low-stress for relocating employees, support staff and management.

FAQ on International Shipping

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

What do you need to know about shipping goods internationally? We’ve got a few common questions (and answers) here.

1. What is Ocean Freight?

Most goods shipped intercontinental are transported via sea vessel in containers. This is rarely the only component to international shipping however. A reference to ocean freight cost usually refers only to the cost associated with the actual ocean-crossing portion of the shipment. Transportation of the freight to and from container yards at the ports of origin and destination is provided by trucks and are not part of an ocean freight charge. (Depending upon the destination country, a freight transportation management service can provide assistance with inland transportation after the container is unloaded at the port as well.)

2. Surcharges in Ocean Freight

Additional charges included in an international ocean freight price quote will generally include basic sea freight charges to cover the port-to-port transportation, a fuel surcharge, security charges, documentation fees and container delivery charges.

3. What is a Container Yard (CY)?

A Container Yard (CY) is a facility at which loaded and empty freight containers are accepted for loading onboard vessels. Containers are also off-loaded and stored at CYs.

4. What is FOB?

FOB stands for Free on Board. It is used to indicate when liability and ownership of goods is transferred from a seller to a buyer. In international shipping, “FOB [name of originating port]” means that the seller (consignor) is responsible for transportation of the goods to the port of shipment and the cost of loading. The buyer (consignee) pays the costs of ocean freight, insurance, unloading, and transportation from the arrival port to the final destination. The seller passes the risk to the buyer when the goods are loaded at the originating port.

How to Define Culture

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Most folks have a very vague idea of what culture means when moving overseas. The term has become a buzzword, heard and spoken everywhere, repeated ad nauseum in every medium, with little understanding. In vague, general terms it’s what makes “them” different from “us.” It’s language, customs, food, art, music architecture, and lifestyle. And that is all true; these are certainly part and parcel of what we call culture. But there’s more to it than that

There are a number of social sciences that actually define and study culture: anthropology and sociology are the two most commonly known. There are also the very specialized fields of Intercultural Communication, Cultural Psychology, Sociolinguistics and Cultural Anthropology which each deal profoundly with various aspects of culture. Among these sciences and studies there are over 500 definitions of culture. One that is simple and often used is:

Culture is all learned behavior.

Learned behavior consists of everything that would not be considered instinct. For example, all human beings have the natural instinct to find food and eat. However, the way a specific group chooses to do that, what they choose to eat, is culture, not instinct. Animals operate solely on instinct and supposedly have no culture, though that assumption has come into question.

The concept of culture is often initially taught in beginning anthropology and sociology courses using the “cultural iceberg:”

Think of an iceberg in the water. There’s a part of the iceberg you can see above the water line. The part that is above the water, represents all the visible components of culture: art forms, music, foods, food customs, funerary customs, tools and technology, dress, religious customs, objects and artifacts, and a host of others. Under the water is the part you can’t see, which is basically composed of beliefs, values, philosophy, worldview, perceptions and ways of thinking. This part of the iceberg obviously supports the part above the water. Which part of the iceberg is the largest? Obviously, it’s the invisible part and this is exactly what you run up against when you experience so called culture shock, culture bumps, and cultural conflict. A culture bumpis any specific experience in which someone experiences dissonance, discomfort, or a problem due to a cultural difference. The person involved may think that the problem is due to a visual component of culture, but most often it’s what you don’t see or understand that causes the problem, i.e. the invisible part of the iceberg. What’s more, most of our own culture is unconscious and we are not totally aware of our culture’s core beliefs and philosophies because we have internalized these so deeply, and accepted them as reality and truth.