International Move Management

Overview   |   The Process   |   Value Protection   |   File a Claim

Download the Atlas International Brochure

Download the Atlas International
"This is the process..." Brochure
(pdf 1.1MB)


The Atlas Passport is your easy-to-use relocation planning guide.

It gives you step-by-step instructions so you avoid last-minute surprises and delays. It also gives you essential information for a smooth transition in your new host country.

There are the 9 critical processes in an international move:


1. Planning: Create your action plan with Atlas International, using the Atlas Passport easy planning tool.
2. The Moving Estimate: Our local, qualified Atlas agent conducts a pre-move survey at your home to prepare the most accurate estimate possible. International estimates are quoted as a door-to-door, all-inclusive rate. Rates are quoted either per hundred pounds, or a flat rate per container.
3. Packing: Atlas professional packers prepare your shipment for safe international transport. They provide all materials and employ industry-proven techniques for international shipment.
4. High-Value Items: Atlas professional packers take special care of your high-value items. We document them and place security seals on the cartons – an added measure of protection.
5. Loading: Once your goods are packed, your Atlas agent may load them into wooden shipping containers called lift vans. These containers measure approximately seven feet by four feet by seven feet. For larger shipments, Atlas may load the entire household directly into a 40-foot or 20-foot steel ocean container at your residence.
6. To the Port: Atlas transports your shipment to the port of departure.
7. Ocean or Air Transportation: At the port of departure, Atlas places your containerized shipment onto the ocean vessel or aircraft for international transport.
8. Customs Clearance: at the port of arrival your household goods shipment is processed by the destination customs authority and is cleared for transfer to the qualified destination agent carefully selected by Atlas.
9. Delivery: The Atlas International destination agent delivers your household goods and unpacks them at your new residence. Or, your shipment is delivered into storage until you are ready to receive your goods.

How to get the most accurate estimate for your move:

During the pre-move survey, follow these 5 guidelines:

  • Before the estimator arrives, decide which items you intend to ship and what you want to store.
  • Take the estimator to every part of your home – even the attic and crawl space.
  • Point out items that need special handling or crating.
  • Show which items you want to ship by sea, those to ship by air, and those intended for storage.
  • Explain to the estimator what special access considerations may apply at your new residence (stairs? elevator? narrow street?)

"I wanted to say a big thank you to Atlas! Your attention to every detail and support throughout this process was greatly appreciated."

– L.R., Boston to Zurich

International Estimate:

Just tell us where you are relocating to start your free international moving estimate.


News and Events

Stay up to date with the latest happenings at Atlas Van Lines International.

Upcoming Events
Combined Logistics Networks Conference

March 1-4

AMSA 97th Annual Conference & Expo

March 20-23
New Orleans, LA

Atlas 49th Annual Forum

April 21-22
Chicago, IL