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Planning Your Perfect Move

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Shadowman39, Lego House

Shadowman39, Lego House

 

The responsibility of moving your life and household belongings to the other side of the world can seem overwhelming, but with careful planning and the right international removals company by your side, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you first feared.

So how do you go about planning the perfect move? Giving yourself plenty of time, if the move allows, is one way to make it a little smoother. Even before you’ve got your visas confirmed, at PSS International Removals we recommend using our free, no obligation, removal quote service. We can also send one of our experienced estimators to visit you free of charge, ideally between 3 to 6 months before your intended departure. It’s quick and simple to organise, with either a free online international removals quote or a free estimators appointment.

If you’re planning to send either part or all of your household contents overseas, this is classified as a removal. This can range from just one wardrobe and 20 cartons, a lounge suite and 40 cartons, right up to a full household move including all your furniture and effects such as beds, tables and chairs, curtains etc. Consolidating the household contents and your car inside one container is also classed as a removal.

At PSS we can help you pack or you can do this yourself. Either way, once you’ve agreed to the quote, we will assign you a move coordinator who has extensive knowledge of the international removals business, and will be able to help you every step of the way. They’ll draw up a list of goods that you are taking with you and base your quote and the move on this list. It’s not fixed and you can change your mind along the way, but it gives everyone something to work with.

No move is without risks, but at PSS we adhere to the highest international standards. These include, FAIM Accreditation, which is only independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry; Membership of the FIDI Global Alliance, which sets a quality benchmark for its members; Membership of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group. BAR OVERSEAS is covered by the I.M.M.I. Advance payment guarantee scheme for your financial protection.

As the moving date looms you’ll probably have plenty of questions and at PSS we can help with these too. If you want to know about putting your pet into quarantine or what you can and can’t take with you, we’ll be able to point you in the right direction. We’ll also be on hand if you’re concerned about what documentation you need for customs checks or how to arrange shipment protection. If you’ve thought about it, PSS probably have too. If we don’t know, we will find out.

If you’ve agreed to pack your own goods, PSS will send over everything you need to make sure your belongings are carefully stored for the duration of the journey. You’ll be given boxes, cartons and protective wrap. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pack as it always takes longer than you think. Finish one room at a time, giving yourself deadlines along the way. There is nothing worse than throwing everything in at the last minute. Careful planning means you’ll minimise the stress of the removals lorry arriving while you’re still organising boxes.

On removals day, PSS will arrive at an agreed time and begin to put your belongings onto the container. If we are doing the packing, a team will arrive to carefully wrap and store everything correctly. Once the removal is complete you’ll be given a list of what’s gone and then the container will return to the depot or onto the demarkation port. This will be the last you see of your belongings until they arrive at your new destination.

Hopefully by using PSS International Removals the process will have been as stress free as possible. Bon Voyage!

If you are considering a move overseas PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

A PSS guide to customs restrictions

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Kidical Mass | September 2010 | Robots www.slokidicalmass.org

Kidical Mass | September 2010 | Robots www.slokidicalmass.org

When you choose to move abroad there are many decisions to make about what you take with you to your new home and what you leave behind. In some instances, what you leave behind will be determined by the restrictions imposed by the customs department of the country to which you are relocating. Each location is vastly different so it’s worth having a look at all the relevant information before starting to pack. In all instances countries have strict laws on the import/export of illegal goods, weapons and drugs. You’ll also need to declare certain limits on currency, alcohol and cigarettes.

To make things easier we have put together a list for our two most popular destinations and looked at what they’ll be looking out for in your crated belongings.

Australia:

There are a vast range of goods that Australian customs are interested in, many of which reflect their concerns about the importation of pests and diseases into the country.

Items that need to be declared at customs include:

Furnishings included: Dried plant products such as hats and bags, beads, mats and rugs. Commercially manufactured instruments including pianos.

Wooden items included: Furniture e.g. bamboo, banana leaf, cane, rattan, timber, water hyacinth, wicker, willow or furniture parts. Picture frames.

Kitchen equipment included: Dried / dehydrated food item and all fresh foods. Flat-packed kitchens, large kitchen equipment such as fridges and wooden goods including chopping boards and bowls.

Sporting goods and playground equipment included: Bicycles, hockey sticks, golf clubs, swings, trampolines. Sporting footwear, wetsuits and fish equipment.

For the complete list visit:

http://www.agriculture.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/aqis/travel/upe-packing-tips.pdf

For more information about customs:

http://www.border.gov.au

 New Zealand:

In New Zealand there is also concern that new diseases will be brought into the country so they too have a list of goods they may inspect on arrival.

Items that need to be declared at customs include:

Food included: Fresh or dried fruit, vegetables, mushrooms or fungi. Any meat, fish, shellfish or poultry. Ingredients used in cooking, all milk products, cheese, eggs or egg products, and milk based baby foods.

Wooden items included: Drums, items stuffed with seeds or straw, made from bamboo, cane, coconut or straw.

Outdoor equipment included: Camping gear, sports equipment, hiking boots and any other footwear contaminated with soil, seeds or water.

Grooming and veterinary equipment included: Bee-keeping equipment, saddles, bridles, bird cages and pet beds.

Gardening equipment and outdoor furniture included: Spades, shovels and footwear such as wellington boots. BBQ’s.

For a complete list visit: http://www.mpi.govt.nz/travel-and-recreation/arriving-in-new-zealand/goods-clearance/household-goods-and-personal-effects/

For information about New Zealand’s customs service visit: http://www.customs.govt.nz/Pages/default.aspx

Other Popular Destinations:

For more information about what can be brought into Canada visit: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/travellers/what-can-i-bring-into-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990

For South Africa: http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Customs-Excise/Travellers/Pages/Prohibited-and-Restricted-goods.aspx

PSS International removals are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

International Removals – The Easy Way

 

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Whether you’re taking your entire household belongings with you when you move abroad or just a car and a few boxes, PSS International Removals offer a streamlined service, at competitive rates. Is your move happening quickly? No problem. Time is not an issue for PSS. We can send your goods through our express service, taking the stress-free approach to moving thousands of miles away.

So how do you go about arranging your removal service? Getting a quote for the shipment couldn’t be easier. First you need to visit the PSS website www.pssremovals.com and pick from one of the many options available, be it International Removals, Excess Baggage or Car Shipping. You will receive a competitive quote within 60 seconds. Alternatively you can speak to one of our Baggage Consultants to talk through your requirements. Call 0800 988 3711 for more information. There is even an option on the website to request a call back.

Excess baggage is easy to accommodate and especially handy if you just have a few boxes of belongings you want to take with you. The boxes come in different sizes and we can also arrange for unusually shaped items such as guitars and skis to be shipped separately. This is a great value option for smaller shipments. No need to pay for a container when all you need is partial space within it.

If you are sending a full or part household we will call you to arrange, a free, no obligation home survey. A consultant will then arrive to run through the whole process, informing you of how our service works and what to expect from moving day. Once the booking is finalised you will be allocated a PSS Move Manager who will request all the relevant paperwork and arrange the shipping details.

When it comes to removal day, our team will arrive to collect your cartons (if you’ve decided to pack for yourself) or start packing your goods, if this is the service you’ve chosen. They will also use a customs seal on your packages. This means that your container will not be opened until it arrives at your destination.

Once loaded onto the lorry, your goods will be driven to a UK port, where the documentation and customs seal will be checked before being loaded onto the vessel. After arrival in the new country, the goods may need to be checked by the official authorities, who will clear goods if they do not contravene agricultural, forestry or fisheries laws in the destination.

Soon after you arrive in your new home, PSS will call to arrange the delivery of your goods to the location of your choice. It really couldn’t be any easier.

For more information about PSS International Removals and our services contact us now at https://www.pssremovals.com

You can also watch this brief video to understand a little more about how PSS International Removals can help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXPZaiLpd1U

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

What’s more PSS International Removals are fully bonded members of the British Association of Removers (BAR Overseas), IMMI (International Movers Mutual Insurance), FIDI (Global alliance) we have also been awarded with FAIM accreditation which is the international removal industries quality standard.

 

 

 

 

Do-It-Yourself Removals

 

 

Zee, The Arcade Photography Contest - Zuleicca Resident

Zee, The Arcade Photography Contest – Zuleicca Resident

 

For useful articles and tips on moving to other countries and life as an expat, please like the PSS International Removals Facebook page and follow the Twitter profile

You might be emigrating to Australia, Canada or Singapore or starting a new job in Thailand or Malaysia. Wherever you’re going you’ll want to take some, if not all, of your possessions with you. Moving out of one country and onto another brings with it a set of costs that includes the removal of your worldly belongings.

While some may choose to have all their belongings packed and shipped by professionals on their behalf, there is an alternative for those with a tighter budget. If you don’t mind packing your goods yourself, PSS International Removals offer an alternative. Our ‘You Pack, We Ship’ service is tailor-made for customers who prefer to pack their own personal and household items from the comfort of their own home and in their own time.

There are many considerations when deciding whether to use this service or not. It may be that you have a strict budget in mind and packing your own goods just saves you money. You will need to put aside plenty of time to pack your own goods. If you’re time poor and already stressed about the move, this may not be the service for you. The last thing you need is added pressure before your big move. The ‘You Pack, We Ship’ service works well if you are planning on sending single items of furniture or a small quantity of cartons. Many customers also find this service easier if they are struggling to decide what to take and what to leave behind. With time set aside for packing you’ll be able to carefully consider what you need to take rather than feeling the pressure of a removal team turning up on the doorstep, asking you to decide quickly.

Once you’ve decided that the ‘You Pack, We Ship’ is the best option for you, the process couldn’t be simpler. After contacting PSS International Removals one of our consultants will discuss a competitive quote with you (this can also be done online). Then, when you’ve decided what you’re taking, the correct packaging will be delivered to your door, at a time suitable to you. If you suddenly realise you need more bubble-wrap or boxes this can also be arranged.

When everything is packed, PSS will arrange collection on a day of your choice. All goods need to be ready and waiting to go. The driver will make an inventory and then mark and list all goods included in the move. Your boxes and packages will then be taken to the warehouse before being shipped to your chosen destination. It couldn’t be easier.

For more information about PSS International Removals about their ‘Your Pack, You Ship’ service contact them now at https://www.pssremovals.com/self-pack. PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

 

 

What you need to know about moving day

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The moment has finally arrived. You’ve got your tickets, your passport and your visa. You’ve got your new destination; be it Australia, Canada or South Africa. Now you’ve got to ship your beloved sofa and much-loved paintings thousands of miles away, hoping that you’ll see them again in a completely new space and time.

If you’ve picked PSS International Removals to help you make the leap there will be no need to keep your fingers crossed. With 33 years of experience shipping people abroad, ours is a well-oiled machine and moving day should run smoothly.

With your very own Move Manager assigned prior to the big day, they’ll be no surprises as to when the packing crew are turning up. No chance of greeting them in your pyjamas as the Move Manager will have given you plenty of warning and this is especially important if you have resident parking bays surrounding your property. You’ll need to inform the local council prior to the move and ask them to suspend the relevant bays so removal lorries can park easily. Ask the Move Manager for advice about the size of bay that needs to be reserved. As a guide – a shared container 1-2 bays, 20ft container 3-5 bays (allows for our vehicle and container plus loading space), 40ft container 5-7 bays (allows for our vehicle and container plus loading space).

Someone will need to be at the property to let the packing team in but this doesn’t have to be the homeowner and they don’t need to stay all day. PSS however do recommend someone remains present during the packing process just in case there are any queries. You should have already confirmed with your Move Manager what’s going and what’s staying, but if you suddenly have a change of heart about an item, maybe you really can’t be parted from your mother’s dresser, the removal team will be able to accommodate your wishes.

The good news is that you don’t have to pack anything. In fact, PSS recommend that you let the experts wrap, box and cover. Your belongings are travelling many miles and it is important that they are packed using the correct materials. All items are packed into export-approved cartons and all furniture is wrapped and protected using six ply export approved blankets. Mattresses will be placed inside mattress bags, antiques will be carded over and china and glassware will be wrapped in greaseproof tissue and packed upright and all personal items will be packed into cartons. Some lighter items such as clothing and bedding can be left inside drawers but bigger and heavier pieces need to be packed separately.

That said, if you are really keen to pack something precious to you the team will let you. They will ask however that you leave the box unsealed so they can make a full inventory of what’s contained. This will also happen with the furniture and boxes that they have packed. You’ll be given a full inventory once the packing service is complete.

Your goods will be then loaded onto the lorry or container. 90% of full containers are loaded at your home but this may be different if you are only using a part container service. In this case a PSS lorry will take the goods away before they are loaded for shipment back at the depot.

Finally, PSS International Removals will take any unwanted goods to the refuge depot for an extra charge. If you want them delivered to a charity shop though, they’ll do that for free.

PSS International removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves. Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

 

 

Dealing With Your First Few Months in A New Country

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Roderick Eime, Family travel source/credit: iStock

Roderick Eime, Family travel source/credit: iStock

You may think that deciding to move to a new country was the hardest decision of all but living somewhere like Canada, Australia or New Zealand and adapting to a different lifestyle, climate and working life may be trickier than you imagined.

Specialist international removal companies such as PSS offer expert advice to help with the challenges that relocating to different countries can offer. However, once you’re there without your usual circle of friends and family to keep you company – and lend valuable advice – you might find yourself isolated and unsure of where to turn.

Here are 9 tips to help make that transition from UK citizen to UK Expat, a little easier.

1. Work colleagues: If you’ve already got a job lined-up see what social opportunities your company has available and take the chance to join a new work-related club or just head out for dinner with colleagues one evening. Most people love showing off their city so make use of the contact.

2. Health Insurance: To avoid getting into financial trouble with healthcare charges make sure you are well informed before you leave. Free NHS treatment is not universal and you’ll need to make sure you are adequately covered in terms of insurance before you take up residence in countries such as Canada or New Zealand. Health advice for UK citizens is offered at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

3. Family and Friends: Keep in touch with family and friends back home through free services such as Skype. Make a regular date to chat to those dearest to you. It can give you a sense of routine and also relieve the feelings of isolation that you might have.

4. Hobbies: Remember the hobbies you had back in the UK and think about how you can apply these skills to your new life. All major cities will have a sports or health clubs. In Australia and New Zealand the government has a website charged with hooking individuals up with their favourite pastimes. Check out: www.ausport.gov.au/participating/find_a_sporting_club and www.connect2sport.org.nz/?utm_source=newzealandnow.govt.nz.

5. Ex-pat communities: Look for people in a similar situation and hook up with them. There is no shame in trying to find other Brits settling in the same town or city as you. You’ll be surprised to find ex-pat communities all over the world. PSS Removals recommended some of the following blogs as most helpful to expats living abroad (See expat blog post). Their members will be able to help with everything from recommending a good decorator to finding a good nursery.

6. Volunteering: A survey taken on behalf of www.expatforum.com and Barclays International Banking listed loneliness as one of the biggest issues for new arrivals. If you’re struggling to find friends volunteering might be a good option. Places such as http://govolunteer.com.au offers plenty of outlets for residents of Australia to make a difference and make friends.

7. School and toddler groups: If you have children of nursery or school age, the good news is there are hundreds of parents in exactly the same situation. Forcing yourself to join a new toddler group or school board may seem daunting but the great thing about kids is that they make friends far more easily than adults. Even if you spend the first few weeks just making playdates for your children, you’ll at least be meeting people and getting to know the area. See www.kiwifamilies.co.nz for information about parenting in New Zealand.

8. Behave like a tourist: There’s no reason why your new location shouldn’t offer you a wide range of opportunities to travel around at weekends, seeing exactly what’s on your doorstep. Local tourist centres can be found by visiting the relevant country’s website.  (www.australia.com; www.newzealand.com)

9. Learn a language: If you’ve never got round to learning a new language maybe moving to a new country could offer you a range of new opportunities. Signing up for an evening class could be a good way to meet people, find out about local attractions and see how the culture works. In New Zealand look at their newcomers network which offers a friendly place to chat and gather advice. http://www.newcomers.co.nz

PSS International removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves. Contact us now for a free estimators survey, online moving and baggage quote.

 

House hunting in Australia – what can you expect to buy?

 

Phillip Capper, Sydney Harbour domestic 1, 26th. Nov. 2010

Phillip Capper, Sydney Harbour domestic 1, 26th. Nov. 2010

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Moving to Australia and finding a new home complete with swimming pool, large free-flowing interiors and a BBQ area for many is the ultimate property dream. As in all other parts of the world, where you want to live will determine the size and style of your home. It will also determine the price.

Australia is not a cheap place to call home. In fact, its been listed as the third most expensive country in the world. See here for more details. Prices clearly differ across the country but if you are hoping to move into one of the major cities, such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Canberra than you can expect to pay premium rates. Sydney is the most expensive city in the country, and prices continue to rise – up 13% year-on-year. Other cities including, Melbourne, was up 4.7%, Brisbane, 3.9% and Adelaide, 2.5%.

Expect to pay a median price of $752,000 in Sydney, $569,000 in Melbourne and $549,900 in Canberra. Other city house prices can be found here.

Australia has strict rules on migrants buying homes and it’s not as simple as some might hope. In most cases migrants need to approach the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) and apply for permission to buy a property. They have very clear criteria for who can buy houses, what kinds of homes they can purchase and guidelines surrounding application. More information can be found here.

Once you have approval you’ll need to start searching for that house. Many searches can be done online and websites such as Real Estate, Real Estate View and Domain are the most popular.

You’ll find a vast array of different styles in Australia. Large open-planned houses with back-yards, swimming pools and air-conditioning are of course popular choices and apartment living is also on-trend in the larger, vibrant cities. The ‘Queenslander’ represents the style many associate with Australia, and are raised off the ground (particularly useful in flood areas). Others include Californian style bungalows, Edwardian brick or weatherboard houses and of course, those that are more contemporary in design. Whether your house has seaview is down to your budget.

Typically a house sale can take as little as six weeks. Mortgages can be obtained through most Australian banks, which have migrant specialists. You’ll be expected to pay at least a 20% deposit and will need to put aside fees to cover the house purchase.

There are a few different ways to buy a home in Australia. Once choice would be to get a buyer’s agent who will find, negotiate and complete the house sale. To find a reputable agent visit REBAA. If you make an offer on a property, you will get a short cooling off period, although contractually the house is yours and you’ll need to secure its purchase by paying a deposit. Alternatively, an auction is a popular choice for many Australians. Before bidding at an auction you’ll need to check whether you need to be registered. In some states it is a requirement and helps stop ‘dummy’ bidders pushing up auction prices. A successful bid will mean the signing of contracts, which are then legally binding. There’s no cooling off period, so make your choices wisely. The HSBC Bank Australia has some helpful auction tips here.

If you are considering a move to Australia PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Age Concern

 

Martin De Kauwe, Surf's up, Manly.

Martin De Kauwe, Surf’s up, Manly.

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Thanks in part to improved health care in developed countries, we are all set to live longer. Good news for the population maybe, but the implications of this increasing ageing population can be quite marked. In developed countries such as Australia and New Zealand the effects of lower birth rates and increased life expectancy can have knock on effects on housing, healthcare, the size of the working population and the demands for skilled labour. Economies that once thrived could, with less people in the labour market, find themselves struggling. Less money coming in, will lead to less money going out.

A recent report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) noted that over a 20 year period up until 30 June 2014: “The non working-age population is growing faster at 2.2% compared with 1.3% for the working-age population. This faster growth in the non-working ages has been evident since 2010. The main contributor to the increased growth of the non working-age population is growth in the population aged 65 and over.” http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/1CD2B1952AFC5E7ACA257298000F2E76?OpenDocument

New Zealand too has a similar problem. The Ministry of Social Development have predicted that:  “The number of people aged 85 years and over is projected to increase from 67,000 in 2009 to 144,000 in 2031, then more than double to about 330,000 by 2061. By 2061, people aged 85 and over will make up about one in four of the population aged 65 years and over, compared with one in eight in 2009 and 2031. https://www.msd.govt.nz/what-we-can-do/seniorcitizens/positive-ageing/trends/ageing-population.html

With less people working there are real concerns that less tax coming into the national system will have an impact on housing and social care.

Could increased levels of migration be the answer? Migration to New Zealand is at a record high. A recent May 2015 reports for Statistics New Zealand showed the country had a net gain of 56,800 people in the year to April – well up from the 34,400 the previous year.  http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/population/Migration/IntTravelAndMigration_HOTPApr15.aspx.  It was noted that this gain would indeed help the gaps in the labour market, especially in  areas such as Canterbury which are being heavily rebuilt after recent earthquakes.

The situation in Australia is similar with net overseas migration has been the major driving force in population growth within Australia, contributing 60% of its growth in 2013. www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/4102.0main+features82014

If it continues at a level higher than it is now, with Australia’s births and deaths remaining the same, allowing more people in will help plug the gap between births and deaths – and so relieving the employment shortage.

The ABS report: Does Size Matter? states that: Under this scenario, Australia’s population would be 32 million in 2033. Around 19% of the population would be over 65 (with 3% being 85 and over), and 17% of people would be under 15. Two thirds of the population would be working age (64%), and there would be 55 ‘dependents’ for every 100 ‘workers’, 4 less than if we were to maintain current trends.”

Race forward another 30 years, when current migrants are reaching 65 and the scenario would see a population of 42 million. In 2063 around 23% of the population would be aged 65 and over. Three in five people would be of working age (61%), and there would be 63 ‘dependents’ for every 100 ‘workers’.

Tackling an ageing population is a developed world’s issue not just one for Australia and New Zealand to solve. In the short-term opening up their borders to increase a working-age population that can contribute to the social welfare system can only be a good thing. But as they too get older, border control will have to be re-examined once more. The solution, it seems, is an ongoing one.

If you are considering a move to Australia or New Zealand PSS International removals can help. We are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receives a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance of ensuring our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

Contact us now for a free estimator’s survey, or simply fill in our online moving or baggage quote form.

Having A Baby Abroad

 

Triplées, Raphaël Goetter

Triplées, Raphaël Goetter

 

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Pregnancy is a time of celebration and change. But however exciting it might be at first, having a new child abroad can be tough, especially when many don’t have the close and immediate support of their friends and family. Even basics, such as finding a doctor and the support you need, can be hard.

Exploring your options and making your own decisions can be one of the best tools for feeling empowered throughout your pregnancy. The choice is yours and being in control can certainly relieve some of your insecurities during the period. As always, research and planning are key to a successful pregnancy abroad. Here are some initial considerations:

Always research the best expat and lifestyle blogs and resources. Expat mums can also offer invaluable advice, recommendations, and support.

Will you need to change or adjust your diet?

What kind of citizenship status is your child entitled to?

What is the status of breast-feeding in your new country?

Are hospital births most common or do you have the option of a home birth?

How easy are medication and prescriptions to get hold of?

Where is the closest hospital and how easily accessible is it?

What does your health insurance entitle you to?

For many expats seeking medical care, their doctor is usually the first port of call and generally leads the patient through medication and care. But small differences like taking off your clothes rather than being offered a sheet to cover up can be deemed offensive and uncomfortable for some, so find out what is acceptable in your area. If the differences are too vast, you may prefer to consider a private hospital that supports your native language and offers familiar standards.

Some expats might like to consider creating a birth plan to help them understand what is happening every step of the way whilst gaining confidence in the process. A birth plan will help you to manage the process, the type of medication to be used, which monitoring devices you should use, whether you should be induced or not, Caesarean considerations and how the baby might be cared for.

Planning these choices carefully beforehand can help you realise what’s realistically achievable and help you deal with stress more effectively.

Birthing classes could also be an option as well as joining a support group. If you are not already established in a social circle in your expat life, being pregnant is an excellent gateway to make new friends.

It is also vital to understand your insurance coverage as different procedures and medications may or may not be covered. Also note the method of payment in your new country. You have to pay first (by cash or credit card) and then make a claim from your insurance provider so check with your hospitals to see if they have a list of insurers with whom they have direct billing arrangements.

Another factor to consider is the status of citizenship for you and your child. A second citizenship and passport can offer your child greater freedom to travel, less tax liability, access to more affordable health care or college education, and more employment and investment opportunities in future. Note that not all countries allow dual citizenship, and many countries only allow dual citizenship with a limited number of other countries. Find out about the dual citizenship regulations of your home country and the country you plan to have your baby in to discover the relevant laws and regulations surrounding citizenship.

PSS International removals are a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 32 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

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