Moving to the USA from Japan and Shipping Personal Goods

So, you are moving back to the U.S. from Japan.Some of you may need to return to America although  you want to spend more time in Japan. Whatever your reason for leaving Japan is, there are several things that you need to keep in mind. One of the important thingsyou must consider before moving to the U.S. is how you are going to ship your personal goods which accumulated during your stay in Japan. Although it would cost you some money to bring back your belongings, perhaps you should not throw away all your goods you used in Japan.

Choose Sea Freight over Airfreight

If you are looking for an affordable mode of transport to move your personal things from Japan to the U.S., you should be aware that there is more than one way of shipping them. Did you know that freight shipping can actually be your best option when shipping personal stuff for people moving from Japan to the U.S.? Depending on how many boxes you are shipping you have a choice of shipping as air freight or sea freight. Japanese customs offer special customs clearance for personal effects and also at the destination in the U.S., your goods can be imported relatively easily without being imposed of import tax. You should be sending your belongings before your departure from Japan to the there are number of documents you must complete before shipping. You also need to make a list of the contents, i.e. what are inside the boxes. It would not be possible for you to make a list unless you can check the contents yourself, so it is very important that you do this before your departure from Japan.

Compare the overseas moving companies.

If you have chosen to send your personal things or some large items like furniture using a freight shipping company, you should check the costs by contacting a couple of international moving companies or freight forwarders. Indeed, every forwardersoffers quitedifferent prices and services. You should be aware that shipping large items like beds could cost arms and legs. Shipping the items which you can pack into cardboard boxes will a smart decision. Many international moving companies naturally offer the services of door-to-door shipping, i.e. the servicesfrom your door in Japan to your door in America. However such door-to-door services can be comparatively expensive and many American people who are returning home and shipping their personal effects would rather send them door-to-port and pick up from the port facility after the cargo arrives.


There are a number of international moving companies who serve expat customers in Japan and some of such companies have expat staff as well. Therefore, you can do everything in English. If you find a moving company who offers shipping services at reasonable charges, it would perhaps mean that you can ship more things that are memorable to you. There should be some items that would remind you of your days in Japan even if you go back to the U.S., so why not make preparation of shipping your personal goods as early as possible to make a success of your international moving and shipping?