3. Moving From Japan

Moving From Japan

As a profesional international mover, we offer various moving services. Through them, we always try to find the best possible ways to satisfy our clients.As we provide a wide range of moving styles, you will be sure to find the most economical style that will fit your plan and budget.

Please click on the boxes below to find out your best suited moving style

We pack and deliverfrom door to door We pack and deliverfor door to port Packed by yourself for door-to-door delivery Packed by yourself for door-to-port delivery

Services Comparation Chart

Services at Place of DepartureMaxiumum volumeNo LimitNo LimitUp to about 2m3without big furnitureUp to 2m3without big furniture
Survey and explanation
Pre-sendingpacking materials
Outer Cartons Only

Outer Cartons Only
Simple packing
All packing
Making an inventory list
Cargo pick-up
one driver only

one driver only
Outer wooden crates
Preparing shipping documents
Custom clearance
Loading on board
Air/sea shipping
Services at DestinationUnloading/temporary storage
Dismantling wooden crates
Custom clearance
Delivery to residence
Unpacking andplacing in respective rooms
Assembling furniture
Unpackingplates and glasses
plates and glasses
Unpacking items other than those above
Removal of packing materials

How to Ship?by Air or Sea?

AIRFast deliveryExpensive
Rough handling at air port
Freight charged by chargeable weight, which is normally approximately 50% greater than the actual weight.Normally, personal effects are calculated by volume.Bulky items cost much more to send.
SEALess expensive Comparatively soft handlingSlowFreight charged by cubic meter volume only.There is generally little need for concern regarding weight.

Units to be used in the moving market are:
m3 (cubic meter) 1 meter x 1 meter x 1 meter
ft3 (cubic feet) 1 foot x 1 foot x 1 foot (35.315 ft3 = 1 m3)
For the calculation of ocean freight, normally m3 is used.
For the calculation of air freight, the heavier of either actual weight or calculated volume weight shall be adopted.

The formula for the calculated volume weight is L(cm) x W(cm) x H(cm) / 6000(cm3)

EX : Actual weight : 110kg, (L100cm x W100cm x H100cm)
   Volume weight : 100x100x100 / 6000 = 166.6kg
   Then 166.6kg shall be adopted for the calculation of air freight

How long does the delivery to a major destination take from any Japanese port?


Standard Door to Door Pack is a comprehensive moving service.

It is a service for moving from your residence in Japan to a residence in your home country. Should you have furniture or other items that are bigger than 2 m3 that you must ship, we recommend that you select this service.If you choose to move with this Standard Pack, you don't have to do anything. Our experienced staff do all the packing, including any odd shaped furniture and all breakable items.

We will bring all the packing materials with us. If you need the packing materials earlier than pickup date, we are happy to provide them beforehand.

While packing, we dismantle beds and other big furniture pieces in order to reduce the volume for lower cost. Included in the services offered at the place of destination are unpacking, assembling of furniture, arranging of furniture within the new home, and the same-day removal of packing materials.

Door to Door Story

Survey Day
We dispatch our staff to couduct a survey of your residence in order to prepare an estimate for your moving. We are happy to offer any detailed advice on what may be the best moving style for you.
At Our Economove Japan Office
At our office, we calculate the total cost of your moving and send you our best rate.
Packing Day
Once you agree to our rate, we dispatch an experienced packing crew to your residence along with all necessary packing materials.
Our packing specialists pack any odd shaped items, and any breakable items with utmost care and sensitivity.
They are trained to disassemble furniture pieces in order to reduce their size and save on volume.
Numbering the Boxes
We assign a number to each packed box while making an inventory list written in English. We load the truck while checking the number on each box.
Confirmation and Signature
After all the packing and loading work is completed, our team leader will ask you to confirm the inventory list and sign it for approval.
In Our Warehouse
We bring the packed items into our bonded warehouse.Then we pack them into wooden liftvans or tri-wall cartons, and check the weight and size.
Preparing Documents
We prepare all the required documents for export custom clearance and for cargo shipment.
Pack into Containers
We pack the wooden crates into 20' or 40' containers. A container may be shared with other shippers.
For some of the big moves, a 20'/40' container may be loose loaded without the wooden crates.
If loose loading, one shipper may occupy one 20 ft or 40 ft container. A 20 ft container can load about 27-28 m3, and a 40ft container can load about 54-56 m3.
The inner LWH dimensions of a 20 ft container are 5.9 m x 2.34 m x 2.21 m.
The inner LWH dimensions of a 40 ft container size are 12.04m x 2.34 m x 2.39 m.
At the Terminal
The shipment will be cleared through export customs as personal effects on the Japan side.
At the Port
The 20'/40' containers will be loaded on board.
At Sea
The vessel departs for its destination.
The date of departure is approximately 10 days from the date of packing.
To see the approximate transit times to major destination ports, please click here
At the Destination Port
At the destination port/terminal, the containers are unloaded and their contents are separated into respective shippers.
Opening the Wooden Crates
The wooden crates are opened.
Custom Clearance
Our destination moving agent will clear the shipment through import customs as personal effects.
You are requested to submit passport copies (your face page and the landing stamp page) after you have entered the destination country. Some custom forms may also need to be submitted.
Delivery Day
After an appointement for delivery is made, your personal effects will be delivered to your new residence, to your respective rooms.
We do the unpacking, the assembling of disassembled furniture, and placing of furniture into required places.
After Unpacking is Completed
We remove the packing materials on the same day.
The Final Steps
We acquire from you the final approval for the completion of the entire moving process.
We do thank you very much for choosing Economove Japan.We hope to serve you with our best quality services again in the future.

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Moving Special Items

Because we fully understand how important it is to be able to move special items, we have been accumulating every required know-how for such special items.You can find information by clicking on the Animals, Car, or Piano icons.

Standard Door-to-Port Pack is exclusive of the service at destination.The excluded item can be seen by viewing the comparison chart

Self Service Pack is for moving smaller volume. (effectivSelf Service Pack is for moving a smaller volume (only up to 2m3).This shipment is generally by sea, and only delivered to a port or terminal stop. However, upon request, we can extend this service to include a delivery to your residence.

To learn more about the Self Pack Service, click here