Types of Storage for International Moving

In Transit Storage during International Moving

In Transit Storage – This is storage used until the goods arrive at the destination location. Slow low fuel consumption ocean shipping can result in missed train and truck connections. When the next train or truck is available the in transit storage ends.

Temporary Storage – Short term storage of an unknown length, for example, if a container were damaged and awaiting an insurance inspector, when pets get sick and are placed into quarantine or while waiting for an unscheduled customs inspection. Frequently this type of storage also involves extra handling.

Short Term Storage

Short Term Storage – Storage, based on a short fixed duration, where that ‘term’ results in lower costs. International moves frequently have a delay before final delivery, where possessions are stored until the start of the month, when the new home becomes available. Short term storage for that planned period helps keep those costs down.

Bekins Furniture Vaults

Long Term Storage – Storage often based on annual rates. Visiting the destination country can reveal apartments and homes are smaller than expected. Putting family treasures into storage, either for other family members or in preparation for returning in a few years becomes the practical option. Contracting storage for that expected period reduces the storage costs significantly and assures the most stable environment.

Container Storage

Container Storage – Storage left in the originally loaded container offers reduced handling and added flexibility. When environmental control is not as important, this can be a cost effective alternate storage method. These containers are government certified intermodal containers, that have been modified with extra insulation and specially lined, equipped with furniture pads, straps and state of the art load restraint systems to cover and secure goods during transit.


• Dust and dirt are issues when items are left exposed.
   • Smells such as fuel or transportation activities may penetrate poor packing.
   • Pests like insects and rodents are risks.
   • Break in and theft are both potential transit and storage dangers.
   • Handling damage from; distraction, shipping vibration, loads shifting or equipment failure.

Environmental Stability:

     Humidity and temperature impact possessions. Lacquer furniture finishes separating from wood as temperature goes down or glue stresses during decreased humidity, are examples.

Fire and Structural Stability:

     Solid concrete and steel structures reduce fire and earthquake risks. Equipment use, human error and transport processing remain.

The Bekins Custom Built Storage and Processing Facilities

Container Yard Interim Storage