Preparing for Aliyah.
Preparing for your aliyah is very exciting and a lot of work. The earlier you get started, the better prepared you will be before your flight.
The Fun Begins!
At some point, you will need to go through your home and determine what you will be taking and what you won’t. There are a number of factors – electrical, replacement value, sentimental value, size, etc. – that should guide your decision making process.
Timing is directly related to sanity. Living without furniture is hard on families. We will work with you and your time constraints so that your lifestyle is minimally disrupted.
The time between loading your shipment and your aliyah flight is an excellent opportunity to visit family and/or friends – giving you a chance to relax and spend some quality time with those you love.
More information about timing your shipment can be found here > partial shipment and here > container shipment
Your Shipping Options.
When shipping your personal belonging to Israel you have two options – partial shipment or container shipment. The volume of your shipment is the dominant factor in determining which type of shipment you’ll have.
A partial shipment is ideal for those who do not take enough to fill a full container. Partial shipments can be as small as 20 book boxes or as large as a 1-2 bedroom home with furniture.
Partial shipments are also referred to as “consolidated shipments” because multiple partial shipments get consolidated and loaded into a container for export. Consolidations are done when there is enough shipments to fill a 40′ container. In the summer (May through August), when most families are moving, consolidations are done more frequently then during the rest of the year.
More information about partial shipments
If you’re shipping all, or most of the furnishings and goods from your home, then you’ll probably need your own container. The size of your container will depend on how much you are moving and at Aliyah Lift Shipping we offer 3 container sizes to choose from.
- A 20′ Container which holds about 1000 cubic feet of household items or approximately the contents of a 1400 square foot home
- A 40′ Container which holds about 2000 cubic feet of household items or approximately the contents of a 2800 square foot home
- A 40′ HC Container which holds about 2400 cubic feet of household items or approximately the contents of a 3200 square foot home
The home sizes are approximate but a reasonable figure to work with. Surveys can be done to determine more accurately the volume of your home’s shipment.
More information about container shipments
Just a Couple Boxes
If you have only a couple boxes or an extra suitcase or so, then it’s best to either to pay the airlines for the extra luggage, or ship them USPS, UPS, Fed Ex or DHL. It might cost a couple hundred dollars but it will be the most economical, fastest and hassle-free way to get your goods to Israel.
Sharing a Shipment
Sharing a shipment is illegal and problematic in many ways. We truly sympathize with this situation but, unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to help you share a shipment with another.
The Shipping Process.
The shipping process can be broken down into 5 steps:
- Customs clearance
Packing for your aliyah, or for any move is a BIG task – let us help. Here’s what Aliyah Lift Shipping can do for you:
- Complete Household Packing Services
- Pack Fragile or Selected Items
- Custom Crating
- Piano Crating
If you are shipping a partial shipment then your goods would be packed/wrapped at your residence and returned to our warehouse for a later consolidation.
If you have a container shipment then Aliyah Lift Shipping’s packing crew will load your container saving you time and energy. In some locations/scenarios you can save money by loading your own container.
This is when your shipment crosses the ocean to Israel.
When your shipment arrives at the port in Israel, you will need to go to Ashdod or Haifa for customs clearance. You don’t need to go to the port when your shipment’s being unloaded from the vessel (like in this video).
(There is a very, very small possibility your shipment may be inspected. If this happens then there will be additional charges and time delays.)
A few days after customs clearance your container/partial shipment will be delivered to your door. Most deliveries are made about one week after your shipment arrives at the destination port.
Once again, a team of industrious workers will unload your container/partial shipment – putting your boxes where you want them and assembling three basic pieces of furniture.
Finally! You are ready to begin your life in your new home - Israel our homeland!