One of the big jobs involved in relocating to another country is to pack up all your possessions and have them moved to your new destination.
Unlike moving within the same country, this process can have the added complication of several firms being involved and borders being crossed.
One cautionary tale that should be a lesson to all those about to embark on the process involves a couple who were going to Cyprus to become expatriates.
A number of their personal possessions were stolen from the container en route and the issue was hard to rectify due to two organisations being involved.
The shipping company in the UK pointed the finger at the receiving firm in Cyprus and vice versa.
Richard Way, editor of The Overseas Guides Company, believes that opportunistic thieves are more likely to take advantage of these sorts of situations at present due to the economic downturn in Europe leaving many people in a poorer state.
The victims of the theft suggested that supervising the container being loaded and locked before setting off is one way to cut down the chances of things being taken.
Another piece of sensible advice is to ensure that the company you employ has been certified by a recognised trade body, such as the British Association of Removers or Fédération Internationale des Déménageurs Internationaux.
This should guarantee professionalism and offer another level of protection should something go wrong along the way.
Some firms offer a door-to-door service without involving any subcontractors, so your possessions will not be passed from pillar to post.
While this option is often more expensive it comes with added peace of mind, making it worthwhile in many cases.
Also make sure that your belongings are insured while they are in transit as it is likely that most firms will only cover them for their own liability if something is damaged.