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MOVING TIPS - PREPARING TO MOVE
Avoid moving during the peak summer season if possible. The first and last days of the month are also extra busy.

Specify the exact date you want to move and when it will be convenient for an agent to visually survey your household to prepare an estimate.

Before the agent arrives, tour your house from attic to basement. Decide what to move and what to discard. Make sure you show the agent everything that is to be moved.

Create a "Do Not Pack" box for important items like airline tickets and special documents.

Set goals and deadlines to ensure that all packing is completed by moving day.

Dispose of flammables such as fireworks, cleaning fluids, matches, and aerosol cans.

Drain fuel from your power mower and other machinery, and discard partly used cans of oil, paint, bleach or any substance that may leak. Be sure the water is emptied from your steam iron.

Refrigerators and freezers should be emptied and doors left open at least 24 hours in advance of loading to prevent the growth of mold.

Unplug all television sets 24 hours before moving. Shipping a TV set in which heat is still retained could cause internal damage.

Back up all your computer files.

Obtain a written appraisal of antique items to verify value. Avoid waxing or oiling wooden antiques (and fine wood furniture) before moving, because some products may soften the wood, making it vulnerable to imprinting from furniture pads.
 
SHIPPING WEAPONS
All U.S. Federal Gun Laws regarding make, model and firing capacity apply to the importation of guns into the State of Hawaii.
 
Firearms and ammunition are subject to restrictions and import permits approved by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Applications to import may be made only by or through a licensed importer, dealer, or manufacturer. Weapons, ammunition, or other devices prohibited by the National Firearms Act will not be admitted into the United States unless specifically authorized by ATF.
 
No import permit is required when there is sufficient proof that the firearms or ammunition were previously taken out of the United States by the person who is returning with such firearms or ammunition. To facilitate reentry, persons may register before departing from the United States at any United States Customs Office or ATF field office. Exports are subject to the export licensing requirements of the Office of Defense Trade Controls, Department of State, Washington, D.C. 20520, 1-703-875-6644.
 
For further information on imports, contact the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C. 20226, 1-202-927-8320.
 
Residents of the United States carrying firearms or ammunition with them to other countries should consult in advance the Customs officials or the respective embassies of those countries as to their regulations.

All guns must be registered with the state through your local police department. Any particular questions you may have in regards to importing or registering your weapons can be directed to the Firearms Registration Division of the Honolulu Police Department (1-808-529-3371)

SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS
Food- Import of all food stuffs from foreign ports is strictly controlled by the Federal Food and Drug Administration.

Plants - The Hawaii State Department of Agriculture regulates the importation of all plant and soil related articles.

Animal Products- Furs, skins, ivory tusks, tortoise shells or other trophies like wood carvings and similar items that are subject to the U.S. Endangered Species Act are subject to confiscation by U.S. Customs through foreign importation.

Other banned or regulated articles to be concerned with are fireworks, explosives, hazardous chemicals and waste, narcotics, dangerous drugs and certain medication may be subject to confiscation and criminal prosecution if an attempt to import is made without complying with all necessary Federal and State laws governing such articles.

Please keep in mind that this shipping guide is meant to be an outline of the articles generally involved in shipping personal household goods. It is not intended to be an import guide on any other matters.
 
LOCAL MOVES
Precision Moving and Storage is licensed and regulated by the State of Hawaii's Public Utilities Commission. The PUC establishes a rate and service structure that all regulated movers must adhere to for local moves.
 
For more information about the Public Utilities Commission please visit the Hawaii Transportation Association's website.
The rates for local moves are usually based on the hour per two-man crew. The hourly rate does not include the price of the packing material. The rate structure allows us to be flexible in the services you may be interested in receiving.

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MOVING WITH PETS TO AND FROM HAWAII
Hawaii is a rabies free state. The state law requires quarantine of 120 days at the Hawaii State Animal Quarantine Station. Please note there are pre- and post-arrival requirements that can be met to limit the quarantine stay to 30 days. Please visit the following link for more information on Hawaii's quarantine procedures. If you have any specific questions that are not addressed, we will be happy to offer our assistance. Click here for Hawaii State Animal Quarantine Information Website.

In your preparation for your move, it is important to learn which items cannot be shipped because they are hazardous, or perishable.

Listed below are common non-allowable items.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS (EXAMPLES but not limited to)


Acids . Aerosols . Ammonia . Ammunition . Car Batteries . Charcoal . Charcoal Lighter Fluid . Chemistry Sets . Cleaning Solvents . Darkroom Chemicals

 

Fertilizer . Fire Extinguisher . Fireworks . Gasoline . Household Batteries . Kerosene Lamp Oil . Bleach . Loaded Guns . Matches . Motor Oil . Nail Polish

 

Nail Polish Remover . Paint Thinner . Paints . Pesticides . Poisons . Pool Chemicals . Propane Tanks . Scuba Tanks . Sterno . Weed Killer

PERISHABLES
Food, plants or living things that may die or spoil in transit should not be shipped with shipment.

Examples of perishable items include:
Frozen food, opened food products, plants, produce and refrigerated foods.

You should empty your refrigerators and freezers and keep appliance doors open for at least 24 hours in advance of loading. This will allow appliance to dry out and prevent the growth of mold.


Items that are irreplaceable or sentimental in value should be carried with you instead of being packed.
Examples of items that you may want to hand carry are:

IRREPLACEABLE OR SENTIMENTAL ITEMS (EXAMPLES but not limited to)

Address books . Airline tickets . Birth Certificates . Car keys . Car titles . Cash . CD’s . Cell Phones . Certificates of Deposit . Checkbooks

Computer Discs . Financial Documents . Insurance Policies . IRA’s / Deeds / Tax Records . Jewelry . Jump drives / external hard drive

 

Keys to furniture, safe, home . Laptop Computers . Dental Records . Medication . PDA’s . Personal Video Tapes . Photographs . Photo Albums

 

Scrapbooks . Professional files . Research projects . School records . Sterling silver . Stocks / Bonds

PERSONAL COMPUTERS AND ELECTRONIC INFORMATION
Be sure to make backup copies of all your important data just in case. Better to be safe than sorry. Mark all your original software and other programs and keep in a secure container. Keep in mind that if you have a ton of digital photos or music on your computer it may take longer to back up. Plan accordingly and allow yourself sufficient time to back up your computer.

After your back up is complete, unplug all cables and wires from the back of the computer. If you are uncertain of how to re-connect them, you should take the time to label the cords with a marker and masking tape. Cords and cables should be coiled and bagged to ensure that you can find all of them when you unpack.

Taking the same kind of precautions for your home audio/visual systems, will make your life at destination a lot easier. If you take the time to properly mark your cords and cables, reassembly of the system should come with little hard ache.

Your computer, printers and other home electronic components should be properly packed. Do not take chances with less than sturdy containers. Allow Precision Moving and Storage, Inc.

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