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Jenna Canada
16:05 10 Apr 24
alan evans
00:08 04 Apr 24
The crew was amazing and energetic! Randy, Carlos, Octavio, Ernest, and Kaleb made this move a wonder experience and kept our house looking good with their attention to detail and care. I recommend this crew for any job and if you get them you will be blessed with great service.
Fred T
03:46 21 Feb 24
I’ve done several moves around the world and I have to commend Alpaca Moving and Storage for their excellent work and professionalism. The crew size was actually reflective of the size of my shipment (other moves in the past sent minimal crew) and they were very respectful of the property. They had a system in place that made things move quickly and efficiently. The items that were disassembled at the point of origin were reassembled and reassembled well. If I have to move ever again they will be my first call.
Massimo Valenti
15:21 30 Jan 24
This is my third move with these guys and as always they nailed it!!!! Thanks APACA we are loving our new home.
Chris Borchardt
20:03 05 Sep 23
We just wrapped up our best military move in 26 years and APACA was one of the heroes of the effort. Our 15,000lbs of household goods were packed up in Oklahoma City expecting a direct delivery move into a base home but our home was switched while we were on the road and APACA came through as the temporary storage for the five weeks we had to wait until we could move in.We move every two to three years in the military so we know the benefit of a direct delivery move that avoids several more sets of hands associated with loading and unloading to storage and finally on to your home. We were nervous having to add a storage stop to the move but APACA was fantastic from the start helping me collect motorcycles from the shipment that we’d... need for transportation during the unexpected five week wait for a home.They kept in touch over the weeks verifying schedules and on delivery day they arrived as scheduled despite how unpredictable the Air Force gate security process can be. The entire team was professional and careful with our household goods and the home. For the first time in 26 years we had zero broken dishes, glass, or picture frames. Plenty of furniture padding was used resulting in only one noticeable chip on a large heavy dresser which is truly fantastic. We’re realistic and experienced regarding what typically happens on moves with awkward heavy furniture and we were pleasantly surprised at how carefully everything was handled. Our bicycles suffered some scuffs, a few things needed some wiping down to return them to pre-move condition, and a couple extremely fragile aircraft and boat models will need some minor straightforward repairs, but nothing unexpected or unreasonable. Everything that was important to us made it in fantastic shape.Moving is hard and filled with opportunities to break valuable and important things but APACA impressed me so much that when it came time to set up ‘non-temporary storage’ for the furniture that wouldn’t fit in the base home we prioritized them #1 on our wish list to come back. I can wholeheartedly recommend the APACA teams, planning representatives, and leadership that we worked with on this move (Aug 2023) and I will put them #1 on our list when it’s time to leave Albuquerque.Thanks APACA!Chris & Tammyread more
Nadine Zumot
01:30 18 Feb 22
APACA helped move our household when we moved from Albuquerque to Melbourne Australia. The 3 men that arrived on site- Randy Otero and his team (I believe his father and a cousin too) were a DELIGHT! They were so professional, so careful and cautious with our belongings. They packed everything with such detail and care and were very pleasant to talk to. We had a great moving experience! And we are so happy to report that everything arrived in Australia without a scratch or dent, and I am talking big pieces of furniture. Thank you Randy Otero and team!
Lilauthor Nixon
03:49 22 Jul 21
Ethan Jacquin
15:42 16 Apr 21
APACA was assigned to deliver my household goods from storage during my PCS. The crew was on time, professional, and friendly. They were very careful when unloading and placing my goods and worked with me to check off every box that came into the house. No items were broken and the delivery was fast and smooth. Would recommend!
Chris Fowler
17:37 21 Aug 20
Great guys
L Whittles
19:35 15 Jul 20
Mr. Dennis was very professional with his crew and the newbies he was training. They had 7k# off in 2hrs with zero incident. Would gladly work with this agency in future. Thank you Ms. Jennifer for all your help on this job.
Mandie Morgan
22:11 04 Dec 18
Cathy provided very clear and timely information regarding my move, Flint and his crew were professional and treated my belongings with care and respect. Couldn’t have asked for a better crew! They made my move easy and stress free. If you’re doing a military move, request them as a preferred company.
Mark Sorenson
16:15 09 Aug 18
So my employer gave me three moving companies they would pay for as part of relocation. I looked up all three, Apaca had the lowest google review so I ignored them. I tried one company - they would say I'll call you right back and I wouldn't hear from them in a week. The second couldn't remember any details of my move from one conversation to the next. Finally, we decided to call Apaca since we were getting nowhere and nothing scheduled with the other companies. Glad we did. Apaca did a fantastic job. At the point in the process we called them, we needed to move fast. They were able to get us scheduled, move an entire house with a hot tub and sauna and a piano heavier then the hot tub. They were professional, extremely courteous. ... They made a very stressful move go very easily. The movers were absolutely fantastic - very grateful to have had them move us. Not sure why there were bad reviews - this is a great company to work more
Emilio Chavez
23:05 20 Aug 17
The service is amazing and the crews are very nice and professional.
judy berk
22:44 09 Aug 17
Nathan Miller
00:42 15 Jul 17
The only complaint I have is that it took them a few days to get my stuff to my apartment after they received my crates from the trucking company. Otherwise they were great. The crew was very quick and efficient at unloading my stuff and organizing it in my house. They worked late that day to make sure everything was satisfactory. The crew chief was also kind enough to point out to me multiple items that had been damaged by the company that loaded my stuff prior to being shipped. He said he didn't want to hide anything to cover for his or the partner company. I appreciated his honesty and have since made the appropriate insurance claim.Based on my experience with the packing company I'll likely never use a moving company again, but... these guys were indeed the best part of the whole more
Show-Me Johnny
15:37 14 Jul 17
This company did their best to get my belongings to me as quickly as possible, despite hang ups with other parties. On moving day, only two men showed up due to the busy season. They worked tirelessly to unload and unwrap my belongings. The communication was great, and they took great care to ensure my satisfaction.
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International Movers

Moving for the First Time?

Are you planning an international move? The first step is to get a quote from a trusted mover. Once that’s settled, your moving company will pair you with an international moving specialist who will guide you through every stage. After finalizing your moving date, you’ll receive an Order of Service. This document details all requested services and their costs to keep everything transparent and straightforward.

For international moves, it’s highly recommended that you hire professional packers. Your packers will arrive at a set time a few days before your move and will bring high-quality packing materials to keep your things safe.

On our moving day, the moving crew will load your items onto our trucks, documenting each one on the Bill of Lading. Your belongings will then be transported to a secure shipping facility, starting their journey to your new home abroad. Your moving company will collaborate with reliable partners in your new country. They will receive, deliver, and unpack your belongings at your new home.

Once everything is unloaded, you can inspect your belongings to ensure they are all in good condition and accounted for. Then, you will sign off on the Bill of Lading with the team leader. And just like that, you’re settled in your new home abroad!

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Albuquerque International Moving Services

  • Household Relocations

    With more than 100 years in business, we can ensure that your international household move goes smoothly and without problems.

  • Business Transfers

    We excel at moving businesses across international borders, utilizing both air and sea transport. We can also move your business via truck in North and South America.

  • Professional Packing and Unpacking

    Our experts will pack your items securely for international travel, and our international partners can help you unpack your household goods when you arrive.

  • Reliable Storage Solutions

    We provide both short-term and long-term storage. We have two modern, climate-controlled facilities in Albuquerque (40,000 sq ft) and Alamogordo (20,000 sq ft) under 24/7 security surveillance.

What is the Average Cost of an International Move from Albuquerque?

International moving costs can vary significantly. According to Sirelo, “The cost of international moving from the US can range from $6,300 to $15,900.” Factors influencing the price include:

  • Travel distance
  • Volume and weight of the shipment
  • Transportation method (air, sea, or land)
  • Additional services required
  • Customs procedures
  • Level of insurance coverage
  • Seasonal fluctuations.

Depending on these factors, your move could cost upwards of $20,000.

At APACA Moving & Storage, we provide transparent, personalized quotes tailored to your needs. Our experienced team works with you to find cost-effective solutions without compromising service quality.

“We will send an estimator out to your home or office to survey the belongings you are moving. This way, we can give you an accurate cost estimate and estimated moving timeline,” says Albuquerque General Manager Michael Olmi. Get a free moving quote for your international move from APACA by completing our online form or calling (505) 262-1531 today.

Which Customs Documents Are Necessary for Moving Personal Items Abroad?

International moves require careful attention to customs regulations and documentation. Typical documents include:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • An inventory of goods being shipped
  • Country-specific forms for importation
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s License

According to, “It’s never a bad idea to have more than one way to prove your identity when living abroad. In addition to a passport, a driver’s license provides a second way to verify your identity if necessary.” Depending on the country you’re moving to, you may need proof of ownership for expensive items and a residence permit. 

Different countries may require specific customs forms. It’s crucial to be aware of prohibited or restricted items, which can differ between countries. Some belongings may be subject to import taxes based on their declared value.

APACA Moving & Storage’s international moving experts are well-versed in global customs requirements. We help you with documentation, create inventories, and handle tricky items. “Our goal is to ensure a smooth customs clearance process, minimizing delays and complications,” says Owner Chris DiJulio.

What Insurance Options Do International Movers in Albuquerque Offer?

In the moving industry, ‘insurance’ is typically called ‘moving valuation.’ Most international moving companies provide several moving valuation options, which typically include:

  • Limited Liability Coverage. This plan, also called Released Value Protection, is included for free because US law mandates it. It provides basic protection of 60 cents per pound for lost or damaged items, regardless of their actual value.
  • Full Value Protection: Available for an additional fee, this valuation plan requires the moving company to repair, replace, or reimburse lost or damaged items at fair market value.
  • All-Risk Insurance: This valuation plan is available for professionally packed items. It covers full replacement costs with a deductible. Unlike total loss coverage, it covers individual items rather than only the entire shipment.
  • Total Loss Only (TLO) Coverage: This option only covers your belongings if your entire shipment is lost. Expat Frontier says, “This can occur in instances like ship sinking, aircraft crashes, or catastrophic fires. TLO Insurance does not cover individual items that might be damaged or lost during transit.”

APACA Moving & Storage offers all the valuation options for international moves listed above. We can discuss these options to help you select the best coverage for your needs and budget. General Manager Michael Olmi emphasizes transparency by stating, “APACA ensures you are fully informed about the insurance coverage. Knowing exactly what insurance coverage you have is important for your international move.”

How Long Does International Shipping and Delivery Usually Take from Albuquerque?

The time it takes for an international move can vary depending on where you’re going and how your stuff is shipped. If you’re sending everything by boat, expect it to take six to eight weeks. If you use air shipping, it will take around two to four weeks.

According to, “Air freight is your most expensive shipping option, so you normally wouldn’t send everything you own this way. However, it’s also much faster than ocean transportation, so it’s the best way to ship the things you need quickly.” Moving to a nearby country using a truck usually takes four to six weeks. Factors like customs, busy ports, and local transport can change these times.

At APACA Moving & Storage, we work hard to give you accurate time estimates for your move. We will keep you updated throughout the process and immediately let you know about any changes. “Our partnerships with reliable shipping companies help us avoid delays. This way, we can ensure your things arrive on time,” states Owner Chris DiJulio.

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What Measures Do Moving Companies Take to Ensure Item Safety During Packing and Transit?

Professional international movers use high-quality packing materials and specialized packing techniques to keep your items safe during the move. They are experts in wrapping and boxing household items because packing is a core part of their job. 


According to, “Full service movers are movers who pack for you with trained packers who can get your belongings safely boxed up in a fraction of the time it might take you to do it yourself. They’ll also be able to expertly and securely pack up fragile and valuable items, such as glass and artwork.” Comprehensive packing services usually include:

  • Sturdy boxes designed for international shipping
  • Bubble wrap, packing paper, and foam sheets for fragile items
  • Custom crating for valuable or delicate possessions (This sometimes comes at an additional cost)
  • Special packing methods for electronics, artwork, and other sensitive items

APACA Moving & Storage follows industry best practices to ensure your belongings are safe. Our professional packers undergo training in the best methods for international shipping, ensuring maximum protection for your items. General Manager Michael Olmi states, “We are committed to delivering your possessions safely, no matter how far they need to travel.

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Are Storage Solutions Available for International Moves from Albuquerque?

Many international moving companies offer secure, climate-controlled storage options for customers who need temporary or long-term storage during their move. These places usually have 24/7 security and temperature control for delicate items. They also offer storage options for both short and long periods.

APACA Moving & Storage offers storage services in two modern warehouses with climate control and 24/7 security surveillance. Our Albuquerque location has 40,000 sq ft of warehouse storage space and self-storage units.

APACA’s Alamogordo location offers 20,000 sq ft of secure warehouse storage space that is also military storage approved. We can store your items for as long as you need. “If you require storage in your new country, we can arrange that with one of our international partners,” says Owner Chris DiJulio, “Our goal is to make your move as seamless as possible.”

How Will My Moving Company Keep Me Updated on My Move's Progress?

Reputable international moving companies emphasize clear and consistent communication. Typically, they assign a dedicated move coordinator to each client. This moving coordinator will serve as your main point of contact and provide the following:

  • Regular updates on your shipment progress
  • Answers to any questions or concerns you may have
  • Proactive communication about key milestones or potential issues

At APACA Moving & Storage, we prioritize excellent communication. We assign one person to assist you with your international move. This person will be your main point of contact throughout the entire process. You can always reach out to them for any questions or concerns you may have.

Having one designated contact person in customer service will create a smoother and more organized moving experience for you. Our experienced moving specialists understand the moving logistics of international relocations and can handle any situation that may arise.

Your international moving specialist will provide:

  • Regular status updates on your shipment, including departure, customs clearance, and estimated arrival times.
  • Proactive communication about any potential challenges or changes, allowing for timely solutions.
  • Coordination with our international partners to ensure seamless service.
  • Helpful insights about your destination country to help you prepare for your new environment.

“With our experience in international and long-distance moving, we believe that effective communication is the key to a stress-free international move,” states General Manager Michael Olmi. “Our goal is to keep you informed, address your concerns promptly, and provide support every step of the way.”

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What Services Do International Moving Companies Provide Upon Delivery?

Many international moving companies offer various services to help you settle into your new home. These services often include:

  • Careful unloading of your belongings
  • Unpacking services, if desired
  • Assembly and placement of furniture
  • Removal of packing materials

According to Updater, “Movers won’t just leave dozens or hundreds of boxes scattered around your new home — they’ll unpack the boxes as well, if you want them to. In reality, you’ll probably want to handle most of the unpacking yourself, but keep in mind that anything they pack, they’ll also unpack if that is part of your contracted agreement.”

If you choose unpacking services, a team will arrive at your home upon delivery. They will unpack your boxes, organize your items in closets and cabinets according to your preferences, and remove all the packing materials.

APACA Moving & Storage provides all these destination services. Owner Chris DiJulio says, “We work with our partner to tailor our services to meet our customers’ needs. We can assist with unpacking everything or simply unloading and setting up the basics.” APACA aims to make your transition to your new home as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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Do Moving Companies Have Reviews or References From Previous International Moving Customers?

Reputable international moving companies should be able to provide references or reviews from past clients. Companies use review platforms like Google Customer Reviews and Yelp so customers can read unbiased feedback before deciding. 

According to My Moving Reviews, “A company that has over-promised, under-delivered, and/or overcharged will have plenty of negative reviews; A company that has performed well and offered a fair price will be given 4- and 5-star reviews.”

At APACA Moving & Storage, we take pride in our record of successful international moves. We are happy to provide:

  • References from recent customers who have completed similar moves
  • Recommendations and reviews from satisfied customers
  • Access to third-party review platforms where you can read unbiased feedback

Our best advocates are the customers we’ve successfully relocated. “We encourage potential clients to review our references and reviews on Google Reviews,” says General Manager Michael Olmi. You can read customer reviews to see how APACA’s customers liked their moving services.

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Why Choose Apaca Moving & Storage?

  • Free Moving Estimates
  • Hundreds of 5 Star Reviews on Google
  • Family Owned and Operated
  • No Hidden Fees
  • Emergency Moving Services
  • Fully Licensed and Insured
  • Same-Day Service Available
  • Virtual + In-Home Quotes Available
  • Free Furniture Disassembly & Reassembly
  • All Trained Professionals
  • Professional Home Protection Kits
  • Over 100 Years of Experience
  • Certified ProMover
  • Senior Citizens Specials
  • 80% Repeat Customers
  • Military Discount
  • Over 750,000 Moves Completed
  • Member of New Mexico Movers & Warehousemen's Association
  • Trusted Military Mover for Holloman Air Force Base
  • Trusted Military Mover for Kirtland Air Force Base

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