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About Us



My name is Mark Alexander, I went to business school and have been working for my family business for 23 years in the chemical industry.

Trough our import/ export procedures we’ve been working with logistics since 1999.

Working in this industry in several countries gave me a deep insight into logistics in the frame of different jurisdictions, political constellations and customs clearance.

Our company and my family´s life style led me around the world since I was a child and so I lived in 5 different countries yet. I´ve been moving internationally all my life and actually lost count of my personal relocations. Between Germany and Brazil alone I´ve had 8 relocations.

We have had it all, from XS to L moves.

It began with XS moves –with luggage overweight in a flight or a trip by ship with 3 huge trunks and lots of suitcases.

It went on with SMALL moves – 2 cubic meters per airfreight and up to MEDIUM moves with a 20 feet container to LARGE moves with 40 feet containers.

We’ve also had innumerable domestic moves within cities, also intercity and interstate relocations in England, Australia, Germany and Brazil.

My wife Simone and I have been married for more than 2 decades now and she is my moving partner and brings in the female perspective and the sixth sense. And also the common sense.

In our first life after high school we trained to become dental surgeons, always staying related to that field.

Running a surgery provides one with a set of skills that always pays off.

We´ve had the full scope from full service to complete DIY domestic moves and even DIY international moves along with several dental praxis relocations.

After decades planning our own international moves and helping friends and expat-colleagues with theirs we decided to make a business out of it.

So we created the consultancy “Shipping my life”.

During our life long “moving career” we gained valuable competence through a vast pool of experience.

The logistics industry is a global entity that follows the exact same principles worldwide.

We will be happy to share with you our expertise and long-time experience to prepare you and your family for what will probably be one of the most striking and significant decisions in your lives.

We will spare you much of the hassle and annoyance that normally overrun those projects stealing your energy and money, posing additional challenges you neither need nor want to have.

We left Europe and relocated once more to Brazil with one more DIY international move during the peak of the tribulations in 2020.

Through this experience we were able to acquire a very special set of skills witch I would have loved to decline because the path we had to follow was very challenging...

We currently commute between Sao Paulo and the State of Santa Catarina.



Your family should be the centre of attention. Your relocation should always follow your needs and demands!


You should know at least as much as your mover knows!


Well-informed about all the variables you are able to make safe and reliable decisions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I get for the consultancy fee?
You´ll send us preliminary information including pictures of your household concerning your planned relocation. Based on this information we will analyse your international move plans. In an online conference lasting 4 hours we will follow the 22 chapters of the shipping-my-life consultancy emphasizing your personal needs and demands.
How much time ahead should I plan my international move?
It depends a lot on your family´s situation and on the size and type of your household. As a rule of thumb we can state that for an average family 1 year is a time frame that enables a detailed and safe planning. In some cases 6 months can be enough. In exceptional cases a shorter planning is needed, posing additional challenges.
What information do you need from me in order to get started?
We´ll send you a questionnaire you fill out and send back to us. We need information concerning your current domicile, which country you are planning to relocate to and some details about your household. Photographs of your furniture are of great help. We will also ask you to provide us information about your previous international relocation experiences.
Is my Data safe with shipping-my-life?
Definitely YES. We will never ever sell your personal data to any third party. Secrecy is part of our business-model! Our servers are located in Switzerland offering our clients the ultimate technical and political data safety. Check our Privacy Policy for further information.
How much does an international move cost?
The total costs depend on the shipping (weather by truck or by ship), the route, the size and value of your household and also on the time of the year you intend to ship your household. Unforeseen shortage of containers can increase considerably the shipping costs and may even force you to reschedule your relocation.
Is a relocation within the European Union also an international move?
Yes it is, but in this case you don´t have the hassle of customs clearance and thus you are much more flexible in terms of what you are allowed to ship. Nevertheless the planning and special shipping remains the same.
Is the SML consultancy exclusively for international moves?
No, the principles are applicable to domestic moves as well. In some very large countries like the USA, China or Russia interstate relocations may have shipping destinations that are thousand of Km / miles away, taking days or even weeks to deliver. In some large countries like Brazil the roads outside the southern and south-eastern states are sometimes a dodgy collection of never ending potholes. Packing your stuff following the international standards is mandatory.
Can you help me even if I already contracted a moving company?
Definitely yes. It is of great help to learn how to fight, but not in an is necessary to learn how to fight before you get involuntarily sucked into a fight. Learning the rules of the game is the first step.
Do you perform web analytics, tracking user´s data?
We utilize the “matomo” on-premise alalytics tool. The tracking system runs on our own servers in Switzerland and your entire activity data stays exclusively on our servers. This data is not transferred.


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