1st Move International Removals

1st Move are one of the UK’s largest privately owned international removals companies with a global network of moving agents and resources.

Our unique “Shrinkfast” palletised shipping systems are designed to safeguard, isolate, protect and safely ship your personal effects overseas.

Unlike other international moving companies, we professionally pack all household goods and personal effects to your own individual pallets. We then consolidate and load your pallets to shipping containers with some of the UK’s largest exporters.

This means we offer faster sailing and arrival times compared to other movers and further ensures minimal handling by others for a Faster and Safer move overseas.

Our highly personal and regulated international removals services give your goods the security and protection of palletised shipping with the economy of a weekly shared container service.

Safeguard and protect your personal effects, household goods and furniture.

“Ship It like the Pros” and discover a faster and safer international moving service with 1st Move International.

Jumbled up personal effects before packing

Segregated from other shipments and professionally export wrapped.

Perfectly packed pallet

Shrink-wrapped and heat-treated to individual pallets.

Packed pallets inside container cross section

Safely loaded and isolated from all other shipments inside the container.

Ship it Like the Pros

We do not load loose items into containers, period. Just like professional exporting companies we ensure all loose items are professionally packed, secured on to pallets and shrink-wrapped before loading to your shipping container.

We are the only International Removals Company in the UK to use this tried and tested professional packing system to ensure the safety of your household goods.

For a Faster, Safer Move Overseas

Now you can experience the benefits that professional exporters enjoy and be assured that our robust packing methods will give your personal effects the maximum protection for that overseas move.

Once packed to pallets your goods are shipped on weekly container services direct from the UK, so also get you there Faster.

Just like the pros.

International Removals - Major Benefits

  • FASTER Weekly Shipping.
  • SAFER Palletised Packing.
  • Trusted for over 25 years.
  • Weekly to USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and more.
  • Fully insured overseas removals services from the UK’s top independent mover.
  • BAR & BIFA approved worldwide moving services.

International Removals: A Faster, Safer Move Abroad

10 great benefits of moving overseas using our protective packing systems

Ship it like the pros! Our professional packing systems are specifically designed to move your personal items safely overseas. Often described as the surgical glove of shipping we maximise the protection for your household goods meaning you do not have to isolate, wipe or disinfect your goods on arrival.

We do not load loose items in containers and your personal effects will never be mixed in with other customers goods. Once palletised they can only be moved by forklift so are free from human contact until arrival at your door.

We are the only international moving company who use this system of shrink-wrap packing and have pioneered palletised shipping for over 24 years. Isolate, safeguard, protect and ship has been our mantra since 1997.

  1. Maximise the safety and security for every international move.
  2. Prevents any handling of your personal effects by others.
  3. Sealed and separated from all other shipments.
  4. No need to isolate, disinfect or wipe at your door. Just cut open the bag and dispose.
  5. No delays. We ship weekly by sharing with commercial exporting companies.
  6. Pay exactly for what you ship. Measured exactly for clear and accurate billing.
  7. Weekly shipping services with the UK’s premier shipping lines.
  8. Reduce customs delays on arrival. Customs clear your pallet. Not the container.
  9. Approved by our insurers and proven to reduce claims.
  10. Individually export wrapped, secured to your own pallets, bubble wrap protected, shrink wrapped & heat treated, strap banded and finally, security sealed.

For the safest international removals service on the planet, period.

Container ship sailing fast

Faster Weekly Shipping Service

No waiting to fill our containers. We have pre-booked container slots sharing space with commercial exporters so we can ship weekly with the worlds premier shipping lines.

Covid Safe Packing Badge
Packed pallets lined up

Science Behind Our COVID Safe Packing

Palletised removals for a safer move overseas. Our shrinkwrap packing stops the handling of individual items to ensure a Zero Touch delivery. This also reduces the risks of damage and improves the security of your goods.

Pallets being measured

Measured Exactly for Accurate Billing

Size does matter! International moving costs are determined by the total volume of your move.
Each pallet is measured exactly after packing to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.

UK Nationwide Collections

1st Move International have receiving depots throughout the UK including London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow.

We can offer collection services throughout the whole of the UK. From our main transport facilities in Bristol we can also offer next day collection and packing services throughout South Wales including Swansea, Cardiff and Newport.

Combined with our specially negotiated rates with all major shipping lines this means we can provide weekly moving and shipping services to over 97 countries including Australia, New Zealand, USA, South Africa, Canada and more.

It's a Question of Trust

1st Move International are members of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and the British Association of Removers (BAR).

We are also registered UK customs brokers which allows us to file electronic customs clearances through all main UK ports.

Established in 1997, we have been providing overseas removals services to members of the public for over 22 years and are one of the UK’s largest privately owned overseas moving companies.

We ship household goods and personal effects to almost all overseas destinations and we provide international removals insurance.

Your Pallets Packed - Live on Facebook

COVID Safe Packing and Zero Touch Delivery Label

1st Move are the only UK international removals company who offer COVID safe packing solutions when shipping household goods overseas.

Once packed, all of our customer pallets are photographed and pictures of your own shipment will be posted immediately to our Facebook page.

For news and advice you can also visit our blog page here.

Real customer reviews

Simply the best! Highly recommend 1st Move International, outstanding service. I had a large shipment of all my worldly goods to SA of which many items were very fragile. The packaging was so amazing not a single item was broken. And the communication was excellent all the way. Thank you to all at the company.

We have used 1st Move International over the past five years and never had a concern. The service we have received has encouraged us to give 1st Move International's details to all our friends

From start to finish the process to move our goods from the UK to the USA was seamless. Wonderful communication from everyone involved, and our belongings arrived in flawless condition. Highly recommend!

Everything about 1st Move itself was excellent - they were efficient, courteous, very responsive to all my concerns and very straightforward to deal with.

These guys are the best, superb service and amazing packing skills, everything arrived safely and not a scratch or broken glass in sight.

In the midst of life's challenges, they made an international move an easy process.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move.

I would give more stars if I could! 1st Move shipped 4 large pallets from the UK to the US for me and what seemed like such a daunting task to me, they handled awesomely!

Absolutely fantastic service from start to finish. Highly recommend and would definitely use again. Super helpful friendly team with brilliant communication who helped us every step of the way guiding us through all paperwork rules and regs. Thanks so much.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move. It is amazing that there was no damage taking into consideration that there was an Atlantic crossing, countless warehouse moves, train shipments, and truck deliveries. The only moving company I recommend!