- At 1st Move International we ensure that all your goods are thoroughly prepared for shipping by loading all packed items together onto Forestry Commission approved pallets. All pallets are heat treated and stamped to comply with all overseas import regulations.
- We pack individual items into cartons, crates or boxes. Furniture and larger items are paper and bubble wrapped for extra protection. To reduce shipping costs we will utilise all empty spaces, inside drawers, between the legs of chairs and pack soft furnishings, like bedding, inside white goods. Space costs money! Our packers are experts at filling up those empty spaces to ensure maximum cost savings for your move. This process makes for a fantastic, tight, safe and secure package so your household goods are not rattling around inside a shipping container on their journey overseas. Just a great way to ship stuff.
- Now your goods are protected and packed and arranged tightly onto your pallets. They are then wrapped around with a clear stretch-wrap film to bind all items tightly together to minimise movement in transit. A further layer of double walled cardboard sheet and 2 layers of export standard bubble wrap are added to help protect your goods from accidental knocks or bumps. And that's just the start.
- And now the good bit. We use a 125 micron polymer plastic film. This is heavy duty plastic bag on a roll and designed to shrink to a tight fit when heat treated. Strong, durable, weather and waterproof. It comes off our rollers like a large open ended bag. We then seal one end of this bag and then cover your pallet to form a safe, secure, strong and weatherproof shroud. This is then heat treated to shrink fast and bind the whole pallet tightly together. Magnificent.
- Wait, there's more. Polypropylene strapping is then used to further secure the pallet. With a breaking strain of 160kg this tough export strapping is fed under the wooden pallet and over the top. Four times on smaller pallets. Six times on larger pallets. These straps are then joined and sealed together with a metal seal. The crimped seal closure provides a tight grip on the strapping for extra security in transit. Now, there is no side to side movement whilst your goods are inside our shipping containers. What a great idea!
- Your pallet is then labeled and security sealed with a unique 1st Move ID number. The security seal on the left is B101065. Each seal has a different tracking code.
- This number is recorded on all shipping documentation and provides a detailed paper trail in the event that the pallets have been tampered with. That doesn't happen on our watch.
- It is a visual reminder to others that we can track the security of your pallet throughout our supply chain. From our UK warehouse right up to your front door, your goods are being logged and checked every step of the way. Nobody messes with a 1st Move pallet!
- And finally. Measured. Exactly. Length, width and height to the nearest centimeter. This now gives us your chargeable volume and our world famous price guarantee so that you know you will be charged for the EXACT size of your house move. No nasty surprises when you get your final bill. These measurements are clearly recorded on your pallets and are subject to additional checks by the shipping lines and port authorities. You can also check the sizes when the goods arrive at your front door. Break open the Champagne.
We are the only removals company who employ this system of packing. Our packing systems have been rigorously vetted, audited and approved by our insurance company and provide, without doubt, the safest way to transport household goods and personal effects overseas. Our insurers love us and our packing methods ensure we have the lowest insurance claims records of any international removals company in the UK. Intelligent Shipping for a Faster, Safer, Smarter move from 1st Move International.
For larger moves that require full containers we pack a little differently, to see for yourself how we do it click here or on the container loading video image to watch...
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