In the early years the company was frequently asked to relocate our clients staff to overseas posts and gladly took the opportunity to ensure that our clients personal effects were afforded the same quality of service that was given to their own commercial shipments. That process begins with the quality of packing.

Our years of experience in moving goods overseas taught us a few lessons. It is essential to get things shipped quickly and ensure that the export paperwork is of the highest standard. However the most important aspect of any international removals process is simply to make sure that the goods turn up undamaged and exactly as they left the UK. That same philosophy applies when conducting international removals for private clients when shipping their household goods and personal effects overseas.

At 1st Move we have the best systems and staff in place and have the highest quality of customer service, but if the goods are not packed safely and securely for the stresses and strains of an international move you are simply asking for trouble. Making sure your possessions are safe and secure is our number one priority.

Not Your Usual Mover

The traditional way of shipping goods overseas is to combine everyone's personal effects, loosely, into a 20ft or 40ft container. In effect traditional movers need to pack your goods tightly, with everyone else, to maximize the profit on that container. Space is money. That container needs filling.

A traditional International Removals Company now has to wait for more clients to book additional cargo so they can fill up the container and maximise their profit. Some of them have to wait a long time, and trying to get an accurate shipping date or sailing time from them can sometimes be a challenge.

Just ask your mover when your goods will be shipped. At 1st Move the answer is next week.

We do Things a Little Differently

We treat every move is an individual job. By using our bespoke packing systems we are able to load your goods with commercial companies and ship out weekly to over 6400 destinations. We do not wait to fill up containers, we don't need to. There are over 8 ships leaving the UK every week for Australia alone, all filled with the export orders from UK companies and manufacturers. The UK's exporting and manufacturing companies don't wait weeks for their goods to be shipped from the UK. And neither do 1st Move Customers.

Once your goods are securely packed and palletized by 1st Move they are shipped. We don't hang around. Our packing systems also ensure we can accurately measure your move and charge you for the exact space taken up inside our containers. No Guessing. Our packing systems also ensure a safer move by minimising risk and maximising safety and can also speed your move through overseas customs who do not need to hold a full container waiting for one troublesome client who has not complied with customs regulations. They simply separate and customs clear your own pallets without needing to hold up a full container of mixed up personal effects. Neat.

Go on. Give your personal effects the rock star treatment they deserve with 1st Move International. Book a first class ticket for your prized possessions. Simply fill in our quote form and find out more about why we are different than any international mover.

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.

You can see a gallery of our latest customer shipments here.

Looking for a quote? Use our quote form to receive an estimate for your move.

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!