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About Us

1st Move International is one of the largest privately owned international removals companies in the UK. With over 25 years of experience, we have helped countless families and individuals safely ship their belongings abroad from the UK.

We are proud of our reputation for excellence and our commitment to providing the best level of protection when moving overseas from the UK. Our team of experts are dedicated to ensuring that every aspect of your international move is handled with care and attention to detail, from the initial enquiry to the safe delivery of your belongings at your new home overseas.

Continue reading to learn all about our company and staff or simply get a quote to find out about our services and how we can help make your international move a success.

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A Brief History

Established over 25 years ago in 1997, 1st Move International started as a commercial freight forwarder. We would occasionally receive requests from commercial clients to help with the relocation of their personnel and would happily oblige, providing the same level of packing and care that we would when shipping their commercial goods.

Rather than ship items loose inside a container (as is standard practice among removals companies) we would consolidate their belongings onto pallets and encase these pallets in multiple layers of protection, including our now-iconic black shrink-wrap packing, to help maximise protection of shipments, as we had always done for all commercial shipments in the past.

These individuals were so impressed with the level of protection and care afforded to their prized possessions that we quickly realised the potential of providing overseas removals services that offer customers a higher level of safety and attention when handling, packing and shipping their personal effects.

This led us to eventually shift from shipping commercial goods and to instead focus on international removals, all while carrying over what we do best; unbeatable packing!

Ever since, 1st Move International has become a pioneer in the industry for quality packing and overall safety and security of international removals shipments and we have built a strong reputation by consistently providing the safest and fastest method of shipping personal effects, furniture and other belongings from the UK to major destinations such as the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

Today, 1st Move International is still an independent, family run business. We continue to adapt to our customer’s needs and are constantly reviewing our processes to make sure we are able to effectively ship worldwide, whatever the world throws at us.

For more information on the benefits of shipping with 1st Move International, check out our faster shipping and safer packing pages.

Meet the Team

At 1st Move International, we are proud of our experienced and dedicated team. Get to know the professionals who will handle your international move with care - from our packing crews and logistics experts, to our move managers and customer service representatives.
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Our Mission

At 1st Move International, our mission is to provide the highest quality international removals services by combining expert knowledge, innovative techniques and unparalleled customer service. We are committed to delivering our customers' belongings safely and securely to their new homes overseas, with a focus on the careful packing and protection of their personal effects. As an independent, family-run business, we are dedicated to adapting to the ever-changing needs of our customers, and we strive to continuously improve our processes to ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry.

In addition to our removals services, we also maintain an active blog where we provide expert advice and guidance on all aspects of moving overseas to help you make your international move a success.

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Your Pallets Packed - Posted Live on Facebook

Your life, carefully wrapped, beautifully packed, and protected for the journey ahead.

We are extremely proud of our unique packing process. We are the only international removals company in the UK that uses this tried and tested method to ship your treasured personal possessions overseas.

Visit our Facebook page to find a snapshot of each shipment captured as the final pallet is wrapped.