How is 1st Move International different from other international removals companies?

Many moving companies provide shared ‘Groupage’ container services that need a large 40’ shipping container to be filled with your and other peoples’ belongings before it can be shipped.

When you ship with 1st Move using our palletised shared container service your shipping schedule will not be affected or delayed by other peoples’ moving plans. We treat your move as just that…Your move.

Once collected your belongings will be packed, wrapped, protected and sealed onto pallets creating your own bespoke, secure shipping units with our unique Shrinkfast packing system…we never load and ship our customers belongings as loose items.

In addition to providing the highest levels of safety and security, our palletised packing system lets us book space for your move with commercial shipping lines in one of their pre-booked containers, on the next available vessel departure.

Our unique palletised packing system means we share containers with some of the UK's largest manufacturing and exporting companies. More importantly, it allows us to provide you with access to the weekly container services offered by the world’s premier international shipping lines.

For more details on how and why we have been packing and shipping for our customers in this way for over 25 years take a look at our blog: How Palletising Your Personal Belongings Makes Moving Overseas Safer.

How Long Does It Take To Ship Personal Effects?

While all moving companies should provide a transit time on their quotation, you should always ask your mover how long it will be before your shipment will leave the UK. Due to the significant challenges some movers are facing in coordinating container shipments they might not be able to tell you.

When moving overseas with 1st Move you avoid this type of uncertainty and can plan your international removal with confidence. You can always ask one of our team about our next sailings or simply take a look at our published Removals Shipping Schedules;

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.


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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!