Trusted International Movers from Portsmouth

Our team at 1st Move International understands the complexities of an international move from Portsmouth. Our experience, spanning more than two and a half decades, has equipped our dedicated team to offer a personalised solution after understanding your specific needs. We comprehend that each move has its unique challenges, thus we customise our services to fit your situation.

We are committed to handling every facet of your move. From safer packing and loading your possessions to managing all documentation, customs protocols, and insurance, we cover everything, letting you focus on your exciting new journey abroad. Serving Portsmouth and nearby areas such as Southsea, Cosham, and Fratton, we are committed to making your international move as uncomplicated and serene as possible.

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 world's premier shipping lines.

Packed pallets lined up

Better Protection For Your Move

Palletised international removals for a safer move overseas. Our shrink-wrap packing stops the handling of individual items. This reduces the risks of damage, mix-ups and improves the security & protection of your goods.

Pallets being measured

Measured Exactly for Accurate Billing

When it comes to shipping, size matters. Moving costs are determined by the total volume of your shipment. After packing, our pallets can be measured exactly to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.

Our Unique Packing System - The Best in the Business

A key element of any international relocation is packaging. We have developed a unique shrink-fast packing system, known to be the most secure technique for overseas transport of household goods and personal effects. Our packing method, validated and endorsed by our insurance partners, results in one of the industry's lowest damage claim rates, ensuring your items' safety from Portsmouth to your final destination. With our superior and modern packing procedure, your move will be quicker, more secure, and more efficient. Learn more about our packing process here or watch our informative video below.

See our safer packing page for a more detailed breakdown of our packing procedures.

Trusted by Customers Across Portsmouth

Customer satisfaction is at the core of our services. Our painstaking packing procedures, friendly and skilled team, and keen eye for detail have consistently garnered high accolades from our customers. We strive to make every international move as effortless and relaxed as possible. Peruse our customer reviews and see why Portsmouth residents consistently trust us with their international moves.

Memberships and Accreditations

For over 20 years, 1st Move International has been assisting Portsmouth residents in their overseas relocations. As members of BIFA (the British International Freight Association), we abide by a stringent code of conduct, upholding the highest standards in shipping services. Moreover, as esteemed members of BAR (the British Association of Removers), we comply with its strict standards and service guidelines, ensuring clarity in our quotes and providing exemplary customer service.

Marine Insurance

We offer comprehensive shipping insurance in partnership with Basil Fry & Co, a leading UK's moving industry insurer. Our unique packing systems, perfected over 20 years, have resulted in the lowest claims record in our sector. These systems diminish the risk of damage or loss, ensuring the secure transit of your belongings. Due to the various parties handling your goods, including overseas customs officials, we consistently advocate for marine shipping insurance.

Areas Covered in and Around Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth
  • Southampton
  • Fareham
  • Gosport
  • Havant
  • Eastleigh
  • Waterlooville
  • and more!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When it comes to international removals from Portsmouth, the cost will depend on several factors, including the size or volume of your shipment, the destination, and the value of your household goods. Additional considerations like packing requirements and distance from international ports can also impact the cost of your move. At 1st Move International, we offer competitive pricing and provide a range of services to help make your international move as stress-free as possible. You can expect to pay from £750.00 for a shared container service or over £4000.00 for a dedicated 20ft or 40ft full house move.

To get a better idea of the costs involved, be sure to check out our international removals costs guide.

You can bring all manner of personal effects and household goods with you, such as furniture, electronics, artwork, clothes, and other items providing you're the owner of course!

However, it's important to note that there are certain items that are prohibited from overseas shipping, including perishable goods, plants, tobacco, alcohol, and more. We provide a list of often prohibited good in our customs guide, which you can refer to for more information.

There are several options available, each with its own set of advantages and considerations. These include:

  • Full container load (FCL) shipping, which involves shipping all of your belongings in a single container.
  • Less than container load (LCL) shipping, which involves combining your belongings with other shipments in a shared container.
  • Air freight, which is faster but more expensive than sea freight.

Choosing the right shipping option will depend on factors such as your budget, the volume of your belongings, and the speed of delivery required. Our team of experts can help you navigate these considerations and choose the right shipping option for your needs.

The duration of an international move to Portsmouth will depend on the final destination. Shipping port to port from the UK to New York, USA, for instance, takes roughly 12 days. Shipping to Singapore takes around 26 days, and shipping to Australia can take approximately 50 days. For detailed information on transit times and sailing schedules to major destinations, refer to our weekly international moving schedules.

We understand that tracking the progress of your international move from Portsmouth is important. Fortunately we offer online tracking services that allow you to monitor the status of your shipment. You will typically receive a tracking number or reference code, which you can use to track the progress of your shipment. Our container and cargo tracking system enables us to track your goods in real-time, anywhere in the world. If you have any questions or concerns about tracking your international move, don't hesitate to contact our team for assistance.

We highly recommend that you consider taking out insurance for your international move from Portsmouth to protect against the risks associated with international shipping. Our marine shipping insurance, provided through our brokers Basil Fry & Co, is designed to give you peace of mind and covers loss, theft, and damage. Our Standard cover policy is more than adequate to cover your goods in the event of loss, theft and damage and includes damage cover for all goods packed by usl.

Get Your FREE Quote

Planning an overseas move from Portsmouth or its nearby areas? 1st Move International is here to help. With over 25 years of experience, we are your go-to experts for all-inclusive international removals services. Reach out to us today to learn how we can assist in your overseas transition. For a detailed quote and more information about our services, complete our quick moving quote form here. Trust us to ensure a smooth and tranquil international move from Portsmouth.

Ready to start your journey?
Get a free quote to move overseas from Portsmouth using the form above, or give us a call on 0800 389 0784 to speak to one of our advisors.

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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.

This is our craft - lives packed with care and attention for their journey overseas. Visit our Facebook page to find a snapshot of each shipment captured as the final pallet is wrapped.

We're proud to post these images, showcasing our removals team's passion and skill. Your personal effects are in the very best hands and are now destined for new adventures abroad.

Come and have a look.