Trusted International Movers from Reading

At 1st Move International, we understand that an international move from Reading can be a daunting and stressful undertaking and with over 25 years of experience you can trust our team of experienced and highly trained professionals to work closely with you to understand your unique needs and requirements. We know that every move is different, and that's why we provide personalized solutions tailored to your specific circumstances.

From carefully packing and loading your belongings to handling all the paperwork, customs formalities, and insurance, we take care of every aspect of your move so that you can focus on starting your new life abroad. We serve Reading and the surrounding areas including Caversham, Earley, and Woodley and are committed to making your international move as smooth and stress-free 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

Packing is a crucial part of any overseas move, which is why we use a unique shrink-fast packing system proven to be the safest way to transport household goods and personal effects overseas. Our packing systems have been approved and vetted by our insurance company, and results in one of the lowest damage claim rates in the industry ensuring the safety of your individual items both in the UK and at your destination point. With our innovative and advanced packing process, your move will be faster, safer, and smarter. Read more about our packing process here or watch our video below.

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

Trusted by Customers Across Reading

We take great pride in our customer satisfaction. Our meticulous packing techniques, friendly and professional staff, and attention to detail have earned us consistent rave reviews from our customers. We strive to make every international move as smooth and stress-free as possible, and our positive reviews are a testament to our commitment to customer satisfaction. So please read our customer reviews check see for yourself why customers across Reading trust us with their international moves.

Memberships and Accreditations

1st Move International has been running for over 20 years and our team have helped ship countless individuals from Reading to their new home overseas. As members of BIFA (the British International Freight Association), we adhere to a strict code of conduct, ensuring that we maintain the highest standards in shipping services. And as trusted members of BAR (the British Association of Removers) we adhere to its rigorous standards and service guidelines including transparency in quotation and pricing as well as high level customer service.

Marine Insurance

We offer comprehensive shipping insurance through our partnership with Basil Fry & Co, a leading provider in the UK's moving industry. Our unique packing systems, developed and refined over 20 years, have enabled us to maintain the lowest claims record in our sector. These systems minimize the risk of damage or loss, ensuring the safety and security of your belongings during transit. We always recommend marine shipping insurance due to the various parties involved in handling your goods, including overseas customs officers.

Areas Covered in and Around Reading

  • Caversham
  • Earley
  • Tilehurst
  • Shinfield
  • Whitley
  • Newtown
  • Lower Earley
  • and more!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When it comes to international removals from Reading, 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 Reading 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 Reading 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 Reading 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

Are you planning to move overseas from Reading or its surrounding areas? Look no further than 1st Move International. With over 25 years of experience, we are the experts in comprehensive international removals services. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you start your new life abroad. For a detailed quotation and more information on our great services, complete our quick moving quote form here. Trust us to make your international move from Reading smooth and stress-free.

Ready to start your journey?
Get a free quote to move overseas from reading 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.