Personal Effects Shipping with 1st Move International

If you're looking for a moving company to ship your personal effects overseas from the UK, look no further than 1st Move Interntional. With over 25 years experience we have helped thousands of customers move overseas or ship their personal effects from the UK to join them abroad.

Whether you are shipping clothing, small items such as artwork & books or larger items such as white goods and furniture, our specialist packing is second to none and will help ensure that your personal effects are shipped safely and securely. Combined with our scheduled weekly shipping, you can be sure that our services are the best in the business.

With nationwide collection services, controlled by our head office in Bristol, our knowledgeable team are here to help you ship your personal effects overseas and make the experience as hassle-free as possible.

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Weekly Shipping

Avoid the delays and get there faster! Our unique packing systems allow us to ship weekly by sharing containers with commercial exporting companies.

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Unbeatable Packing

Our shrinkwrap packing stops the handling of individual items to ensure a Zero Touch delivery. This also reduces the risks of damage and improves the security of your goods.

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Accurate Billing

Each pallet is measured exactly after packing to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.

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Why Should I Ship My Personal Effects Overseas with 1st Move International?

Good question! As we are one of the UK’s largest privately owned overseas removals companies, there are many benefits to shipping personal effects abroad with 1st Move International.

Firstly, our unique palletising and packing technique not only protects your personal effects, but by using it we can utilise weekly commercial shipping services for faster shipping. Instead of waiting around for other customers' cargo, your shipment will get a first class ticket on the next available scheduled sailing!

Secondly, once we have fully palletised your personal effects, we can measure the final packed pallets exactly. This means that we only charge you for the exact size of your shipment, no estimating and no guessing.

Thirdly, we are a trusted member of the British Association of Removers (BAR). They are the trade association for removal services in the UK, covering both domestic and international removals. To be a member, removals companies are inspected and audited on an annual basis so you can be rest assured you can expect a high standard of service if you ship your personal effects with 1st Move International.

Finally, we have an excellent record of customer service, and you can find some examples of this from the reviews of customers who have shipped with 1st Move International on TrustPilot, the independent review platform.

FAQ for Personal Effects Shipping Overseas

Continue reading for Frequently Asked Questions and important information about shipping personal effects overseas from the UK to COUNTRY.

The cost of shipping your personal effects abroad is dependent on many factors, including the exact destination, the size of your shipment, collection and delivery point. Where we are different from other removals companies, is that we can offer a door to door service to most destinations including the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Dubai, Singapore and many more.

We can even include the cost of unpacking and removal of any packing materials, so if this is the service that you would like please let us know at the time of quoting. This means that you can prepay your freight costs and this is one less thing for you to worry about.

To find out the exact cost of your shipment, please ask for a quote using the form on this page and we will get back to you with a free, bespoke quotation.

If you book your personal effects shipment with 1st Move International, we can offer you peace of mind with 3 levels of shipping insurance from specialist removals insurance brokers Basil Fry and Company.

Our flexible insurance policies allow you to cover only those items that you want to, not just your whole shipment. This means that you can choose to cover only the most valuable items.

For more details take a look at our shipping insurance page, or feel free to give us a call.

It couldn’t be simpler to get a quotation on your personal effects shipment with 1st Move International. All we need are a few details, and we can give you a door to door price, or if you would prefer to collect your shipment when it arrives abroad we can quote you on that basis.

Please fill out our quotation form, and our expert international removals pricing team will be able to give you a cost based on your own specific requirements.

Remember though, once your shipment is fully packed we will measure it exactly, so you will only pay for the size of your actual shipment even if it is much less than we have quoted for!

Because 1st Move International uses commercial LCL shipping services, we are able to give you published schedules to let you know exactly when we are shipping. Once your personal effects shipment is packed and all documentation is in place, we book onto the next available booked vessel to the port in your destination country.

Transit times from the UK will vary depending on the exact destination, however, here are a few examples of transit times to give you a good idea of how long your shipment may take. We also provide transit time info in our sailing schedules for each country.

  • UK to Fremantle, Australia - 50 days
  • UK to New York, USA - 12 days
  • UK to Singapore - 26 days
  • UK to Dubai - 21 days
  • UK to Toronto, Canada - 12 days
These transit times are current at the time of writing but may change over time.

For the latest shipping schedules you can go over to our International Container Shipping Schedule page and navigate to your selected country.

Other international removals companies can give you similar port to port transit times but they won’t be able to give you an indication of when your personal effects shipment will leave the UK. Their groupage/shared container services operate differently to 1st Move International. Ask them when your personal effects shipment is likely to ship from the UK.

Popular Destinations for Shipping Personal Effects from the UK

We ship personal effects to most countries around the world, so whatever your destination, we've got you covered. Some of the most popular countries for shipping personal effects from the UK include:

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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.