Ship Personal Effects from the UK to the USA with 1st Move International

1st Move International we have been helping our customers ship their personal effects to the USA for over 25 years. Our services have helped thousands of people move to the USA or to ship their personal effects from the UK to join them.

Be it for clothing, small items such as figurines or larger items such as white goods, our specialist packing is second to none. We will help to ensure that your personal effects are shipped safely and securely, and with our scheduled weekly shipping you can be sure that our services are the fastest in the business.

With nationwide collection services, controlled by our head office in Bristol, our experienced and knowledgeable team are here to help you to ship your personal effects to the USA 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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Discover the Benefits of Shipping Your Personal Belongings to the USA with 1st Move International

Wondering why 1st Move International is your ideal partner for sending personal items to the USA? As a prominent and independently owned international removal company in the UK, we offer a host of benefits for your transatlantic shipments.

Our innovative packing and palletising method not only offers unparalleled protection for your belongings but also allows us to leverage frequent commercial shipping routes. This means your shipment bypasses the wait for other customers' goods and is expedited on the soonest available shipping service.

Furthermore, our precise palletising technique enables us to accurately measure the final dimensions of your shipment. This precision ensures you're billed only for the actual size of your shipment, eliminating any approximations or uncertainties in charges.

Proudly affiliated with the British Association of Removers (BAR), the authoritative body for removal services in the UK, we adhere to the highest standards. Annual inspections and audits are part of our commitment as a BAR member, assuring you of exemplary service standards when shipping to the USA with 1st Move International.

Additionally, our dedication to outstanding customer service is evident. You can read firsthand accounts from our satisfied customers on TrustPilot, an independent review platform, showcasing our track record in customer satisfaction.

FAQ for Personal Effects Shipping to the USA

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

If you book your personal effects shipment to the the USA 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.

The cost of shipping your personal effects to the USA is dependent on many factors, including 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.

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.

As a guide, for our LCL shared container service, freight prices from port to port are from £1,247, and for our FCL dedicated container service freight prices are from £3,900 for a 20’ container or £5,232 for a 40’ container.

Costs do vary however, so we recommend that you send us your details and we can arrange a quotation based on your own specific requirements. The quotation is free with no obligations.

It couldn’t be simpler to get a quotation on your personal effects shipment to the USA 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 in the USA 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 when we are shipping to the USA. 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 the USA.

For the latest shipping schedules for the USA then you can go over to our International Container Shipping Schedule page of our website. This shows you the port to port transit time, but for confirmation of the expected door to door transit time please give us a call and we can give you the dates based on your specific requirements.

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 to the USA

We ship personal effects to the whole of the USA, so whatever your destination, we've got you covered. Some of the most popular destinations for shipping personal effects to the USA include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Seattle, Denver, Charlotte, Columbus, Indianapolis, Nashville, Detroit and Baltimore.

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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.