28 April, 2022News Categories. News
Moving house in the UK is a stressful and time-consuming process, but moving house overseas is even more so. With so much to organise and take into account, the international removals experts at KG Logistics have put together this definitive guide to help you get started with your global relocation.
What does an international removal company do?
An international removal company will pack, load, and transport your household furniture and other personal belongings to the destination that you are moving to. They will ensure the process is done as efficiently as possible to ensure everything arrives safely and securely, with as little stress for you as possible.
They will manage all of the import/export regulations and documentation on your behalf, as well as organise the freight transportation. Their in-depth knowledge of the necessary rules and regulations will make the moving process much easier for you. Some of the other services they offer include:
- International standard packing
- Loading, transportation, and unloading
- Short or long term storage
- Vehicle moving
- The necessary local contacts to re-assemble and dismantle complex items
What transport options are available from removal companies?
The most applicable method of freight transportation will depend on where you are moving from and to. Some moves, such as from the UK to Europe, can be undertaken by road freight. However, the most common freight options are sea and air freight.
This is the most common type of freight transportation for international removals. If you have a lot of belongings to move, you may want to purchase the space of an entire container. This is known as full container load (FCL) and is available in numerous sizes: 10ft, 20ft, and 40ft. A 20ft container can hold around 1050 cubic feet of packed furniture.
However, if you have fewer items to take then you should only pay for the space you need. This is known as less-than-container load (LCL) and involves your furniture and belongings being packed in a container with other people’s items. This is the most cost-effective solution for those not transporting a large amount.
Airfreight is the best transportation option if you are only moving a small number of belongings and need them transported quickly. However, this method is not cost-effective, and especially not for large moves. Sometimes people may send a small shipment of their essential belongings ahead by air and follow with the non-essentials by sea freight.
If you live in the UK and are moving to mainland Europe, road freight may be the most suitable option for you. Just like sea freight, there are FCL or LCL options available depending on how much you want to transport.
How much does an international removal company cost?
The cost of an international moving company, known as an estimate, is based on the estimated weight/volume of your total furniture and personal belongings. This estimate will include any charges for third-party expenses such as packing, customs clearance, and storage if required.
International removals that need storage
Many international removal companies offer short and long term storage options. If you aren’t ready to receive the delivery straight away, a storage solution can be sorted until you are. KG Logistics offers this service and will ensure your belongings are stored safely in a trusted location.
How long does it take to ship household goods overseas?
The exact time it takes to transport your household goods overseas will depend on a range of factors.
The method of transport
Airfreight is the fastest option and can have your belongings delivered in the time it takes to fly from your location to the destination. Sea freight will take the longest to deliver your household goods, but you can purchase exclusive containers that are the quickest sea shipping option.
Where you are moving from and to
The location you are shipping from and to will obviously affect the time it takes to arrive and will influence which transportation method is most appropriate.
Selecting the right international removals company
You should undertake thorough research before selecting the international removals company to transport your belongings to your new location. There are numerous things you should be looking out for, such as a moving company that has expert packing materials and door-to-door service.
Here are some of our top tips for choosing your international removals company:
- Start looking early. The entire process of international moving is not quick, so you must look for your moving company early to ensure they have enough time to prepare for the move before the desired move date.
- Look for specific international experiences. Any moving company can tell you they are able to arrange an international move, but unless they have previous experience in international removals, you are taking a huge risk.
- Customs expertise is essential. When selecting your company, ensure they have experience and knowledge of the customs formalities and regulations in the country of your destination.
- Compare quotes. You will not know if the company you have selected is the best fit for you if you do not compare it against other options. Find at least three to five moving companies and compare their prices and services point by point.