Ask the Moving Doctor

Our resident Moving Doctor, Mark Nash is in the house! Mark has been in the moving business for 33 years, originally from England; he has moved 5 times internationally and has worked in England, mainland Europe, The Middle East and for the past 19 years in the USA. If he doesn’t know the answer to the question, he has enough friends in this industry to find out for you.

He currently sits on the board of the International Shippers Association and the Commercial Affairs committee at the International Association of Movers.

Mark will always do his best to provide an answer honestly, professionally and treat this forum as a place where everyone can learn about moving overseas.

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  • melissa scovronski
    Posted at 23:47h, 20 March Reply

    Is is advisable to put an arm chair in a 100 crate?

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 14:53h, 30 March Reply

      Hello Melissa, first off, I apologize for the delay in replying, we had a software glitch and the reply button was not on the screen for me to reply to you.
      All fixed now, and the answer is yes that is fine obviously as long as it fits. I would wrap it in movers blankets and label it with your name, and a number to correspond to the packing list. The U Crate 100 is fantastic for protecting all items. They have like a 99% success rate of getting everything to the destination, just as you packed it. So as long as you pack it well and don’t force too much in to bow or bend the sides, all will be good.
      Cheers and happy packing, The International Moving Doctor.

  • Nicky O'Brien
    Posted at 13:06h, 31 January Reply

    How long can the shipping container be left with us for shelf packing?

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 12:05h, 10 February Reply

      Hello Nicky, depending where you are but generally you get two hours free for loading then its about 100 pounds / Euros/ Dollars ish per hour after that while the driver and truck waits. Alternatively we can sometimes place the container on a Friday for example and collect it on the Monday. This works if you are near a port or inland container terminal but could be expensive with double trucking as the truck has to come back to collect the container if you live nowhere near a port or inland container terminal.
      I hope that helps and let me know if you need more details.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

  • Lauren
    Posted at 09:58h, 20 November Reply

    Are rechargeable batteries prohibited from being packed in the shipment? I saw a post saying laptops should be brought via plane, but what is the stance on regular batteries? My husband has a decent collection of rechargeable AA and AAA batteries in a case and we are wondering if this is something that could be packed or not. Thanks!

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:58h, 21 November Reply

      Hi Lauren, they will be fine to ship no problem.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

  • Ed
    Posted at 11:48h, 18 October Reply

    Can part of the pallet be made up of heavy plastic totes? It will be going to England.

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 10:13h, 19 October Reply

      Hello Ed, yes they can but please make sure they are heavy duty totes as the lightweight ones tend to crack during transit when other things are stacked on top of them. Its worth spending the money on tough heavy duty totes or strong cardboard boxes.
      Hope that helps, cheers The International Moving Doctor

  • Lauren
    Posted at 18:18h, 17 October Reply


    How specific do we need to be per line of the packing list? Is it enough to say “kitchenware” or would I need to detail the specifics like plates, cups, pot, pan etc. The lines dont look big enough to detail everything in some of our boxes! Thanks!

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 10:26h, 18 October Reply

      Hi Lauren, no details required so Kitchenware is fine. If you have a mixed box just list whatever the majority thing is in the box.
      The International Moving Doctor

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