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.

Ask your question below!

  • Meg
    Posted at 20:41h, 11 September Reply

    Hi there,

    We are thinking of moving home to Ireland and aren’t sure what the best option is for us as I don’t think we have enough for a whole container. We will have 2 sofas, a large BBQ grill some guitars and amplifiers and some other small household and kitchen items. Any ideas on cost? We’d be going from Chicago to Galway, Ireland. We would not need anything in a hurry.


    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 13:43h, 12 September Reply

      Hello Meg. Your self packing options with the 2 sofas are limited! They are too big to fit in our U Crates or U Box and as you say, you dont have enough for a 20 foot shipping container. My advise would be to get a couple of quotes from moving companies to pack, crate and ship all your things including the sofas to Ireland. Then look at our prices for shipping all your other pieces in a U Box or U Crate and compare prices! With a bit of luck the money you would save on not using a moving company and not shipping your sofas by using UPAkWeShip will be enough for you to buy new sofas when you get to Ireland ! I will be sending you our rates and service options by email. Anything else you need let me know, Thanks The Moving Doc.

    • Devon
      Posted at 23:33h, 12 December Reply

      Hi there,

      Are you still looking at shipping? We are going from Canada to Galway..maybe we can share a 20 ft.


  • Luana
    Posted at 01:14h, 06 September Reply

    I am moving to the UK
    I have 6 boxes of 1.5 cu ft
    3 3.0 cu ft
    1 4.5 cu ft
    1 6.0 cu ft
    what is the best way to ship these?

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:22h, 06 September Reply

      Hello Luana, that makes a total of 28.5 cubic feet. We have a baggage rate through to door for $654 if you can drop off at one of our 88 receiving terminals across the USA. If not we can collect from a ground floor front door for an additional $125
      The price includes everything through to delivery anywhere in England. I have emailed you our total service options and rates to the United Kingdom. Hope that helps, thanks Moving Doc

  • Dave Fenwick
    Posted at 14:45h, 04 September Reply

    I have just one cardboard box to move to Fremantle, but it’s a long and heavy one:
    90″ x 48″ x 12″ and 75 lbs. It contains a fiberglass statue in foam pack.
    What’s the best way to ship it from Portland, Oregon?

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:43h, 05 September Reply

      Thanks for calling just now, as discussed I think an LCL service into Fremantle is your best bet.

  • Janna Yore
    Posted at 16:04h, 03 September Reply

    Sorry, forgot to say my husband needs to get his drums over as well!

  • Janna Yore
    Posted at 16:04h, 03 September Reply

    I am relocating back to Oregon from Ireland, and I am so confused about shipping our things! We aren’t taking any furniture, but I need to take all our clothes, some toys, photo frames, books, etc. I’d like to take the t.v, some dishes, and some other various baby items (swing, stroller, car seat). What is the best way to send all this stuff over? Container? Bunch of suitcases and sell anything that wont fit? Argh… help!! 🙂


    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:47h, 05 September Reply

      We can do this on our shared container service. We can pick up all your packed boxes in Ireland, bring them over to England where we load up a 40 ft container with lots of peoples things and ship it into Los Angeles. We then clear it through customs and deliver it up to you in Oregon. I have emailed you some prices, deep breath now, you can do this !! 🙂
      Any questions or the prices I sent you or anything else let me know. Oh PS, the drums will be fine if they are in drum cases!

  • Kostadin MItev
    Posted at 19:26h, 31 August Reply

    I need to ship 1 30 Kg. box from White Plains, NY to either (whichever is cheaper) Plovid, Sofia or Burgas in Bulgaria.

    Please let me know what the cost will be?


    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:48h, 05 September Reply

      Best bet will be to call our Air freight division on 866 944 8303 and speak to Ken, thanks The Moving Doc

  • Blair Winfry
    Posted at 13:51h, 29 August Reply

    What is the average transit time from Chicago to London?

    • The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 13:54h, 29 August Reply

      If you are using one of our part load services like the U Box, U Crate baggage or shared container service I would allow for 6-7 weeks. If you are going to use the self load shipping container option budget for about 5 weeks door to door. Thanks The Moving Dr

  • TimP
    Posted at 22:57h, 27 August Reply

    What is the best way to ship a box of hand tools from LA to Brisbane Australia, weight could be distributed between 2 bozes, Current tool box is 125 lbs with tools.

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 13:15h, 28 August Reply

      Hi Tim, I’ll send you by email our seafreight baggage rates as well as I’ll pass your enquiry on to our airfreight office to send you some rates to. Thanks Moving Dr

  • Annica
    Posted at 18:58h, 25 August Reply


    I have a question.

    We are moving from USA to Denmark. We will have about 30 boxes with clothes, books and office supplies. We may have 1 king size bed, 1 washer, 1 dryer and a TV. How much space would this take and what would the price be?

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 13:36h, 26 August Reply

      Hello Annica, I will email you our rates for boxes from the USA to Denmark however if you decide to take your king size bed, washer & dryer etc I think you will be better contracting a mover to come and pack these items for you and place into a crate or lift van. These items are too large for our U Crates and it would not be cost effective to just load these items into a 20 foot shipping container. Hope that helps, The Moving Dr

  • Liz Rea
    Posted at 16:21h, 23 August Reply

    I was curious about the rates for luggage shipping – the rates are for several pieces up to the limit (30 cubic feet for the lowest range) or just one piece up to the limit?

    Thanks for the info!


    • MarkNash
      Posted at 16:29h, 23 August Reply

      Hello Liz, you can use as many boxes, suitcases, plastic totes, foot lockers or trunks as you want. As long as each piece can be lifted by one person and when all the items are stacked together into a cube, the volume does not exceed 30 cubic feet. We now have a handy little volume calculator on the web site. Click here and just enter your longest, highest and widest points of your cube and it tells you the cubic feet !
      Thanks, The Moving Dr

  • Gary Satterlee
    Posted at 01:30h, 23 August Reply

    I’m shipping a vacuum pump to a friend in Swansea, U.K..
    I Crate, 1.4CuFt. (Yes, very small)
    Gross weight: 29 Lbs.
    Tare: 22 Lbs.
    I work in the Los Angeles Port area so am happy to deliver into your hands as directed. Could you give me a ballpark rate quote?
    Thanks very much.

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 12:59h, 23 August Reply

      Hello Gary, in this particualr case I suggest you take it to the post office and mail it. Alternatively take it to a UPS store for shipping. These would be the cheapest and most reliable ways of sending your vacuum. Thanks The Moving Dr

  • Petra Daughtry
    Posted at 22:15h, 21 August Reply

    How much would it cost to ship 6 of your medium boxes from Va to the Netherlands?

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 14:22h, 22 August Reply

      Thanks for your email Petra, I have emailed you directly our different service options and rates for moving to Holland. We have terminals in Richmond, Norfolk and near Dulles airport where you can drop off your boxes or we can collect from your ground floor front door if you prefer. I hope this helps but let me know if I can answer any more questions, Thanks Moving Dr

  • TimP
    Posted at 20:43h, 20 August Reply

    We have various items packed in plastic storage boxes do these need to be reboxed to ship overseas? Also what is the best way to ship a table and chairs (distmantle to fit flat or leave assembled)?

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 21:08h, 20 August Reply

      If they are decent quality storage boxes they should be fine for shipping but make sure you tape the lids on well by making 2 passes right underneath and over on both sides. I would dissasemble to furniture to make it flat packed to fit in a box. We also have U Boxes or U Crates that might work well for your plastic boxes and small furniture. The U Crates are made of wood and as they are quite heavy you have to load them at one of our 88 terminals. The U boxes are made of cardboard with a pallet underneath and can be shipped to your house for you to load in your garage and then we can collect them later. You can see these options by clicking here. Both would be good for boxes and furniture. Hope this helps, thanks Moving Dr

  • Margaret Goodman
    Posted at 20:37h, 19 August Reply

    Hello, We are looking to ship approximately 1500 pounds of books to South Africa. Is this within your capabilities?
    Thank you, Margaret Goodman

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 17:34h, 20 August Reply

      Yes, can you pack all the books into moving boxes? You can buy book boxes that are about 1.5 cubic feet.Where in South Africa do these need to go to? Thanks Moving Dr

  • Terry Reed Borman
    Posted at 16:56h, 19 August Reply

    I have a few items in my home in Chandler, AZ that I want to move to my home in Springfield, VA.
    The items include golf clubs, clothing, shoes, and some misc items.
    How can I do this?

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 17:58h, 20 August Reply

      We have the U Box that we can send out to your house. You can then load it up in your own time in your garage. Once your ready we can collect it and ship to your address in VA. Based on the load not being more than 600lbs price is $765. You can find out more info on the U Box by clicking here. Anything else let me know, Thanks Moving Dr

  • Rv
    Posted at 03:44h, 18 August Reply

    I am concider ring two 20 foot containers dropped off in Panorama city, Ca and picked up with tilt trailer and moved to Grande Prairie Canada. Possible?

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 17:51h, 20 August Reply

      Yes this is possible. You will need to hire a crane or very large forklift to lift the containers off the ground and on to the trailer. You will be better off finfing a flat bed trucker to quote you for trucking from CA to Canada. Again if you need the containers dropped on the ground at Grand Praire you will need to hire a crane or fork lift. For the trucking I suggest googling flat bed trucking services and call to get some prices. If you are buying shipping containers, have a look at this site Let me know if you need more info thanks Moving Dr

  • Betty
    Posted at 23:47h, 16 August Reply

    Do u have a terminal near Pensacola Florida?

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 14:07h, 17 August Reply

      Hello Betty, yes we do. Its at WEST NINE MILE ROAD
      PENSACOLA , FL 32534

      Be sure to wear lots of bug spray ! 🙂

  • Sayaka
    Posted at 14:46h, 09 August Reply

    I’m shipping some display components for an exhibit in Italy next year. The exhibition will be from early March to the end of May. The items will be shipped back to the United States after that. Due to the volume of the items being shipped, we need the U Crate service. Do you handle return shipping, and if so will we be able to keep the crate for the duration of the exhibition? I appreciate your input.

    • MarkNash
      Posted at 17:45h, 20 August Reply

      Hello, yes you could load everything into the U Crate and you keep it for the exhibition, then re load it, we collect it and ship it back to the USA. You will need to obtain a Carnet often available from your local chamber of commerce that will list the items and values and state the goods are for temporary import in Italy and will all be returned bck to the USA. Its a little tricky but we have done this before for exhibitions as well as for theatrical props for touring acts. Please email me the details and I can confirm the prices and options for you. Thanks Moving Dr

  • The Moving Doctor
    Posted at 22:15h, 04 August Reply

    How do I work out the volume of my shipment?

    Quite often moving boxes will have information on them, i.e. 4.5 cu ft meaning 4 and a half cubic feet. If you have a load of boxes the same size, multiply the amount of boxes by 4.5.

    If you have a range of box sizes then stack them into a giant cube and measure the longest, widest and highest points of your cube in inches. Multiply these three dimensions together and then divide that number by 1728 and that will be your volume.

    Another idea if you’re going to use a U Box or a crate, is to measure out the dimensions with blue masking tape on your floor and wall and make yourself an imaginary box and see if everything you have will fit into that space.

    We also have an automatic volume estimator, where you can click on items you would like to take and it adds up the volume for you. We also have a handy tool, our volume calculator, here where you can enter the dimensions of an item and it will tell you the cubic volume.

  • The Moving Doctor
    Posted at 22:10h, 26 July Reply

    What’s the difference between a U Box and a U Crate?

    The U Crates are made of wood and are quite heavy so its not possible to ship them to your house. U Crates are available at any of our 88 UPakWeShip shipping terminals for you to load. If you have a flat bed truck, you are more than welcome to collect it from the terminal and take it home, load it and bring it back.

    The U Box is made of double ply cardboard and is much lighter than the U Crate. We can ship U Boxes to your residence for you to load. Once the U Box is loaded, UPakWeShip will collect it, at your home, with a pallet jack and hydraulic tail lift on the truck, load it into a shipping container and send it off to your destination.

    I suggest the U Box is the best way unless you have pieces of furniture that are too large for the U Box in which case the U Crate is a better option.

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