THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR MOVING OVERSEAS

 

Everything You’ll Need To Know Before Moving Overseas.

 

BY “THE MOVING DOCTOR” MARK NASH

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!

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    Scott K
    Posted at 08:26h, 27 October Reply

    Hiya, Doctor!

    We have to move a relatively small volume from London to San Francisco (actually a bit north of there, so probably a shuttle charge as well… but anyway).

    For 100-200 cubic feet, how much should we budget, all-in? E.g., pick up from London address, sea freight, insurance, delivery to California address? (No import duties – personal possessions only, no booze, etc.). We’ve seen estimates online from 5-15 pounds/cube.

    Thoughts appreciated.

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:47h, 29 October Reply

      Hello Scott, I would budget for about $13 per cubic foot door to door plus 2.5% insurance. Our London office should be able to confirm this to you though. Best contact is Chris Smith. Email chris@the-eurogroup.com Tel 0208 530 1441
      Let me know if you need more info, thanks The Moving Doc

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    kate
    Posted at 16:28h, 25 October Reply

    hello – I spoke to Mark about shipping two bikes & a bike trailer back to the UK. We would like to book but the booking line doesn’t seem to be working?

    I wanted to know the measurement allowance again. We have 3 boxes with total dimensions being 115 L, 105 W, 85 H and total weight approx 100lbs

    Thanks
    Kate

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:17h, 25 October Reply

      Hello Kate, if you want to call in your booking please call Alicia at 1 317 336 6486 or click here. https://www.upackweship.com/book-now.php
      I believe you were moving to Wales. The 1-30 cubic feet price is $678 and the 31-50 cubic feet price is $885
      I have emailed you these price too, hope that works, The Moving Dr

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    Johanna Clifford
    Posted at 17:06h, 13 October Reply

    I also have one of those storage boxes that sits on the roof of my car that will not fit in the ubox – is it possible to send this in a shared container? What kind of cost would I be looking at for this?

    Regards Jo

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    Johanna Clifford
    Posted at 17:04h, 13 October Reply

    Hello, I am interested in using a ubox to send my goods from denver to wollongong in australia. How long can I have the box for at my house before you collect it to ship? Do you deliver the Ubox to my house or do I have to collect it? When do I have to pay for it? Can I order a second Ubox at a later time with the cheaper rate? How long do I have to order before the box arrives?

    Kind regards Jo

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:40h, 15 October Reply

      Hello Johanna. You can keep the U Box as long as you need before we collect it from your house. Yes we deliver the U Box flat packed via UPS direct to your residence. You pay for it after we have collected it from you in other words after you have loaded it. You can pay by scanning and emailing or faxing or mailing a check to us. We accept online cradit card payment but charge additional 5% handling. In order to get the special price for the second U Box you have to order at the same time so we can ship them you you at the same time. If you decide later you need a second U Box we normally give you a price in the middle between the first and secon U Box price so its best to order both at the same time if you can. A good tip is to measure the dimension on the floor and wall using blue masking tape and load your items into that measurement to see if they will all fit. We would like about 1 weeks notice please to get the U Box to you. Hope that helps JO, anything else let me know, sorry for delayed answer but was at the International Movers Conference last week. Thanks Moving Doc

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    Samantha
    Posted at 05:03h, 11 October Reply

    Hi. I am looking at doing the ‘shared container’ to Christchurch, New Zealand from Memphis, Tennessee. It says everything has to be in boxes… Does that mean anything that can fit into a box can go? (less the stuff customs doesn’t allow nor cars, boats, etc) The fee of $1300 includes everything right? We will be self packing, does each individual box need an inventory sheet on it, or just a ‘master’ copy? Thanks.

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    Randy Stone
    Posted at 22:57h, 10 October Reply

    Moving from Kailua Kona, HI to Butte, MT. No appliances except LCD tv. Do have tool boxes and tools plus many boxes. What do you suggest?

    Thank you for any assistance.

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    joni marble
    Posted at 05:15h, 09 October Reply

    Hi Mark,

    I currently live in Riverside, California and will soon be moving to Madrid, Spain. I am single, with no furniture. I am looking to move books (a good number of books) and household items. I have not gone through my belongings yet, but am looking for ball park figures. I have a budget that I cannot exceed so any extra stuff will be given away.

    I have heard that some shipping companies ship door to door – this would be awesome. Also, is it possible to store my belongings in a warehouse for a few months while I get acquainted with the area and find a place to live. If so – how much does that cost?

    Any tricky things I should know about this move, insurance, port fees, customs?
    I don’t need people to pack for me wither – I can do it myself.
    thank you thank you!
    Joni

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    Minea
    Posted at 08:17h, 08 October Reply

    Dear madam/sir
    I will want to move house from Palestine Ramallah to Thoiras in Southern France in Thoiras next year and would need a container for that, possibly for a car as well.

    Do you deliver door to door between these two places? If not, would you be able to provide a name of a company that does?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:27h, 08 October Reply

      I am sorry we do not have any agents or knowledge for moving from Ramallah Palestine. I suggest Google to see what you can find. Good Luck, Moving Dr

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    John Langhoff
    Posted at 00:47h, 07 October Reply

    what are the prices to ship to Cuenca, Ecuador?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:38h, 08 October Reply

      Could you please email move@upakweship.com the origin and destination and what you would like to ship and we can get a quote for you. Thanks Moving Doc

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    Tony Yang
    Posted at 20:29h, 06 October Reply

    Hello, we are moving from LA to London. We are planning to move furniture including one queen, one full bed frame and mattresses along with some shelves and couple of desks. A ubox is too small but a 20′ is too big. What is the best option for us? Looking for door to door

    Thanks!

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:45h, 08 October Reply

      Hello, that might be a bit tricky. I suggest buying a matress plastic cover and cardboard box from a moving company and shipping that alongside the U Box or U Crate. If you did this we would just charge you the shared container rate per cubic foot for the volume of the matress and add that to the U Crate or U Box price. Hope that makes sense and let me know if you need more help or give me a call, thanks The Moving Doc

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    Charise
    Posted at 23:26h, 04 October Reply

    I am trying to figure out the best service &fastest service to use to move a baby crib,small dining table &baby toys from Columbus Ohio to st Thomas Virgin Islands!! Please help me!

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:15h, 05 October Reply

      Hello Charise, we have emailed you a quote for a self load 20 foot container. I hope that works for you thanks Moving Doc

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    roger
    Posted at 21:25h, 03 October Reply

    would you be able to ship 4 tonnes of granite from Xiamen China to Wellington NZ?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:46h, 08 October Reply

      I am sorry we dont have a service out of China. Google Freight Forwarders in China and you will see a lot of suggestions come up. Thanks Moving Dr

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    MARIA EMILIEN
    Posted at 04:58h, 03 October Reply

    i will be moving from New Orleans to Livorno Italy i would like to bring my dining table and4 chairs a small wood trunk ,some paintings a corner curio that is mostly glass and some “capodimonte porcelain statues witch im very nervous about sending i also will send my clothes ,pictures ,dishes i think a 20ft container will be big enough . can your company help with my most fragile stuff to insure that it will get there safe ? and can you quote a price for the 20 ft container thanx!!

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:27h, 03 October Reply

      Hello Maria, we most definitely can help you with your relocation. You mention 2 of my favorite cities in this post! We will work out a door to door price for you for a 20 foot container and this will be emailed to you. With regards to your statues, how big and how heavy are they? Can you send me a picture? My initial thoughts are a dishpack cardboard box (these are twice as thick as a normal carton and are used for glass and china and available at most self storage places or moving companies that sell boxes. Place a lot of bubble wrap in the bottom of the box, then wrap the statue in bubble wrap 4-6 times around so its well padded and place in the box. Now push and stuff more bubble wrap around the statue and on top of the statue up to the top of the box filling it up totally so there is no space left in the box. Tape up carton well with 2 inch packing tape or duct tape and all should be good. You could also use straw or crushed up paper or the polystyrene peanuts. If they are larger and you need more protection may be you could pack as above and then load into a U Box in the container? Let me know if you need more help and advise. Hope this helps, Cheers The Moving Doctor.

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    John Illis
    Posted at 02:47h, 03 October Reply

    I am going to be moving from Las Cruces New Mexico to Barranquilla Colombia so I wanted to know, 1 do you offer service to and from these locations and 2 is it best that I box everything and then let you know the total quantity of boxes with each box size? or would you require the weight as well of each. I would require door to door service if possible. Thank You

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:13h, 03 October Reply

      Hello John we do offer a service to Columbia but normally to arrival port / terminal only. Its best if you find a local broker down there that you can trust and negotiate with rather than us contracting someone from here that we dont know or trust too well. Yes if you can let us know the total number of boxes or better still the total volume then we can get you a price. Weight is not a factor if you are shipping your own household items. It will be however if you are loading all your gold bars in that shipment ! If you are wanting help working out the volume of your shipment, enter the measurements here of all your boxes stacked up together and it will figure out the volume for you. Hope that all makes sense for you, Happy Packing, The Moving Doc

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    Lola
    Posted at 13:26h, 30 September Reply

    Dear Moving Doctor,

    I am moving back to the United States from Germany soon. I would need to ship 6 to 8 plastic crates with my personal effects – books, clothes, sporting equipment, household items etc. The crates measure 55cmx38cmx77cm.
    What is the best way for me to ship those? I will be moving to DC, but do not have a permanent address yet. Also, how long would the shipment take – as I can ship things ahead of my actual move.

    Thank you!
    Lola

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 19:22h, 01 October Reply

      Hello, we are working on a new U Box service from Europe into the USA which should be up and running by the end of the yearbut for the moment you are better off asking either a Germany company or our own company in EU for a price. Email for us in Europe is chris@the-eurogroup.com I would budget for abut 8-10 weeks door to door
      Hope that helps, cheers Mark

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    yv
    Posted at 03:14h, 30 September Reply

    hello mark,
    we are moving from So.California to Germany. We are not looking to bring any furniture, but we want to move all our photo books, kids books, all the kids toys including kids kitchen, some tricycles, high chair, clothes, expensive cookingware etc. we are looking for the least expensive way to ship all of our stuff.
    can you give us an idea, what size we might need? and what the least expensive way is? i have a hard time imagining the sizes.

    thanks!

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:13h, 01 October Reply

      Hello, thanks for the message. The cheapest way to ship is on our shared container service. You would drop your boxes off at our terminal in Garden Grove and we would ship them through to your door in Germany. This service works fine for normal boxes of household items and clothes etc but if you have more fragile or valuable items then I suggest the U Box or U Crate service that afford you with that extra protection around your things. All of these services end up going in the same shipping container though. I will email you the prices and service options to you.
      With regards to the size or volume I suggest mapping ut 100 cubic feet in your living room at home. Take some painters tape (Or if you are English masking tape) and measure on your floor and wall 86x48x42 inches high. That is 100 cubic feet so you now have an imaginery see through crate ! So now you can look at the price for a 100 cubic foot U Crate which you would load at our LA or San Diego terminals ($2138) or 2 U Boxes you can load at home in your garage, as they are 50 cubic feet each ($1281 for the 1st and $816 for the 2nd if you need 2 ) totals $2097 or the shared container price is $1296 for 100 cubic feet but we offer a $200 discont if you drop off at our Los Angeles terminal so if you can do that its only $1096.
      I hope that helps, let me know if you need more info, Happy Monday The Moving Doc

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    Jan Heinrichsdorff
    Posted at 01:08h, 29 September Reply

    What material is the Ubox made of?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:51h, 01 October Reply

      Hello Jan, the U Box is made of thick cardboard. You can see pictures of it by clicking here. If you need more info let me know, Happy Packing The Moving Doc

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    Johanna Clifford
    Posted at 18:59h, 28 September Reply

    I am moving back to Australia in November and I am very interested in using a U Crate. I live in Denver, Colorado at the moment. Where is the terminal in Colorado and where do I go to get the crate or does it get delivered to my house? Can I have it for a few weeks to pack at my lesiure before it is collected for shipping?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:18h, 28 September Reply

      Hello Johanna. The U Crate is quite heavy as its made of wood so we cant deliver or collect it from your house. You would have to load it at our terminal which is near the Airport in Denver. We make the crates here in Charleston so we would need at least a week in order to have it out there for you to load.
      If you are wanting to load a box at your leisure I suggest our U Box. Its made of strong cardboard and a palletised bottom and we can ship them to your house, you keep it or them as long as you want and then we can collect from your garage anytime as long as we get 24 hours notice, Monday to Friday. Have a look at our You Tube video on the adventures of a U Box.
      Earlier on today a shipper posted some pictures of their delivery of a U Box in England. You can see the pictures by clicking here.
      I hope that helps, I have emailed you the prices and service options to you as well. Have a great weekend and Happy Packing, The Moving Doc

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    C Lucas
    Posted at 14:54h, 28 September Reply

    Dear Upack,
    Im have bought a boat wit trailer and motor on ebay,
    The over all length (boat, motor, trailer) is 19′ – Maxium to height is 5′ – Beam width 6.5′
    I want it to be transported from New London Wi USA to the Netherlands,
    What do you reconmand me to book for transport at Upackweship?
    because i don’t have the opportunity to go there my self to get the boat/trailer/motor for transport to the Netherlands.
    thank you.
    cplucas@live.nl

    Chris.

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:11h, 28 September Reply

      I suggest contacting a Roll On Roll Off shipping line direct like Wallenius. They will give you the same shipping rate as they would give to us. If you Google Wallenius you will find their main web site and from there you can find their local office. Hope that helps, let us know if you need more help or advise, Cheers Moving Doc

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    Horst
    Posted at 20:42h, 27 September Reply

    Gday,
    Im moving from montreal, to just near brisbane
    Are you able to make a crate 12′ long? For about cubic feet of stuff?
    How much would this cost including the shipping?

    Thanks

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:17h, 28 September Reply

      I am going to email this question to our Canada representative Cindy to answer you on this. I would think we can do this very easily but will let her advise you. Thanks The Moving Doc

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    Jeanette Pedroso
    Posted at 19:24h, 24 September Reply

    i have one tv and a large microwave and other things like cloothes ETC…how much will it cost to ship from Atlanta,GA to Sacramento?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:33h, 25 September Reply

      The only domestic USA shipping service we have is for U Boxes. We can ship them out to your residence, you fill them up, we collect them and deliver them to your new residence in Sacramento. I have emailed you the prices, anything else let me know, Happy Packing, Moving Doc

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    Cathy
    Posted at 14:22h, 24 September Reply

    Hi Mark

    Do I need to itemize every box/item on the customs form for shipping from USA to UK ?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:51h, 24 September Reply

      Hello Cathy, you can be fairly vague with the list ie Box 1 Books, Box 2 Clothes, Box 3 Kitchenware etc etc ok? Cheers Moving Doc

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    Mike Gallagher
    Posted at 22:14h, 22 September Reply

    I am moving office from Alberta, Canada to Northern England. Sensitive IT equipment would fill a crate of 150 cu ft with additional foam protection. The Total weight is approximately 380 lbs. Timeframe around mid May 2013.
    Could you advise of drop off and collection points as well as shipping and insurance costs.
    Thank you.

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:40h, 24 September Reply

      Thanks for the message, our Canada representative “Cindy” will be in touch with you. I will forward her this message. Thanks Moving Dr

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    kerryn
    Posted at 03:03h, 22 September Reply

    could you give me a idea what it would cost to ship a harley davidson dyna from Arlington TX, United States to new zealand?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:36h, 24 September Reply

      Thanks for the email, I will pass this on to our Houston office to contact you and quote you for this. Eric Peterson will be in contact with you. Cheers Moving Doc.

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    Charles R. Hand, Jr.
    Posted at 14:42h, 20 September Reply

    Dear Mr. Nash,
    I currently live in southern Maryland about 75 miles southeast of Baltimore. Would I be able to ship out of Baltimore or a port nearby? I see that your main office on the east coast is in Charleston, but I am hoping to find a drop off point closer to home.
    I moved to Costa Rica in 2001 with a 40 foot container fully packed. I left all of that in Costa Rica and came home 2 years ago with 2 suitcases to take care of my ailing mother. I do not have a definite timeframe for moving, because my mother will need care until she dies. I am trying to be as prepared as possible for the move back, so I am looking for a shipper now so that will be one less concern I will have when the time comes. At that point I will move back to Costa Rica yet again, but everything I need to take back with me ( principally my work gear) will ship on a pallet. Do you ship to Costa Rica?
    What to do with my car is a quandary- in 2001 my customs broker said I would be better off selling my vehicles in the US and buying whatever vehicle down there. Vehicles are outrageously priced down there, because of the high import tariffs. I have a 2007 Ford Escape LT by the way. What is your recommendation regarding the shipment of a vehicle down there? Most of what I read says sell the vehicle here and buy a car down there in Costa Rica. Do you concur and if not and you do think it is feasible to ship to Costa Rica, how much of the import paperwork will your company help me with? I hear there is tons of red tape involved with cars.
    If there is any other pertinent information you think would be helpful to me, I would appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks for your assistance.
    Sincerely,
    Charles R. Hand, Jr.

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 21:07h, 20 September Reply

      Hello Mr Hand, yes you would be able to drop off at our Baltimore terminal or we could collect from your house and ship out of Baltimore. Yes our head office is in Charleston SC but we have 88 Terminals across the country so we operate pretty much everywhere. Funnily enough I used to live up there in Ellicott City a few years back and our HQ was near Baltimore but we moved South for better weather!
      I agree with your customs broker that your probably better off buying a car locally and the red tape will just wear you down and lifes to short to be that frustrated if its avoidable ! The other deciding factor is that I believe the import duty on a car in Costa Rica is about 125% of the value which is outrageous ! See more customs information by clicking here.
      If you have about a pallet load may be our U Box or U Crate might work well for you. The U Box can be sent to your house and you could load it in your garage. The U Crate would have to be loaded at our Baltimore warehouse as they are too big and heavy to be delivered and picked up at your house.
      Let me know if one of these options works for you and I can then work out some prices for you move@upakweship.com. Thanks Moving Doc

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    Jason Mitchell
    Posted at 22:10h, 16 September Reply

    Hi, we are moving back to UK and we dont know what size box/container we would need. We are shipping a bedroom set, bed, 2 night stands, dresser. We also sending professional photographic equipment , clothing and various small personal items. I look forward to hearing from you. Regards

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:11h, 17 September Reply

      Hello Jason, I would think a self load 20 foot shipping container would be your best bet. Although you wont fill the whole container you’ll know up ront exactly how much the price is as it will be an all inclusive lump sum price. If you want to add more things you can do without altering the price. You can see pictures of the self load containers by clicking here. Also you might want to use our volume calculator to help you figure out the volume you have, click here to see our volume calculator. In order to work out a price for you we need where you would want to load the container and where you would unload the container. If you could email me at move@upakweship.com with this information we can work out the price for you. The best thing about loading your own container at residence is everything travels in that container door to door. Nothing goes in and out of warehouses and terminals or on and off trucks. The containers are water proof, safe, secure and locked and sealed with all your things safe inside. Hope that helps and look forward to hearing from you, Happy Packing, The Moving Doc.

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    michael Hydes
    Posted at 01:52h, 14 September Reply

    The U crate dimensions – are they internal or external measurements? We have a table that’s 7′ long. Would it fit in a U crate?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 19:25h, 14 September Reply

      Hello Michael, those dims are external.I would deduct 2 inches as there are support beams in it which might get in the way. If we have at least 4 weeks notice I can change the dims a little for you so that it could fit. Normal customs work can be done for an additional $100 plus it could make a difference to the shipping price a little if the volume goes up but that would only be charged at the shared per cubic foot rate. I hope this helps, let me know if we can be of more assistance, Happy Weekend ! Moving Doc

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    michael Hydes
    Posted at 22:18h, 12 September Reply

    We want to ship the contents of a 1 bed flat from Hagerstown, MD; to Brighton, UK. I’d like to have a container can be delivered to our home, that we can fill ourselves, then will be delivered to our new home in Brighton, UK. Is that possible? How much would it cost?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 14:38h, 13 September Reply

      Yes thats very possible. You can see pictures of customers loading containers by clicking here.
      We also have packing and loading instructions here.
      Our Container Specialist “Stephanie” will be contacting you with a quote for this move. Any other questions, dont hesitate to ask The Moving Dr.

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    Sonia goff
    Posted at 18:17h, 12 September Reply

    from the time you enter a booking to the time you get an email from someone drafting a contract how much time passes?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 14:33h, 13 September Reply

      Hello Sonia, depending how busy we are and what time the booking comes in, we normaly come back to you with a contract on email to you the same day or first thing in the morning if over night. Once we get your contract back by email or fax we then email you all the customs forms, packing list template, labels, packing declaration form etc to be completed.
      We are totaly paperless here so everything is done on email so we can keep all corespondance in your electronic file.
      I hope that works for you, Thanks The Moving Dr

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    Christophe
    Posted at 15:48h, 12 September Reply

    Hello,

    We are moving from France (Annecy) to Madagascar (Antananarivo) and have between 3 and 4 cubic meters of belongings stored in metalic canteens plus a futon bed (matress & tatamis only) total between 4 and 5 cubic meters.
    Is this something we could entrust to you guys and what would be the best option ?

    Thanks
    Chris.

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 14:26h, 13 September Reply

      Yes our own office in France can do this and give you a good price. Here are the details of our office in France.
      Daniel Cassidy
      THE EUROGROUP
      International Movers LTD
      30, Boulevard Pasteur – 75015 Paris – France .
      Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 58 14 55
      Fax: +33 (0) 1 77 75 45 86
      Skype: eurousafrance
      http://www.eurousafrance.com
      sales@eurousafrance.com

      Hope that helps ! Cheers The Moving Doc

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    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.

    Thanks!

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      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.

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      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.

      dngoodwi@ucalgary.ca

      Devon

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    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?

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      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

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    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?
    Thanks,
    Dave

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      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.

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

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

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

    Hi,
    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!! 🙂

    Thanks,
    Janna

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      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!

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

    Hi,
    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?

    Thanks,
    Kos

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      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

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

    What is the average transit time from Chicago to London?

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      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

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    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
      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

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    Annica
    Posted at 18:58h, 25 August Reply

    Hi!

    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
      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

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    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!

    Liz

    • MarkNash
      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 !
      https://upackweship.com/blog/volume-calculators.php
      Thanks, The Moving Dr

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

    Hello.
    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.
    Gary

    • MarkNash
      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

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    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
      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

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    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
      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. https://www.upackweship.com/services.htm Both would be good for boxes and furniture. Hope this helps, thanks Moving Dr

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    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
      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

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    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
      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. https://www.upakweship.com/domestic-shipping-services.php Anything else let me know, Thanks Moving Dr

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    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
      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 http://www.bluelinecontainers.com Let me know if you need more info thanks Moving Dr

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    Betty
    Posted at 23:47h, 16 August Reply

    Do u have a terminal near Pensacola Florida?

    • MarkNash
      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 ! 🙂

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    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
      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 move@upakweship.com

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    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.

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    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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