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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    Keith Schilhab
    Posted at 14:10h, 28 April Reply

    Good afternoon. My wife and I relocated to Portugal in 2022 and have finally found a home we love and are ready to move the last of our things from our storage unit just West of Denver Colorado.
    We will be back in Colorado in August for two weeks and would like to have the packing and shipping take place during that period.
    Will UPAKWESHIP pick up from a secure storage unit?
    If not, can you suggest someone in the greater Denver area to assist us with both the packing and loading?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:04h, 03 May Reply

      Hello Keith, thanks for the question and again sorry for the delay in replying while I was traveling to see our European team.
      John I believe contacted you to answer this. For anyone else reading it the simple answer is yes if we can get a large truck to the unit. No if its up stairs or in a middle of a building with no direct access for the truck.
      Either UPakWeShip or yourself though can organize some helpers to carry and maybe load into U Crates near the truck, if that helps.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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    Dwain Larsson
    Posted at 09:44h, 25 April Reply

    We’re preparing to move from the UK to the USA, and I’m wondering whether and how it’s possible to ship an e-bike with a lithium-ion battery (a 36V, 7AH lithium-ion battery with
    Samsung/LG/Panasonic cells). If the battery is removed and packaged properly, can it be shipped?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:08h, 03 May Reply

      Hello Dwain, good question and I think this is a prime example where technology is way ahead of legislation so there are some grey areas here.
      I did ask my European e Steve Bridge to answer this to you direct while I was in the Netherlands but again for anyone reading this.
      The answer is yes we can ship the bike but not the battery so suggestions are:
      1/ But a new battery at destination.
      2/ carry it onboard the plane if airline agrees.
      3/ Ship the battery through a courier like DHL.
      I hope that helps and let us know with any other questions.
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Dave Zilles
    Posted at 14:12h, 24 April Reply

    Good day to you …. I plan to move from USA to Nevis . I want to use a 20′ container . Can your company deliver my household goods to Nevis in West Indies .?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:14h, 03 May Reply

      Hello David, this is not an area where we have much expertise to be honest. I think you might be better trying Google for expert shipping agents to the Caribbean or Virgin Islands. Always check google reviews as well.
      Thanks for asking and let us know if we can assist with anything else.
      Don’t forget to watch our you tube video called don’t get scammed when moving overseas which will help you with some great point to choose the right licensed company! The link is here:
      I hope that helps, cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Fabian Roche
    Posted at 16:29h, 10 April Reply

    Good morning, we are looking to ship end of May from Louisiana to Brisbane, Australia, as that timing lines up with the sale of our house. Likely just shipping one large pallet. We won’t be back in Australia physically until early November because of various travel arrangements although I have plenty of family who can accept delivery. I wanted to get your thoughts on best way to proceed noting it would be preferable for Customs if we were able to accept in person – not sure if this is absolutely essential or not and would much prefer not to drag it out.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:30h, 12 April Reply

      Sorry for the delay Fabian, we were just checking with our partner Conroy’s there to check we give you the correct answer.
      They say…..
      The client will need to have a valid VISA and provide proof of their booked flight ticket into Australia.

      They must also ensure that they complete the ‘Clearing your personal effects’ section on page 1 of the B534.

      So as long as the above is done then you are fine shipping in May even though you wont arrive until November.
      I hope that is ok and let me know if you need anything else.
      Cheers,
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Jennifer Riis-Poulsen
    Posted at 13:37h, 03 April Reply

    Good Morning. I will be moving back to the UK from the US. Although I have a temporary address in the UK, is there an option to have UPakWeShip store my shipment on arrival in the UK. The address I am moving to does not have the space for my items and I will only need them once I move into a permanent place. Thank you in advance. Jennifer

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 14:26h, 03 April Reply

      Hello Jennifer, yes no problem, you can ask our UK coordinator to store it and also change address before delivery.
      Don’t forget to apply for your TOR if you haven’t yet.
      Anything else let us know, cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Cheryl Chadderton Nienhaus
    Posted at 03:29h, 31 March Reply

    Can I ship craft paints? I’ve recently begun dabbling in painting on canvases using acrylic paints. I have quite a few small 2oz bottles of paints. Can those be shipped from the US to Italy? Thank you

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 14:10h, 01 April Reply

      Hello Cheryl, thanks for the great question. Yes you can ship your acrylic paints. I would put them into zip lock bags before placing them in a box in case they leaked. On the packing list maybe list as hobby things, craft supplies, artist things.
      Hope that helps, I’m always a little jealous when I hear of people moving to Italy!
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Amber Shirley
    Posted at 14:56h, 19 March Reply

    Hi, what is the best way to describe decorative objects on a packing list? We seem to have a lot of items like this. Moving from Germany to US

    Thanks!

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:55h, 19 March Reply

      Hello Amber, I would say any of the following would work.
      Decorations, artwork, ornaments, Knick Knacks, bri-a-brac, gadgets, novelty items, home decor.
      I hope that helps and let us know if there is anything else you need.
      Cheers and Happy Packing,
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Mike Kutcher
    Posted at 02:14h, 19 March Reply

    Hello, I am not moving, I just want to ship some personal household items that belong to a family member who moved to Belgium in 2016.

    Will customs examination / inspection be required. If so, when and where does that happen?

    Will custom duties and/or taxes will be levied? If so, when and where are they paid?

    Thank You.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:06h, 19 March Reply

      Hello Mike, if you use our pallet or U Crate service out of the USA over to our Dutch office then delivery to Belgium there will be no problem, no taxes or duty and doubtful if there would be any inspection by customs although they always have a right to inspect if they so desire!
      I hope that helps and let us know if you need anything else, cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Amber Shirley
    Posted at 14:19h, 16 March Reply

    We have laptops that have lithium batteries that are not removable. Can these get pack in out shipment from Germany to US in a 20 ft container?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:11h, 19 March Reply

      Hi Amber, I received this from Steve in our EU office.

      Thank you for visiting our website and consulting the Moving Doctor

      Shipping Laptops with Lithium batteries is absolutely fine as it is understood that almost all modern laptops come with none removable batteries and all modern laptops are fitted with Lithium batteries, when preparing the inventory just write Laptop and everything will be fine

      Shipping larger batteries is an issue, especially those on electric bikes and scooters.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions, I am here to help.

      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Amber Shirley
    Posted at 07:21h, 12 March Reply

    Hi, we are moving back home from Germany to the US. The company that moved us to Germany insisted that every single item had to be wrapped in paper or boxed in order to be shipped. We are moving back with Upak and a 20 foot container. It seems from the posts here that we don’t have to wrap everything. We ordered 2 box sizes and most things are packed there. But can we use a few plastic bins without wrapping and only wrap the big furniture in moving blankets?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:09h, 12 March Reply

      Hello Amber, most movers will tell you everything needs to be packed by them as they make excellent money packing your things but there are no government or customs rules that say everything needs to be packed professionally. Its entirely up to you how you pack things. You don’t have to pack anything but then you would get a lot of damage so what would be the point of shipping? You can do a poor job, a good job like a mover or take your time and do a great job packing.
      Regarding plastic bins or tubs, yes you can use these and don’t wrap the bins but a couple of notes. Please wrap items inside if breakable and make sure they are strong tubs to stand the journey. Cheap plastic tubs or bins tend to crack under stress particularly if they are stacked on top of each other. Wrapping furniture items in moving blankets is great, use tape or large rubber bands to keep them in place but never put tape on the furniture.
      Lastly don’t forget to label the furniture, boxes, tubs and bins. You don’t have to itemize everything in the tubs, just a bland description that covers the items like ornaments, garage bits, my tools, hobby equipment, art & crafts, living room artwork, etc.
      I hope that helps and let us know if you need anything else.
      Cheers and Happy Packing,
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Michael marino
    Posted at 10:57h, 08 March Reply

    I am looking to move a household from the UK to the US. It will most likely fill a 20′ container. What would be the expected cost with a self pack? Also what would be the expected time in transit to Southwest Michigan zip code in the 490xx area

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 21:27h, 08 March Reply

      Hello Michael, I think the best way to answer this is for me to get our UK office in touch with you. I will email Steve over there to contact you on Monday to get a few more details so he can work out a quote for you. He will need to know where you are wanting to load the container in the UK as that can make a difference. I would say the transit time door to door is going to be between 4-6 weeks depending on vessel availability and customs in America. I’m sorry I cant give you any numbers or exact info here but look out for Steve’s email on Monday. You can also click on this link https://upakweship.com/quote/quote-from-uk/ at complete our UK quote request from if you wish.
      Cheers, The International Moving Doctor.

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    Vivek Ray
    Posted at 10:54h, 28 February Reply

    What is the average delivery time to deliver a single consignment within the country and international?

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      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:27h, 28 February Reply

      Hello Vivek, that really depends on from where to where. USA to Netherlands might be an average of 5 weeks but UK to Australia could be 10 weeks.
      cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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    sasha wallace
    Posted at 22:59h, 24 February Reply

    hello, We are having a boat build in France and have some items in the US that we want to ship to France. We understand if they are being installed on a boat in transit that we will not be charged a VAT. The boat will be out of the EU in less than 5 months. We’re trying to avoid our items getting stuck in customes or being required to pay a VAT even though we’ve already paid US taxes on the items and the boat will registered as a US boat. What is your suggestion for getting our items to France in a timely manner, and not getting stuck in customs or being required to pay a VAT to get our items.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:37h, 26 February Reply

      Hello Sasha, thanks for the question, we have come across this situation before and delivered items to boats no problem. As long as you follow our documentation instructions and you are shipping U Crates or pallets via our operation in the Netherlands then all will be fine and you shouldn’t be liable for any customs duty or VAT and you shipment will not get held in Customs.
      I hope this helps, how exciting having a boat built!, please send us a picture.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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    Wendy Stogner
    Posted at 14:27h, 24 January Reply

    Is there a weigh limit on the U-100 crates? Asking because have a few pieces of furniture that am trying to decide if can be packed in a crate. Size wise they will fit; just not sure about added weight.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:07h, 24 January Reply

      Hello Wendy, thanks for the question. On our U Crate 100 web page under description it says:

      DIMENSIONS (In Inches): Length: 45 ” | Width: 45 ” | Height: 78 “

      MAXIMUM WEIGHT**: 1000lbs per U-CRATE 100

      SERVICE DESCRIPTION: Curbside all cities to curbside all-inclusive. We send you the crate in advance. When you are ready, we will collect and ship it to your curbside overseas.

      *Unless otherwise stated, all prices are to mainland country locations within the destination country only (no island destinations) and are listed in USD (US$).

      **Extra weight will be charged at $2.00/lb.

      So worse case if it was 10lbs over it would costs an extra $20. Having said that, the average household goods box has a weight of 6-7 lbs per cubic foot so that means the average weight of a U Crate it going to be 600-700 lbs. so we give you 1000 lbs so you should be well covered. Unless you are shipping gym weights or a library of books you should be fine!

      I hope that is ok for you? Anything else let us know,
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Mona Martin
    Posted at 02:46h, 21 January Reply

    Is there a label that should go on the outside of the crate? How will you identify it?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:24h, 22 January Reply

      Hello Mona, yes we send you a label by email for you to print and stick on the outside of the crate. We suggest sticking it on two sides.
      If you watch our U Crate instructions ( Link below) at about 4 mins 22 seconds, you can see the outside label. I hope that answers your questions ok? Let me know if you need help with anything else, cheers The Intl Moving Doctor.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwNq-qyKcc4

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 00:40h, 12 January Reply

    If U-Pak uses Maerk for shipping, is the conflict in the Red Sea affecting the shipping time from east coast USA to AU which would impact when I secure U-Pak for my personal items and plane tickets this spring

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:26h, 17 January Reply

      Hello Sherry, good question. Actually we tend to use OOCL shipping for most of our container shipping, they have great customer service and we have a contract with them to look after our needs. We route our Australia containers on a ship from Charleston SC to Singapore and then to Sydney so it goes nowhere near the Red Sea so this does not effect us.
      I think this dispute will be over very soon anyway so don’t worry but either way your shipment route would be going nowhere near the Red Sea.

      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 17:29h, 10 January Reply

    I am inquiring as to what the shipping route of the Maersk cargo ship which I presume is the shipping line U-Pak uses, to ship from New Mexico to east coast USA to Australia. Because of the significant conflicts currently occurring in the middle east specifically in the Red Sea where Maersk will no longer use that route, shipping times will increase significantly. My plan is to secure U-Pak by April to ship out by July 1st. 12 weeks was your tentative time frame for shipping. If that my change, please provide me with a revised time frame for shipping as it will impact all my planes tickets visiting family before I immigrate to AU>

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:30h, 17 January Reply

      Hi Sherry, 2 weeks is still our average transit time from receiving in Charleston SC to door in Australia.
      As mentioned in the other post we tend to use OOCL via Singapore and done go anywhere near the Middle East or the Red Sea on this route.
      cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 15:54h, 01 January Reply

    I have been packing 2-U-Crate-100s for shipping to AU from America and finding out I may need a small pallet. When a small is loaded onto the shipping container, are there other pallets on top of my small pallet because that would determine what items I load in those boxes.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:19h, 02 January Reply

      Hello Sherry, we never stack anything on top of pallets. The tops of pallets are normally uneven so its not possible to safely stack on top of a pallet. We might place a small pallet on top of a U Crate 50 or a small wood crate but not the other way around.
      I hope that helps, cheers and Happy New Year.
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 01:30h, 19 December Reply

    would you please clarify insuring the contents of shipping from the USA to Australia which would be a port to port shipment. From what I was reading the insurance doesn’t cover my pallets per se because its port to port only damage from pallet jack and other equipment.

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

      Hello Sherry, Port to Port means you would be responsible for dropping of at a receiving terminal and collecting from the port at destination. Our insurance company doesn’t like to insure only port to port shipments as there is no control at the destination as customs, port operations and delivery would be all left to you. We do not like to offer these port to port services either as unless you the customer, knows their way around the port, documentation, customs clearance, trucking and general port operations then you are going to get yourself into difficulties. As a private individual, you are far better leaving your international mover to handle all these things. yes its more expensive when we handle through to your door but its the only way we can control the logistics of the move and make sure you get your shipment delivered. We don’t mind a customer dropping off at a terminal at origin but when in a foreign country you are much better leaving all the port procedures and customs formalities to a professional company to handle. You also then know up front how much it is going to cost. if you choose to port only at destination you will be surprised at how much money you will have to pay out for clearance, handling, port fees, storage, terminal fees, wharfage etc.
      Another answer is the insurance company would not have a professional agent at the destination ensuring you received your shipment so therefore could not pay out on a claim if you said you had a loss as no one would actually be able to verify this.
      I hope this all makes sense, bottom line I strongly suggest not going to port to port options as they might look cheap up front but riddled with extra expenses, hassle, frustration and loss and damage.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 00:39h, 17 December Reply

    thank you for the information regarding tentative shipping times from America to Australia. you mentioned that my Lodging documents for my UPEs will be emailed to you. I have read your website over and over knowing what a stickler AU is on paperwork but I did not read that piece of information about emailing the Lodging documents to UPAKWESHIP. Would you please direct me to the where I’d find that information and any other pertinent information I will require so that My UPEs will go through customs and inspections with no problems. I would greatly appreciate any helpful suggestions you might have.

    sherry

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 12:46h, 19 December Reply

      Hello Sherry, there are certain things we do after we receive a booking from a customer. One of those things is sending them the customs forms by email and making sure they are filled out right. Once your shipment is loaded into a container, we also introduce you to our partner at the destination who will be responsible for clearing the shipment through customs and at that time if anything is missing as they are the locals, they will reach out and advise you if anything is missing. This is still when the vessel is heading towards Australia so plenty of time before your shipments arrival. I hope that helps, cheers, The International Moving Doctor.

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 15:45h, 12 December Reply

    I am planning on using upakweship to move from USA to AU this spring once all the complicated pieces fall into line. In reading the page related to AU documents lodging Form B534 my concerns and questions are related to the time frame of shipping my UPEs, their arrival time in AU and the time frame of lodging the document at an AU Customs and Border Protection office in relation to my approximate arrival time in AU.
    I understand someone else can lodge my Form B534 in AU if I’m not there;
    >can the form be lodged before arrival of my UPEs or does the form need to be lodged at the time of arrival at the port in Melbourne?
    >if my 2-U-Crates-100s from Albuquerque,NM are shipped out by June 2024, can you give me an approximate frame of arrival into Melbourne AU as my plan is to visit family in several different states till approximately Oct 2024.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:02h, 12 December Reply

      Hello Sherry, thanks for the great question.
      As long as you email us the customs forms in advance we can enter these with customs before you arrive on your behalf in Australia. However I must state that in all countries, customs likes you to be in country by the time your shipment arrives.
      The average transit time to Australia is about 12 weeks, but it can be slightly quicker or longer depending on if you have just missed the last loading or your shipment arrives in our warehouse a few days before we are loading. We would be able to advise you are aprox loading time of the next container hopefully about the time of your booking or collection.
      If it looks like it might arrive before you by more than a couple of weeks then we can always store it for you in our facility in SC before loading.
      I hope that helps and let us know if you have any other questions or need more clarification on this.

      Cheers, The International Moving Doctor.

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    Mitchell McDermott
    Posted at 17:33h, 30 November Reply

    I am moving from London, UK back to Pittsburgh, PA, USA. What is the best method for me to ship the following?

    5 suitcases, 2 guitars in boxes

    total weight: 330lbs (150kg)
    total volume: 274 cubic inches

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:26h, 30 November Reply

      Hi Mitchell, the safest way to transport this is in a U Crate 100. I have personally shipped my own music gear to Europe and back from America in a U Crate 100 as well as many other musicians, some famous and some not. All get the same great price and piece of mind that everything will arrive safe and sound. You can see the prices for this and other services between the UK and the USA by clicking here. https://eurostore.upakweship.com/product-category/uk-shipping/?_ga=2.253196745.1110119278.1701363480-1945020962.1701363480

      The rates are all inclusive and the same price whatever you can get to fit in it.
      I hope this helps. The only other thing worth mentioning and might be a little obvious but make sure your guitars are in hard cases.
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Philip Haves
    Posted at 02:26h, 25 November Reply

    Can you do a 20′ shipping container USA to UK?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:37h, 27 November Reply

      Hi Philip, yes we do and have our own offices both in the USA and the UK to offer you a seamless service with one company door to door.
      I’ll get our Sales Manager John Bonney to reach out to you and offer you a quote.
      Cheers, The International Moving Doctor.

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 14:29h, 12 November Reply

    I have more questions regarding the use of a storage unit to pack and arrange my belongs because I don’t have a garage or a driveway to pack. I will be using either using 2 U-Crate-100 or 1 U-Crate 200:
    What is the required height of the storage unit doorway to allow a pallet jack to move either size crate to the truck?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 13:42h, 13 November Reply

      Hello again Sherry, just add 3 inches max to the heights of the crates to cover the pallet jack lifting the crate.
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Jennafer Price Cargill
    Posted at 17:45h, 11 November Reply

    We’re moving from Seattle, WA USA to Perth, Scotland UK and thinking of using U-100×2. We’ve heard from other shipping companies that if we pack things ourselves, UK customs will have to open and look at the contents of our boxes to ensure we’re not shipping anything that’s prohibited. We’re not going to be shipping anything that’s prohibited, but I do wonder if this process will add to the cost, create time delays and/or increase the possibility of our items being damaged. Is there any way to avoid this when using your service? If not, what should we expect in terms of delays, costs and damage?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 13:53h, 13 November Reply

      No this is absolutely not true and if it was we wouldnt be in business since 1994!
      Movers say this so that they can charge you about $5 0r $6 dollars a cubic foot to pack your things. Loys of people let the movers pack but just as many believe (quite rightly) that they can pack better themselves, particularly if its just boxes and not fancy furniture that can be a little tricky to pack n wrap.
      Customs in the UK dont know who packed it overseas. What is important is you do a nice typed packing list using our template. if you pack yourself, there will be no delays, no extra costs and no extra risk of damage as long as you packed the boxes nice and tight.
      UPakWeShip has its own office in the UK and its one of its top destinations, you will have no worries and no problems using UPakWeShip.
      Don’t forget to apply for the TOR which you can find help on our web site under Customs Information.
      Any questions about the TOR let us know,
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Paul Corveira
    Posted at 09:37h, 11 November Reply

    hello, I am having trouble paying with pay pal, can I pay direct to you with c card

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 13:34h, 13 November Reply

      Hello Paul, you can pay by credit card, you just select pay by credit card on the PayPal screen. They handle the processing of either PayPal or credit card payments to us. If you still are having a problem with this screen, please contact your coordinator to assist you.
      Hope that works ok for you,
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 22:10h, 10 November Reply

    In anticipation of my move to Australia early next year, my question is: as a stained glass artist I have approximately 30 sheets of stained glass with sizes between 3ft by 2.5ft and some smaller. what is the best way to pack the stained glass sheets if I’m using a U-Crate 100..

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 13:40h, 13 November Reply

      Hello Sherry, here is my suggestion.
      First wrap them twice in the packing paper like I use in the packing video, folding in the ends. Then wrap each one in a layer or two of bubble wrap and tape it so it all stays in place.
      Buy some 3 .5 or 4 foot picture cartons from a local self storage center and then slide the stained glass sheets into the picture cartons and make sure they are all in their snug and tight. Tape up the open end of the picture carton and stack on end in the U Crate. I normally leave a gap in the boxes in the middle for picture boxes as you can see on the how i moved to the Netherlands video. I hope that helps and let me know if I can help further on this.
      May be I can demonstrate on video or Instagram if you need?
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Sherry Lovelace
    Posted at 16:43h, 08 November Reply

    I’m moving permanently from USA to Australia with my pallets going through customs and inspections. I know I need specific forms from Australian government but I haven’t found them on AU’s government websites. Please direct me to the appropriate site to find the forms and fees AU requires to get through customs.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:59h, 08 November Reply

      Hello Sherry, we would send you everything you would need including the customs form once you booked with us. In the meantime you can see all the requirement on our web page here https://upakweship.com/resources/customs-forms/
      You are correct that your shipment will have to go through a physical inspection on a warehouse in Australia and they will charge you locally for this. We don’t include this as we never know exactly how much it will be and your quote will say this, We tell customers though the charge is going to be roughly for the quarantine inspection charges, approximately AU$25 / cbm min $165 so most shipments will be about Australian Dollars 165 which is about USD105
      I hope that makes sense and let us know if you need more information on this.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Sally Anderson
    Posted at 18:07h, 07 November Reply

    Hello,
    My wife and I are planning to get a U-Crate 100 and stage it in a storage unit, since we have no garage. What are the size and access needed for you to be able to pick up the crate?
    Door height for the pallet jack?
    What size truck needs to be able to drive up, and how close does it need to get to the door?

    For example, the first storage place we’re thinking of replies: “All of our outside units have a door clearance of about 7.5 feet (the actual interior height is 9’ or higher, but the roll up doors are shorter). You can definitely park next to the units, but backing up to them would not be possible for larger trucks, and something the size of a cargo van would block the drive area, so would need to be done quickly and then moved.”

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 19:19h, 07 November Reply

      Hello Sally, allow an extra 2 inches to the height of the U Crate for a pallet jack to lift the U Crate so that’s the minimum height that would be needed to get through the door. Ideally there needs to be access into the self store for a tractor trailer to reverse into and then the driver will wheel the U Crate to the truck so there can not be any steps and U Crate needs to be on ground level and on hard ground.
      I hope that helps, sometimes in certain areas we can get smaller straight trucks to collect but it depends on the area. We can work with you though so let us know where you are thinking and then give our coordinators a call to confirm if ok. Best ask for Alicia when you call to confirm.
      I hope that helps. Cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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    Neil Krupnick
    Posted at 16:25h, 06 November Reply

    Hi Mark. Can you affirmatively say that if we go through Upak/Rotterdam that we won’t have to pay duty fees at our final destination of Portugal? Thanks in advance…

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:38h, 07 November Reply

      That is correct unless you are shipping new items that you declare to customs. So in other words if its just your normal used belongings that you are shipping to Portugal in U Crates or Pallets with UPakWeShip, there will be no duties or taxes and we only need a packing list, copy of passport, and a declaration we give you that you sign agreeing everything is used and packed by yourself and nothing dangerous, hazardous, Illegal etc.
      By all means check with loads of other that we have successfully shipped to Portugal to verify that this works, its safe and there are no extra charges.
      I hope that clarifies this ok,
      Cheers and Happy packing, The International Moving Doctor

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    andy thorn
    Posted at 15:31h, 30 October Reply

    good morning

    could you explain if and when these extras would be added to my cost?
    we have had estimate from you for shipping Uk to Canada and see these exclusions.

    Export packing, Loading, securing of the container
    • Delivery into residence
    • Parking permits, closure of streets or roads
    • Port storage, demurrage, port related charges of any kind
    • Taxes or duties
    • Customs inspections
    • Fumigation or steam cleaning costs, Quarantine exam costs
    • Storage and warehouse handling charges
    • External elevator, hoists or any kind of specialist equipment
    • Shuttle vehicles due to poor access
    • Third party assistance of any kind
    • Insurance (Available at 2.5% over shipper’s declared value)*
    • Delays and any unforeseen costs caused by shipping lines and/or port authorities or caused by congested ports, driver shortages etc

    many thanks andy

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:15h, 31 October Reply

      Hello Andy, great questions thank you. I asked Steve in our EU office if your quote was for a U Crate / Pallet or 20 foot container and not only did he come back and tell me it was for a 20 foot container he told me he answered your questions already but I’m going to answer them as well so others can hopefully see the answers. I think the best way is to take each exclusion and answer it separately. Here goes 🙂

      Export packing, Loading, securing of the container. Our quote was for self pack and loading so we would only charge for this if you asked for packing or assistance in loading.
      • Delivery into residence. Our quote was for self unloading therefore our rate did not include unloading at residence and we would only charge for this if you asked us to unload the container into the residence.
      • Parking permits, closure of streets or roads. Our standard rate does not include having to get a parking permit for the container truck. If where you live needs a permit then you can either obtain one yourself or if you wish us to apply for a permit then we would charge for this.
      • Port storage, demurrage, port related charges of any kind. If the container got left in the port too long due to a delay in clearing through customs for example, then the shipping line will charge container storage as their container has not been delivered and emptied on time so that they can re use it, so they charge for this and if that happens we do have to pass that charge on to you. Its not very common on the route you are on though!
      • Taxes or duties. Taxes and duties would be charged by customs if you declare something as new or under 6 months old or you have alcohol or tobacco products in your shipment or if your documentation was not correct to enter Canada so they charged duty on the used garage sale value of the container. Again very unlikely as you wouldn’t be shipping your things to Canada unless you had a visa to go there presumably!
      • Customs inspections. Sometimes customs ask to inspect your belonging’s in the container or x ray the contents in the container. Either way there are costs involved for this and those costs would have to be passed on. An x ray cost is not normally more than $200 and a full inspection could be a lot more but rare unless they have a good reason to be doing this.
      • Fumigation or steam cleaning costs, Quarantine exam costs. really only associated with shipments going to Australia and new Zealand so no worries on this.
      • Storage and warehouse handling charges This would only occur if you requested us to store the container or unload the contents into a warehouse to store the goods if for example your house at the destination was not ready for delivery.
      • External elevator, hoists or any kind of specialist equipment. This would only be charged if where you decided to live in Canada needed an external lift or hoist to make the delivery but seeing your quote is for you to unload the container there would be no extra charges for this.
      • Shuttle vehicles due to poor access. Again as you are unloading the container we would not normally be involved in helping with a shuttle service. As you are unloading though, if the container could not get near your new residence due to bad access you might have to meet the container with a smaller van in a store parking lot near by to do the unload for example. Again its rare but just in case there is bad access meaning the truck was too big to get to your residence due to the road being too narrow, a low weight limit or a low tunnel or weight restricted bridge on route to your residence.
      • Third party assistance of any kind. This would only be charged if you requested us to do something extra like help I need a plumber or I need someone to clean or help me put up my art work.
      • Insurance (Available at 2.5% over shipper’s declared value)* Insurance is extra and is based on the value you put on your things. I think its well worth taking out an insurance policy in case something happened like a shipping accident or truck accident for example, again its rare but can happen. So if you insured your things for $5000 then the premium would be $125
      • Delays and any unforeseen costs caused by shipping lines and/or port authorities or caused by congested ports, driver shortages etc This was more apparent during the shipping crisis during Covid where ports got snagged up, there were not enough drivers and it was all a logistical mess. These days everything is running pretty smoothly though so the chances of any unforeseen charges are very remote!

      I hope that helps and let me know if we can be of any further assistance.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Doris Walczyk
    Posted at 18:28h, 25 October Reply

    I need to send 4 – 6 medium size boxes and an electric bike from Ajijic Mexico to Altea in Spain. Can you please let me know if you can help with this. Thank you!

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:01h, 26 October Reply

      Hello Doris, thanks for the question. We don’t run a service from Mexico but know someone that does so I’ll put you in touch. I see you have filled out a quote request form on the UPakWeShip.com site so I will email my colleague and copy you in.
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.
      PS I was in Altea last month. Its such a lovely village, the hills will keep you fit though!

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    Seserman Radu
    Posted at 21:08h, 24 October Reply

    I see your crate pricing, bur for containers where are the prices?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:33h, 25 October Reply

      Hello Seserman, good question!. As the container shipping market has been all over the place the last couple of years, we had to take our rates down off the web as we couldn’t keep up with the constant price changes. If you need a self load door to door shipping container quote though, all you have to do is complete our online container quote form here. https://upakweship.com/quote/
      or you can email john@upakweship.com if you need a rate from the USA or stephen@upackweship.com if moving from the UK or Europe.
      Also our chief shipping coordinator “Natalie” did this great YouTube video on tips of shipping a container https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OC6ziJoRBg

      I hope that helps and anything you need feel free to ask.
      Cheers The International Shipping Doctor

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    Peter Vos
    Posted at 20:47h, 23 October Reply

    Hi Mark! I’m trying to order a U200 on your site to load it in El Paso, but I don’t find it on your site

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:35h, 25 October Reply

      Hello Peter, thanks for the message, I believe you spoke to John Bonney at got everything squared away and booked up.
      Many thanks and anything else you need, don’t hesitate to let us know.
      Cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    sue
    Posted at 19:16h, 19 October Reply

    Does Upack we ship only do 20 ft or 40 ft containers?
    we have around 340 cubic feet / 2,380 pounds which might be less that a 20 ft container.
    Do you take care of the TOR and deliver to our address?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 20:49h, 19 October Reply

      Hello Sue, I think you are in Canada as you also sent in a quote request so yes out of Canada we only offer a self load shipping container service. In the USA, Europe and the UK we also offer part load services. To be honest there is not enough volume of moves between Canada and the UK to maintain a regular service ourselves and we have found when we co load with some other mover they like to take everything out of the U Crates and ship it what we call loose meaning all the boxes / pieces put in the container one by one. We don’t like this idea as a safe way to ship so therefore at present we only offer the self load 20 foot option. Hopefully the price will be competitive with a movers quote going loose groupage and it will be a lot quicker and safer even though you wont fill it. Just place the items across the floor and walls tight but don’t stack high as there would be no need.

      Regarding the TOR, you have to apply the HM Customs and complete the online form. I have made a explanation video on how to apply and complete the TOR form here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2cOdwC9nS8
      I hope that helps and let me know if you need any additional information,
      cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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    Peter Vos
    Posted at 15:59h, 14 October Reply

    Hi! I need a “200” shipping container as soon as possible. Unfortunately it’s the only container without dimensions. What are the dimensions of the 200 container and when can you deliver it to this house? 4188 Mission Bell Avenue, Las Cruces 88011, NM

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 18:56h, 16 October Reply

      Hello Peter, thanks for the questions. If you look at the U Crate 200 services page https://upakweship.com/shipping-services/u-crates/u-crate-200/ and click on the slideshow, page 7 has all the dimensions.

      external 87 x 45 x 87
      internal 85 x 43 x 80
      both in inches.

      As the crate is big, its too large to load into a truck on a tail lift so the U Crate 200 only has to be loaded at a terminal rather than your residence. The U Crate 100’s can be loaded at your residence though.
      If you really need to load large furniture that would fit into a U Crate 200 at your home, an alternative is you could use a domestic service like Pods, You Haul or Units to load and ship to our shipping warehouse in South Carolina and we can then transship to our shared container service.
      Feel free to contact John Bonney in our sales team who can assist and advise on the service, its availability and your best options.
      I hope that helps, cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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    Anthony Veerkamp
    Posted at 22:25h, 13 October Reply

    I have over 100 framed prints/artwork, mostly behind glass, various sizes but typically 30-45 cm x 45-60 cm, as well as a few larger pieces. I can’t imagine boxing each smaller piece separately, but not sure what my best option would be for shipping in a U-Crate 100. In many cases the frames are as valuable (to me) ask the artwork, so sacrificing the frames is not an option. Should I tape the glass, wrap them as is, and pack similar sizes tother in appropriate size boxes, hoping for the best? Or should I remove the glass and the artwork from the frames, roll the artwork in tubes and box the frames separately? Is there any way to safely pack a lot of glass together? Or should I sacrifice the glass and buy new glass after arrival?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:24h, 16 October Reply

      Hi Anthony, I suggest taking a medium box and crushing up paper and putting it in the bottom for cushioning.
      Then lay out packing paper like I have in the packing video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPUTyIfvdrY Wrap the pictures like I do in the video. For even greater protection put a sheet of bubble wrap in between the paper when folding it. You can also tape the glass with painters tape, I don’t normally bother to be honest as if everything is really well wrapped there is no chance of the glass breaking.
      When you have finished loading the pictures in the box, use crushed up paper again for the top for cushioning or use a cushion or a few towels to help cushion it.
      I hope that helps, let me know if you need further explanation.

      cheers
      The International Moving Doctor

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    JD
    Posted at 16:29h, 13 October Reply

    Do you have any practical guidance for loading a container tightly?
    e.g., if the width is not exactly divisible by the width of your boxes, what is a good way to fill the void at the side so that nothing moves?
    If you need to make a bulkhead in a partially-filled container length, are you permitted to nail timber into the container’s floor and how does one affix it at the top and sides (metal)?
    Thanks in advance.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:32h, 13 October Reply

      Hello JD, thanks for the question. Generally if you are packing your whole house up to load into a 20 foot shipping container, the chances are you are going to have some large boxes for light stuff like bedding, medium for the general stuff like clothes, toys, and small ones for books, dvd’s magazines etc.
      On the furniture side you will probably have some items that fold flat like a table, beach chairs etc.
      So when loading your boxes in tiers across the container lets say from left to right, if as you get to the last right placement, you cant fit the box in, maybe that end will fit if you turn that stack the other war around? Maybe you need to fill that gap with a folding table or a bike with a blanket over it? Its a huge adult game of Tetris. I have just posted a picture on Instagram of great loading of boxes in tiers into a shipping container.
      If you are not on Instagram you can view it also here. https://upakweship.com/the-international-moving-doctor/

      Regarding the bulkhead, I always recommend not loading as high as the ceiling in a container if you don’t have enough to completely fill it so instead spread your shipment out say only half high but front to back and side to side tight so nothing can move. But if you need a bulkhead. Here are a few tips. Every feet or two there are tie hooks bottom and top all along the sides to secure ties to. Another way is to get a couple of 4×2 pieces of wood 8ft 6inches long and wedge them into the container to form a giant X. Put a plywood sheet or mattress in front of it to keep everything in place. You can wedge the wood into the sides of the container as its corrugated to they will slide in and fit. The third option is yes you can hammer using nails into the wood floor of the container but not the steel sides or roof. Make sure you take them out at delivery though. You can also obviously do a combination using all the above to secure the bulkhead.
      My last suggestion is buy a load bar like this one https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/H-10803/Cargo-Control/Steel-Ratchet-Load-Bar-With-Hoops-Rubber-Ends-87-119?pricode=WA9191&gadtype=pla&id=H-10803&gad_source=1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwpW9kcbzgQMVd1J_AB3-Jw3IEAQYBCABEgLeQfD_BwE
      Its about $115 plus shipping but works really well and a lot easier to use than wood planks and plywood sheets! I have personally used these before when we have been doing full service packing moves for specialized equipment in our case medical equipment that we were shipping to the Middle East.

      I hope that helps and like always feel free to ask for more info or help if needed, cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Claire
    Posted at 15:36h, 13 October Reply

    Dear Mark,
    We are unclear what your U-Crates are made of? Our shipment is delicate antique furniture and we are worried that they are not sturdy enough. We would opt for the smaller 100 size ones to better protect the furniture. Not likely relevant, but our shipment is Boston to London.
    Thanks!

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 17:03h, 13 October Reply

      Hello Claire, thanks for the question. You can see a lot of pictures on the mini blog site here that show the U Crates. https://upakweship.com/the-international-moving-doctor/ask-moving-dr/ They are made of heavy duty cardboard and protect what’s in the crates really well. The trick is you also need to pack in your case presumably small antique pieces of furniture equally well so they each have protection against each other and don’t bump or scrape each other and are cushioned nicely in place. I suggest doing this by wrapping in good quality moving blankets or bubble wrap or both. Depending on the size of the item you might be able to put an item after packing and wrapping into a large box with additional sheets or cushions around the item.
      So in conclusion, the U Crate 100 is brilliant protecting the contents from outside influences but its your own packing that will protect your items on the inside. For more information, have a look at this slide show and some more pictures about the U Crate 100 https://upakweship.com/shipping-services/u-crates/u-crate-100/

      I hope that helps and don’t forget to apply for your TOR (transfer of residency) well before you leave. https://upakweship.com/resources/country-guides/moving-to-the-uk/uk-customs-procedures/

      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Catherine Donaghy
    Posted at 11:17h, 10 October Reply

    How long will it take a 20ft container to travel from Wisconsin USA to Belfast Northern Ireland.

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:12h, 10 October Reply

      Hello Catherine, thanks for the question. Loaded shipping containers out of Wisconsin normally travel by truck to Chicago rail terminal and then go by rail from Chicago to New York to meet the vessel going across the Atlantic to the UK. The normal transit time on this route is going to be somewhere between 5 to 7 weeks depending on the sailing schedules and the rail times. We have seen in the last year though that at times there is a delay on the rail which could add on an extra couple of weeks. Its probably best though, if we check at the time of booking to see if there are any delays expected and to confirm the average transit time then as it can vary at different times of the year.
      I hope that helps and don’t forget to apply for your TOR in advance to get tax free entry. See here for more details if you need. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2cOdwC9nS8

      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Bruce Klopfenstein
    Posted at 01:28h, 01 October Reply

    Can I pack my own container when moving from the US to France?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:56h, 03 October Reply

      Hi Bruce, absolutely. We do this for people everyday with no problem. You can either pack and load it yourself or pack it and hire some help to load it.
      Have a look at our container coordinator Natalie You Tube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OC6ziJoRBg for more info and feel free to complete our quote request for a self load container option here. https://upakweship.com/quote/quote-from-usa/

      Hope that helps and let us know if you have any other questions about loading your own shipping container to France.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor.

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    Mary Junaid
    Posted at 15:56h, 30 September Reply

    HI! I have a collection of spirits and sparkling wines, which I collect for personal use, Some are rare so I don’t want to leave them in Europe or give them away. I’m happy to pay duty on the bottles (approximately 60 plus 2 cases of champagne), but I have no idea who to contact to ship them and declare them to the USA authorities.. Can you help?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:04h, 03 October Reply

      Hello Mary, you can ship them with UPakWeShip from Europe to the USA but you will have to pay duties and taxes on all of them that can get quite expensive depending on all the values of the bottles plus there might be some container storage charges for the delay while USA Customs work out the duties and taxes. The alternative is to find a wine shipper who will properly pack them for you and ship them keeping them at the correct temperature etc probably using airfreight but again that will be even more expensive. My personal advice if they are rare is get them shipped professionally by a wine shipper as putting them in a shipping container at temperatures in the container at possible 100 degrees will probably ruin the wine!
      I hope that helps, cheers, The International Moving Doctor

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    Anna Virginia Troiano
    Posted at 15:41h, 26 September Reply

    Hello! I just have a logistical question about placing an online order for the U-Crate 100 (x2). I’m wondering if after I place the order, will they automatically be sent to me right away or can I say when I need them to arrive after I place the order?

    For instance I’d like to receive my kit around the week of Oct 16. Can I specify that or should I just hold off on placing the order?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:09h, 26 September Reply

      Hello Anna, you can place order now and when one of our coordinators contacts you about your booking, just let them know when you need them. We will send them out it plenty of time so you have them when you need them or before.
      That way you can start the paperwork and be all booked in well in advance.
      I hope that helps
      Cheers and happy packing
      The International Moving Doctor

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    Margaret Render
    Posted at 10:59h, 22 September Reply

    Do you do U Crates option for moves from France to UK?

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 14:11h, 25 September Reply

      Hello Margaret, yes we do but on a short hop like that, its not always competitive seeing we have to send you out the crate and then collect it but if you wanted us to use it maybe to store your items in it before delivery for example then it would make sense otherwise we would normally just collect your items and load them on a moving truck returning to the UK.
      Hope that makes sense. Let us know if you need a quote on this route.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Rana
    Posted at 04:34h, 21 September Reply

    We need to move personal household items from Rochester, New York to Kathmandu, Nepal. Currently interested in your U-Crate option. Do you operate this route? Thank you!

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 09:51h, 21 September Reply

      Hello Rana, thank you for the question, for the moment we only service routes between USA, Europe, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand however we plan to expand this to a worldwide service in 2024. So if you are planning to move to Nepal next year then please can you check back with us in January and we will be able to provide you with a door to door quote to Nepal for a U Crate. Hope that is ok.
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    Alexandra Ross
    Posted at 14:58h, 13 September Reply

    Dear Mark,
    Where can I find a list of prohibited items from UK to Canada. For example, can you ship perfume? These would be my personal half used bottles.
    But is there a clear list of strictly prohibited items?

    Can boxes be mixed, like kitchen things, personal items (trinkets), clothes, bedding, etc. or should they be kept separate.
    I assume books should go on the bottom.

    Can you please explain how the pallet works and what boxes are acceptable for it? Do you sell the accepted boxed or recommend any brands? Do you still get a plastic cover with just the pallet and your own boxes?

    How long typically is a move from London, England to Vancouver, Canada?
    If <500lb is weight, is the quote price reduced?

    Thank you!

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 13:00h, 14 September Reply

      Hello Alexandra, thanks for the questions.
      I’ll do my best to answer one by one.
      First of all, the prohibited items list is pretty much the same as when you fly internationally. We also have this list on our web site.
      https://upakweship.com/community/moving-tips/prohibited-items/
      Yes you can ship your own colognes and perfumes, I suggest putting them in a zip lock bag before putting them in a box though in case they leak.

      Can boxes be mixed? Absolutely, just list whatever the main item is in the box on the packing list, like bathroom bits, or books or bedding or kitchenware, nothing too specific is needed. Yes books need to go on the bottom or put them all in book cartons which are about 1.5 cubic feet so smaller so they don’t get too heavy.

      I will have a video on You Tube within a week on the pallet service on my channel as well as a do not ship video soon after but you can use any type of box or heavy duty plastic / rubber crate. Find yourself a pallet locally and load your boxes onto it. Boxes stack best if they are the same size. When its all loaded, you need to shrink wrap it and put a couple of straps around and over the top of the pallet to secure it ready for us to collect it. The video is nearly finished showing you this but in the meantime you can see more pictures and info here. https://upakweship.com/shipping-services/pallets/
      You can buy the boxes, tape, packing paper, straps and shrink wrap from a self storage center.
      I am in the USA office so I’m not 100% sure of the transit time London to Vancouver but I would guess 2-3 months depending on how fast they fill the container. They will give you a small pallet and a large pallet price so yes you would have a reduced price for 500lbs. If you would like a quote on this and clarify the aprox transit time, you can always contact stephen@upackweship.com over there to help you. I that all helps and let me or Steve know if we can help and advise on anything else,

      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    E
    Posted at 16:10h, 12 September Reply

    Hi Mark!

    I’ve inquired at several companies to try and ship a heavy (but relatively small) box from Los Angeles to Romania. Every company has given me quotes of around $1000, and clearly this is either air freight (3-7 days) or door-to-door service charges. I don’t need fast, and I’m willing to drop it off at the LA port and my family is willing to come to the Romanian port and pick it up if necessary. My friends and I have moved international many times and for these kinds of things it’s typically in the range of $2-300 and 2-4 months by boat freight, I’m willing to accept the time but I need a cheaper option. What would you do in my case?

    Thank you,
    E

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 09:41h, 13 September Reply

      Hello E, unfortunately its not that easy by boat unless you know a company that consolidates containers from Long Beach to Romania, which I do not. With us for example we would consolidate and ship all our European freight into our hub in the Netherlands and then truck to your door after customs clearance.
      Also for security reasons you are not allowed to drop off or collect from the shipping ports so you are going to have to pay someone to receive the shipment into a warehouse and load it, plus the ocean freight, the unloading and port charges often called THC or terminal handling charge, customs clearance and then handover to you. If each of these steps charged $200 then that’s $800 plus a forwarders charge of $200 to organize it = $1000.

      I’m not sure what the commodity is or what its packed in but maybe you could try something like sendmybag.com which is a parcel and suitcase carrier which uses Fedex and DHL i believe for airfreight.

      Other than that it is best to maybe to take it with you next time you fly home?

      Sorry I cant think of any cheaper way to do this.
      All the best, The International Moving Doctor

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    Marion Chirayath
    Posted at 23:16h, 24 August Reply

    We plan to order 2 of the 100 cu feet u-crates, and pack them in our garage. However, we measured the height of the garage door and it is only 79 inches. That leaves only one inch to spare to get the Ucrate out of the garage. Is that enough?
    My husband wants to pack the Ucrates out of doors, and cover the with tarps. I do not like that idea because we plan to leave in November and live in Washington state. That means pretty much non-stop rain, and I cannot imagine how we would keep the contents from getting wet while we are packing the crates.
    If we place a tarp under the pallet, would it be possible to drag the pallet to the outside or will it be too heavy?
    Marion

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 16:12h, 28 August Reply

      Hi Marion, one inch should be fine, the worst case if for some reason it didn’t fit would be to take off the top lid and put the lid, cover and straps on after its out of the garage. I think having them in the garage and out of the elements is safer than having them under a tarp.
      The driveway also needs to be flat and a straight shot to the truck so the driver can pull the U Crate onto the trucks tail lift.

      I hope that helps and let me know if there is anything else you need, cheers
      The International Moving Doctor.

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    Julia Graham
    Posted at 13:14h, 18 August Reply

    Hi there,

    Can you please tell me how to label items that are not in boxes, like a bicycle or blankets, and how to name them on the shipping list?
    Thank you!

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:17h, 18 August Reply

      Hello Julia, just stick the label on the item with some sticky tape. You can either attach it somewhere on the bike like the wheel or seat or frame or if its draped in a blanket then just stick the label on the blanket. Talking of blankets, if you want to label blankets or bedding etc, I suggest if using a U Crate you pop them just under the lid in a trash bag and stick a label on the trash bag. If you are just putting in a loose blanket part for keeping and part for protecting something else, then I would not label it and don’t add it to your packing list.
      I hope that helps, cheers The International Moving Doctor

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    hamid shahzad
    Posted at 00:38h, 16 August Reply

    i want to have my clothes shipped from new york to SIalkot, Pakistan
    the clothes weigh 70Kg

    • The Moving Doctor
      The Moving Doctor
      Posted at 15:19h, 18 August Reply

      Hello Hamid, UPakWeShip does not service Pakistan, but may be try DHL, UPS, Fedex or sendmybag.com
      Cheers The International Moving Doctor

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