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Removals to the USA

Moving to the USA? And need an international removals company specialising in shipping and removals to the USA?  Imove can assist with household goods, furniture and personal effects shipping and removals to the USA.

Our International Removals service to the USA ships to all popular destinations including: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Miami, Houston, San Diego, Dallas and Washington.

For a free quotation for your move to the USA complete our online quote request form, or call us FREE on 0800-998-7024 to discuss your removals and shipping requirements.

Planning your Removal to the USA:

Planning a move overseas can be very stressful and time consuming.  If it is your first overseas removal to the USA you are going to need lots of information and guidance on the International move process and documentation requirements in America.

When planning a relocation to the USA you will need to consider how much you want to send, how much you want to pay, and whether you want a full packing service, partial packing service, or whether you intend to pack everything yourselves. Then there are budget constraints, how much you have to spend on the removal and shipping costs. That’s where the Imove Move Coordinator can help and be on hand to answer all those questions and work with you to arrange the shipping to the USA on time and within your budget.

You will have the choice of either shipping your goods in a sole use dedicated container or by a share a container service. The service chosen largely depends on the volume of the goods to be moved to the USA measured in either cubic feet or cubic metres.

Generally if you are shipping all of the contents of a 3, 4 or 5 bed house you will need either a 20’ or 40’ shipping container.  The contents of smaller properties can be shipped on a share a container service (sometimes called a part load service) or in a sole use dedicated container.

When shipping to the USA in a sole use container it is a good idea to obtain an accurate assessment of the volume of the goods to be shipped in the container, as American movers delivery charges are assessed on the volume and the weight of the goods in the container and will charge more or less accordingly, so if your goods do not quite fill a sole use container, charges for delivery in the USA will be less than the charges for a container that is full. 

Costs of Removals to the USA:

All moving companies costs are based on the total volume of the goods to be moved measured in either cubic feet or cubic meters. Prices for the ocean freight cost are then determined by how much space your goods will occupy in a shipping container. We then add packing costs, collection costs, and delivery costs to arrive at the final cost of the move to America.  Costs are all calculated as a Pounds per cubic foot or cubic metres. IE £3.50 per cubic foot.  It is therefore very important that when comparing removal companies quotations that you check all companies are quoting on the same volume and a comparable service.

Packing for your Removal to America:

In order to save costs many people opt to pack their own boxes, cartons, or cases in preparation for their international move. Whilst this is perfectly OK for some destinations it is highly discouraged when shipping to the USA.  Since 9/11 United States Customs Authorities are undertaking more inspections of the goods themselves and the paperwork, shipments marked as PBO “packed by owner” will attract much scrutiny and extra charges for customs inspection fees.  In our opinion it is not worth running the risk, and costs could end up far outweighing the savings made by packing yourself.  An important part of your international removals to America is the specialist export packing and wrapping service we provide. Our skilled export packers will ensure your goods arrive in the exact same condition they left you, no matter how far they have travelled. Take a look at our export packing gallery.

Vessel transit times to the USA vary greatly and are dependent upon the port of arrival in the USA.
New York and East Coast Ports 8 - 14 days
Miami 12 – 14 days
Los Angeles/San Francisco/Seattle 25 - 29 days

The documents Required for removals shipments into the USA include:

Copies of your visa and passport,
Completed US Customs Importers Declaration,
Power of Attorney form
Bill of Lading (supplied by Imove)
Inventory/packing list of the goods shippedDOCUMENTATION:

Imove are highly experienced in shipping and documentary requirements for household goods shipments to America, our dedicated Move Coordinator’s will be on hand to advise you of everything you need to know, and will guide you throughout the move from start to finish, right up to delivery to your new home in the USA.

To discuss a quote for your move to America, or to book an estimators appointment to obtain a FREE removals to USA quote call one of our friendly move coordinators FREE on 0800-998-7024.

Call today for a FREE quote 0800 998 7024

Imove International Removals Ltd is rated 4.38 stars by Reviews.co.uk based on 94 merchant reviews

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I was impressed by the communication. IMove dealt with all my queries and requests promptly and efficiently. The crew contacted me directly to advise on their arrival and kept to time. All together a good service and reasonably priced. Thank you.
We recently used Imove International to move all of our household items from UK to Thailand, and found the entire process from initial quote to final delivery very easy. We had a sole use 20ft container, which was perfect for the contents of our 2 bedroom house. The chap who came to do the quote was able to reassure us that the container lorry would be able to reach our house ok, as that was one of our worries. The 2 man packing team arrived at 8:30am on the Thursday and set about wrapping and boxing everything. I can't speak highly enough about how hard they worked that day - it was virtually impossible to get them to stop for a tea break. The only thing it would have been useful to know in advance at that stage was that they wanted us to remove the pedals from our 4 bicycles, and turn the handlebars so that they were in line with the wheels, but it was sorted in a matter of minutes. The following day a 3 man team turned up and completed the packing. The lorry was due a 12:00, but in fact got delayed until about 3:00pm. As the weather was good, the lads moved everything out on to the front drive in the meantime, in order to make the loading faster. I had asked the neighbours to leave the communal parking area free for the day, which made it much easier for the lorry to manoeuvre when it arrived. The loading only took about 30 minutes, and we waved goodbye to our goods, en route to Felixstowe Docks. The thing that amazed me most was that there was not a single scuff mark left on the internal walls of our newly decorated house! Imove had provided us with a link to a web portal which had all the details of our shipment updated on it, including estimated arrival date in Thailand. It also included the name of the ship our container was on, and I was delighted to discover a web site (https://www.marinetraffic.com) where I could track it's progress in real time. (Note to Imove - perhaps you could add that link to your web portal?). About a week before it was due to arrive in Thailand the agent at this end contacted us and talked us through all the paperwork necessary for customs clearance at this end. The ship arrived exactly on schedule, and we visited the agent to drop off passports, ID cards, etc that they needed to clear the shipment with customs. That went very smoothly, and when we returned to the agent to collect our documents we got to meet the driver who was going to deliver the shipment to our house in northern Thailand - a 700km journey. Luckily I was able to give him our exact location on Google Maps, which avoided the hassle of trying to explain a rather obscure location. The lorry arrived exactly on schedule, at 8:30 on a Sunday morning, and again it only took the 4 lads about 30 minutes to unload it. They did offer to unpack everything and remove all the packing materials, but we declined that, as most of our stuff will probably remain in boxes for the next few months while we build a new house here. So, all in all it was a very simple process, and very professionally managed.
The crew worked extra hard and returned on a Sunday to finish our packing. I can't thank them enough. Please feel free to select IMove with confidence. My bit of guidance or recommendation is to sort out the insurance ASAP.