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Understanding International Removals

Nov 08. 2016

Since our establishment in 1982, Burke Bros Moving Group have successfully conducted countless numbers of moves to the far corners of the globe. Below we have detailed a few pertinent points to help explain the international removals process:

Obtain expert advice early on: It’s important to involve your removal company early on in the process of relocating abroad. The process of moving can unearth a range of unforeseen problems for which you will need to seek professional advice. Involve your moving company early on and they will provide the vital answers to many of the issues you encounter. Furthermore, it’s important to give your removal company as much notice as possible of your intended moving date especially during the peak seasons of the summer months when removal companies are very busy.

Correct packing is key: when moving to another continent, household possessions are ordinarily packed in a container for shipping. The amount of space your effects occupy in the container will determine the cost you incur. Packing items correctly is of vital importance and it is essential that your remover has the specialist packing materials and a removal team trained in professional export packing. To ensure that no space is wasted and also that the items are properly protected during a long journey.

Container size: If you household effects don’t constitute an entire container, your removal company should be able to offer you the shipping services as a part load. This means that you would essentially share a container with other shipments and only pay for the space your items occupy within the container.

Arrangements at destination: your overseas remover should have an international partner at the destination your effects are destined for, to ensure customs clearance and delivery to your premises. Their international partner should also be able to offer temporary storage if this is required.

Get it covered: Most reputable moving companies will be able to offer insurance and possibly provide extended liability. It is of paramount importance that you fully understand what sort of cover you are taking out and exactly what it covers.

If you would like any further information on any aspect of moving abroad, we would be only too pleased to help, please contact sales@burkebros.co.uk or call 01902 714555

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