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Overseas Removals

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The aim of our service is to provide the lowest cost option to people looking to move household effects from the UK to most worldwide destinations. We offer what we consider to be the most the most cost-effective overseas self-move package in the UK. We achieve this by offering our customers a self packing door-step containerised facility. This is different to the service offered by traditional removal firms who usually adopt the following approach. - A representative will visit your house and assess the cubic capacity of your personal effects. - The removal firm will then send a vehicle to your house and remove the items to a central warehouse where they will be packed into a container - The container will then be shipped to the destination port - The removal firm will then often arrange for customs clearance and on-carriage. This approach is effective but expensive. It is expensive for a number of reasons. Firstly, the operator has high fixed overheads in terms of staff, vehicles and premises, which need to be paid for even when their business activity is low. Second, the methods employed often lead to double handling and unnecessary warehousing. Third, because the operator usually organises customs clearance in the destination country, there are usually currency exchange costs as well as their own admin costs.( this is a highly profitable part of their operation) In addition, traditional suppliers often justify their high prices by shrouding the process of shipping and customs clearance in a cloak of mystery. Our approach is usually more cost effective for the following reasons. - We do not visit you and assess your needs. We believe most people, if provided with the cubic capacity of a container, can work out for themselves the room required for their items. - We do not employ people to pack your items (you organise that), nor do we run vehicles or warehouses. Our fixed overheads are low compared to traditional removers. We contract, when required, a vehicle to bring the container to your address and take it directly to the port. ( there are three loading options available to you at this point which are listed below) - We ship and arrange UK customs clearance in the same way as a traditional supplier. - We do not directly arrange customs clearance and on-carriage at your destination. We take you to the quayside or railhead. We recommend a local customs clearance agent. This reason we do this is because it far cheaper for people to deal directly with local agents in local currency than it would for us in the UK to arrange. Our approach is based on our experience gained from three decades of commercial freight forwarding. There is nothing mystical about modern containerised shipping. The shipping container is one of the most utilitarian inventions of the 20th century. A metal box arrives at your house – you fill it- an overhead crane stacks it on top of lots of other metal boxes on a purpose built container ship. The ship sets sail and on arrival at the port of destination an overhead crane lifts off the metal box. Customs clearance in the UK is straightforward, and we do that for you. Customs clearance for personal effects is invariably straightforward at the other end and you may either do it yourself or we can recommend a local agent. (We can provide you with an approximate cost to include in your budget) In common with traditional operators we offer a full insurance package via an agent in the UK. Options for door step collection in ascending order of cost. A. Load and go – The lorry arrives at your collection location and you load the container whilst it is on the lorry and while the lorry waits until you have packed and then goes to the port. B. Drop, load, lift and go. – The lorry arrives, drops the container to ground level, waits while you load and then lifts and goes to the port. C. Drop and return – The lorry drops the empty container. You load at your leisure. At a later date the lorry collects the container and goes to the port. All these options are available to you either by hiring a container from us or purchasing a container for use in your final destination.
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