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International moving to England

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Preparing your international removal to England

England is the largest constituent of the United Kingdom, consisting of more than half of the entire island. Often used interchangeably in most parts of the world, England is often confused to be the same as Great Britain. London, the capital of the United Kingdom is located in England and so are some of the major cities like Birmingham, Oxford, Canterbury, and Manchester. Moving overseas is a feat on its own - before moving from the USA to England, there are certain shipping and personal considerations that you should be aware of.


DOCUMENTATION for you moving to England


PACKAGING of your belongings


TRACKING your shipment online


RECEPTION of all your goods


Cost of moving to England from USA


The cost of moving to England is more often than not dictated by the belongings you take with you. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving to London, Manchester or Canterbury, the price of moving your belongings will be based on how you choose to ship your household goods. For international shipments, there are two main options: FCL and LCL.

If you do not have many household goods to ship and are looking for a solution to move items such as clothes and other personal belongings LCL might be the best bet for you. LCL or Less than Container Load refers to the shipping solution wherein different shipments are combined and shipped in the same container. By doing so, those who want to ship smaller items can do it easily and the price of moving your belongings to England is shared with other shipments in the same container. Because it is a shared solution, you should steer away from shipping fragile items through LCL as there is a risk for damage. You should also be open to some delays as the container will be opened if a shipment needs to be checked or offloaded on another port before yours.

FCL or Full Container Load is ideal for those who want to ship large items, fragile items or move a large number of household goods. FCL is a term used to describe a shipping solution wherein a container is used exclusively for a single shipment. The cost of the same is borne by a single party. If you want to move fragile items or large items like furniture or simply want to ensure that your items are moved carefully, FCL is the way to go.


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International moving costs are quite dynamic and differ from person to person and based on their individual needs. Whether you’re moving into an apartment or a house, your shipping costs will be based on the personal belongings you ship.


if you are planning on a brand new life in England and want to move with mere boxes full of clothes and other belongings that fit in a pallet, the best choice for you will be to opt for an LCL solution to lower your international moving costs.


Apartments (< 70m²)

for those of you who are moving into an apartment in England and carrying personal belongings like appliances, bicycles, etc you will be needing a 20ft container for your shipping.

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House (> 70m²)

if you are settling into a big apartment of a large house in England, you will be needing a 40ft container to accommodate all your personal belongings and household goods like your furniture, appliances, car, etc.


Tips to reduce the cost of moving to England


The importance of having proper documentation before moving overseas cannot be stressed enough (also visa and work permit). Before you move to England, you need to ensure that all your paperwork is in order and this includes the documents for your belongings as well. A big part of your moving documents is known as a ‘shipping packing list’. The packing list contains all important information about your belongings, such as the item details, location of the shipment, etc. The packing list is one of the most important documents for anyone moving to England and it should be treated as such.

Packing your furniture for an international moving

If you’re wondering how people pack their belongings and household goods for an international move, you aren’t alone. Whether you’re using LCL or FCL shipping solution, you still need to apply some standard packing rules and sensibilities. Items that are fragile in nature should be packaged in a way that the rough ocean movements do not damage the goods on thier way to England.

What items can not be sent in a moving container?

While moving to England, there are certain items that you aren’t allowed to bring with you. Because England is a part of the United Kingdom, the same in the entire nation. In the UK, you aren’t allowed to bring:

  • illegal drugs

  • offensive weapons, for example, flick knives

  • self-defense sprays, for example, pepper spray and CS gas

  • endangered animal and plant species

  • rough diamonds

  • indecent and obscene materials

  • personal imports of meat and dairy products from most non-EU countries

Please note that you cannot bring items and claim them as personal goods if you intend to use them for commercial purposes.


Taxation laws in England fall under the authority of the United Kingdom. The UK has different rules for EU and Non-EU residents and if you’re coming from the USA, the latter ones apply to you. There is a tax treaty between the UK and the USA which disallows double taxation for US citizens. Because taxes are a sensitive subject and cannot be generalized, you need to consult a moving advisor to help guide you based on your personal situation.

Where to ship when moving to England

England is the largest among the four countries that together form the United Kingdom. It is bordered by Scotland, Wales and the Celtic Sea as well as the Irish Sea. The English Channel and the North Sea separate England from mainland Europe and England is made of low-land terrain. When you ship your belongings to England, you will be looking at two major ports:

  • Port of Immingham: is one of the major ports of the United Kingdom. Shipping your international moving to Immingham, on the south bank of Humber Estuary would mean that it would be among the 55.6 million tonnes of cargo that makes to the port every year.

Need more help on your moving to England ?

Also, if you need further information about how to manage your international removal, you can also check our help center. You will find resources about the processes. We really hope you enjoy your future home.

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