UK and International Removals & Storage since 1884
Removals to the United States of America
If you are planning on moving to America, whether to the East Coast, West Coast, or somewhere in between, Britannia Bradshaw has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your specific needs. Your removal is only part of your move, so we also have information about American visas and advice on getting settled in the United States of America.
Importing Personal Effects to the USA
Household goods and personal effects can be imported duty free, provided they have been owned for at least a year before arriving in the USA. Most containers arriving in the United States of America will be subject to examination by US customs. You must ensure you have the appropriate visa for entry into the USA. To import your household goods, we will provide you with the correct customs form, that must be completed prior to the goods leaving the UK.
Prohibitions and Restrictions
In general it is in your interest not to import the following items to the United States of America:
- Firearms & ammunition
- Inflammable goods & substances
- Plants & plant material
- Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
- Narcotics and dangerous goods
- Offensive materials
- Alcohol & Tobacco
Transit of groupage or shared load consignments usually takes 8 to 11 weeks via the East Coast and 11 to 14 weeks if going via the West Coast. Sole use containers will normally take 2 weeks to the East Coast and 4 weeks to the West Coast. However, transit times will also vary depending on the size of your consignment, customs or immigration delays and weather conditions.
Bar coding of your goods
All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.
Moving your domestic pets to America
Britannia Bradshaw can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures.
Find out more about pet transport.
Moving motor vehicles to the USA
Due to strict emission standards, only vehicles that have been manufactured in the USA can be shipped with your household goods. Contact us for more information on importing a car to the USA.
Purchase your American car before departing & save money
Migrants can take advantage of AutoSource, a service where you can purchase your vehicle before departing for the US. AutoSource is designed for candidates who are overseas and moving to the US on assignment for two years or longer. AutoSource is the only authorised company in the world offering people moving to the US access to special factory programs for the purchase, lease or finance of a new vehicle.
Moving to the USA with Britannia Bradshaw
Packing & Delivery – Our trained packers can pack and wrap all your items to ensure that they are transported safely. If you choose a full door to door service, we will deliver the goods to your new home. We can then unwrap your furniture and unpack your moving boxes onto a flat surface, and all used packing materials will be removed from the site.
Additional removal services – Britannia Bradshaw can provide a variety of additional services when moving to the USA. We are authorised to provide a comprehensive insurance, can arrange international storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.
How can we help with your removal to America?
Britannia Bradshaw can help your move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote or call 0161 877 5555 (Manchester), 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham & Coventry) and speak with an international removals specialist.