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For a quick and efficient method of moving your personal belongings to your new home,

we can provide two choices of air freight for your consideration.

The most common of these choices is consolidated air freight. This cost-effective method of air freight can incorporate various transfers prior your goods arriving in their final destination.

A more direct, premium service can be offered which would see any personal effects directed straight to their final destination.

Our experienced and talented team is available to provide advice on both options to ensure that the most suitable method is selected for each individual move.

For key customs information and advice on how to move abroad, please check out FIDI Global Alliance

the largest global alliance of independent quality international removal companies – and other useful links below.

Tax on personal items when moving to the UK

Bringing your belongings, private motor vehicle and / or boat to the UK from outside the EU –

Moving overseas?

Whether you wish to ship a single item or a houseful of personal effects, we’ll take care of all the details.

After all, we’ve been doing so for our valued clients for more than 500 years.

This rich history in moving containers and consignments to each corner of the globe provides us with exceptional experience, enabling us to provide unrivalled international services.

As members of BAR Overseas, our clients benefit from the free financial guarantee that covers any advance payment made.

The Shore Porters Society is an authorised member and agent of The British Association of Removers DBA the Movers Trading Club (MTC) which is a Foreign (non-USA) based Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) registered with the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), organization number 013636.

And, with access to the international resources of the premier international removals network, Fidi, when you leave your move to Shore Porters, you can rest assured that your items are in the very safest of hands.

Pre-move survey

One of the first steps we’ll take will be to conduct an international pre-move survey to determine which form of transport will best suit your requirements and budget.

For the pre-move survey, it’s important that customers know exactly what they want to move and what they don’t want to move. This means that when our Surveyor arrives, they can swiftly provide you with expert guidance for your unique requirements.

During the survey, we’ll assess the volume of goods being moved, before then advising on key considerations, including how best to pack your items, transportation and, if required, storage.

You will also be provided with any information needed for attaining relevant documentation for your country of destination.

Lastly, through embracing the very latest technology, we log and communicate the details of your move to our Move Manager, who is then able to quickly provide you a detailed quote and move plan.

Ocean/Air Freight

Whether you choose ocean freight or air freight will depend on the volume of your consignment, the transit time you require and your budget. As a rule of thumb:

  • Air freight is faster and more cost-effective for small loads
  • Ocean freight is generally more cost-effective for larger loads, although the time of transit is longer and you will need to consider additional cost implications, such as whether you will require hotel accommodation while waiting for your possessions to arrive.

Full container Load (FCL)

When moving household items overseas, large metal containers are used to transport goods on ocean vessels.

Two main sizes of containers are available – 20 ft. general purpose containers (capacity 1100 cubic feet / 31 m3) and 40 ft. general purpose containers (capacity 2250 cubic feet / 63 m3).

Customers have the option of using an ‘exclusive’ container, which holds their items only. These units are loaded and security sealed at either customers’ homes or our store, before being routed to their new country.

We can organise for containers to be delivered directly to a new residence, subject to customs and quarantine inspections.

Less Than Container (LCL)

When not using a Full Container, we can pack your items in timber boxes at your residence, before shipping the boxes, along with other groupage consignments, within one container.

These bespoke boxes ensure fragile goods are fully protected and, just as with FCLs, LCL shipments can be moved on weekly sailings to the majority of international destinations.

Groupage Shipments

With Groupage Shipments, you ‘share’ container space with other people who are moving goods to the same country. This is a very popular option for customers transporting smaller items.

However, one point to consider with Groupage Shipping is timescales. When sharing container space, shipments can take longer.

Shore Porters offer the full range of removal and storage services including within the domestic, commercial, antiques, fine art and storage sectors.

With each job tailored specifically to your requirements, we pride ourselves in providing and trustworthy and efficient service.

Moving overseas?
Whether you wish to ship a single item or a houseful of personal effects, we will take care of all the details.

Thinking of moving?
Let us take care of your treasured possessions so that they arrive safely and securely, in the right place, at the right time.

Antiques & Fine Arts
We are trusted by the UK’s top auction houses, private and trade collectors and by UK and overseas buyers to handle their treasures with care. Find out more today.

We can help you solve your storage problems with a number of safe and secure facilities located near our headquarters in Aberdeen.

Move Assistance
Our expert team is always on hand with information and guidance to allow your move to be as stress-free and efficient as possible.

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