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Once you have decided you want to live in the UK and have been granted access to the country, the process of moving your affairs to the United Kingdom will be an important step during your expatriation.

The task of moving your belongings across countries or even continents may seem daunting but with the right removal company and good organisation, moving to the UK should be secure and hassle-free.

How to bring your belongings to the UK

It is more common to send your belongings directly to your new home. However, some carriers deliver only to a set storage point. In this case, you will have to consider the additional costs involved in the delivery to the final destination.

Remember to seek information in advance on the transport and routeing conditions.

To ensure your belonging are moved safely and that the costs are not astronomical, shop around and obtain a quote from various carriers. You can find a carrier or removal company on the internet, from your local council, or in your local yellow pages.

 Good to know: To ensure the company you pick is 100% reliable, it is advised to check if they are part of the BAR overseas group, have received FIDI accreditation or a similar accolade.

To gain an accurate quote, it is important to mention several key points:

•    The starting address
•    The address in the United Kingdom
•    Volume of goods
•    Type of transport required
•    Estimated cost

You will also be asked to specify which objects require special care (special packaging, etc.), and the steps that you will take charge of (disassembly of furniture, packing dishes, etc.).

Make a list of your belongings, as comprehensive as possible to establish a value statement, which will allow you to ask for compensation in case of loss or damage during the removal process. You must fill the value statement yourself, specifying your items' overall value, plus the value of some assets, which could exceed the contractual limit value.

Accordingly, the removal company will offer damage insurance as part of the quote. The cost of the insurance depends on the total value of your property.

The consignment note

Finally, you will be required to sign the consignment when loading and on delivery. With this letter, you give your approval to the removal company to proceed with the removal. The consignment includes the terms of the contract, mode of transport, volume transported, your name and address, the shipping company, etc.

Usually, the payment takes place in two instalments — before the loading, you pay the deposit and upon delivery, the balance. If you prefer to pay the cost at once, this is also often possible, depending on the specific removal company.

 Important: The carrier deals on your behalf with all administrative work related to your move, such as customs clearance.    

 Good to know: It is strongly recommended to check in advance with the British customs department about specific provisions, banned products, etc.

 Useful links:

FIDI - The International Federation of International Movers http://www.fidi.com/
FEDEMAC - Federation of European Movers http://www.fedemac.com/
HM Revenue & Customs http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/
List of International Removal Companies http://moverdb.com/moving-companies/

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