Moving to the United Kingdom from the US
If you are moving to the UK, use the services of a reputed and professional international moving company, which has specialized in international moving. First of all, you need to check whether the company has a license from the Federal Maritime Commission and can function as a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier. It should also carry the permission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Get quotes from several international movers, so that you can compare prices and services offered. Price should include door-to-door shipment, shipment consolidation as well as custom crates. Referrals from satisfied customers could be of help to you as well. The international moving company should have shipping agents in the UK as well, so that they can take charge as soon as your consignment reaches the UK. The reputation of the moving company is extremely important and it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the company to see exactly how it functions. Get your own papers well in time, because there are stringent visa rules for the UK.
There are several rules for customs clearance of motor vehicles and pets, you must be aware of the customs regulations. Motor vehicles include trailers, boats and aircraft. During customs clearance of motor vehicles, you may need to be present at the clearance point. If you are moving residence to the UK and if it is for personal use, there is no duty levied. But all the documents should be presented and all forms should be completed. An experienced and professional international moving company will be in a position to help you with all the formalities.
The custom formalities for pets are very strict in the UK. Besides a health certificate and inoculation proof, all pets have to go through a six-month quarantine period, which has to be arranged well in advance. An import license for the pets will be granted only if all rules and regulations are met.