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      Shipping company recommendations - UK>Sydney

      Our visa got approved yesterday - next step... we need to organise the actual move!

      Which shipping company would you recommend? We are not shipping any vehicle (4 bicycles though, I KNOW) and a very limited amount of furniture. So mainly books, records, house decorations we really care about (framed prints, vases etc).

      I got quotes from 1st Move and Anglo Pacific last year and they came to the same amount.

      I also read about Pickfords (terrible trust pilot rating though) and Seven Seas, with the Move Cube being an option (esp if they offer a packing option?!).

      What would you recommend?

      We'd like to avoid the obvious issues so extra costs in addition to the initial quote, damages, issues at the border... Timings are less of an issue.

      I am also getting a quote from Letton Percival in case and looking at using an excess baggage company for items we'd want to take with us straight away.

      Thanks a lot in advance!

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      Hi and congratulations on the visa. After being on here a number of years I have heard good and bad things about most companies. The ones who have the best reputation are PSS and John Masons, get them out to do a quote. As you said don't go with the removal companies insurance. Letton Percival are a great choice and are a lot cheaper.
      Also if you are looking at part container please note that we see time and time again that there are delays in delivery as they usually pack your items and then wait until someone else wants a part load before shipping. This can add up to a month sometimes more than the original estimate.
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      Quote Originally Posted by The Pom Queen View Post
      Hi and congratulations on the visa. After being on here a number of years I have heard good and bad things about most companies. The ones who have the best reputation are PSS and John Masons, get them out to do a quote. As you said don't go with the removal companies insurance. Letton Percival are a great choice and are a lot cheaper.
      Also if you are looking at part container please note that we see time and time again that there are delays in delivery as they usually pack your items and then wait until someone else wants a part load before shipping. This can add up to a month sometimes more than the original estimate.
      Thanks for the speedy reply! I didn't think about that, when I say we can wait we can wait 2 months but not 6; we won't fill up a container as we are not shipping that many things... Let me know if you can think of any alternative.
      I will call Seven Seas ASAP to check if Movecube could be a good decision considering.

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      Quote Originally Posted by HelloFrenchie View Post
      Thanks for the speedy reply! I didn't think about that, when I say we can wait we can wait 2 months but not 6; we won't fill up a container as we are not shipping that many things... Let me know if you can think of any alternative.
      I will call Seven Seas ASAP to check if Movecube could be a good decision considering.
      I may be wrong as my memory is failing but I'm sure @snifter used movecube so she may be able to advise on this side.
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      Here is a great thread about Movecube http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=235966
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      Quote Originally Posted by The Pom Queen View Post
      Here is a great thread about Movecube http://www.pomsinoz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=235966
      I just read it all, it's a definite contender :)
      Checking timings with more traditional shipping companies too (2.5 to 3 months with Movecube). Thanks again!

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      Quote Originally Posted by HelloFrenchie View Post
      I just read it all, it's a definite contender :)
      Checking timings with more traditional shipping companies too (2.5 to 3 months with Movecube). Thanks again!
      They come in about the same if its sole use container or a Movecube. Our cube was with us in 12 weeks door to door. If you go groupage (shared container) you could be waiting a lot longer.

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      We have used voovit.com twice now when we just wanted to send a few boxes as it works out much cheaper than excess baggage. You will need to plan and send ahead though if it is stuff that you want right from the start. We sent ours on 23rd June and received it on 25th Sept

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      Quote Originally Posted by Yelverton View Post
      We have used voovit.com twice now when we just wanted to send a few boxes as it works out much cheaper than excess baggage. You will need to plan and send ahead though if it is stuff that you want right from the start. We sent ours on 23rd June and received it on 25th Sept
      Thanks, that's v helpful re excess luggage! I am starting to realise all shipping companies are roughly the same. Bad and good reviews!

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      We used PSS in September last year. Had a 20 foot shipping container to ourselves, with lots of furniture, bicycles and other gear. Cost was as estimated, although we had an additional $400 customs fee at this end that was a little unexpected (but was in their small print).

      They packed and unpacked everything, and gave lots of useful advice regarding declaration of wooden items, things we shouldn't take (mostly wicker items and Christmas decorations that contained pine cones), and most important how clean things like bicycles, soles of shoes and sports gear needed to be in order to avoid the wrath of biosecurity (answer: exceedingly clean, as if new, and ideally smelling of disinfectant).

      Nothing of note was broken in the move, and we did not get charged for cleaning any items by biosecurity.

      We were able to track the boat(s) that our container was on, and we got our stuff pretty close to the original estimated date.

      I'd use them again in a heartbeat.
      Last edited by richev; 30-01-2017 at 11:35 AM.

     
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