Removals to California

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When planning your move to California, consider sea freight as the most cost-effective option for transporting your belongings. We offer tailored international removals solutions depending on the size of your move, whether you're relocating your entire household or just a selection of items.

Service options for your removal to California 

Full Container Load (FCL):

Ideal for individuals and families relocating their entire household to California, the Full Container Load (FCL) option provides you with exclusive use of either a 20ft or 40ft container. You'll have the freedom to pack your belongings as you see fit. While the FCL option may be slightly more expensive than shared container options, it offers faster transit times.

Your belongings will be carefully packed at your residence and loaded directly into your dedicated container. From there, the container will be transported straight to the port for shipment to California. We'll coordinate with our local agent in California to handle customs clearance and arrange delivery to your new home.

Shared Container Load (Groupage):

If you're not shipping an entire household to California, the Shared Container Load (Groupage) option may be more suitable. With this option, you'll share a container with other customers shipping items to California, allowing you to pay only for the space you need. It's an excellent choice for those moving on a budget.

Your belongings will be packed at your home on a pre-arranged date and then transferred to our international warehouse for onward transportation to your new home in California. Your Move Manager will keep you informed about arrival dates and coordinate delivery and unpacking once your container clears customs.

Transit Times:

The transit time for your shipment varies depending on factors such as your chosen shipping method and destination in California.

Approximate Transit Times (in weeks):

Exclusive Container Shared Container
USA (California) 8 - 12 8- 12

Please note that transit times are provided as estimates and may be subject to variation based on market conditions, shipping line capacity, and actual sailings. Your Move Manager will keep you updated on the progress of your shipment following its collection.

Choose the option that best suits your needs and budget, and let us handle the rest, ensuring a smooth and efficient transit of your belongings to California.

Why choose Pickfords for your removals to California?

  • Personalised guidance: Benefit from a dedicated international Move Manager who oversees every stage of your journey, ensuring seamless coordination and taking full responsibility for your move to California.

  • Door-to-door convenience: Enjoy the ease of our comprehensive door-to-door service, where we collect your belongings from your UK residence and deliver them safely to your chosen destination in California.

  • Local expertise: Tap into the knowledge of our experts who move our customers to California regularly. They'll assist you in overcoming any challenges you may encounter during your move.

  • Global reach: As part of one of the most esteemed international removals networks worldwide, we have the expertise and resources to facilitate moves anywhere in the world, including California.

  • Award-winning service: Trust in our excellence, as we've been awarded the title of 'best international moving company' by the Forum for Expatriate Management.

Optional insurance for your goods

We offer Pickfords customers the option of taking out international transit insurance. This provides peace of mine and covers your goods during transit to California.  

Storage options

Should you require storage for any of your belongings, either in the UK or upon arrival in California, we offer a selection of international storage solutions designed to meet your needs. Your items will be securely stored in a local warehouse in either location, as outlined in your personalised moving plan.

Discover California's charms

From the majestic landscapes of Yosemite to the vibrant culture of Los Angeles, California offers endless opportunities for exploration. Start your new chapter in the Golden State with Pickfords by your side.

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Ready to make your move to California? Request your free quote online with Pickfords and embark on your West Coast adventure. Let us handle all the logistics, so you can focus on the excitement of starting anew in the Golden State.


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