Shipping to USA

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Whether you’re looking to send something to a friend living in the US or you’re moving across the Atlantic and need to ship over your furniture, we can help.

How does our international shipping to the USA service work?

We’ve designed our international shipping service to be as efficient as possible. We’ll handle everything from packing your items to managing everything that’s involved with customs and clearance. All you need to do is fill in our online form and we’ll take care of the rest.
  • Step 1. Fill in our online quotation form. 
  • Step 2. We will arrange a survey if you're shipping furniture and supply you with your free quote. If  you're sending baggage we will deliver your boxes ahead of your shipment so you can pack yourself.
  • Step 3. We will arrive at your property and collect your items. If you’ve asked us to pack your items our teams will professionally pack them at this stage.
  • Step 4. We will transport your items to the USA via your chosen shipping method.
  • Step 5. We will arrange for the customs clearance of your shipment.
  • Step 6. We will deliver your items to your chosen end destination.

How will my items be transported to the USA?

You can ship your items via sea freight to the US, or you can fly them via air freight. Sending your items to USA via sea freight is the most cost effective method and recommended if you’re planning on sending large items. Air freight is more expensive but faster, so if you need to send small items urgently then this might be the best option for you.

There are two ways to ship your items to the United States. If you’re shipping a box or a small number of items then we recommend opt for a Shared Container service. If you’re looking to send a whole house then we recommend our  Exclusive Container option.

  • Shared Container: Your personal and household effects will be loaded in a shared shipping container and you will only be charged for the space your boxes or goods take up.
  • Exclusive Container: This is the recommended option if you're shipping a whole home load or wanting to ship a vehicle to America.

How long does it take to ship to the USA?

Shared container Exclusive container
East Coast 5-7 weeks 5-9 weeks
West Coast 8-10 weeks 8-12 weeks

The transit times detailed is for guideline purposes only and may be subject to variation dependent upon prevailing market conditions, shipping line capacity and actual sailings. Your Move Manager will keep you updated following collection of your shipment. 

Why choose Pickfords to ship your items to America

  • Pickfords is the largest international shipper in the UK and operates a consolidated or shared service to the USA. This means we can group Pickfords customers shipping to the USA in the same container to share the space and costs.
  • Centuries worth of experience in the international moving sector.
  • We operate as part of a trusted and extensive international shipping network.
  • Door to door international shipping.
  • Personal move manager to help plan your shipment and answer any questions you may have.
  • We are acclaimed and accredited by worldwide organisations including the British Association of Removers’ Overseas Group (BAR) and we are a FIDI Accredited International Mover.
  • We offer comprehensive Goods in transit insurance to protect your goods on the move.
  • We offer a professional packing service to ensure that your shipment is packed correctly and protected throughout the journey.

What items can I send to America?

Our team of experts know exactly what you can and cannot send to the USA. Just like any country, the US has its own list of restricted and prohibited items that you won’t be able to ship there, but if US border control allows it, we ship it. Prohibited items include:
  • Tuna
  • Cuban cigars
  • Blank tapes and CDs from Iran
  • Palm Oil and Palm Oil products from Malaysia
  • Flavored cigarettes, including cloves
Your personal shipping manager will provide you with an extensive list detailing what you can send to America. If you have any concerns just let us know.

How do we calculate our costs?

If you are shipping baggage or luggage, the cost of your move is determined by the number of cartons you will be shipping and the dimensions of your items. Other factors include the transit method and the destination location in the USA.

If you're shipping furniture and household effects by sea the cost of your move is influenced by the volume of goods you will be shipping, the destination location, the packing service you have chosen and the transit option you have requested.

If you send items to the USA using air freight, you can expect to pay considerably more as the bulk of your costs are calculated based on the weight of your items. However, air freight is a great option when you need to send a small load, quickly.
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