Moving to America?
Whilst moving abroad is a new, exciting adventure, it can easily become a stressful experience if something goes wrong. That's why removals with Britannia Pink & Jones are an expertise service that will ease the journey. We take care of everything from packing, import documents and delivery to custom clearance, and specialise in packing effects so that they are safe and secure for transit. We also provide you with detailed plans of your removal so that you know exactly what is happening and when every step of the way.
What to expect from moving to the USA
There are lots of factors for Britons immigrating to America to discover, so make sure you research your location before moving. If you want to live in a serene environment surrounded by trees, mountains and don't mind having to drive for a while in order to get anywhere, Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains are a great location. If you're in search for the complete opposite, Texas has a rich, historical culture, lots of live music and affordable housing. Or there's the Big Apple.
Similar cost of living in America
Generally speaking, the cost of living in America is similar to the UK and the majority of British immigrants have a comfortable quality of life. There are lots of opportunities due to the sheer size of the USA compared to its population, so many Americans who own land construct their own homes outside the big cities. Many expats living in America notice that rent prices can be slightly higher than UK prices, particularly in New York, but on the whole they do not notice any significant financial loss or gain in comparison to life before moving to America.
The purpose of your travel to America will depend on the type of visa you need to apply for, and it will be processed at the U.S. Embassy in London for UK citizens. Immigrant visas are obtained by foreign citizens by being sponsored by a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, immediate relative(s) or prospective US employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The most desirable visa, known as a green card (I-551), is a permanent resident visa.
Britannia Pink & Jones have been coordinating international shipments for decades, and by forming close relationships with our American removals partners and with invaluable experience, we conduct the most helpful and efficient transits across the pond. Our past experience in moving to America and extensive knowledge of the American removals system means we are able to help you with every part of the process, so from the moment you start your enquiry to your belongings being unpacked in your new home in America, you're in good hands.
Shipping your belongings to the USA is straightforward with us; your two options are to send everything by either sea or air. Shipping by air is the quicker option of the two, but is more expensive than shipping in a container over sea. If your budget is tight we can make your shipment even cheaper by sending your belongings in a shared container.
If you're sending your belongings in a container by sea, your items will arrive in several weeks, and if you opt to share a container it could be longer. The time frame may seem long, but shipping your belongings this way is the easiest and most affordable means of transferring it all to your destination safely and securely. Whichever method works better for your budget, you can be confident your belongings will be handled with the utmost care and will arrive in America in the same condition you left it in.
Restricted items at American Customs
America has strict rules and restrictions about what can and cannot be imported into the country, so ensure you check the items you are shipping before before you go. Penalties can be enforced if you have goods on the restricted list that are not declared.
You can find information on the official website of the Department of Homeland Security and ensure that the goods you're importing are accepted.
The following items are included in the list of restricted items and need written permission to bring into the USA:
- Firearms and ammunition
- Inflammable goods & substances
- Plants and plant material
- Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
- Narcotics and dangerous goods
- Offensive materials
- Alcohol and tobacco
From the initial meeting with Luke to the lovely guys unpacking our belongings into our new house - the service was friendly and professional. They looked after our belongings and were very friendly. I would recommend them to everyone I know. Thank you so much. It was a real pleasure!
Yes, would definitely recommend! Moves are stressful but with these guys, they made it look easy and smooth. All parts of the moving experience was handled professionally from Paul and Luke in Sales, Alberto, Vinny and Shirley co-ordinating in the office to the removal team of Ryan, Colin and Martin. All very friendly and there to put your mind at rest. We moved over a 2 day period.
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