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30 Years Experience of Moving Families Abroad

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    "Thank you for an excellent service from start to finish. I was amazed to find that we could get a designated removal service to France for only £695!! The 24 hour delivery was a god send, with the baby stuff being rather urgent! From the very first call I was put at ease and the lads were great... Thanks again for a great job". Lizzie

    European Removal Services

    Moving house within Europe or possibly Internationally? Then you are in the right place. With wagons covering all of Europe, we can complete your move from and to any European country. Please call or click for a quick quote, or read through the many relocation services that we can offer.

    European Removal Services are a leading removals specialist, with over 20 years experience moving families and business to and from Europe, along with many international destinations. We have helped thousands of families and business with their Removals to Europe and from Europe back to the UK and care passionately about the removals industry.

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    European Removals can offer a range of options when moving overseas, with both budget and service in mind, please click for a quick quote or click to read more about the following services

    With depots throughout the UK and Europe, you can be sure that we can handle your move from anywhere in the UK, to and from anywhere in Europe.

    Sales team contact: 0207 127 0641 or via email at: enquiries@europeanremovalservices.co.uk

    Advice About European Removals

    The main things that will dictate the cost of moving abroad will be the volume, which is the size of your move, along with the distance from and to the collection and delivery points and finally the speed in which you need your goods to be moved. Whilst you may want a full wrapping service, packing of all small personal effects, disassembling of large items and reassembly of the same items, along with unpacking, when the goods get delivered, you may also elect a self load options, where you can just have a self load container for example or van and man. This too will play a part in the costs of moving house within Europe.

    PART LOAD GROUPAGE OPTIONS – If you are flexible on collection dates and and have really good access for a large removal truck, then a part load groupage option, on one of our removal road trains, could be the best option for you. The part load road trains cover all areas of Europe, with weekly runs to Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Spain and Switzerland. We then have runs around every 2 weeks to areas such as Scandinavia, Portugal, Austria, Hungary and Italy. Should you have a removal to Eastern Europe then we can offer part load options, with runs to these areas being slightly less frequent on the part load trailers. Remember, these trucks are 19 metres long, so parking and access needs to be good!

    When opting for a part load option you get charged by the cubic metre or cubic foot, therefore the key is to working out what volume of goods you have. You can email us a list of items and we can work this out for you or you may prefer for one of our professional surveyors to come to your home and assess your move size. Typically a 3 bed house move is in the region of around 1000 cu ft and removals to Europe range from around £1.50 to £3.00 per cubic foot for the main areas, with Eastern Europe going up to around £6.00 per cubic foot. The volume being the main factor, but the cost per cubic foot changing slightly the further the trailers are going. Removals to Ireland for example would be one of the cheaper areas, but when you start getting further afield the cost of moving to Spain might cost you between £2 and £2.75 per cubic foot.

    If you go for a part load option we will have an experienced removal crew to wrap and or cover all furniture items, pack your small items, if you wish and carefully load and unload your personal belongings. The packing service is optional and this typically costs around 6 per box for packing small items, which covers the cost of labour and materials.

    If you choose a part load removal option, then you need to be flexible on dates, as you will be one of maybe 15 client on each run, so we have to plan a loop in and out of your area. If access or parking is poor for your area, we can arrange vans either end to trans-ship your goods from the main removal truck to and from the house. If a local removal agent, in for example, Rome, was to be used that can be quite costly, therefore some clients choose to hire a van themselves, on which our guys can move the personal effects from the main removal truck to the house, over the last small leg of the journey. Some local agents would charge as much as £300 for a trans-shipment van, so hiring a van locally for, perhaps £50, can save you lots of money. This is, off course only, only in the event that your delivery or collection access is poor. For most areas of the UK we can collect on smaller trucks anyway, consolidating your personal effects in one of our warehouses.

    Always remember to share the full details of your move. We have moved pianos through 10th floor patio windows, using external lifts in the past, but extra services such as this can be expensive (very expensive!). So if you think that your access is different to the normal, then make sure you advice us or the removal company of your choosing. How is access to the house, are your good in a loft, are you on a 2nd floor or above and is there a lift? These things are critical along with information about abnormal or heavy loads, such as pianos and safes. Your removal company needs to know all about these things so they can plan your move correctly, so as to ensure a smooth move to or from Europe.

    Parking can often be an issue to large removal trucks, therefore it is important to advice us of any parking restrictions, so that we can arrange parking with you at the collection and delivery places. Sometimes we can book parking with the local council, but with some locations this will be down to you to book. Some councils charge for reserving parking bays and in some areas you need to book parking for your removal truck a week or 2 weeks in advance, therefore, this is another area that needs to be declared and pre-planned.

    CONTAINER SHIPPING –Container shipping is another way of moving home and can be very cost effective, especially when shipping to the more distant destinations. Bulgarian, Greek, Norwegian, Finish, Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian clients have found this option to be very, very economical, with shipping to these areas also being weekly. This is also a good option for any Island destination, such as Mallorca, The Greek Islands and Cyprus for example. There are 3 elements to shipping containers. Firstly, we need to export wrap your goods, pack smalls and load the container. That is an expensive part of the move. The second part is getting the container from your house that you are moving from to the house that you are moving to. Finally, we need to unload, unwrap your goods and remove the old packing materials. Some clients have found that they can save as much as £2000, by taking a self load option, where we can provide you with a container, so you can load with your own personal effects, then we can then ship to the country of destination, customs clear and deliver to your new home. Shipping costs are a lot lower than international removal costs, therefore you can save lots of money if you are prepared to be more hands on. Basically, with container transport, we can do as much or as little as you want, we can just offer shipping services, or a full package. Perhaps you prefer to pack your own books, clothes, dvds and the like, but prefer our guys to take care of the fragile packing and larger items. Either way we can tailor your removal to meet both your service requirement and budget.


    The same applies with container services, in that collection and delivery will be made with a very large truck, such as a 30ft to 40ft articulated vehicle, therefore access needs to be good with this removal option.

    Shipping times can vary when shipping abroad by container. In general we have weekly services from the UK to all worldwide destinations, therefore, once loaded, the container will usually ship from the UK within a week. Once the container has shipped the transit times can vary greatly from country to country. To give you some idea the transit time to the Baltic States is around a week, the shipping time to Athens is around 10 days, Cyprus is around 13 days and you are looking for more like 25 days to Dubai and 45 to 50 days if you want shipping to Australia. We ship from all major ports, such as Liverpool, Immingham Southampton, Felixstowe and Tilbury, but also have some great shipping services out of the smaller ports such as Grangemouth and Cardiff.

    EXPRESS REMOVALS –With the key points covered surrounding part load removals and container shipping, that leaves us with the dedicated van options. We have transit vans, luton vans and 7.5tonners delivering throughout Europe daily. Therefore, we are proud to say that we can collect from any European country with just a couple of days notice, offering designated, direct, express delivery, from and to your chosen destination.

    Dedicated van services are charged per mile and if you work on around £1.30 per loaded mile, for European Transport, that will be about right. There is a minimum charge of around £595 for a dedicated van, as the ferries have to be taken in to account. This can vary slightly when additional ferries are required, when a van to the Greek Islands, for example is wanted, but the above rate includes driver wages, fuel, ferry from Dover to Calais and tolls! Sole use van options can be much cheaper when traveling shorter distances, such as London to Paris, or Brussels or Birmingham, for example, as these are charged per mile, rather than per cubic metre. The above rate is based on a van, with internal dimensions of around 18 cubic metres (Around 4.2 x 2.1 x 2.1metres high). When you start moving more extreme distances, then the part load option, where you get charged per cubic foot, can then be a cheaper option. It would probably cost you around £1300 plus vat to get 18 cubic metres from the UK to Paris, as a part load, however a dedicated luton van would only cost around £700 plus vat. Therefore, in this instance a dedicated van can be much the cheaper option. When you move to Southern Spain, such as Malaga, it would probably cost around £1450 for 18cbm, however the express van option would then cost more, at around 1800 plus vat! So you can see, the sole use van option can sometimes be the cheaper option, whilst offering lots of advantages.

    The advantages of opting for a dedicated van for your move is that you get a van to yourself, so you can be sure that the only goods in the van are yours. The goods will travel from door to door and will not be handled on route. The express van service means you get the same driver and van from house to house, knowing that your goods are secure from door to door, with the driver staying with the vehicle at all times.

    If you opt for a van for your delivery you can get a next day delivery on most destinations, within about 700 miles, 48 hour delivery on trips that are more than about 700 miles and a 3 day delivery may be required on runs to the likes of Northern Sweden, Southern Italy and Eastern Europe. The above estimated running times are about right for van deliveries. If you decide to go for a full house move, on a dedicated basis, the running time may be longer as larger wagons, such as 7.5 tonners and 18 tonners have restricted driving hours.

    Whilst the above rates and running times are based on a man and van basis, with driver assist both ends, we can offer additional porters to do all loading and unloading, along with extra drivers to speed up the running time. We can still offer a full packing service, with the sole use van option, but that is just added tot he cost per mile.

    Whether you are moving from Europe to England or England to any European destination, we can have the collection and delivery done within these time scales. Due to the fact that we are European specialists, we are confident in being able to collect from you anywhere in Europe, on any day that you want and at an agreed time.

    You can see that the main advantages of a dedicated service is that you have far more control over collection days and the speed of delivery can also be a massive advantage, especially when you have your children’s toys are all tied up in the load, or your business equipment! However, the direct van option is also a very good choice for families who have bad access, at the collection and delivery points. We have done many collections from Swiss ski resorts, when a van with snow chains is the only way to gain access to the collection property. We have found ourselves delivering to steep mountain locations in the South of France, when only a small van could have any chance of getting to the house, but have also found that big cities, such as London and Madrid, have some very restricted streets, with access and or parking being impossible for anything larger than a transit van!

    CUSTOMS CLEARANCE –The movement of personal effects around Europe is now quite simple, with all EU countries sharing free movement of goods, however we still do have to contend with customs clearance for countries such as Switzerland and Norway, along with principalities, such as Andorra and San Marino. Fortunately we have been going to and from these destinations long enough to know all the pitfalls. When moving to and from these destination we need to get T forms raised with an agent in Dover and we have experienced agents in all none EU countries, who we can rely on for speedy clearance of household goods.

    If your goods are all used household effects, in the vast majority of cases you will not be subject to duty or taxes, in the country you are moving to. This will be subject to the length of time that you have owned and used the goods, however in some countries, such as Albania for example, you will be subject to taxation, even on used goods! Each non EU country has different rules, therefore it is wise to check with us on what will be applied on an individual basis. When importing effects in to the UK we have a form called a C3, which is for the “importation of personal effects, from outside of the EU”. This form enables us to import used goods, from outside of the EU, with you having to pay UK duty or taxes. This is subject to the goods being owned and used for more than 6 months.

    Numerous documents can be requested when moving within Europe, especially to non EU countries. For example, when moving to Switzerland, we require copy passport, tenancy agreement, copy employment contract, a details packing list with values on and an original signed 18:44, Swiss import form. This is just one example, of one country, but rest assured, we will advise you on what is required for moving to any European destination.

    Should you have any unanswered questions or queries of any description, or just want a chat or some advise, please do not hesitate to call or email for an immediate reply.

    INSURANCE –European removal insurance is usually quoted as a percentage of the goods’ value or a percentage of the move cost. This can vary greatly, from company to company, so it is an area that you want to look in to. We charge 2% of the goods’ value for fully comprehensive removals insurance, covering all risks, however you also need to be aware that there is limited cover on owner packed goods. Whilst you will get insurance for owner packed goods, in the event of a total loss, you will not be covered for breakages. This is the norm throughout the removals industry, therefore do take this in to consideration when choosing your service requirements.

    WAREHOUSING –Should you need your personal belongings to be collected and then take to store, whilst you find a new home, then we can accommodate you. We have warehousing throughout the UK and can collect your goods, take to store and then delivery at a later date. We can offer long term or short term storage in the UK, but if you prefer we can also offer storage throughout the UK. Sometimes you may need you personal effects to be stored locally to where you are finally moving to, so you can access your goods in the short term. For example, we have a client moving to the Estepona area that we have moved from the UK to our Malaga depot. 30% of the goods have been delivered to the clients’ rented property, for them to use in the short term, but when they have found there own home we will collect the goods from them and then deliver the full consignment. We have many ways of solving your storage problems, therefore let us know how you want the move to take place and we will tailor your service to your exact requirements.

    BOOKING YOUR MOVE –Once we have established a volume of goods, the vehicle required to complete the move and the kind of service that you require, you will be sent a full written quotation. This will outline the move size, the cost of the move and how to book. We would require a small deposit to complete the booking and then we would come to an agreement on the collection date.

    ABOUT EUROPE –Europe is the second smallest continent in the world, with 4 million square miles and a population of 700 million people.

    Europeans are high in generosity and the ten most generous countries in terms of charities are all European.

    Much of Europe has been shaped by World War’s 1 and 2. The First World War caused the complete alteration or dissolution of four empires the German, Ottoman, Russian and Austro-Hungarian. World War 2 meanwhile resulted in the death of 2.5 percent of the world’s population.

    It is believed that Europe is named originally after ‘Europa’ who was a Phoenician Princess from Greek Mythology.

    The smallest country in Europe is The Vatican – city actually only 110 acres in total and with a population of just more than 800. Whilst the largest country in Europe is Russia (though Russia is only partially European) with an area of 17,098,242km2. These are also the smallest and largest countries in the world. One of the most interesting facts about Europe then is that it includes the smallest and largest countries in the world.

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