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Old Oct 21st 2012, 12:47 am
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Has anyone any recommendations of UK shipping companies to talk to to get quotes for shipping possessions to Vancouver.

We are selling all furniture so just shipping boxes of personal effects. Would be great to get some quotes to see what is worth shipping and what is worth ditching and buying when we arrive.

Any other tips/suggestions/experience you can share around shipping stuff to canada would be gratefully received.

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Old Oct 21st 2012, 1:06 am
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Loads of posts on this. Have a look at parcel2go (fedex), excess baggage, transglobal. For me, parcel2go is turning out to be the cheapest. If you only have boxes, have a look at airline prices for additional luggage. Airtransat is £65 per additional bag. Hth
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Transglobal express, we used them, airfreight 350ish kg of stuff for circa £1k, it arrived via air canada and we had to collect in a u haul.

That was from Sheffield Uk to Vancouver.
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Old Oct 21st 2012, 6:35 pm
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Thanks for these suggestions. Will check them out.
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Old Oct 23rd 2012, 8:51 pm
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Default Re: Shipping goods from the Uk to Vancouver

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Has anyone any recommendations of UK shipping companies to talk to to get quotes for shipping possessions to Vancouver.

We are selling all furniture so just shipping boxes of personal effects. Would be great to get some quotes to see what is worth shipping and what is worth ditching and buying when we arrive.

Any other tips/suggestions/experience you can share around shipping stuff to canada would be gratefully received.

Thank you
If you've only got a small amount a shared container (groupage) might be a good option for you. Check out this article http://britishexpats.com/articles/mo...hods-shipping/ explaining the different shipping methods.

When choosing moves to invite to quote a good rule of thumb is to get a minimum of 3 quotes. Make sure they are from FIDI FAIM accredited movers to ensure you're working with a good company with independently certified levels of quality and that they are members of the BAR Overseas group which provides an advance payment guarantee. This article gives some tips on getting quotes http://britishexpats.com/articles/mo...als-quotation/ and this one on how to compare them http://britishexpats.com/articles/mo...ng-quotations/

Hope that helps!
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Old Oct 24th 2012, 4:03 am
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Originally Posted by kirstyp
If you've only got a small amount a shared container (groupage) might be a good option for you. Check out this article http://britishexpats.com/articles/mo...hods-shipping/ explaining the different shipping methods.

When choosing moves to invite to quote a good rule of thumb is to get a minimum of 3 quotes. Make sure they are from FIDI FAIM accredited movers to ensure you're working with a good company with independently certified levels of quality and that they are members of the BAR Overseas group which provides an advance payment guarantee. This article gives some tips on getting quotes http://britishexpats.com/articles/mo...als-quotation/ and this one on how to compare them http://britishexpats.com/articles/mo...ng-quotations/

Hope that helps!
Thanks for your suggestions. Much appreciated.
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Old Oct 24th 2012, 1:02 pm
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A drawback of groupage is it takes a lot longer than a container or personal package as they have to wait for enough people to fill up the container.
Also, I have noticed a lot more complaints about broken, damaged and missing items with groupage.

From my experience as someone who brought a 20ft container and who has lived on the Lower Mainland for the last year, I wouldn't sell any decent furniture except beds!
We used White and co and they were absolutely fantastic! We took insurance separately.

I have never regretted bringing any of my decent oak or pine furniture, nor my three sofas, metal dining table and chairs, Lloyd Loom chairs, outdoor polyrattan furniture, bedding, quilts, shoes, pictures and clothes.

Had I sold all my stuff to buy new here I would have been very upset indeed as it is VERY expensive to buy decent solid wood furniture and the only other choice is Ikea or the like.
Style choice leaves a lot to be desired unless you like very dark wood finishes and either fake old-fashioned fancy or Eighties boardroom minimalism.

Having said that, if you really do want to come here unencumbered for whatever reason and start afresh, then from what I have seen and heard, air freight is probably the best option for speed and efficiency of the move and the safety of your belongings.
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Ditto what helcat has said! It would have cost us more to furnish a house than it cost us to ship all our things over. The only thing we have had to buy is another bed for all our visitors!
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