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Old Mar 14th 2011, 2:46 pm
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Hi all We are just waiting for the approval of our visa got a job offer in Invercargill south island and cant wait to get started. We have had a couple of the shipping companies around to quote (PSS. Pickfords, Crown and Doreebonner) volume is around 270 cubic foot so not really shipping a great deal. The quotes range from £1400 - £2300 (Crown ) Does anyone think that these prices are reasonable? Not sure if I will be able to knock them down a bit Can anyone recommend any cheaper companies
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Crown are known to be expensive.
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Hi all We are just waiting for the approval of our visa got a job offer in Invercargill south island and cant wait to get started. We have had a couple of the shipping companies around to quote (PSS. Pickfords, Crown and Doreebonner) volume is around 270 cubic foot so not really shipping a great deal. The quotes range from £1400 - £2300 (Crown ) Does anyone think that these prices are reasonable? Not sure if I will be able to knock them down a bit Can anyone recommend any cheaper companies
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Me and another 1 maybe two people on here are currently looking at using Pickfords and Robinsons. I have them coming round in the next week or two so i'l let you know what they quote me.

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Hi all We are just waiting for the approval of our visa got a job offer in Invercargill south island and cant wait to get started. We have had a couple of the shipping companies around to quote (PSS. Pickfords, Crown and Doreebonner) volume is around 270 cubic foot so not really shipping a great deal. The quotes range from £1400 - £2300 (Crown ) Does anyone think that these prices are reasonable? Not sure if I will be able to knock them down a bit Can anyone recommend any cheaper companies
Not sure if these are good or not as we shipped a lot more than that. What we did though was to go back the highest quoter and tell them what the others were quoting and asked them to at least match it. You can work your way through all of them like that. It's amazing how much they'll budge on price when it comes down to it!

Also make sure that they are all offering the same thing for the price. Insurance, customs fees, MAF etc. Some of the cheaper quotes might not contain everything you need.

Crown aren't always the most expensive, it depends who you are dealing with.

We used PSS and we thought they were good.
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Old Mar 15th 2011, 9:41 am
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Me and another 1 maybe two people on here are currently looking at using Pickfords and Robinsons. I have them coming round in the next week or two so i'l let you know what they quote me.

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yeah that be great to find out as a comparison. I also contacted Robinsons but they didnt seem too bothered about coming out and just gave me a quote by email.
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Not sure if these are good or not as we shipped a lot more than that. What we did though was to go back the highest quoter and tell them what the others were quoting and asked them to at least match it. You can work your way through all of them like that. It's amazing how much they'll budge on price when it comes down to it!

Also make sure that they are all offering the same thing for the price. Insurance, customs fees, MAF etc. Some of the cheaper quotes might not contain everything you need.

Crown aren't always the most expensive, it depends who you are dealing with.

We used PSS and we thought they were good.
I thought PSS were the best of the lot when they came to quote and their quote was the cheapest
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John Mason's have come in with a good quote for us so might also be worth a try. I didn't even try Robinsons as I tried for 2 days to get into their website and decided that they couldn't have been in business....
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John Mason's have come in with a good quote for us so might also be worth a try. I didn't even try Robinsons as I tried for 2 days to get into their website and decided that they couldn't have been in business....
Hi All, have a look at a thread titled shipping further down the front page, you may pick up some useful info on there.
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Hi All, have a look at a thread titled shipping further down the front page, you may pick up some useful info on there.
One step ahead after all the useful threads. We are going groupage which they have said will be maersk, timescale not such an issue for us.... the rest is just fingers crossed
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Hi all We are just waiting for the approval of our visa got a job offer in Invercargill south island and cant wait to get started. We have had a couple of the shipping companies around to quote (PSS. Pickfords, Crown and Doreebonner) volume is around 270 cubic foot so not really shipping a great deal. The quotes range from £1400 - £2300 (Crown ) Does anyone think that these prices are reasonable? Not sure if I will be able to knock them down a bit Can anyone recommend any cheaper companies
Just had a quote from Pearsons after a recommendation and they have quoted £1250. They have come in the cheapest although it was an email quote based on the same volume.
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We used John Masons, £2300 for a 20 foot container. We packed everything ourselves though, so all we needed was for the guys to load the container!
My advice would be to bring everything you can, most things are expensive over here due to supply and demand.
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We used John Masons, £2300 for a 20 foot container. We packed everything ourselves though, so all we needed was for the guys to load the container!
My advice would be to bring everything you can, most things are expensive over here due to supply and demand.
Hi can i ask did you have to take the goods to your container? I can't find a company that will let us pack ourselves, unless we take stuff to the container.
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Hi All, have a look at a thread titled shipping further down the front page, you may pick up some useful info on there.
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We used John Masons, £2300 for a 20 foot container. We packed everything ourselves though, so all we needed was for the guys to load the container!
My advice would be to bring everything you can, most things are expensive over here due to supply and demand.
Who did you use for marine insurance and were they aware you packed your stuff yourselves.
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When I rang the shipping companies to get a quote I told them that I had already packed all our house up and only wanted them to quote me to load into a 20 foot container and do the usual stuff afterwards. (My husband had acquired many rolls of bubble wrap through his work so seemed the best idea at the time). I had three companies quote me then finally when we had negotiated a price and where happy we took John Masons offer. The companies seemed quite happy to quote, however, you will not be able to take out accidental cover, as afterall, you could have damaged the item during the packing. I took out total loss in case my container was lost, sank or had water damage, if I remember rightly I took this with John Mason's as well.
The only thing with packing yourself is you need to be very organised and keep a list of basically whats in each box (just the big things) eg. like books or tools etc. When the guys arrive to start loading the container, (the container comes to outside your home) you may have to transfer the list to their paperwork. I had to and it took me about 15-30 mins. Obviously you also have to number each box or item to correspond with your list.
We found this all very easy and container arrived very promptly, nothing broken and the guys this end were very careful and efficient in unloading and taking each item to the right rooms in the house. I would definately recommend John Masons. Hope this helps! x
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