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Old Apr 14th 2011, 11:17 pm
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Hello everyone,

I am curious as to how this works. Once I get to the US do I arrange shipment of my belongings without consulting anyone in the US ie Customs etc?

How will they know my belongings are tax exempt?

Do I need to write anything on the shipping boxes?

Any insight would be helpful.

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Old Apr 14th 2011, 11:30 pm
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Have a search, there's a million threads on shipping stuff, quite a few on the first page that'll answer a lot of your questions.

And the answers all depend on how much junk you're shipping and what method you use, container shipping of household goods, packing boxes and mailing it in the post/special delivery, or using excess baggage type services.
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Old Apr 14th 2011, 11:32 pm
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Thanks Bob. I am trying to navigate around the website, I don't know how to. Would be happy to receive some instructions.

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You can just look at the thread titles on this forum where you posted, there's a few shipping threads on the first few pages.

Also on the yellow bar up top, there's a search function, advanced search for the US part of the forum and you should quite quite a bit of info.

But like I said, the answers will all depend on what you have to ship and you've not said, so it's not like anyone can answer you.
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Just personal belongings, clothes, shoes, handbags, some kitchen stuff, nothing electrical.

I have 34 18" x 18" x 18" boxes ready and packed and waiting plus 1 sewing machine.

I have also obtained a quote from a shipping company which I am happy with. I am hoping to ship my belongings as soon as I have obtained the Visa but want to get all paperwork in order for this process [if there is any, and I imagine that there is].

Thanks for being patient with me Bob
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Hi Cali,

Will your sewing machine run on US voltage? Is it a model that is sold in the US, and if not, will parts, repair and bobbins be readily available? To avoid these problems I sold mine in the UK and bought a new one here.
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Originally Posted by caliqueen17 View Post
Just personal belongings, clothes, shoes, handbags, some kitchen stuff, nothing electrical.

I have 34 18" x 18" x 18" boxes ready and packed and waiting plus 1 sewing machine.

I have also obtained a quote from a shipping company which I am happy with. I am hoping to ship my belongings as soon as I have obtained the Visa but want to get all paperwork in order for this process [if there is any, and I imagine that there is].

Thanks for being patient with me Bob
The shipping company we used, came and packed all our boxes, did all the paperwork etc, we did nothing. We paid the same company to insure our belongings and when they arrived at NY, we didn't have to do anything apart from wait for them to be released from Customs The shipping company contacted me when the shipment was released and arranged a delivery date convenient with myself. Good luck with the visa, what visa are you coming over here on??? As for the sewing machine, I agree with the last post, I would sell it and buy a new one - just to make it easier
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Hi, I am coming over on a Spouse Visa- CR1?
I thought it was a K3 but I have been told it is not.

Thanks for the advice on the sewing machine.
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Hi, I am coming over on a Spouse Visa- CR1?
I thought it was a K3 but I have been told it is not.

Thanks for the advice on the sewing machine.
You will be arriving as an immigrant, with an Immigrant Visa (CR-1), based on your other posts. You can find the US Customs document with instructions in this wiki article: Immigrant Visa Arrival

You can search for a thread here by user Ozzidoc about a method for small shipments that she used.
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http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=629133
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Thanks everyone, very useful!
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