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International Removals – The Easy Way


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Whether you’re taking your entire household belongings with you when you move abroad or just a car and a few boxes, PSS International Removals offer a streamlined service, at competitive rates. Is your move happening quickly? No problem. Time is not an issue for PSS. We can send your goods through our express service, taking the stress-free approach to moving thousands of miles away.

So how do you go about arranging your removal service? Getting a quote for the shipment couldn’t be easier. First you need to visit the PSS website  www.pssremovals.com and pick from one of the many options available, be it International Removals, Excess Baggage or Car Shipping. You will receive a competitive quote within 60 seconds. Alternatively you can speak to one of our Baggage Consultants to talk through your requirements. Call 0800 988 3711 for more information. There is even an option on the website to request a call back.

Excess baggage is easy to accommodate and especially handy if you just have a few boxes of belongings you want to take with you. The boxes come in different sizes and we can also arrange for unusually shaped items such as guitars and skis to be shipped separately. This is a great value option for smaller shipments. No need to pay for a container when all you need is partial space within it.

If you are sending a full or part household we will call you to arrange, a free, no obligation home survey. A consultant will then arrive to run through the whole process, informing you of how our service works and what to expect from moving day. Once the booking is finalised you will be allocated a PSS Move Manager who will request all the relevant paperwork and arrange the shipping details.

When it comes to removal day, our team will arrive to collect your cartons (if you’ve decided to pack for yourself) or start packing your goods, if this is the service you’ve chosen. They will also use a customs seal on your packages. This means that your container will not be opened until it arrives at your destination.

Once loaded onto the lorry, your goods will be driven to a UK port, where the documentation and customs seal will be checked before being loaded onto the vessel. After arrival in the new country, the goods may need to be checked by the official authorities, who will clear goods if they do not contravene agricultural, forestry or fisheries laws in the destination.

Soon after you arrive in your new home, PSS will call to arrange the delivery of your goods to the location of your choice. It really couldn’t be any easier.

For more information about PSS International Removals and our services contact us now at https://www.pssremovals.com

You can also watch this brief video to understand a little more about how PSS International Removals can help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXPZaiLpd1U

PSS International Removals is a family run company and our desire is to ensure your family receive a friendly, professional and stress free overseas move. We have specialised in international removals for over 33 years, so whether you are planning on sending a full or part household removal, excess baggage or a vehicle we recognise the importance in ensuring that our customers receive the same level of care and attention that we would expect ourselves.

What’s more PSS International Removals are fully bonded members of the British Association of Removers (BAR Overseas), IMMI (International Movers Mutual Insurance), FIDI (Global alliance) we have also been awarded with FAIM accreditation which is the international removal industries quality standard.

Some useful expat blogs worth reading during the Christmas break

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By Muffet [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For useful articles and tips on moving to other countries and life as an expat, please like the PSS International Removals Facebook page and follow the Twitter profile

Australia is currently the most popular destination with British expats, followed by Spain, the USA and Canada. New Zealand also has one of the highest proportions of expats with a growing 230,000-strong community making up 5% of the country’s total population. With so many Britons living abroad it’s unsurprising that many have set up expat blogs or forums to communicate with friends and family back home as well as other British expats around the world.

If you might need some more resources to read up about what it might be like to be an expat abroad; or maybe you are already living overseas and need some new perspectives and inspiration, one of the best places to start is BritishExpats.com – with expats from all over the world asking questions concerning topics such as food, car rentals, pensions, child and family issues amongst many others. For a whole host of blogs from all across the world just visit Expat Blog, a site that currently hosts well over 5,000 blogs written by expats. Below are some of our favourite blogs from around the world, dedicated to expat life.

British expats in the USA seem to be very adept at keeping their blogs up-to-date and packed with interesting stories. From Sheep to Alligators is a one such example, featuring the exploits of a British expat who swapped the North Of England for sunny Florida. Stories such as ‘British TV vs American TV’, ‘how I watch BBC iPlayer in USA’ and ‘Living in the USA: My Culture Shock Top 10’ are prime fodder for those looking to move abroad or those who can already call themselves expats.

For those considering a move to Australia, Poms in Oz is a very popular forum with a strong British contingent, dedicated to people migrating to Australia. Many of the community are expats based in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland, with migration issues always one of the hot topics covered.

You can also find large groups of British expats on Meetup, a website dedicated to organising events and meeting new people. Two examples are the Sydney British Expats Meetup Group and the Melbourne British Expats Meetup Group, both responsible for arranging a host of events that will appeal to British expats in Australia.

One of the best British expat blogs in Spain is called rather imaginatively A Brit In Spain – an honest depiction of the simple life in Spain is its main appeal. MySpain is also a popular choice consisting of discussion area with advice on moving abroad.

Should you be looking for a selection of great UK expat blogs then A Lady In London is a blog about life in London, but also covers travel to other countries, recommending hotels, foods and a variety of destinations around the world. Bringing Up Brits deals specifically with the trials and joys of having a family in a new country. The Fly Away American blog covers things to see and do in the UK, advice on travelling both within the country and around the world, and how to deal with homesickness whilst the Life of an Expat Parent covers pregnancy and parenting as an expat, as well as expat life in general. Angloyankophile covers everything from book reviews to fashion finds as well as the best parts of several cities – including London and Oxford – offering a refreshingly bright, upbeat viewpoint of the expat experience. What are your favourite expat blogs? If you’re a Brit who has recently moved abroad, maybe it will be your blog we feature in the near future!

Would you like to live in Queensland, Australia?


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If so, then why not pop along to our upcoming Queensland Seminar Event – taking place this Thursday 4th December from 6-8pm at the Down Under Centre – 48, Haven Green, Ealing Broadway, London, W5 2NX.

The seminar is being organised and run by both the Queensland Government and Down Under Centre to provide useful background information on this magnificent part of The East Coast of Australia, the migration process, employment opportunities and general relocation advice.

PSS International Removals will also be present at the event to offer advice on your international removal needs.

For an overview of the seminar, or if you might be unable to attend, please click this link to find out whether you might be eligible and what’s required.

‘A New Life In New Zealand’ by Paul Goddard


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Paul Goddard moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2003 and has since set up and run his own business in the immigration industry. His passion is helping other people make a successful move abroad and he’s lucky enough to be working for one of the largest and most experienced immigration teams in the industry at Migration Planners.

Emigrating is one of the most life-changing events you can experience and Paul is now helping hundreds of people make that big move through his company. If only he knew back in 2003 what he knows now, he would have done things differently and had access to a lot more support. Paul says his move was exciting, scary and he constantly questioned his decision to emigrate, which he now views as natural in retrospect!

Furthermore, the BBC filmed his move for the TV programme “Get A New Life” and he also recently wrote the book “A New Life In New Zealand”. The book offers a snapshot of his first 12 months living in the country whilst focusing on the experiences and the emotions he went through on a day-to day basis. He would finish work and then come home and spend an hour or so each evening sharing his thoughts and feelings on the new life he was creating for himself.

There are so many books written about emigrating that the facts and figures are there for anyone to find, should they choose to look. Using the internet to do research is making the process of emigrating even easier. In fact, it makes you wonder how people ever emigrated before the internet existed. Paul’s Ebook package offers honest advice about what it is like to make the move, as well as insights and tips on navigating the immigration process. This advice and support is essential if you are serious about a move to New Zealand or Australia.

Paul has just finished writing a follow up to “A New Life In New Zealand” and this new book will offer the benefit of hindsight and the knowledge he has gained both as a migrant who has successfully settled, and as a licensed immigration adviser. The new book “Planning a New Life Down Under” contains useful info about the immigration process for New Zealand and Australia so do feel free to email Paul and he would be happy to help you.

PSS are the UK’s first choice for moving overseas and we have successfully helped thousands of customers move to many destinations throughout the world, including New Zealand.

Please take a look at the relevant page on our website for more detailed information about our migration services to New Zealand.

What you need to know before moving to Australia

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Have you ever considered a move ‘down under’ or as some like to call it, ‘the land of wonder’ or ‘sunburnt country’? Did you know that more than 85% of Australians live within fifty kilometers of the coast and should anyone ever decide to visit one new beach in the country every day, it would take them over twenty seven years to see them all?

Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most livable city for the past three years, while the Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure.

Australia’s wondrous countryside is a major pull factor for emigrants with 91% being covered by native vegetation. The Australian Alps even receive more snowfall per year than Switzerland, Tasmania has the cleanest air globally and there are over sixty designated wine regions. Furthermore, Australia is the only country in the world with an original police force consisting of the most well-behaved convicts!

Australia really is a country with so much to offer; which is why an estimated 40,000 Brits are being attracted by its outdoor lifestyle, sunshine and sense of space each year. While the UK has a massive 248.25 persons per square kilometer, Australia only has 2.66 persons per square kilometer. Even 70 tourists per week are currently overstaying their visas!

Despite one Australian man once trying to sell New Zealand on eBay and a healthy rivalry between the two countries, both share many cultural similarities.

Much like New Zealand, if you have a growing family then Australia is generally seen as a great place to bring up children. It’s a country with thriving family values, and the standard mode of entertainment is a barbecue in someone’s back garden, as opposed to the UK where many adults might just visit the pub and leave the children at home to watch TV or play computer games. Perhaps it comes from being a nation of builders and pioneers? For many, Australia could be compared to Britain in the 1970’s, but without the strikes, the power cuts or revolutionary punk music.

Australians are a proud, strong, unfailingly friendly, helpful bunch of people with a laid-back mentality and a ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic.
Also, as you will no doubt find out should you decide move there, they love sport and regularly celebrate their wins against England when it comes to both the cricket and the rugby.

If you are seriously considering a move to Australia then you really should learn about the history of the country.
Here are some links worth reading:


When it comes to applying for a visa, you will be pleased to know that currently the whole process is a lot quicker than it used to be a few years ago. Depending on which visa you decide to apply for or which professional skills you might have, you could be granted a visa within a few months. Nevertheless, the online application lets you track your progress and upload all of the relevant supporting documentation easily.

Should you be planning on retiring in Australia, the UK state pension is non-transferable, and some personal pensions have special requirements, which must be met to enable a transfer. Pension funds can also sometimes be liable for tax, so check in advance what you can and can’t transfer easily. If you’re likely to need to apply for credit, whether a credit card, loan or mortgage, you should apply for a full credit report before leaving the UK in order to ascertain whether there might be outstanding issues which can be dealt with prior to arriving in Australia. Also make sure you cancel all your direct debits before leaving.

As a UK citizen, you may be temporarily covered by Medicare, Australia’s national health program, but you should check this with the Australian embassy before your departure, particularly if you have outstanding health issues.
As a visitor to Australia, you’re entitled to drive as a long as you have a valid driver’s licence and passport together with you at all times. If you hold a permanent visa however, you can only use your UK license for a maximum of three months. Once your licence is all arranged, at least you won’t have to remember to drive on the right-hand-side – Australia drives on the left, just like the UK!
With regards to shipping your goods overseas, it is recommended that you first compare the replacement costs of items of furniture and other effects with your removals company as the replacement costs of some items in Australia can be quite expensive.
PSS International Removals are UK’s first choice for moving overseas and we have successfully helped thousands of people move to Australia since we began. We are able to offer you a professional service including additional visa, employment, banking, currency, pension transfer, pet shipping, tax rebate, education, flight and property advice through our network of trusted partners.

Visit our website to find out more or contact us for a free quote now!

What to consider when choosing an international removals partner


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So you’ve decided which country you’d like to emigrate to, you have looked into job opportunities and the visa application process; but how do you go about moving your life overseas?

Well, obviously moving abroad isn’t quite the same as moving within the same country and can be a hugely daunting task if not thought through properly. International transport options for moving your household contents, excess baggage, vehicles and even pets are, whether by sea, road or air; slightly limited.

If you plan on moving to a new continent, then the bulk of your possessions will need to travel to your new home by container ship. Most migrants are pleasantly surprised to discover how quick the transit time actually takes to arrive at most far-flung destinations. Some arrivals can be as quick as 4 weeks with a maximum wait of 12 weeks. Should the transit time take between 8-12 weeks, it is strongly recommended that you take advantage of the airfreight or express service to ensure that anything urgent arrives at your destination as quickly as possible.

With all of this in mind, recruiting a professional, reliable and organised removals company, experienced at assisting with international relocations is a wise decision to make. If you are not on a relocation package that includes the services of a specific removal company, you’ll need to find your own; but how do you go about choosing the right one?

Start by researching as soon as possible because the process can take between 3-6 months. Once you begin gathering quotes, each company will most likely give you an estimate. To get a true, accurate quote, the company will look to book you a free household removal, excess baggage and car shipping quote to calculate precisely how much needs to be packed. If you’re receiving several quotes, be patient as there will be many factors to consider!

As a minimum you should select an international mover that has achieved the highest level of service within the industry by attaining FAIM ACCREDITATION which is the only independent Quality Assurance standard for the International Moving Industry.

You should also ask if the company is a Member of the FIDI Global alliance, British Association of Removers Overseas Group, and BAR OVERSEAS, which is covered by the I.M.M.I. Advance payment guarantee scheme for your financial protection.

If at all possible, ask friends and colleagues to recommend a company they may have used in the past or do your own rigorous research and contact two or three for an initial quote. Always make sure you judge each company on whether they can provide the services you need, which areas they cover nationally and internationally, scan for favorable reviews on and offline and research into whether they are reputable members of the various professional associations (such as BAR OVERSEAS and FIDI) or not.

The company will usually then send over a consultant to explain how it all works, discuss what’s most important to you, your overall volume of belongings, some estimated costs and answer any burning questions you might have.

Once you’ve spoken to all, review each company thoroughly and make sure you’re comparing price on a like-for-like basis. Did each offer similar or differing services, who seemed the most professional/knowledgeable and which offered the best value for money to get your home to your new destination in one piece?

Bear in mind that an international removal company should always offer insurance to cover against loss or damages during transit and most will offer deals as part of their quote for tailor-made transit cover or marine policy for example.

Seriously consider choosing a removal company that includes a packing service. It won’t break the bank and can save a huge amount of stress, time and energy. Furthermore, your chosen removal company will have all of the relevant contacts and partners in place to deal with the customs clearance for you and once everything has cleared, your goods will either be placed into temporary storage or delivered to your new home.

PSS International Removals are UK’s first choice for moving overseas and we have successfully helped thousands of customers move to many destinations throughout the world.

All PSS Staff have been professionally trained in export procedures and work entirely on overseas removals.
PSS specialises in:
• Full or Part Household shipments
• Motor Vehicle shipments
• Baggage Shipments
• Airfreight/Express Service
• Shipping Service from anywhere in the UK to Anywhere in the World

PSS also charges for part loads. This means you only pay for the space you fill.
We are able to offer you all of the services listed above including additional visa, employment, banking, currency, pension transfer, pet shipping, tax rebate, education, flight and property advice through our network of trusted partners.

So if you are thinking about moving to a new country and want to find out more about what you should expect, get in touch for a free survey and a chat with one of our experienced consultants who will be happy to help you.

Visit our website to find out more or contact us for a free quote now!