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If you are travelling with more luggage than your airline allows, our excess baggage to the USA service might be just what you are looking for.
PSS has been the UK’s first choice for sending excess baggage to the USA for over 40 years, thanks to our ability to provide swift and economical luggage shipping solutions to clients worldwide.
There are two transit methods available for moving excess baggage and luggage from the UK to the USA, each with its own advantages:
- Sea Freight is the slowest of the two transport methods, although it provides a reliable and cheap excess baggage to the USA service.
- Standard Air Freight is the advised transit mode if you require your luggage promptly. It is more expensive to send excess baggage via air freight; however, your goods will reach you within a matter of days.
- Express Air Freight is our premium service if you need your belongings to arrive in the fastest time possible.
Due to our many years in the industry, we are well acquainted with sending excess baggage to the USA in all load sizes, meaning we are qualified to recommend the method of transport best suited to your requirements. Some of the most popular destinations for excess luggage shipping to America include Florida, California, New Jersey, Texas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Illinois, Hawaii and Alaska!
Our standing as a leading baggage shipping company is reinforced by our accreditations from FAIM Quality Standard and the FIDI Global Alliance. What’s more, clients can have full confidence and reassurance when employing us to ship excess baggage to the USA from the UK, due to our backing from the British Association of Removers and the BAR Advanced Payment Guarantee Scheme.
For a fast excess baggage quote, please fill in the enquiry form below. Alternatively, you can reach us on 0800 998 3711 and we will be happy to assist.
Door to Door luggage shipping service to the United States of America
We like to make overseas baggage shipping to the USA as simple as possible, helping make your move to the USA run smoothly. Therefore, when you put our reliable staff in charge of shipping your bags or boxes from the United Kingdom to the USA, we take care of everything from door to door.
We provide packaging materials, cartons and can send your belongings in secure tea cartons to the USA, ensuring safe delivery. When you select PSS to ship boxes and suitcases to the USA, we will handle custom clearance agreements and we will personally deliver your removals to the required the USAn address.
Should I send my items in bags/suitcases or do you provide boxes?
You are free to choose whether to send your belongings in your own suitcases or bags, but we highly recommend you pack your items in the specially designed shipping boxes we provide.
This has a number of advantages they are double-walled for extra strength and durability when being transported to the USA. They are also less likely to be damaged and take up less space and are less heavy than your own luggage which can make your quote cheaper.
Not only that, we provide them and other packing materials for free!
Shipping your excess baggage to the USA is easy with PSS
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We deliver cartons and packing materials
We deliver export-strength cartons & packing materials to your home.
We collect packed boxes/bags from your home
When you’re ready, we collect your packed boxes or bags and any unused cartons.
We ship and deliver to your new home, handling all customs clearance
Our door-to-door service takes care of everything for you.
“Why choose PSS International in 2023?”
- Free home survey
- Family run business for over 40 years
- We only handle Overseas Removals
- Members of BAR Overseas Group
- BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
- FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
- FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
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How to ship excess baggage, luggage and boxes to the USA from the UK – Our FAQ Guide
What is best way to send excess baggage to the USA?
The best and cheapest way to ship your extra suitcases to the USA is via a Personal Shipping Service like that provided by PSS.
With the help of our experienced team, shipping your unaccompanied luggage to the USA is a straightforward process.
It all starts with a quote. We assess your consignment and determine what items you would like to ship. We recommend our cartons/boxes but you can use your own bags and suitcases.
After this, you choose which luggage shipping method will work best for you, your time-scale and your budget; air freight or sea freight. Air freight shipping will get your baggage there faster, but at a bigger price. Sea freight is the cheaper bag shipping method, but it will take much longer to arrive.
There are three shipping options for your luggage. The method you choose depends on costs and urgency.
- Sea Freight: your suitcases and boxes are sent in a shared shipping container with other peoples boxes and belongings moving to the USA. This is the cheapest, but the slowest method.
- Standard Air Freight: If you need your excess baggage to arrive sooner then air freight can be a good option.
- Express Air Freight: If your extra bags are needed very urgently then express air freight is the best option, however, this will be more expensive.
Thanks to over three decades in the industry, we know how to ship baggage to the USA from the UK with ease. This means we can handle everything from packing, handling customs, shipping and delivering, all on a door-to-door basis. Our experts will instruct you on what customs forms and documentation needs to be completed when sending luggage to the USA and we will handle the rest upon arrival.
The whole process is very easy!
What is excess baggage or unaccompanied baggage?
When flying abroad, your airline will allocate a set baggage allowance for your luggage; however, this is often exceeded. When travelling for a prolonged period of time, the average 20kg allowance just doesn’t suffice.
Any further belongings you wish to take that do not fit within the agreed allowance is then classed as excess baggage. This can be anything from a further suitcase of clothes, a box of treasured possessions, surfboard… anything!
Unaccompanied baggage or luggage is where you send your suitcases and other household belongings to the USA by air or sea freight but you travel separately.
What is an excess baggage embargo or size and weight limits for the USA?
Some airlines have very limited capacity for sending excess baggage or extra suitcases to the USA.
In such cases, they may impose an excess baggage embargo, where extra bags are allowed or alternative very strict excess baggage limits.
For airline excess baggage you are often limited to 23kg per bag and the price per bag increases as quantity increases.
There are also strict limits to the size of bags and items you can send. Large or heavy items need to be sent to the USA by expensive oversized luggage services.
PSS offers a very cost effective alternative to excess baggage fees – and volume discounts apply if you have more to ship.
What is the cost of airline excess baggage to the USA?
Similar to the allowed baggage weight, charges for excess baggage are set and charged at the airline’s discretion. Occasionally, you can pay a fixed fee for secondary suitcases prior to flying, although this is not always allowed and the weight of this case is also limited.
Any additional bags that are not paid for in advance or where the luggage exceeds the permitted weight, charges apply for every extra kilogram of weight, and the charges can often be extortionate.
Using our excess baggage services will enable you to take all of your worldly possessions with you on your trips, and then some… all for a fraction of the airline price!
To get a cost for sending your excess baggage to the USA use the cost calculator on this page – you will be pleasantly surprised how much you can save.
How much does it cost to ship luggage to the USA from the UK?
Baggage shipping to the USA doesn’t have to break the bank. Sending bags with PSS means you get a quality shipping service at an affordable price. How high your luggage shipping rates are will depend on a couple of variables.
The cost will depend on the volume of boxes/bags you are shipping and whether you are using sea or air freight.
To get an initial price we recommend using our free online cost calculator available on this page. Our Move Managers will also be able to tailor your quote to meet your personal requirements.
But you can be assured that PSS is widely regarded as the cheapest and best company for shipping your items to the USA. We are confident that we can give you a very good quote without compromising on service.
Please note that sea freight costs are based on volume whereas air freight rates are calculated by volumetric weight – a combination of weight and volume.
What is the cheapest way to ship unaccompanied luggage to the USA?
The cheapest way to send your extra bags and other items is by sea freight using our personal shipping service.
We transport your possessions in a shared shipping container together with other customers belongings bound for the USA so that everyone saves money. This is known as a ‘groupage service’ and is much cheaper than excess baggage and courier services.
As PSS are one of the leading UK shipping companies for the USA, we can get the best sea freight rates due to the high volumes we ship and so are able to offer cheap prices to our customers.
Are there any additional charges e.g. customs fees?
Our quote is for a full door to door collection and delivery service to your address in the USA.
There may, however, be additional customs charges e.g. customs duty, GST, inspection and quarantine fees.
These will need to be paid when your shipment arrives in the USA.
NB: Customs Duty and GST are not usually charged for returning citizens and migrants with permanent resident visas who have been away for over 12 months.
How long does it take to ship excess baggage from the UK to the USA?
Average shipping times to the USA from the UK
|Method||Sea Freight||Air Freight|
|Shipping Time||8-12 weeks||7-14 days|
The table above gives you an estimate of how long it will take to ship your luggage and boxes to the USA. Delivery times will vary depending on where in the USA you are moving to.
Please note: These times are for arrival in your destination port – you will need to allow additional time for customs clearance.
How to send your suitcases and luggage via Air Freight or by our Express Service?
The fastest way to send your excess baggage and boxes to the USA is to fly them by air freight or our express courier service.
This is more expensive than our sea freight service, but still much cheaper than airline excess baggage rates.
Air freight prices are calculated by volumetric weight – a combination of volume and weight in kilograms.
Many customers choose to send the bulk of their goods by sea and then ask us to fly the possessions they need more urgently.
Don’t forget that this is a door to door service which will save you time and hassle at both your departure and destination airports.
We offer two options to fly your excess luggage to the USA – Standard Air Freight and Express Air Freight which is a fastrack courier service.
What size suitcases and bags can you send to the USA?
You can ship any size of suitcase or bag to the USA but it should weigh less than 30kg for health and safety reasons.
Also, luggage that is overfilled and too heavy is more liable to split.
We offer you export quality boxes/cartons and other packing materials which are a better alternative to buying new suitcases.
When calculating the size of your suitcases you may need to convert their volume in litres to cubic feet which is the measure used by international shipping companies.
1 litre is about 0.035 cubic feet but you will need to allow extra if the size in litres is for the internal capacity rather than the size of the suitcase. The table below is a rough guide:
|Luggage Size||Litres||Cubic Feet|
|Small (S)||20 – 49||1 1.7|
|Medium (M)||50 – 69||1.7 2.5|
|Large (L)||70 – 89||2.5 3.2|
|Extra Large (XL)||90 – 120||3.2 4.2|
|Extra Extra Large (XXL)||120+||4.2+|
What size of boxes do you provide for shipping to the USA?
If possible we recommend sending your personal possessions in boxes rather than bags or suitcases.
We provide a variety of different cartons, including small and large boxes, as part of your quote. All our cartons are of high quality and designed specifically for international box shipping.
Size: 46 x 46 x 46cm
Description: Standard size box that is suitable for most items.
Tea Carton (Tea Chest)
Size: 46 x 46 x 51cm
Description: Large box that is suitable for bigger and bulkier items such as clothes and bedding. This is about the size and volume of the traditional tea chest.
Size: 46 x 46 x 26cm
Description: Smaller box that is suitable for books, paperwork and heavier items.
Size: 147 x 22 x 96cm
Description: Specialist box specifically designed for transporting cycles/bicycles.
You can also enter the dimensions and weight of customs packages on our cost calculator to get a price estimate.
Can I send oversized luggage to the USA?
If you have an oversized suitcase that is very large or weighs over 30kg, we can help you ship it to the USA using our oversized baggage service. Please speak to our team for more details.
For large items such as furniture which require more than one person to lift, we provide an international removal service.
What items can I send as unaccompanied baggage to the USA?
Our box/baggage shipping service is suitable for sending all manner of household items and personal effects to the USA.
This can include clothing, shoes, books, souvenirs, toys, small items of furniture
In fact, any of your personal possessions and goods can be boxed and shipped to the USA as long as they meet customs requirements.
Our shipping company is used by thothe USAnds of migrants, families, expats, students and also the USAns returning home from the UK to ship all their boxes of goods.
Popular items that can be shipped via our box/baggage shipping service include:
- Suitcases and luggage
- Guitars (use a hard case)
- Computers & monitors
- Golf clubs and bags
- Skis and ski bags
- Other sports gear and equipment
- Tool boxes / tool bags
- Vinyl Records / LPs
For larger items and furniture you will likely need to use our removals to the USA service.
What can't I ship to the USA?
Although PSS like to be a lenient and inclusive excess baggage company, there are of course some prohibited and restricted items when shipping baggage to the United States. These are due to both local customs regulations and international shipping / air freight regulations.
Including any of these in your luggage or boxes can cause potential problems with customs on arrival resulting in delays and additional costs.
For more comprehensive information on what you can and cannot ship to the United States we therefore highly recommend you check our Fidi Customs Guide.
In addition, if you are sending your luggage and belongings by air, you need to comply by the IATA Dangerous Goods regulations. Failure to comply can lead to your shipment being rejected by the airline. For more details please check our guide Air Freight Prohibited Items.
Prohibited items when sending luggage via air freight include:
- Fireworks, ammunition, firearms or explosives
- Cylinders of compressed air, oxygen or liquid petroleum gas (LPG)
- Any type of aerosol can (e.g. deodorant, shaving cream, hair spray, paint etc
- Camping stoves, cigarette/pipe lighters or cigarette lighter refills
- Cosmetics (e.g. nail polish, colognes, perfumes, nail polish remover)
- Paint, fuel or paint thinners
- Dry Ice, specimens or samples
- Detergents, bleaches, drain or oven cleaners
- Fibreglass repair kits, adhesives and puncture repair kits
- Medicines of any type
- Any type of chemical, pesticides, herbicides etc
- Camping equipment (e.g. gas stoves, gas cylinders)
- Diving equipment (e.g. air tanks)
- Batteries of any type
- Machinery with internal combustion engines such as chainsaws, lawnmowers or garden trimmers
- Printer ink cartridges of any type
- Food of any type
NB: The above is not intended as a comprehensive list, but as examples of the kind of items that are prohibited/restricted. If you are at all unsure please check with your Move Manager.
Do I need marine insurance or shipment protection cover for my belongings?
At PSS we do our very best to take great care of your belongings and unaccompanied baggage, so whilst we are confident that your goods are in safe hands, unfortunately, accidents do happen that are beyond our control.
So, in the same way, you have car insurance, travel insurance and home contents insurance to protect you as well as your belongings in the unlikely event that you should need to claim, we recommend for peace of mind, that you take out shipment protection cover.
Your Move Manager will be able to give you more details.
How much does shipping insurance or shipment protection cover cost?
We offer a flexible and independent shipment protection cover through Basil Fry & Company the UK’s leading insurance broker for international removals and shipping.
The most popular comprehensive cover (Standard Liability including damage) is calculated at 5% of the total value you declare.