Movers United Kingdom to United States


If you are preparing to start a new life in the U.K.’s most famous former colony, there is a lot you need to know and do. One of the first questions you might ask is: how much does it cost to ship my household goods to the U.S.?

Most overseas shipping is done via moving container. Moving containers come in different sizes. A full container refers to a 40-foot space, and a half-container is a 20-foot space. A full container can be shipped from the U.K. to New York City for £5,000 – £6,800 on average. The trip will take between 3-5 weeks so make sure you pack your valuables carefully. Here’s what else you need to know:

Importing a Vehicle into the US

You will have three important criteria to meet when you import a vehicle to the U.S. These criteria are related to mechanical standards, emission standards, and vehicle safety.

Mechanical standards

Vehicles manufactured for the U.K. are configured to be driven on the left-hand side of the road. In the U.S., vehicles are driven on the right side. In order to meet the mechanical standards, you will need substantial mechanical modifications to your vehicle to accommodate this change. These modifications will need to be performed by a qualified mechanic. These changes can be expensive and unsightly, so be sure to do your research before you commit to such a big change.

Emission standards

In the United States, emissions standards are set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Vehicles manufactured for use outside of the U.S. are not automatically certified as compliant with these standards, so imported vehicles will be subject to inspection and modification as needed.

Safety standards

To prove that you meet safety standards for vehicles in the U.S., you will need an examination for basic mechanical safety and compliance. A safety inspection will evaluate safety features, such as seatbelts, wipers, and headlights.

As always, your vehicle must be fully paid for, with a clean title with no liens in order to be imported to the U.S. You will be required to pay a customs duty of 2.5% of the value of the vehicle.

Importing Household Goods into the US

When preparing your household goods for import to the U.S., remember that customs declarations will require you to present a box-by-box, detailed inventory that includes descriptions and any applicable serial numbers. One important thing to note is that most of your electronics will not be usable in the U.S. due to the differences in power outlets and wattages.

Customs Duty

As far as duty and taxes go, goods valued at less than $800 are not subject to customs duty and taxes, but you will owe customs duty for shipments above that value. Check with your local U.S. embassy for the most current guidance, or work with a shipper so you never have to worry about it.

Three Men and a Truck

International moves can be complicated, challenging, and stressful, or they can be fun and exciting. What’s the difference between a stressful move and a fun move? Working with an international moving company like Three Men and a Truck makes all the difference in the world. With our overseas shipping experts and extensive network of shipping partners, we have what it takes to give you a world-class experience. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation quote to move.

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Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

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