Moving to the USA

If you are planning on moving to the USA, we understand that you will have plenty on your mind. Choosing the right international removals company that you can rely on is an important first step in making your move as simple and stress free as possible.

The international removals team at Cadogan Tate has vast experience of moving our customers’ belongings to the USA - with regular weekly shipments to both the East and West Coast. For more information and prices on shipping to the USA please request a quotation.

How long should you allow for shipping to the USA?

For shipments to the USA transit times can vary significantly depending on your location - so we always recommending speaking with one of our International Removals team to get an accurate estimate of timings. As a guide for port-to-port transit time allow two to four weeks to New York, four weeks to Miami and five to six weeks to Los Angeles.

What can you take?

US Customs has become very strict on goods imported into the country in recent years. We highly recommend that if you are moving to America you use a removals company that is very experienced in shipping to the USA to prevent lengthy delays at US Customs.

A detailed packing inventory is essential and there are number of items including wine and spirits that will need pre-clearance prior to shipping. So if you have a prized wine collection, it might be time to consider storage for it. Importing plants is prohibited. Your Surveyor will be able to advise you on what you can take and what you might be advised to leave behind or put into storage. A detailed guide to USA Customs Clearance can be found here.

Taking a car or motor vehicle

Importing a car or motorbike into the USA can be very difficult and we would recommend that you investigate it carefully before considering it. You will need to bear in mind that all motor vehicles are subject to special attention in terms of Customs Duty as well as Goods and Service Tax (GST) in some cases. These vary between vehicles and have to be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Moving to the USA with pets

Transporting pets is a very specialist area and each requirement is unique and therefore has to be dealt with individually. Taking common household pets such as cats and dogs to the USA is relatively straightforward as there are no quarantine requirements. You will need to make sure that your pet is certified to travel with all the relevant paper work from your vet and all their vaccinations are up to date.

The international removals team at Cadogan Tate can organise moving your pet to the USA including giving you all the information you need to prepare your pet for move.

Your next steps

It is reassuring to know that the Cadogan Tate International Removals team are experts in moving to the USA and can ensure everything goes smoothly, efficiently and with minimum fuss.

If you would like a quotation one of our surveyors will arrange a visit to talk you through everything and answer any questions you may have about moving to America. They will assess your belongings and put together an accurate quotation for shipping to the USA. Once you are happy we will draw up a plan of exactly what is going to happen, organise a convenient moving date and assign you a Move Co-ordinator who will be there to support you at every stage of your move.

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