Thompson & Son Removals

Thompson & Son - West Midland Removals
Thompson & Son - West Midland Removals

Our Guide to International Moves

In this guide, we aim to provide a comprehensive insight into how Thompson & Son Removals orchestrates international removals for our valued clientele. Our goal is to demystify the process and help you understand what goes on behind the scenes when you choose us as your trusted partner for international removals. Whether you’re a first-time mover or an experienced globe-trotter, this guide will serve as an invaluable resource, shedding light on the complexities of international removals.

Navigating the world of international removals can be daunting. At Thompson & Son Removals, we believe that knowledge is power. By understanding the processes involved, you’ll be in a better position to make informed decisions about your move. So, sit back and let us walk you through the intricacies of international removals.

What do International Removal Companies do?

International removal companies are essentially your logistical lifeline when you decide to move your life across borders. They handle the packing, transportation, and delivery of your personal effects from one country to another. The goal is to ensure that your belongings reach their destination safely and in the same condition they were in when they left your previous home.

At Thompson & Son Removals, we go beyond just moving boxes. We understand that we’re transporting memories, sentimental items, and valuable possessions. Hence, we take utmost care in handling your goods, ensuring that they are packed appropriately, transported securely, and delivered punctually. Our team of experienced professionals works tirelessly to provide a seamless and stress-free moving experience for our clients.

What Services Does Thompson & Son Provide for International Removals?

Thompson & Son provides a comprehensive suite of services tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. From the initial planning stages to final delivery, we’re with you every step of the way. Our services include professional packing, secure storage, customs clearance assistance, and door-to-door delivery. We also offer insurance options to give our clients peace of mind.

Our packing service ensures that your goods are well-protected for their international journey. Our team uses quality packing materials and employs industry-best practices to safeguard your belongings. If you need to store your items before the move or upon arrival, our secure storage solutions are at your disposal. We also assist with customs documentation to ensure a smooth transition through border controls. And finally, we deliver your goods right to your new doorstep, anywhere in the world.

What Shipping/Transport Options are Available?

When it comes to shipping your household goods internationally, there are several options available. The choice largely depends on your budget, timeline, and the volume of goods to be moved. At Thompson & Son Removals, we offer both sea freight and air freight services.

Sea freight is the most cost-effective solution for shipping large volumes. Although it takes longer than air freight, it’s ideal for clients who have the luxury of time. Containers can be chosen based on the size of your consignment, and they provide a secure environment for your belongings during transit. Air freight, on the other hand, is faster but more expensive. It’s best suited for urgent moves or smaller consignments. Regardless of the option you choose, rest assured, we are committed to delivering your goods safely and efficiently.

How Long Will International Shipping Take?

International shipping times can vary significantly depending on several factors. These include the mode of transport chosen (air or sea), customs processes, and the destination country. According to data from various shipping companies, international shipments can take anywhere from 2 days to 4 weeks.

Sea freight, while more affordable, usually takes longer, with typical transit times ranging from a few weeks to a month. On the other hand, air freight is much quicker, typically delivering goods within a few days to a week. However, these are average times, and actual delivery dates may vary depending on unforeseen circumstances like weather conditions or customs delays.

How Much Does International Removal Cost?

The cost of an international removal is dependent on several factors. These include the volume and weight of the goods being moved, the distance to the destination, and the type of service chosen.

With Thompson & Son Removals, we provide a bespoke quote for every move. This ensures that you only pay for the services you need. Our pricing is transparent, with no hidden charges. To get a quote, one of our removal experts will assess your needs and provide a detailed breakdown of costs. This will cover everything from packing and loading to shipping and delivery at your new location.

Home Surveys for International Moves

Before embarking on an international move, it’s important to have a clear understanding of what the process entails and how much it’s likely to cost. This is where a home survey comes in. At Thompson & Son Removals, we offer comprehensive home surveys as part of our international removal service.

During a home survey, one of our experienced surveyors will visit your home at a time that suits you. They’ll assess the volume and nature of the items you’re looking to move, discuss your specific requirements, and answer any questions you may have. This information is crucial in helping us plan and execute a seamless international move for you, ensuring all your needs are met and that there are no surprises along the way.

International Moving Certifications/Accreditations

At Thompson & Son Removals, we understand the importance of trust when it comes to handling your prized possessions. We are proud to hold a number of crucial international moving certifications and accreditations that demonstrate our commitment to excellence. First and foremost, we operate under a valid operator’s licence, ensuring that we abide by the rules and regulations set out for removal companies. This guarantees that we are qualified to handle your items and transport them safely to their new destination.

Furthermore, we are fully insured, which provides peace of mind for both us and you, our valued customer. In the unlikely event that anything goes wrong during the move, you can be confident that we have the necessary coverage in place. We also proudly hold appropriate accreditations from recognised industry bodies. These certifications are an endorsement of our professionalism, ethics, and dedication to providing top-tier service in all areas of our work.


Booking your international removal with Thompson & Son Removals is a simple and straightforward process. We aim to make it as convenient as possible for our customers. You can reach out to us via phone or email to arrange an initial consultation. During this meeting, we will discuss your specific needs, answer any questions you may have, and provide a free, no-obligation quote.

Once you decide to proceed with us, we’ll agree on a date and time that suits you for the home survey. Here, our expert surveyors will assess the volume and nature of the items you wish to move. Based on this information, we’ll finalise your quote and discuss the next steps. After you confirm the details and make payment, your booking is complete. We’ll then get to work planning and preparing for your move, keeping you informed every step of the way. You can trust Thompson & Son Removals to make your international move a hassle-free experience.

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