#8: London Is No Place for Containers
When you do a large, overseas move, your household goods will travel via ocean freight in a metal shipping container. However, when it comes to the London end of your move, there’s almost nowhere in the city with enough room to pull up a container truck and load everything right into the container itself.
If you’re moving to London, your moving crew will use a shuttle to bring items to your new home. Practically, that means that your items will get unloaded from their container in a nearby warehouse and then loaded into a truck that can get close enough to your home to deliver your belongings. Your items may arrive in several waves throughout the day as items are ferried to you. So, whereas your container had been sealed in the US, that seal will be broken at the warehouse near London—but, don’t worry, your crew will keep a close eye on all of your items to ensure nothing goes missing.
If you’re moving from London, a crew will arrive at your house with a smaller truck, then pack your belongings into that truck, and ferry your belongings to the nearest warehouse. At the warehouse, your items will be loaded in their container, which will be sealed and sent to your destination in the US. As with moves to London, the crew will keep very close track of your items to make sure everything stays together.
Leveraging smaller trucks to shuttle belongings to a warehouse is a common practice in a number of global cities—Paris and New York included. However, we always like to let our customers know up front so there are no surprises on Moving Day.