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Moving to Singapore
Singapore has always been an important destination for Abels Moving Services. Abels offers comprehensive removals and shipping services to the former British colony. Moving your personal effects to Singapore will either be by air or sea. We have prepared some guidance on the various shipping options to Singapore, to enable you to make the right choice.
Moving to Singapore does involve specific arrangements and documentation so that your effects and household goods can be imported. We have prepared a guide to move to Singapore which will give you an insight into the requirements. Abels Moving Services have been providing discrete export packing and shipping services for discerning families and professionals relocating and moving to Singapore for over 50 years.
Singapore consists of the main island off the southern tip of Malaysia and additionally consists of a further 63 smaller islands around the main island.
Those moving to Singapore will find the country has a population of 5.3 million people in an area of 255 square miles. This makes it a very populated country for its size.
The country of Singapore is split into 5 regions these being Southwest, Southeast, Northwest, Northeast, and Central Singapore.
Singapore has the second largest port in the world in terms of container movements.
The main exports from Singapore include Computer equipment, machinery, rubber products and petroleum products.
For those moving to Singapore, you will find there are a number of shopping belts which include Marina Bay, Bugis Street, China Town, Geylang Serai, Kampong Gelam and Adam Street, Little India, North Bridge Road and Orchard Road.
Locations worth visiting when moving to Singapore include Sentosa, which has a long sheltered beach, Fort Siloso, two golf courses, two five-star hotels, and the Resorts World Sentosa, and is also where the theme park is for Universal Studios Singapore. Other places to visit are the Art Science Museum, Marina Bay, Singapore Botalic Gardens, and the Waterfront Promenade.
Singapore is well known for its cuisine which is influenced by Chinese, Tamil, Indian and Malayan food. The country is also becoming increasingly associated with the art world. Since the 1990s the Government of Singapore has been trying to promote the country as a centre for arts. This plan involved the building of the impressive Esplanade, a centre for performing arts, which opened in 2002. The annual Singapore Biennale showcases contemporary art from around the world and an annual art festival advertises the local dance, music and theatre talent. In addition, Singapore hosted the Genee International Ballet Competition in 2009 and stand-up comedy is becoming ever more popular. Singapore has become a centre for postmodern architecture and is home to some of the tallest buildings in the world.
Planning Your Move
When considering moving to Singapore it is important to speak with a specialist international removal company (not your local domestic mover!) as there are pitfalls throughout the process that you will be glad of their assistance.
Before calling, consider whether you want to send all your possessions or just a select few personal effects. To speak to an advisor call our head office on +44 1842 816600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be contacted shortly to discuss your move.
For full house moves / large volumes it is recommended that a home survey appointment is made so that an International Customer Service Manager can personally visit your home and discuss your moving requirements, allay any concerns you may have and advise upon the process, assess the items to be packed and how best to be protected these during there transit and make a judgement on the access to your property to ensure that positioning a larger removal vehicle or shipping container is possible. A full list of all items to be taken will be made by our colleague at this time. A detailed door to door removal proposal will be sent to you shortly following the visit after all costs are collated (including origin, freight, and destination services).
Smaller volumes can be discussed over the telephone, email or provided via our online service . Your volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method, will be assessed from the information you provide. A detailed door to door removal proposal will then be produced and either posted or emailed to you for consideration.
After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator (who will work on behalf of your Customer Service Manager) booking, organising and managing matters when moving to Singapore.
Abels Moving Services advises that Export Packing is a fundamental requirement for all your items and possessions when moving to Singapore. So what actually is Export Packing, and how do I get advice on what will be required?
Export Packing is a way of protecting items when in transit. It utilises either a 6 ply paper blanket that has a wax inner and a water-resistant outer or a tough bubble blanket that has a soft cloth inner and robust outer to ensure corners are not exposed. Certain items will need to be card covered, put into a carton or an additional layer of the above wrap to add extra protection – items such as polished furniture, antiques, delicate legs, mirror and glass-fronted units.
The level of protection that is needed when moving items for example by road is less stringent but for moving your items travelling thousands of miles in either 20ft Containers or 40ft Containers on their sea journey to Singapore then they will need additional Export Packing protection. Please remember that the goods will be “handled” many times including wrapping, loading the container, road journey to the port, container hoist removes and stacking, container hoist moving from the stack to the loading area near the vessel, loading the vessel crane gantry, sea journey and then the same in reverse. So protection is paramount in ensuring the contents longevity.
With Abels Moving Services the highest quality export materials are utilised. (ensure you do not use materials that are designed to stay within the UK, the contents of the container will be stacked up to 2 metres and you want the carton at the bottom to stay in shape throughout its journey and protect its contents.
Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services
Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to Singapore. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock, packing and shipping Barometers, transporting chandeliers all need careful handling while being packed in a specific way. The use of special cases built especially for these items needs to be utilised to give the highest level of protection.
Not only is the Export Packing of these items important, but also how they are dismantled prior to shipping to Singapore. Grand Father Clocks will need their main components taken apart ensuring clearly the weights have been removed prior to casing the clock. Moving a barometer also need specialist packing services and careful handling to avoid any problem with the filled mercury, ensuring the tube is bunged to avoid spillage.
Training, training, training is the key to ensure all packing teams are fully versed in the correct handling and packing techniques. Find more information about how to move.
In Singapore there is just one International Airport on the main island which is called the Singapore Changi Airport (SIN). The airport now handles over 51,181,804 passengers per year, and has capacity for up to 66 million passengers per year. There are over 100 airlines that use Singapore Changi Airport connecting 6,400 weekly flights to over 250 cities and 60 countries worldwide.
The International Airport of Singapore handles around of 1.8 Million Tonnes of cargo per year.
With sea transit times for shipping your possessions from the UK to Singapore taking in the order of 6 to 9 weeks, you may consider to send some of your consignment by Airfreight. Items for Airfreight will need to be Professionally Packed (due to security restrictions not permitting owner packed cartons) and are then loaded into heat treated modules of various sizes and then waterproof covered for added protection against the elements.
Please allow 2 weeks transit door to door for airfreight to allow for UK and Singapore Security and Customs assessments before delivery is permitted to your new home.
See More information about airfreight shipments.
The import of your personal items and household goods into Singapore are subject to import and export rules and regulations.
Your Abels Move Manager will provide you with tailored information to guide you through this part of the relocation process.
For now, here is a little breakdown of what to expect to help you start planning your move abroad.
For your items to clear customs, you will need to provide some specific documentation. Our friendly team will discuss these requirements with you ahead of your move, the documents required at customs will depend on your status and personal situation.
Explore the FIDI Customs Guide for Singapore, for further guidance ahead of your move consultation with a trusted member of the Abels team.
Larger volumes and full house moves will be shipped within a 20ft or 40ft shipping container. If access permits we always try and load the container outside your residence. This allows you to see our removal team’s skill and care of loading and stowing safely and the sealing of the container with our uniquely numbered container bolt seals. Where access is not suitable for this size of the vehicle, goods may be loaded via Abels warehouse ( you are of course welcome to come and witness the loading ) or in a location close to your property utilising a small shuttle truck to ferry between your home and the container.
Shipping lines will offer some companies low-cost freight yet there is a big risk to the quality of container that arrives and the transit time it then takes. Abels buys our containers through an organisation that negotiates for a supply of A1 class containers that are without fractures to the outer case, dry, clean, odour free containers on our behalf that have an almost guaranteed transit time. If goods stay within a container that has an odour this will remain on the goods when delivered, fractures in the outer will gain water ingress.
Smaller volumes can be shipped as LCL (less than container load). Your possessions will be taken to Abels warehouse for loading into heat treated wooden crates ready for shipping.
Transit times to the Port of Singapore from the UK, ie from port to port is normally between approximately 21 to 38 days on the water. Vessels depart the UK weekly to the Port of Singapore. You should allow approximately 6 to 9 weeks door to door from your property in the UK to your property in Singapore (times depend on delays due to weather, strikes, re-routing containers, vessel malfunction, customs inspections – however this guide is normally reasonably accurate)
Read more on these methods about shipping options when moving abroad.
Abels select our partners from those with the highest quality accreditations. These will normally hold the FIDI-faim quality award to ensure that the standards enjoyed with Abels Moving Services is continued to perform the Customs Clearance and Delivery Service. It’s too late to find that the agents selected are not of the highest standard, so we ensure we use the best on your behalf.
Our destination partners will be advised of your shipment shortly following the departure of the container from the UK. They will make contact with you near to when the container is due to arrive in Singapore so that they can perform the Customs clearance process on your behalf.
Following Customs clearance our partners will contact you to arrange the delivery date of your possessions. Normal service includes delivery, unpacking, set up of normal furniture (not Ikea kit furniture unless agreed) removal and disposal of waste packaging materials and return of the shipping container to wharf. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put away service / maid cleaning / relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customs Service Manager or Customs Liaison.
Our destination agent will have the professional experience and local knowledge to handle all the details of import documents, customs clearance and delivery of your possessions for you in Singapore. Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.
Above all, we want you to think of Abels for your next move and the one after that, we don’t simply wish to buy your current move at the risk of losing your future business, goodwill and recommendations!
In conclusion if you are moving to Singapore you are welcome to ask Abels Moving Services to provide you with a removal quotation for your move. If you are moving to another destination other than Singapore we would also be glad to assist you with your move.
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