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Considering a Move to the USA?

Moving to THE USA

Considering a Move to the USA

Are you planning on Moving to the USA? Let Abels Moving Services provide you with a removal quotation with a plethora of resources to provide a stress-free service.

We will provide a detailed plan catered to your specific needs, ensuring you are aware of our full moving process.

The USA is a North American country and is located in the middle part of the continent. The country consists of 50 states and a federal district. The main 48 states and district of Washington, D.C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is located to the west of Canada and the state of Hawaii a series of islands part of an archipelago that can be found in the mid-Pacific.

At total area of the USA is around 3.80 million square miles and has a growing population of around 318 million people. The USA is currently the world’s fourth largest country by total area and the third-largest by its population.

There are 9 metropolitan areas in the USA with a population of over 5 million residents, these include, New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas-Forth, Houston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Miami and Atlanta.

The key exports of the USA are computers and electrical machinery, vehicles, chemical products, food and live animals, military equipment and aircraft.

Places of interest for those moving to the USA include Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida, the
Grand Canyon, in Arizona, Times Square in New York, and the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan New York City, and Las Vegas Strip in Nevada.

Abels Moving Services has been providing discrete export packing and shipping services for discerning families and professionals relocating and moving to the USA for over 50 years.


Planning Your Move

When considering moving to the USA it is important to speak with a specialist international removal company that provides reassurance about the services you require for moving abroad to the USA. At Abels, we want you to feel confident about your overseas removal process, providing you with a selection of reputable resources to help you incision your move to the USA.

To speak to an advisor call or email us today to receive more information, specific to your requirements.

When contacting our team directly, you will be given the resources to make a formal enquiry with a precise overview of the regulations we undertake to make sure your moving process is smooth. This includes an overview of the approach we will take to complete a thorough, premium, end-to-end moving service.

After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator, booking, organizing and managing matters when moving to the USA.

Talk to our experts

Let Abels plan and coordinate your move to the USA or anywhere else in the world.

Export Packing

Abels Moving Services advises that Export Packing is a fundamental requirement for all your items and possessions when moving to the USA. As we have Expert Packing Services, We can provide you with bespoke guidance for exporting and shipping goods to the USA.

Export Packing is a way of protecting items when in transit. It considers external environmental impacts, providing water resistant resources and additional packaging to preserve the items condition. Whilst also meeting the requirements for shipping goods from the UK to the USA.

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 the USA 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 stacks, container hoist moves from the stack to the loading area near the vessel, loading the vessel crane gantry, sea journey and then the same in reverse. So the 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 the USA. 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, and 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 utilized to give the highest level of protection. Find out more information about Moving Antiques, Fine Art, and Valuables.

The Abels team is specially trained in moving objects abroad, taking care and precision when handling specialist goods. With years of expertise, we have a plethora of Moving Advice to relieve stress and provide reassurance.


In the USA there are many International Airports. The main International Airports include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlantic International Airport (ATL), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Denver International Airport (DEN), John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

The two largest airports in the USA are Hartsfield-Jackson Atlantic International Airport which handles over 45 million passengers per year and that of Los Angeles International Airport which handles over 32 million passengers per year.

With sea transit times for shipping your possessions from the UK to the USA taking in the order of 8 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 USA Security and Customs assessments before delivery is permitted to your new home.

See More information about airfreight shipments.

Enjoy a stress-free move abroad

Get in touch with our removal experts to see how we can help with your move today.

Customs Information

The import of your personal items and household goods into the USA 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 the USA, for further guidance ahead of your move consultation with a trusted member of the Abels team.

Immigration and passport control at the airport woman border control officer puts a stamp in passport


Shipping Services

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 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 buy 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 Various Ports in the USA from the UK, ie from port to port is normally between approximately 14 to 28 days on the water. Vessels depart the UK weekly to ports such as the Port of Long Beach in California, the Port of Oakland in California, the Port of New York, and the Port of Houston.
You should allow approximately 8 to 9 weeks door to door from your property in the UK to your property in the USA (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.

Destination Services

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 the USA 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 the USA 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.


At Abels, we have a dedicated team that will ensure your move abroad is stress-free! Make An Enquiry today regarding your move to the USA.

In conclusion, if you are moving to the USA 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 the USA we would also be glad to assist you with your move.

Abels Moving Services:
Telephone: +44 (0)1842 816600