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    Hi all.

    Just wondering if anyone has any experiance of shipping companies in north west (UK).

    We are'nt yet ready to go- still got to get the house sold but once we have sold the house I think things will start hapening quickly so want to get some quotes etc so we are ready.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated- we will most likely be doing a part container load.

    Thanks
    Beth

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    Ahh shipping companies. To be honest, there's good and bad about all of them. I'd go with the ones you get the best impression of when dealing with them. If they dont have time for you, dont give them your money!

    When deciding, ask about insurance, and what they cover. Ask if they deal with it on the other end, or whether they hand it over to another company. Most of the big brand companies have the worst reputations, so check out the little guy too.
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    Hi Ebianca,

    There's a list of shippers on the Master Website List.

    For shipping insurance, perhaps you'd like to try Letton Percival who are reputed to be good and cheaper than going through the shippers' own insurance people.
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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    One company we have looked a little at is Allied Pickfords- anyone had any experience with them?

    We would also have to put our items in storage in between selling our house and get our visas however long that will be- depends how long takes hubby to find a job.

    Will look at the list MB- thanks.

    Beth

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    Hi Beth,

    As Taffy says, there is not much between the companies ... it is really just the luck of the gods you get packers who do the job properly and pack the container appropriately.

    As I understand it, Crown and Allied Pickfords are the only shipping companies with branches in both the UK and NZ. Useful for liasing with the shipping company, Although I believe they are probably a little more expensive, there should be no hidden extra costs. Did note, however, that in our case the NZ operation still involved contracting to other smaller removal companies, just as would have been the case if we went with another shipping company (like PSS, Whites, etc.).

    We used Crown to come here, and they did do a good job of advising and arguing our case with Customs when our furniture arrived before we had obtained our visas to reside here. Used Allied Pickfords for sending the ex-husband's furniture and effects back to the UK ... no problems either. Insurance paid up too on the few items that were damaged, in both moves.

    Maybe a case of "eeny meeny .."

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    Last edited by Glenda; 22-04-2007 at 10:07 AM.
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