Moving To The United States of America  American Flag

If you are planning on moving to the United States, whether to New York, California or Florida, Britannia Movers International has the expertise and the local knowledge to tailor the move to your individual needs.
Time Zone : Various (UTC 5 to 10) - Summer (DST) (UTC 4 to 10)
Calling Code : +1
Currency : United States Dollar (USD)

Moving personal effects to the USA Moving Personal Effects To The USA

Household goods and personal effects can be imported duty free, provided they have been owned for at least a year before arriving in the USA. Most containers arriving in the USA will be subject to examination by US customs. You must ensure you have the appropriate visa for entry into the USA. To import your household goods, we will provide you with the correct customs form, that must be completed prior to the goods leaving the UK.

Prohibitions and Restrictions in the USA Prohibitions And Restrictions

In general it is in your interest not to import the following items:

Firearms & ammunition
Inflammable goods & substances
Plants & plant material
Foodstuffs, perishables or otherwise
Narcotics and dangerous goods
Offensive materials
Alcohol & Tobacco

Transit times to the USA Transit Times

Transit of groupage or shared load consignments usually takes 8 to 11 weeks via the East Coast and 11 to 14 weeks if going via the West Coast. Sole use containers will normally take 2 weeks to the East Coast and 4 weeks to the West Coast. However, transit times will also vary depending on the size of your consignment, customs or immigration delays and weather conditions.

Bar coding Bar Coding

All Groupage consignments will be bar coded before they are loaded into the shipping container. This will ensure that no items are left at origin.

Moving domestic pets to the USA Domestic Pets

Britannia can recommend a specialised shipper of animals to assist you in sending your family pet(s) from home to home. They will coordinate all documentation and necessary veterinary procedures. To find out more about pet transport, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving motor vehicles to the USA Moving Motor Vehicles To The USA

Due to strict emission standards, only vehicles that have been manufactured in the USA can be shipped with your household goods. To find out more about importing motor vehicle(s) please contact Britannia Movers.

moving motor vehicles to the USA Purchase Your Vehicle Before Departing

Migrants can take advantage of Auto Source, a service where you can purchase your vehicle before departing for the US.
Auto Source is designed for candidates who are overseas and moving to the US on assignment for 2 years or longer. Auto Source is the only authorised company in the world offering transferees moving to the US access to special factory programs for the purchase, Lease or finance of a new vehicle.
To find out more about Auto Source, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Transferring money Transferring Money

When you are moving overseas it's often more cost effective to use an international currency exchange company. Britannia Movers works with IFX; a well known, reliable brand that has been a leading operator within this market for many years. Using IFX can not only save you money but can also help make your move overseas smoother and more efficient. 

To find out more about transferring money, take a look at our Additional Services section or email

Moving To the USA With Britannia

  • Customs Clearance - It will usually 7 to 15 days for customs clearance and delivery. The time taken to clear goods through customs can be affected by Government policy, X-raying of goods, physical inspection, volume of traffic and the levy of any import duties or taxes.
  • Packing & Delivery - Our trained removers can pack and wrap all your items to ensure that they are transported safely. If you choose a full door to door shipping service to the United States, Britannia will deliver the goods to your new home. We can then unwrap your furniture and unpack your moving boxes onto a flat surface, and all used packing materials will be removed from the site.
  • Additional Shipping Services – Britannia can provide a variety of additional removal services when moving to the United States. We are authorised to provide comprehensive insurance, can arrange storage prior to delivery, and can also take care of your pet transport.