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Choosing a Company

Moving possessions overseas can be a complex and costly undertaking, so for everything to go smoothly you should call upon the services of a reputable removals company - not just one that says they are, but one that can prove it.

Here is our quick guide to choosing a reputable removal company:

1. Check that the removal company is prepared to send an estimator to view your effects free of charge and without obligation - see our online estimate form.

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2. Be sure the removal company is a member of a legitimate movers body such as the FIDI (Federation of International Furniture Removers), which, among other things, provides access to professional bonded agents qualified to handle your move in your destination country. Ask to see their FIDI certificate.

3. Establish whether the company is a member of the British Association of Removers Overseas Group. Only BAR Overseas Group members are qualified to carry out international moves and are uniquely bonded to do so. Ask to see their BAR Overseas Group membership certificate.

4. Ensure that the organisation is a member of a recognised international bonding scheme. BAR Overseas' BAR/IMMI Scheme is currently the UK's only full-cover scheme.

5. Determine whether the removals company has adequate, modern alarmed storage facilities for goods not shipped immediately.

6. Select a removals company that employs its own packing crews. A company using sub-contractors has little or no control over security and quality.

7. Ask how long the company has been in operation. It takes at least 10 years to develop a good working relationship with overseas agents.

Excess International Movers handles almost 30,000 consignments every year, but that does not make us the biggest in the industry. We undoubtedly handle more baggage and personal effects than any other remover in Europe and rank in the top five UK removal companies for containers shipped and shipments handled, but we are proud of our medium size. It allows us to add the personal touch, to always offer helpful assistance and advice, and to continuously strive to achieve higher and higher standards of service.

In addition to our International Moving Division, in conjunction with the British Airports Authority (BAA), Network Rail and Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG) we handle major contracts at Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester airports, and many UK mainline rail stations, and we are the largest non-government/airline mover of excess and unaccompanied baggage in Europe.

For more information about Excess International Movers, your trusted FIDI and BAR removals company, phone 0800 082 1975 for baggage shipping, 0800 524 4388 for Removals Worldwide or +44 208 324 2022 for Removals to the UK.

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