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Hi Everyone!

I will need to ship a small crate of my belongings when it comes time to move. I'll need maybe a crate of 1 metre squared or slightly bigger. If anyone can recommend a company they used and were happy with? I've rang a couple of companys and they have said they would email me back with a quote, but I've heard nothing.

Thanks for any help!


Timeline:

Dec 31st 2011- I-129F sent
Jan 9th 2012- NOA1
May 14th 2012- NOA2 - 126 days no RFE's
June 6th 2012- NVC Received
June 19th 2012- Medical Exam.
June 20th 2012- NVC left
July 6th 2012- Packet 3 received
July 6th 2012- Packet 3 sent. Visa Fee paid.
August 2nd 2012- INTERVIEW- APPROVED
August 10th 2012- Visas received
August 21st 2012- P.O.E Boston!

September 11th 2012- Applied for SSN.
September 16th 2012- MARRIED!!!
September 17th 2012- Received SSN.
October 26th 2012- Sent off AOS forms.

October 30th 2012- Received AOS forms.
November 13th 2012- Received text/emails for AOS, EAP & AP.
November 19th 2012- Received written confirmation for AOS & AP.
December 6th 2012- Biometrics Appt.
December 29th 2012- second Biometric Appt (first lot of fingerprints couldn't be read)
January 16th 2013- EAD and AP card issued.
January 26th 2013- Card received in mail.

May 29th 2013- Sevice request, as outside of processing times.

June 25th 2013- Green card/EAD stamp received in passport. Green card production ordered!

July 5th 2013- Green card arrives :)

August 22nd 2014- Daughter Born!

April 17th 2015- I-751 Sent.

April 20th 2015- NOA 1

June 2nd 2015- Biometrics Appt.

February 2nd 2016- I-751 APPROVED!

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For me my main concern was that I didn't want other people handling my stuff (I've had heard enough horror stories about goods being damaged) so decided to go for a lift-van (wooden crate, that you load yourself, is then sealed at your home and shipped as is in a big container, only opened when / if custom in the US insists on an inspection - unfortunately they were not able to drop off the crate at my house in the US so the delivery guys unloaded the crate into the house, but at least I was there to make sure everything was handled carefully).

Was reasonably happy with

http://www.ewepack.com/

Cost for 1 x 2 x 2 m (appr.) including custom clearance was around 1700 GBP.

Hope this helps.

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For me my main concern was that I didn't want other people handling my stuff (I've had heard enough horror stories about goods being damaged) so decided to go for a lift-van (wooden crate, that you load yourself, is then sealed at your home and shipped as is in a big container, only opened when / if custom in the US insists on an inspection - unfortunately they were not able to drop off the crate at my house in the US so the delivery guys unloaded the crate into the house, but at least I was there to make sure everything was handled carefully).

Was reasonably happy with

http://www.ewepack.com/

Cost for 1 x 2 x 2 m (appr.) including custom clearance was around 1700 GBP.

Hope this helps.

Thats what I was thinking of, although it's more money than I was thinking of :(

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out and see if they do a smaller size.


Timeline:

Dec 31st 2011- I-129F sent
Jan 9th 2012- NOA1
May 14th 2012- NOA2 - 126 days no RFE's
June 6th 2012- NVC Received
June 19th 2012- Medical Exam.
June 20th 2012- NVC left
July 6th 2012- Packet 3 received
July 6th 2012- Packet 3 sent. Visa Fee paid.
August 2nd 2012- INTERVIEW- APPROVED
August 10th 2012- Visas received
August 21st 2012- P.O.E Boston!

September 11th 2012- Applied for SSN.
September 16th 2012- MARRIED!!!
September 17th 2012- Received SSN.
October 26th 2012- Sent off AOS forms.

October 30th 2012- Received AOS forms.
November 13th 2012- Received text/emails for AOS, EAP & AP.
November 19th 2012- Received written confirmation for AOS & AP.
December 6th 2012- Biometrics Appt.
December 29th 2012- second Biometric Appt (first lot of fingerprints couldn't be read)
January 16th 2013- EAD and AP card issued.
January 26th 2013- Card received in mail.

May 29th 2013- Sevice request, as outside of processing times.

June 25th 2013- Green card/EAD stamp received in passport. Green card production ordered!

July 5th 2013- Green card arrives :)

August 22nd 2014- Daughter Born!

April 17th 2015- I-751 Sent.

April 20th 2015- NOA 1

June 2nd 2015- Biometrics Appt.

February 2nd 2016- I-751 APPROVED!

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Thats what I was thinking of, although it's more money than I was thinking of :(

Thanks for the link, I'll check it out and see if they do a smaller size.

You're welcome - the price they quoted me last year was 1500 (plus minus) but I had to pay some extra when customs wanted to xray the entire shipping container, that payment went to the US handler.

They do do custom sizes which should be cheaper and I think there are a few other companies out there that do lift vans from what I recall, but ewepack at least got me a quote in a timely manner so that was something I counted for them.

Good luck!

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Ive used any companies but ive heard this company is good http://www.excess-baggage.com/


CR-1
07-01-2011 : Married

05-10-2012 : I-130 Mailed to London (DCF)
05-11-2012 : I-130 Delivered and signed for at Embassy
05-18-2012 : NOA1 Email
07-26-2012 : NOA2 (69 days)
07-28-2012 : NOA2 hard copy received
08-10-2012 : LND Case number received. Letter dated 08-07-2012
08-15-2012 : DS-230 and DS-2001 mailed to Embassy
08-23-2012 : Medical
09-14-2012 : Emailed Embassy and confirmed DS forms have finally been logged (After 29 days)
09-22-2012 : Interview letter received. Dated September 19th.
10-03-2012 : Interview - Approved!
NOA1 to Interview - 138 days.
10-10-2012 : Passport with Visa delivered two hours late at 8pm.
10-22-2012 : POE Philadelphia
11-15-2012 : Green Card received in mail
12-11-2012 : Went to the Social Security office to apply for SSN after it did not arrive.
12-15-2012 : SSN Arrived in 4 days.

05-09-2013 : Left USC Husband.
11-28-2013: Filed for divorce.

05-01-2014: Divorced

05-08-2014: Sent I-751 petition to VSC

05-13-2014: NOA1 (was not postmarked until 5/22/14 and received on 5/24/14)
06-18-2014: Biometrics in St. Albans, VT

11-21-2014: RFE. Received on 11/24/14.

01-22-2015: Interview notice mailed out. Received 1/26/15

02-12-2015: Interview in St Albans, VT - Approved during interview!

CRBA
08-16-2012 : CRBA in London for our daughter - Approved!
09-11-2012 : CRBA and Passport arrived.
09-25-2012 : SSN Arrived. Mailed from MD on 09-17-2012

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Just had a thought, what about paying for excess baggage on the plane? US Airways charges $70 for a second 50lb bag and $200 for a third 50lb bag (first one is free). Could work out a lot cheaper and hassle free with waiting for it and clearing customs etc.


CR-1
07-01-2011 : Married

05-10-2012 : I-130 Mailed to London (DCF)
05-11-2012 : I-130 Delivered and signed for at Embassy
05-18-2012 : NOA1 Email
07-26-2012 : NOA2 (69 days)
07-28-2012 : NOA2 hard copy received
08-10-2012 : LND Case number received. Letter dated 08-07-2012
08-15-2012 : DS-230 and DS-2001 mailed to Embassy
08-23-2012 : Medical
09-14-2012 : Emailed Embassy and confirmed DS forms have finally been logged (After 29 days)
09-22-2012 : Interview letter received. Dated September 19th.
10-03-2012 : Interview - Approved!
NOA1 to Interview - 138 days.
10-10-2012 : Passport with Visa delivered two hours late at 8pm.
10-22-2012 : POE Philadelphia
11-15-2012 : Green Card received in mail
12-11-2012 : Went to the Social Security office to apply for SSN after it did not arrive.
12-15-2012 : SSN Arrived in 4 days.

05-09-2013 : Left USC Husband.
11-28-2013: Filed for divorce.

05-01-2014: Divorced

05-08-2014: Sent I-751 petition to VSC

05-13-2014: NOA1 (was not postmarked until 5/22/14 and received on 5/24/14)
06-18-2014: Biometrics in St. Albans, VT

11-21-2014: RFE. Received on 11/24/14.

01-22-2015: Interview notice mailed out. Received 1/26/15

02-12-2015: Interview in St Albans, VT - Approved during interview!

CRBA
08-16-2012 : CRBA in London for our daughter - Approved!
09-11-2012 : CRBA and Passport arrived.
09-25-2012 : SSN Arrived. Mailed from MD on 09-17-2012

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There's been much discussion of this over the years, and there's an old(er) though occasionally updated thread on this: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/128548-yes-its-another-shipping-thread/

It would be great if this could get pinned at some point. We used Excess Baggage and were really happy with the service on both ends.

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There's been much discussion of this over the years, and there's an old(er) though occasionally updated thread on this: http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/128548-yes-its-another-shipping-thread/

It would be great if this could get pinned at some point. We used Excess Baggage and were really happy with the service on both ends.

Do you know if they collect from a storage unit?

I am moving in (with the kids) to my grandfathers to save money... So I am planning on sticking my boxes in storage.


02/17/02: KH & PH started dating

11/11/06: Married in the UK

05/10/12: Sent off I-130 via Express Mail

05/11/12: I-130 signed for at Chicago Lockbox

05/11/12: Priority date for I-130

05/21/12: Received NOA1 hardcopy VSC

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Do you know if they collect from a storage unit?

I am moving in (with the kids) to my grandfathers to save money... So I am planning on sticking my boxes in storage.

They will collect from wherever you tell them to! Give them a call and confirm. They didn't break a single thing in the move. Wish I could say the same about the movers who transported the same boxes 9 months later across the US.mad.gif

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Can you get any of it in a suitcase? Im flying tomorrow and I paid £340 for 5 suitcases with BA. Im not shipping anything at all. If it wont fit in my cases, im leaving it behind.


View my K1 -> ROC Timeline

*Filed I-129F - 21st October 2011* *Applied for SSN - 8th June 2012* *Filed I-751 (arrived) - 26th March 2015

*NOA1 - 28th October 2011* *Filed for AOS, EAD & AP - 26th June 2012* * Check cashed - 30th March 2015
*NOA2 (no RFE) - 26th January 2012* *AOS, EAD, & AP arrive at Chicago Lockbox - 28th June 2012* NOA1 - 26th March 2015 (arrived 3/4/15)

*Packet 3 sent - 27th February 2012* *Email notification of receipt - 3rd July 2012* *No biometrics letter - Service Request submitted 5/4/15
*Medical - February 28th 2012* *Check cashed - 7th July 2012* *Still no biometrics letter - 2nd Service Request submitted - 8/6/15
*Packet 4 received - 17th March 2012* *NOA1 for AOS, EAD & AP - 9th July 2012* *Biometrics in Aurora, CO - 8th July 2015*
*Interview in London - 5th April 2012. APPROVED!!!* *Biometrics in Philadelphia (Drummond Road)- 7th August 2012*
*POE Newark, NJ - 16th May 2012 *Biometrics walk in at Philadelphia (Drummond Rd) - 25th July 2012*
*K1 process took 160 days* *Case Transfered to California Service Centre - 26th July 2012*
*SSN DENIED! - 17th August. 10 weeks after I applied!!*

*EAD/AP Approved - 28th August 2012* 59 days
*Married! - 1st June 2012* *EAD/AP card in hand - 1st September 2012*
*EAD/AP card in hand - 1st September 2012*
* Re-applied for SSN - 14th September 2012*
*Put in service request at 8mo/3days wait - 19th March 2013*

* AOS Approved!!! - 1st May 2013* Exactly 10 months after applying.

*Green card in hand - 6th May 2013


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Can you get any of it in a suitcase? Im flying tomorrow and I paid £340 for 5 suitcases with BA. Im not shipping anything at all. If it wont fit in my cases, im leaving it behind.

Yes, alot will go into suitcases, but there was some larger things I wanted to take aswell. Been thinking about it and maybe it's time to let go and just sell them (a dolls house, wedding dress from my first marriage and some of my sons toys). The important thing is that I'm going to be with the man I love and these are just posessions. I guess the money from selling these things will cover the excess baggage.

I also have nice parents that will store some things, so I can pick them up later. It's tough getting rid of things :unsure:


Timeline:

Dec 31st 2011- I-129F sent
Jan 9th 2012- NOA1
May 14th 2012- NOA2 - 126 days no RFE's
June 6th 2012- NVC Received
June 19th 2012- Medical Exam.
June 20th 2012- NVC left
July 6th 2012- Packet 3 received
July 6th 2012- Packet 3 sent. Visa Fee paid.
August 2nd 2012- INTERVIEW- APPROVED
August 10th 2012- Visas received
August 21st 2012- P.O.E Boston!

September 11th 2012- Applied for SSN.
September 16th 2012- MARRIED!!!
September 17th 2012- Received SSN.
October 26th 2012- Sent off AOS forms.

October 30th 2012- Received AOS forms.
November 13th 2012- Received text/emails for AOS, EAP & AP.
November 19th 2012- Received written confirmation for AOS & AP.
December 6th 2012- Biometrics Appt.
December 29th 2012- second Biometric Appt (first lot of fingerprints couldn't be read)
January 16th 2013- EAD and AP card issued.
January 26th 2013- Card received in mail.

May 29th 2013- Sevice request, as outside of processing times.

June 25th 2013- Green card/EAD stamp received in passport. Green card production ordered!

July 5th 2013- Green card arrives :)

August 22nd 2014- Daughter Born!

April 17th 2015- I-751 Sent.

April 20th 2015- NOA 1

June 2nd 2015- Biometrics Appt.

February 2nd 2016- I-751 APPROVED!

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Can you get any of it in a suitcase? Im flying tomorrow and I paid £340 for 5 suitcases with BA. Im not shipping anything at all. If it wont fit in my cases, im leaving it behind.

Just what I'm doing (but with fewer suitcases), a charity shop near me has had suitcases loads of clothes and books.

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