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Peter & Kim

Moving personal belongings between Swe and CA

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Hi,

 

Im going on a K1- visa to California.

I hope to get some feeback regarding shipping company's that have worked smooth and if there is any other form then CBP Form 3299 thats needed.

 

Thanks for your help.

 

Best regards
Peter

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I can't remember the various forms but there are a few daunting customs declarations and insurance, marine insurance forms etc. Quite a few items are prohibited so I'd start with that & deciding what you'll bring before getting quotes. I got quotes from 3 companies & went with the one that had the most experience so I didn't have to be overly concerned with dealing with customs. Are you doing it by sea or air?

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3 hours ago, Peter & Kim said:

Hi,

 

I think its going to be by air, no furniture or anything like that. Just smaller stuff, tools, books etc etc.

 

Thanks for your answer, I´ll look in to it.

 

BR

Peter

I researched and worked out that for me, it was cheaper to just replace everything than it would be to ship it from Australia - obviously with the exception of sentimental items.    I'd recommend looking at that as an option, too.   I saved close to $900 on the shipping quote by spending $300 on repurchasing a bunch of books and such. 

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4 hours ago, Peter & Kim said:

Hi,

 

I think its going to be by air, no furniture or anything like that. Just smaller stuff, tools, books etc etc.

 

Thanks for your answer, I´ll look in to it.

 

BR

Peter

It may be an option to pay for a few extra suitcases or boxes on the plane if you're not taking much. Unless you're really attached to your things it will be a lot cheaper and less hassle to get rid of what you can. 

As a rough guide for what to expect - we shipped about half our belongings from a 3 bedroom semi-detached house with a shared shipping container and it cost five thousand in total. If it was just me I wouldn't have bothered but I have children. 

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I'm using Seven Seas Move Cube. A large cube from UK to CA is £2000 including the fee at the other end but not including insurance (about £200). This is freight and I have some small pieces of furniture along with personal belongings.

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