Shipping from London, UK

les1

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I'm moving full time to Rio San Juan from London, England in the summer of next year.
I'd really appreciate any good shipping company (household effects).
Preferably door to door but I know that may be difficult.
Thanks
 

4*4*4

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Contact someone repositioning their yacht for the season. Mediterranean to Caribbean is quite common at this time. I suggested this to a friend and they moved two rooms of furniture from Nice to St. Bart's for less than 20% of what they had been quoted.
 

LTSteve

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I'm moving full time to Rio San Juan from London, England in the summer of next year.
I'd really appreciate any good shipping company (household effects).
Preferably door to door but I know that may be difficult.
Thanks
You can google moving companies and probably find a lot of info on shipping from London. Do you own a home or are you renting? You might think about selling some of the furniture and buy it in the DR. It just may not be the right fit for the DR. Are you retiring here? Have you looked into what is needed for the residency process. This starts in you home country gathering the right documents, getting them translated and certified. Good luck.
 

DRDreamer72

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We are using a company called Whites in the UK. Have used them for UK-UK moves before and they were very good. Offered us a 'door to door' full pack and unpack service for what we felt was a reasonable price.
Can't comment on how well it actually went as the stuff is in storage while we find a place to live long term.
 

william webster

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I always suggest making a connection at the RD end... to facilitate entry, customs, etc.

If you are getting residency, you will get a 'tax free' shipment within the first 6mos of your residency.

Hispaniola Freight on the RD end is one suggestion..... ask White's for their ideas.
 

drstock

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When I moved to the DR from the UK I came with just one suitcase and put all my household effects into storage - just in case I couldn't bear it here and wanted to return. Five years later and I have just disposed of all my things in England. It worked out much more cost-effective and easier to buy everything I needed here. It's an eye-opener how many of those treasured items you have been keeping you really don't need at all.
 

les1

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I have to decide whether to bring furniture or just more treasured items, like books, some cooking equipment, antique mirrors and collectable artifacts etc. Especially things that are hard or impossible to get in the DR.
I'm leaning towards the latter. I make furniture so I can make high quality things in a European style so that helps.
I'm going to go from room to room and drawer to drawer and make a list of the things I really really do want to bring. It's been a hard choice because I've been living in the same place for 30 years.
 

Pansy

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We shipped a small container (half size?) about eight years ago. We used Pickfords, they were brilliant and well worth the money. I would choose to put different things in my container had I known then what I know now e.g. Patio, rattan, type furniture is half the price from Argos than anything you can buy here.

The Pickfords service packed up for us, took everything through customs delivered to the house and unpacked at this end. We took out their insurance which seemed expensive but we had to make a claim (C.Ds went missing, presumably at Customs) there was no hassle at all and a very speedy pay out.

If the stuff is important enough to move go for a quality service rather than the cheapest.
 

4*4*4

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Pansy, if I may, is half in relation to standard 20 foot cargo dimension or different metric entirely?
 

Pansy

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I thought there were only two sizes of shipping containers, ours was the smaller of the two. Sorry if I confused.
 

les1

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Well I got some prices.
The cheapest door to door were:
20' container ?4-?4,500
10@ container ?2,500 - ?3000
Part load not door to door only to Rio Haina. Minimum 72 cu ft ?852 plus any port/import fees