Ray,It's time for us to start researching shippers from the Eastern US to France. So far, we've been moving via checked luggage - everything from pots & pans, sheets & towels, etc. to our house in the Dordogne. We've also purchased furniture in France, so we only need to move a few things. When we do move, the contents will come in VAT free as it's all older (much older) than 6 months.
We're looking at moving some medium-sized things like a couple of small pieces of family heirloom furniture, 2 trail bicycles, artwork, and heavier small things like my wife's favorite cast iron skillet <s>.
From what folks have said, a modest container might work. I have a few questions:
- Does anyone have names & contact info for container shippers you've used? Any recommendations of who to use or who to stay away from?
- Does the shipping company pack or do we?
- Are there different sized containers? If so, what are the sizes?
- How does one get the container contents from the port of entry to one's home (in our case, in the Dordogne)? Are the containers delivered or do we rent a truck and re-pack it all into the truck?
Thanks, in advance, for your assistance.
Check out the use of "lift vans" - they are wooden boxes which fit exactly into containers so you simply pack the number you need to make up the shipment. You can then easily share a container. Lift vans can be delivered to your house to pack, then sealed and shipped and delivered without opening.
If you pack yourself you will only be insured against total loss, damage etc is not covered. If the shipper packs it you can get complete coverage.