Moving Home To The UK
How do I ship my belongings from overseas?
Probably the most popular question that lands in our inbox every day, private individuals moving home,
relocating for work, or just plain old returning to the UK to catch up on the rain, shipping what is your life
in cardboard boxes is a huge step and one for which you need the right partner.
Kleerfreight understand the importance and individuality attached to each of the removal shipments that
pass through our doors, be it help with customs clearing your belongings back into the UK or the
door to door services available both in and out of the UK you can rest assured you are in the right hands.
The first steps to moving your belongings around is to ascertain what you can and can’t take or bring
with you, something which may seem like an everyday item such as a cordless telephone may cause
your shipment to be stopped, unpacked and held in customs whilst the contraband is removed which
not only causes stress but costs both time and money, we suggest asking as many questions as
possible before you pack everything into your brown box world.
There are many prohibited items if you are travelling back into the UK, you can find a list of them on the
Government website : https://www.gov.uk/moving-to-uk
Most international removal companies will request a detailed inventory or packing list or what you plan to ship, again, before the collection is arranged it is good practice to send a copy for our inspection to make sure you are not going to end up with costly delays and fines.
We work closely with a number of the worlds leading removal companies and it is these links which enables us to provide competitive quotations, worldwide cover and local experience to get you moved safe and sound.
Once back in the UK, our electronic customs clearance links allow us to process personal belongings into most sea and air ports, when it comes to processing household effects and vehicles through the minefield of customs red tape we are the professionals used by the professionals!
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrival into the UK, you can import tax free not only your furniture and personal household belongings
but also vehicles too, there are rules and regulations which need to be adhered to but we can advise the best course of action to make sure the import process is handled in a timely and professional manner.
In early 2017 HMRC had a major overhaul on forms and paperwork require for what they now call ToR (Transfer of Residence).
Now you must apply to HMRC for approval to bring your belonging, pets, vehicles or vessels from overseas, this is in approval is requested by completing
the ToR01 form online, printing and posting to HMRC here in the UK. HMRC strongly recommend that you seek this approval before you start to move any personal property to the UK, they understand there may be many questions you can't answer at time of application but be truthful, give as much information
as possible and your approval should be forth coming very quickly.
The online form can be found here: Transfer of Residence Form
Please ensure before you use the online form that you read the guidance notes proved : Transfer of Residence - Guidance
You can feel safe in the knowledge that we have successfully handled thousands if not tens of thousands of personal effect customs clearances over the years, Kleerfreight is a name you can trust.