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Moving to the UK

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Wherever you go in the UK, most likely you are near one or two historical objects that you have read about or seen in the movies. The United Kingdom is made up of 4 co-equal sovereign nations: England, Whales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each state is striking in its uniqueness of nature and people, making the United Kingdom one of the most desired destinations to move to.

Moving to the UK can be somewhat difficult without thorough preparation. Do your research before and read our article All You Need to Know Before Moving to the UK to learn more about work in the UK, the healthcare system and private insurance, the cost of living in London, visa applications and what to expect from life in the UK.

In this article, we will cover everything that you need to know when moving to United Kingdom. Read till the end to avoid getting in trouble and pack your bag with only necessary and permitted items.

Moving to the United Kingdom with Hercules Moving Company

If you plan to move to the United Kingdom, you want to ensure that your possessions, goods, and personal effects are in good hands. That's why choosing an international moving company with a proven track record of success is crucial. Hercules Moving Company is an experienced and professional mover that offers comprehensive services for a smooth and seamless transition.

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The Quote

Hercules Moving Company offers several options for moving to the United Kingdom. Here are some of the choices you can choose from:

  • Door to Door: With this option, Hercules Moving Company will pick up your belongings at your doorstep and deliver them directly to your new home in the United Kingdom. This is a hassle-free and convenient option for those who want to minimize the stress of moving.
  • Door to Port: With this option, Hercules Moving Company will pick up your belongings at your doorstep and deliver them to the port, where they will be shipped to the United Kingdom. This is a good choice for those who prefer to save money on their move.
  • Groupage LCL: With this option, your belongings will be combined with other shipments to reduce the cost of shipping. This is a cost-effective option for those moving with limited belongings.
  • Full Container Load: With this option, you will have a dedicated ocean container for your belongings. This is a good choice for those moving with many belongings and wants the assurance that their belongings will not be mixed with other shipments.

The Move Process

We understand that moving can be complex and stressful at Hercules Moving Company. That's why we take the time to carefully plan and execute every step of your move, from origin to destination.

Origin Services

Before your move, Hercules Moving Company will assist you with the necessary origin services, including custom crating, insurance, and preparation of your belongings for shipping. This will ensure that your belongings are protected during transit and arrive at your new home in the United Kingdom in the same condition they left in.

Origin Documents

Hercules Moving Company will also assist you with the necessary origin documents for your move to the United Kingdom. This will ensure that your move goes smoothly and that your belongings are cleared through customs quickly and efficiently.


Once your belongings are prepared for shipping, Hercules Moving Company will transport them to the United Kingdom. Whether you choose ocean or air freight, you can be confident that your belongings will be handled with care and arrive at your new home in the United Kingdom on time.

Destination Services in the United Kingdom

Upon arrival in the United Kingdom, Hercules Moving Company will provide destination services through its network of local agents. This includes delivering your belongings to your new home, unpacking, and setting up your belongings in your new home.

Book your moving service to the United Kingdom with Hercules Moving Company and enjoy a smooth and stress-free transition to your new home.

Moving to the UK by Sea Freight

If you have decided to move to the UK by sea freight, depending on the quantity that you are shipping you can choose between two shipment types.

Moving to the UK by Air Freight

The fastest way to move to the UK with household goods is via Air Freight. In a matter of days, your shipment will be waiting for you in the UK without having to wait for weeks to furnish your new home.

Sea Freight
Air Freight
Sole Use Container
Shared Container

Those who are planning to move all of their household goods to the UK, send their items using the FCL (Full Container Load) shipping method. Full Container Load allows you to have an individual container filled exclusively with your valuables whether it’s full or not.

There are 3 different container sizes to choose from when moving to the UK:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube

In case there is no need for the full container, you can always relocate using the Shared Containers shipping method. If you are moving to the UK with only the most essential household goods, forgotten or some additional furniture, sharing a container is the best way to do so.

Groupage Shipping

When moving to the UK using groupage, shipments that have the same destination are being collected and consolidated by the moving company to be moved together. Groupage shipments give an opportunity to the senders to split the costs, making an affordable way to move overseas.

Your shipments will be held in the storage until the moving company gathers enough shipments to be combined and sent together, which can potentially take quite some time.

LCL shipping

When shipping to the UK using the Less than Container Load method, your moving company will craft a custom wooden crate/lift-van for your household goods that will be passed on to a freight forwarder to be shipped overseas with other shipments in one container.

Sole Use Container

It is known that the fastest way to move from one place to another is by plane. Therefore, shipping your household goods by air freight is a convenient way to move to the UK if you need your items quickly and with minimum wait time. Your cargo will arrive in the UK in a matter of days. Choose one of the following shipment sizes when moving to the UK:

20 ft Container
40 ft Container
40 ft High-Cube
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Door to Port vs. Door to Door Moving

There are 2 ways to move to the UK with the Hercules Moving Company:

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Door to Port

When choosing a door-to-port service to move to the UK, Hercules Moving Company will pack and deliver your items to be shipped to the UK’s port where your belongings will await to be collected. The door-to-port method is often chosen by those who inquire for more control over their shipments.

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Door to Door

Many choose door-to-door shipping service, the moving company will be responsible not only for assembling, packing and shipping your household goods to the UK but also for arranging the delivery, unpacking and disassembling of your valuables upon arrival.

Moving household goods to the UK

Customs Regulations
Restricted and Dutiable Items
Prohibited Items
Shipping a Car to the UK
Moving a Boat to the UK
Moving Pets to the UK
Electronics in the UK

Customs Regulations

Items that are imported into the UK as household goods can be duty-free through Transfer of Residence relief when matching the following conditions:

  • Be owned and used by the shipper for at least 6 months before shipped
  • The customer/shipper is moving to the UK with an intention of becoming a resident
  • The customer/shipper has lived for no less than a year outside of the UK and EU before importing the household goods
  • Do not exceed the personal allowance for imported goods
  • [Any CITES goods with permits (if required). Note that if you own any CITES goods, ensure that the port you are shipping to will allow importing through them. Since January 1, 2021, only particular UK ports can do so, for the full list of authorized ports visit GOV.UK

Restricted and Dutiable Items

Any goods imported into the UK which exceed the personal allowance, are banned/restricted or for sale/business use must be declared ( 5 days before arrival if online) and are subject to import duties and VAT ( non-EU countries, terms apply). Refer to Bringing goods into the UK for personal use for more information.

  • Alcohol allowance:
  • Beer - 42 litres
  • Wine (still) - 18 litres
  • spirits and other liquors over 22% alcohol - 4 litres
  • sparkling wine, fortified wine (for example port, sherry) and other alcoholic drinks up to 22% alcohol (not including beer or still wine) - 9 litres
  • You are allowed to split this last allowance, for example, you could bring 4.5 litres of fortified wine and 2 litres of spirits (both half of your allowance).
  • Tobacco allowance:

    1. You can bring in one from the following:
    2. 200 cigarettes
    3. 100 cigarillos
    4. 50 cigars
    5. 250g tobacco
    6. 200 sticks of tobacco for electronically heated tobacco devices
    7. You can split this allowance - so you could bring in 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars (both half of your allowance).

  • Other goods allowance is £390 (£270 if brought by private plane/boat)
  • Food products (terms apply)

Prohibited Items

When moving to the UK, you need to be aware of what you can not take with you. Here is a list of strictly prohibited items to import to the UK:

  1. Drugs and narcotics
  2. Firearms without a shotgun permit
  3. Explosives and fireworks
  4. Pornographic materials and horror comics
  5. Stabbing and cutting objects (Flick knives, martial arts weapons, butterfly knives)
  6. Counterfeit currency
  7. Radio transmitters and cordless telephones are not approved in the UK
  8. Animal products including meat and poultry.
  9. Plants and plant products including trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit, bulbs and seeds
  10. Animals, living or dead (e.g., stuffed animals)
  11. Parts and products derived from protected species ( ivory, fur skins, reptile skins etc.)

Shipping a Car to the UK

Moving a car to the UK for personal use is free of duty providing that you have lived outside of the UK and EU for more than a year, a C384 form must be completed. If the customer/shipper is re-importing the car that has been already registered in the UK a C179B form must be completed. The following documents must be submitted:

  1. Declare vehicle in ToR1 (Transfer of Residence relief) application.
  2. Original invoice of purchase
  3. The certificate of ownership of the vehicle
  4. Certificate of insurance
  5. Invoice of maintenance

If your vehicle is not registered in the EU, you must get your vehicle approved first. Any car that is moved to the UK must meet environmental and safety regulations. In order to do so apply for either Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) or Motorcycle Single Vehicle Apploral (MSVA)

Moving a Boat to the UK

Shipping a boat to the UK is quite similar to shipping a car, you also will be required to declare your boat in the ToR1 form with the detailed boat description. The boat could become a subject of quarantine depending on the marine environment of your home country.

Moving Pets to the UK

When wondering how to move pets to the UK, you need to remember the following pets restrictions and prohibitions:

  1. A valid pet passport or a health certificate
  2. Proof of rabies vaccination
  3. Pet must be microchipped, or tattooed (terms apply)
  4. Customs Form C-5
  5. Dogs must have a tapeworm treatment
  6. Band breed dogs: Pit Bull Terrier and some related dogs, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro.

Note that if you do not comply with these requirements, your pet will have to guarantee for up to 6 months in an authorized facility. All the expenses will be paid by the owner of the pet. Prohibition of the dog depends rather on the way it looks and acts than the breed or name.

Electronics in the UK

When packing home to move to the UK, remember that you might not be able to use your electronic devices due to plug and voltage differences. The UK uses G type plug and is powered by 230v.

If moving from Canada to the UK or from the US to the UK, it is better to sell your electronic appliances and buy new ones in the UK.

How We Work

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Crating & Taxidermy
Fine Art Moving
Fragile Packing
Furniture Handling
Furniture Protection

Hercules can build custom measured crates and containers to meet your specific long distance shipping needs. If you are moving, and have a taxidermy collection, the experts at HMC can help. Our crateless system is effective for securing any type or size of trophy.

Hercules goes the extra mile to ensure that all of your most valuable art is protected. Expert wrapping and packaging methods start the highest quality moving & packing materials. Our mover training program ensures that every team has an expert who can safely pack any item so it arrives in the same condition it left.

To avoid damage to fragile items during a long-distance move to your new residence, office or storage unit Hercules will use all the right materials and implement the proper packing techniques for maximum protection.

With the right training and proper equipment, your furniture will be handled safely in any situation.

Not all furniture is the same size. Hercules uses various materials to prepare furniture for moving: moving blankets, cardboard, bubble wrap, or alligator wrap. HMC movers and packers will pack your furniture the right way.

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Packing Options

Based on our customers needs we have created 3 Packing Packages you can choose from, it is also fine if you pack yourself.
$14 - $300
Selected Items Packing
Great for people who want to pack themselves, however wish not to risk for valuables
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • Art / Statues
  • Antique Furniture
  • High Value Items
from $500
Full Packing
Get an all-inclusive service, you wouldn’t even dream about doing something
  • Kitchen Packing
  • Closets Packing
  • Knick-Knacks Packing
  • Packing of Everything Else
$300 - $900
Fragile-only Packing
Great for people with a lot of crockery, glass cabinets or just fragile items
  • Glass/Fragile Furniture Packing
  • Extra Fragile Items Crating
  • Pictures Packing
  • Kitchen Packing

Why Choose

Hercules Moving Company?

Besides the standard coverage we do provide the Replacement Value Protection plan for our clients. The charge is dependant on the value of the items to be moved. Hercules Moving Company is 100% Bonded & Insured.
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Assembly Disassembly
We know how hefty and hard could be the moving day, and dismantling and assembling the furniture not the pleasant things to do when you are tired. We have you covered, and can put all furniture together quick & with no damage.
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Dedicated Coordinator
When you become our client, you become part of our family! Every client assigned a moving concierge, anything you need from charges explanation to organizing the supplies delivery or debris removal, just inquire your moving coordinator.
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Packing Materials
Every single move includes the protection via Heavy Duty Moving Blankets & Stretch Wrap. However, we also carry great variety of materials, virtually for any piece of furniture. We also offer custom crating/packaging solution.
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Free On-Site Estimate
We understand that you might not have time, or your property is too large for the phone conversation. We provide both Physical & Virtual on-site estimates, for your convenience.
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Upfront & Transparent
We tend to provide as much accurate estimates as possible. At the same time we will inform you on potential charges that might happened in certain situations. If you have a question, just give us a call at (844) 462-6683.
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What Clients say About Us

Anastasiya Mamayeva

These guys are amazing. They are fast and reliable. They are reasonably priced compared to other big companies. They moved 3br appt on a very short notice with no extra charge. All my furniture arrived in the same condition as before the move. I would definitely recommend them!

The Hercules moving team conducted themselves in a very professional manner. Upon their arrival they were quick to introduce themselves. My piano was carefully wrapped before moving it. Once at its destination the moving team decided on the best way to move my piano into its new home. They laid mats along their route to protect my flooring. They had to move some furniture out of their way. Throughout the entire process of moving the piano they were very careful with the piano and my home. They recommended putting some coasters (which they had on hand) under the wheels of the piano to protect my flooring before taking it off of their mats. After unwrapping and disposing of all of the wrap they made sure I was happy with the placement of the piano before considering their job complete. Even took the time to move back all of the items they moved out of their way, no matter how small. Overall I was very happy with my experience with Hercules Moving Company. I highly recommend them.

Great moving experience with the best Scarborough movers I have ever met in Toronto. Arrived with a team of 3 guys and moved a 4500sq2 house within 8 hours. Amazing service!

Donald Quan

I used Hercules for a non-piano move for the first time from their Storage Toronto. I expected only the best service from them as I’ve experienced how they treat Concert pianos and they delivered 100%. The time and cost they quoted was exactly what it took. They really know how to quote their services. No surprises....so rare in a moving company. They came over-prepared with blankets, stair coverings, wrappings, mega tape. They were not about to let anything happen to my valuable stuff. Best movers I’ve ever used.....they almost take moving to an art form.

Joanne Peddle

The team at Hercules are amazing! I used them to move my 4 bedroom home and everything went very well. These guys are incredible, they never stopped and where so careful with everything. Thanks so much for making my move fantastic!!!!

These guys did a great job. Very professional, quick and also careful. They clearly knew what they were doing as I imagine moving a grand piano isn't the same as moving a couch.

Karolis S.

I couldn't have been happier with my move. It went way better than I expected. Everything was perfect from time of "my guys" arrival till everything was totally finished and cleaned up - beds and dining room table put together. All I can add is, if you're moving, call Hercules - the best Victoria movers. Thank you to all of you for a wonderful move!

Leandro Baldassarre

They showed up on time and worked ultra quick. We had a lot of sensitive equipment and they took extra care to ensure it was all moved safely. I highly recommend them for any commercial move.

Have used Hercules Moving for 2 work related circumstances. Extremely professional, cautious and timely. I would have no hesitation to recommend this company to others. They are my go to company from now on.

We were looking for help moving between cities and Hercules provided us with stellar service. They were communicative with us and easy to reach leading up to the move to answer any questions. The Victoria movers arrived early and they were efficient, polite, and careful. Hercules took the stress out of the big move and I would recommend them to everyone and anyone! Well worth the money :)

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