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Stress-free International Removals from the UK

Moving abroad is a significant life change, often filled with excitement, anticipation, and admittedly, a bit of stress. But with John Mason International, we aim to make your international removals from the UK as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Our team of experienced professionals understands the complexities of international relocations. We offer a comprehensive range of services suited to your specific needs, ensuring a seamless transition to your new home, no matter where in the world that may be.

From the moment you contact us, we take the time to understand your requirements, providing expert advice and guidance every step of the way. Our services include everything from packing and transportation to customs clearance and delivery to your new residence.

Overseas Removals in 4 Steps

John Mason International removal and shipping company will assist you with overseas removals in 4 steps:
1. Book and schedule your international removal service online
2. A skilled surveyor provide a survey to discuss your removals and give you a quote
3. A team of removal experts will bring all necessary packing materials
4. They will pack, load, move, and unload your belongings at your desired overseas destination

Our International Removal Services

Every year, we carry out the international relocation of household effects and furniture for thousands of individuals from the UK to various global destinations. We understand that each move is unique, and so we offer a choice of transport options to best suit your needs.

We can immediately ship your belongings by air for a quicker arrival, or we can transport them by sea for a more cost-effective solution.

International Removals by Sea (Sea Freight)

Sea shipping is the most popular and cost-effective method for moving household effects internationally. There are three main methods for overseas removals:

Full Container Load (FCL) – this involves access to your own, exclusive use container. The contents of a three bedroom house can usually fit into a 20ft container.

Shared Container / Groupage Service – this is useful for removals overseas if you are sending a selected number of items or if you haven’t got enough to fill a full container.

Baggage Service – this service is usually used for sending a single item e.g. suitcase or a few items.
The choice of method depends on your budget and the volume of goods included in the move.



International Removals by Air (Air Freight)

Air freight is a faster service than sea shipping and is useful for smaller shipments or essential items needed immediately upon arrival, such as clothes or baby equipment.

It’s also beneficial for employees on short assignments where the assignment length is less than the sea freight journey time.

Air service can be cost-effective for larger shipments if the destination is inland or far from a seaport, but it’s generally more expensive due to airline fuel costs and the labour involved in preparing the consignment for air shipment.

Despite the higher cost, the shorter transit times are a key benefit for many people.

All air freight consignments are export packed, enclosed in specially made tri-wall cardboard cases, and then palletised for transit.

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Areas for Removals

We have two main depots that cover a wide range of areas.

Our Northern Depot is strategically located in Liverpool, Merseyside. This allows us to efficiently serve the northern regions, ensuring that we can reach our customers and provide them with our top-notch removal services.
Similarly, our Southern Depot is based in Hemel Hempstead. This location is ideal for covering the southern areas, allowing us to extend our removal services to a larger customer base.

Whether you’re in the north or the south, you can rely on us for all your removal needs. We’re committed to providing excellent service, no matter where you are.

Areas We Ship To


New Zealand



South Africa

Middle East

Central and South America

Rest of the World


Why Choose Us for Your International Removals

When it comes to international removals, John Mason International stands out for a multitude of reasons. Here’s why we are your best choice:

Keeping Costs Down

With over 100 years of experience in the industry, we have honed our skills to provide the most efficient services. This efficiency translates into cost savings for our customers, making us a most-trusted partner for your international move.

Your Belongings Are Safe With Us

We take pride in our work and handle your belongings with utmost care. Our diligence in packing and transportation techniques minimises the risk of damage to your items.

Customs Experts On Hand

Our team of specialists are well-versed in the intricacies of international customs regulations. We guide you through what you can and can’t take, ensuring a smooth transition across borders.

We’re Here to Ease Your Stress

Moving to a new country can be stressful and uncertain. But with John Mason International, you can be rest assured knowing that our dependable team is there to support you every step of the way.

Overcoming Logistical Challenges, It’s What We Do

Unreliable service providers can cause logistical challenges and timing issues. Our proven track record in handling complex moves ensures that your relocation process will be handled with expertise and precision.

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Get in touch with our international removals team and start your new life!


International Removals FAQs

Are there companies that help you move abroad?

Yes, John Mason International specialises in international relocation. We offer services such as packing, shipping, customs clearance, and more

What do international movers do?

International movers offer a broad selection of services including packing of household goods, moving items to the departure port, shipping by sea or air freight, customs clearance and paperwork, and delivery to your new home

Is international moving expensive?

Yes, international moving can be expensive depending on various factors, but John Mason is cost-effective due to our efficiency and experience. We also pride ourselves on our flexible service with options to suit any budget.

What is the cheapest way to move items overseas?

The most cost-effective method for moving items overseas is typically through sea freight. This is because ocean freight costs tend to be lower than air freight. However, the exact cost can vary depending on various factors.
One of the ways to save on sea freight costs is by choosing between shared containers and whole containers. Shared containers, also known as groupage, allow you to share space with other customers, which can be a more affordable option if you have fewer items. On the other hand, whole containers are exclusively for your items, which might be a better option if you have a larger volume of items to move. At John Mason International, we offer both options to best suit your needs and budget.

Can I ship furniture overseas?

Yes, we specialise in shipping furniture overseas to a range of destinations worldwide. Use our handy instant quote tool to see how much it would cost to ship your furniture overseas

How long does it take to move furniture overseas?

The average transit time for moving furniture overseas via sea freight is typically around 4 to 8 weeks. However, the exact time can vary depending on various factors such as the distance and the specific shipping service used. For more information about how long it will take, get in touch.

Our Accreditations

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals and relocation services on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on offering a professional and friendly service. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies and are proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent. In 2023, we became the most trusted moving company in the UK.
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Some of our Customer Reviews

The packers were careful, quick and courteous. I highly recommend this company and would definitely use them again! Efficient, polite, punctual: could not ask for more.

Hertfordshire, UK to Virginia, USA - March 2023

From start with Michelle to finish with Gill the level of service was excellent. John Mason and its international partners handled my move from Devon to Australia seemingly effortlessly. I couldn't ask for better.

Devon, UK to Perth, Australia –April 2023

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

Yorkshire, UK to Sydney, Australia - March 2023

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