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Specialists in Shipping from the UK to the USA

At John Mason, we have a wealth of experience in Shipping to the US and other worldwide destinations. Whether you’re considering relocating to the US or Australia, we can handle your move in a professional and friendly manner. We provide a complete international removal door to door service, including full export packing and loading. This service is carried out through origin, shipping, customs clearance, delivery and unpacking at your chosen destination. If you are looking for storage at either your origin, or delivery destination, we can also provide this.

Now is better than ever to consider relocating from the UK to the USA. Providing great opportunities for emigrants from the UK, the US truly does offer the opportunity to live in a culturally diverse society.

Moving to the US Post Covid-19

Established in 1884, John Mason International Movers has seen the world around us change daily. As a business, we are continuing to evolve to ensure we deliver a first-class international removal service, making your move to the US and other countries as seamless as possible. Fast forward to today, we are now the UK’s largest international removals companies, moving around 10,000 people internationally each year. We can guarantee that if you are planning on moving to the US, post COVID-19, we can make your international move far easier.

Moving to the US post COVID-19 can feel daunting due to the current circumstances. However, considering the Government guidelines in addition to the British Association of Removals (BAR), we can gladly confirm that we are in fact fully operational. The safety of both our customers and employees, is our number one priority. Therefore, we have introduced several new safety measures to ensure we are Covid Secure. The international removals service to the US remains to be in place, and our process remains to be safe and sound! International removals to the US are a viable opportunity despite the current pandemic, and we can assure you that your move will be smooth sailing.

About Florida

Florida is the southernmost state in mainland USA, hence its nickname ‘the Sunshine State’. It is also the third largest state in terms of population, and names Tallahassee as its capital. Florida’s location allows the state the longest coastline in the mainland of the United States, and as such there are tonnes of beautiful beaches. Moving to Florida would be highly recommended for those looking to relocate to somewhere that is rich in tourism, agriculture and transportation industries.

Suburb Profiles

Tallahassee is the state capital and is home to Florida State University. The city has a large student population; around 36% of inhabitants are students. Tallahassee also plays host to many notable institutions such as the Florida State Capitol, the Supreme Court of Florida and the Florida Governor’s Mansion. Industry in the city is largely professional, hosting several law firms, lobbying organisations, trade and professional associations, including the Florida Bar and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Orlando is known as the “theme park capital of the world”, with many attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and a whole host of water parks. Orlando is another large student destination: The University of Central Florida is the largest university campus in the US in terms of student population. Additionally, Orlando is one of the busiest cities in the US for conferences and events and is home to the 2nd largest American convention centre.
Miami is a major port city on the Atlantic coast and is home to a large port for cruise ships, often considered to be the best in the world. With regards to industry, Miami is a leader in finance, commerce, media, entertainment and the arts, and of course international trade. many sizeable national and international organisations have a Miami office, and the city has the highest concentration of international banks in the USA.
Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by population and is the largest in mainland USA by land area. Jacksonville is home to a major military and civilian deep-water port, and thrives in the industries of banking, healthcare, insurance and logistics. There is also a strong tourism industry, particularly in golf-related tourism.

Getting Around in Florida

Transport in Florida is good, with rail services operating not only within the state but also intercity, connecting Florida with states as far as Virginia and New York. Florida has 131 public airports, 7 of which are large international airports, and between them they offer countless domestic flights for travel within the US. If you are considering moving to Florida, transport will most certainly not be a concern for you!

Things to Do in Florida

The world-famous amusement parks may be a huge tourist attraction. But that doesn’t mean locals can’t enjoy them too! Once you have made your big move to Florida, take a trip to Disney World or one of the water parks for a fun-filled family day out. We’d also advise making sure you don’t become complacent to the stunning beaches Florida has to offer, with their white sand, clear blue waters and constant sunshine. You can also head out onto the water for some boating, fishing, or to enjoy the maritime wildlife. On Merritt Island, the Kennedy Space Centre is an educational and fun place to spend a day. People travel long distances to visit the renowned space centre, so if you’re local to the state it’s certainly worth a trip.

Interesting Facts

  • Located on French Reef in Florida Keys, the Benwood is one of the most dived shipwrecks in the world.
  • The Saint John’s River is one of very few rivers that flows north instead of south.
  • Key West has the highest average temperature in the United States.

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FAQ

British nationals can relocate to the US via several options, including employment-based visas, family-sponsored visas, investor visas, participation in the Diversity Visa Lottery, obtaining student visas, and engaging in exchange visitor programs. Each of these pathways comes with its own set of qualifications and procedures for application. Staying up-to-date with evolving immigration regulations is crucial, and seeking advice from knowledgeable professionals here at John Mason can provide accurate guidance throughout the process.

Relocating to the USA without a job can be challenging, but there are options available. One of the options to consider involves entering on a tourist visa, though this allows only a limited stay and no work authorisation. Another promising route is enrolling in and attending a U.S. educational institution on a student visa. This pathway may offer opportunities for limited on-campus employment and Optional Practical Training in the US post-graduation. There are many other visa pathways that do not hinge on a permanent job offer, we recommended to thoroughly investigate these options to determine the most suitable visa based on your individual circumstances. It’s important to factor in the diverse legal regulations surrounding a move to the US before making any decisions. Whether you’re aiming to relocate for career prospects or a fresh beginning, our international removals service provides comprehensive assistance to ensure a seamless transition. Our knowledgeable international removals team is available to address any inquiries you may have.

The cost of moving to the USA can vary depending on a variety of factors such as, transportation method, distance, and relocation specifics. Expenses to consider include visa and immigration fees, travel costs, shipping and transportation methods, housing costs (including deposits and rent), cost of living variations across regions, healthcare and insurance costs, immigration and legal fees, and miscellaneous expenses like driver’s license fees. It’s crucial to thoroughly research and plan your move while considering these factors to create a tailored budget. Additionally, you can use our Instant Online Quote generator, to obtain a ballpark figure for your move to the USA and compare the cost of shipping versus replacing items. For a more accurate quote, you can arrange a free home survey through our services. For further guidance, explore our expert online moving guides.

Before considering your move to the USA, it is important to research your visa requirements carefully. There are plenty of online sources for reliable information including the US Customs Office. Having all your documentation in order will make your move a lot easier. At John Mason International Movers, we can provide expert advice on visa requirements for moving to the US and guide you through the process. Our experienced Move Managers are on hand to assist with any questions or queries you may have and can help ensure that all necessary documentation is in order before your move. We understand that the visa application process can be daunting, which is why we aim to make this process as stress-free as possible for our customers.

John Mason offers two main shipping options for moving from the UK to the USA. The Full Container Load (FCL) service is recommended for those who are moving the majority of their household contents. With FCL, you will have exclusive access to your own 20ft or 40ft container which is loaded and sealed at your property in the UK. As a general rule, the contents of a three-bedroom house will fill a 20ft container. Alternatively, our Groupage service is ideal for those who are not taking a large volume of effects with them. A few shipments are ‘grouped’ together, which means that you can split the freight costs between other consignments. This option is usually less expensive for shipping small or part house consignments. Our experienced Move Managers can provide expert advice on which shipping option would be most appropriate for your move and guide you through every step of the process.

When planning your move from the UK to the USA, there are several important factors you need to consider. Firstly, ensure that you have the appropriate visa and immigration documents in place, given the complexities of the U.S. immigration system. Research and understand the cost of living in your chosen American city or state, including housing, healthcare, and daily expenses, as they will likely differ from the UK. Health insurance is crucial due to potentially high medical costs, and this isn’t a common expense in the UK. If you’re moving for work, research job opportunities and the job market beforehand, if you haven’t already secured a position.

Deciding whether to rent or buy a home requires careful consideration, including neighbourhood and school options for families. We recommend taking some time to acquaint yourself with American social norms and customs. If you have school-age children, familiarise yourself with the U.S. education system. Our team of international removal specialists at John Mason are always on hand and happy to help with any questions that you may have.

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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