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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.

Moving to Philadelphia

As the birthplace of American independence, Philadelphia is one of the country’s most historically significant cities. It is rich in heritage and culture from the Liberty Bell to the striking murals that brighten the streets. ‘The City of Brotherly Love’ is a welcoming place with a diverse, friendly and down to earth population. Each distinct neighbourhood has its own treasures to discover, from Irish pubs to Italian markets.

The city has America’s first stock exchange and a mature, robust economy based around well-established sectors such as law, medicine and education. There are also many national company headquarters based in Philadelphia including Comcast and Amtrak. Living costs compare favourably to other large US cities, particularly nearby New York and Washington DC. With warm sunny summers and crisp snowy winters, Philadelphia is the perfect year-round city for expats moving to the US.

Suburb Profiles

Just eight miles northwest of Philadelphia, Narberth is a quiet, tucked away suburb with a strong sense of community. It’s location in the sought after Lower Merion school district make it a great choice for families moving to Philadelphia. It also boasts a sprawling park and charming old fashioned cinema.
Upper Makefield
The attractive leafy streets of Upper Makefield, close to the Delaware River, are just 34 miles from Philadelphia. The areas residents are justifiably proud of their rich local history and stunning open spaces.
West Goshen
In the picturesque Chester County, West Goshen is a green and pleasant suburb less than an hour from the centre of Philadelphia. It is home to some of the area’s biggest employers and the nearby West Chester town centre has a great choice of shops and restaurants.
Huntington Valley
Huntington Valley is a quiet community in Montgomery County, ideal for those seeking space and solitude within reach of the city. It has some of the best performing schools in the state and there is also the beautiful Pennypack Creek which runs through Lorimer Park.

Transport / Getting Around in Philadelphia

The 25 blocks that make up the main city centre are easy to navigate by car or foot. The Delaware and Schuylkill Expressways are the main routes into the city by road with the Vine Street Expressway linking the two across the city. Many of those who are moving to Philadelphia choose to commute via public transport all overseen by the city’s transportation authority, SEPTA. There is a fast and reliable light rail and subway system, both of which are popular commuters. There is a comprehensive bus service with 117 routes around the greater Philadelphia area and several intercity routes departing from the Philadelphia Greyhound Terminal.

Leisure Activities and Things to Do in Philadelphia

The Liberty Bell Center contains one of America’s most famous historical artefacts and you can find out all about the key role Philadelphia played in the Revolutionary War both here and at the nearby National Constitution Center. You can visit the very place the Declaration of Independence was signed at the impressive Independence Hall. Philadelphia is bursting with culture and the stunning Museum of Art boasts a vast collection including 18th Century Pennsylvanian arts and crafts and the adjacent Rodin Museum has the largest selection of the artist’s work anywhere in the world. Reading Terminal Market is a must for foodies with a huge variety of local produce and exotic edibles. The enormous Fairmount Park is the perfect place to unwind with breath-taking walking trails, beautiful rivers and lakes and historic mansions and is also home to the impressive Philadelphia Zoo.

Interesting facts about Philadelphia

Philadelphia was the capital of the United States for several years following the declaration of independence.

  • The very first American flag was designed and sewn by Betsy Ross in Philadelphia in 1777.
  • Philadelphia is a historic city and home to the nation’s first library, zoo, university and bank.
  • Philadelphia has more public art than any city in the country, including thousands of murals courtesy of the city’s mural arts programme.
  • The world’s first fully electronic computer was completed in Philadelphia in 1946.

Our Credentials

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals services on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and friendly service from ourhighly trained and competent team. We have been recognised as one of the leading international moving companies by the networks below and we are, therefore, proud of our credentials and the quality standard they represent.
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Some of our Customer Reviews

If anyone asks me to recommend a removal company, you and your team are absolutely first on my list. You guys have been super helpful plus, all the way from initial contact to the end and so approachable.

Surrey, UK to Sydney, Australia - December 2020

We have been so impressed with the care taken and the quality of packing, and also realise perhaps how lucky we have been to instigate the move when we did, and then to ask John Mason to do it for us.

D.P. Leeds, UK to Perth, Australia – November 2020

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.

Selby, UK to Sydney, Australia - September 2020

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