Contemplating packing and undertaking international removals to another country is quite a daunting task.


Even deciding what to take or what to leave behind can be difficult and stressful.

In order to help you decide on what to keep (and transport) and what to leave behind (and sell), the Emigration Store has created a highly-complex, precision tool to help you decide whether your family heirlooms, or simply just well-loved pieces of furniture, should be 'shipped or tipped' – introducing the unique Emigration Store Removals equation!

Emigration Store Removals Equation

M = cost of transporting this piece

B = cost of buying new in your destination

S = how great is the family sentimental attachment

E = how much it can sell for on ebay

D = decision

'Head' Vote


(B - E) - M = D


If D > 0 then you should keep it and ship it

If D < 0 then you should sell it and buy new

'Heart' Vote

If S + D > 0 then keep

If S – D = 0 then keep

If S – D < 0 then sell

What's Involved?

When deciding on moving abroad, the international removals process will involve a variety of different stages, some more complex than others.

From the initial consultation, assessment and advice, through the packing and transportation, the navigation of the customs in your new destination (sometimes a fraught and opaque process if you are moving to a less-developed country) to the safe delivery of your precious possessions outside your new front door or to your temporary storage, knitting everything together into a seamless, professional service takes considerable skill and experience.

Some decisions that will need to be made:


What do you want to take with you, do you want a complete/partial packing service, what materials do you want used to pack your things?


What is the most cost-effective method of transport given your budget and size requirements (using air freight for all your possessions to Australia can be eye-watering in cost); what is the likely time scale for transporting your goods to your destination (road transport is usually door to door but sea transport can be door to port – which can be problematic if you are moving to Alice Springs!); do you want to divide your things so that you take some essentials by air freight and then wait for the bulk of your things to arrive by sea?

You may not have thought about taking your car with you but, depending on where you are moving to, it may well be extremely cost efficient. A lot will depend on how easy or difficult it is to get your car imported and registered in your new country and how expensive the local car market is.which-side-of-the-road-driving-ad-smaller

If you are moving to Australia, the fact that they also drive on the left makes taking your car from the UK more attractive as a long term option. If you are moving to a left-hand drive country (check out the link, right), you may want to consider buying a left-hand drive car in the UK and shipping it. 


The considerable cost of insuring your goods can sometimes come as a bit of a surprise and can even have an impact on the decision whether to take or leave certain items. Whilst it may be a common assumption that you have to take the insurance policy that your removal company may suggest, in fact you can take out your own removals insurance policy.


Will you have a place to put your possessions when they arrive in your destination? If you are renting then it is likely that you will need a local storage solution for your possessions, especially if you are shipping most of your things by sea to Australia for example. Depending on your final location and specific requirements, it could easily take 12-14 weeks for your things to arrive and you may not need/want to unpack them all into your temporary home, preferring to wait until you buy for example.