Overseas Removals

Relocating Overseas?

At Hackworthy & Sons, we have spent over 40 years shipping our clients effects around the world. We offer a range of transit options to meet the budget and needs of our customers.

Our experienced and dedicated staff will be on hand through the move to advised on the most appropriate shipping method, the best way to prepare your effects for transit and preparing documentation.

We’ve helped hundreds of clients move to a range of locations across the globe, so wherever you’re moving to we can find a removal solution to suit you.

Worldwide Removals by sea, road, train and air

Shared or Exclusive Sea Containers

Groupage and Baggage Service

Professional Export Packing Service

Crating Service for antiques and pictures

Full Marine Insurance

Storage Options

By using our network of partners we make sure that your shipment is dealt with professionally and efficiently. So we always recommend a door to door service for international relocations. As well as receiving the best service in the UK, you’ll have help with customs clearance and unloading and unpacking your belongings. We’ll even make sure that all the used packing materials are taken away so you can focus on making your new property a home.


With our Groupage Service, you share a container with other people. The advantage of this is that you just pay for the space you use (subject to minimum charges).

We collect your goods and arrange for delivery to our shipping agents. The containers won’t be shipped until they’re full, so it usually means you’ll have to wait for your belongings to arrive (although if you’re relocating to a popular location, it often doesn’t take much longer than if you had a dedicated container).

Dedicated/Exclusive Use Container

Shipment by exclusive use container is a direct door to door service and therefore provides the quickest transit time and is one of the best shipping options if you are looking to ship a large volume of goods; normally at least a 2 bedroom house.

Depending on the volume of your belongings they will be loaded within an exclusive use 20, 40 or 45-foot high cube container which will be sealed and transported to the port for shipping to your destination on the next available vessel. 

At the destination port, we will have arranged for the container to be customs cleared, delivered and unloaded at your residence. 

Baggage Service

If you’re just looking to send a few items overseas our baggage service offers an affordable solution.

We can send between 5 - and 20 boxes by either Sea or Air freight to any destination around the globe.

Sea Freight: This is normally to cheapest option but shipment can take up to 12 weeks

Air Freight: This service costs more but delivery timescales can be between 7  and 14 days.

How to Works

  • We’ll deliver boxes and packing materials to you.
  • You pack your belongings (you’ll need to make sure all your boxes are suitable for a one man lift – take a look at our packing tips for advice).
  • We’ll collect the boxes, and depending on the service you’ve chosen we’ll either take them to our warehouse for consolidation or send them on to your new location straight away.
  • We’ll help with customs and quarantine clearance and provide kerbside delivery at your destination.


If you need your belongings transported overseas quickly, talk to us about options for airfreight.

This is a great service if you are looking to send a "Survival Shipment" ahead of your main consignment, ensuring that your essentials arrive at your destination shortly after you. Our crew will prepare your airfreight shipment while they are packing and wrapping your main consignment of household contents.  This will ensure your items are professionally wrapped and fully insurable. 

We offer a door to door service ensuring your effects clear customs and quarantine in a timely manner.

Client Testimonials

I would like to take this opportunity of thanking you and your team most sincerely for the excellent service by Jason and Steve who carried out the move.

Nothing was too much trouble.... they were extremely helpful, courteous and polite.... and certainly made what is generally known to be a most stressful experience somewhat pleasant!

I certainly would have no hesitation in recommending your company to any of my friends or colleagues who need removal services.

Keith, Plymouth to Plymouth

A very quick email regarding our recent move....Simply put Ollie and Josh were brilliant. They turned up and immediately set about getting us packed.

Throughout the move they were polite, friendly and worked incredibly hard. We couldn't have asked for two better chaps to help us with our move and the breathtaking amount of stuff we've accumulated!

Matthew, Plymouth

I was very impressed with the service and all the staff. The office staff were friendly and helpful over the phone/via email, and the removal team were one of the best we have ever used. 

We have moved 14 times and had some very poor experiences, we had two exceptional experiences prior to this one, and now we have had three exceptional experiences. We were very happy with the move and all the staff and I hope we let them know how pleased we were. I would definitely use them again if needed.

Sue, Truro - South Brent

The Hackworthy ethos far exceeds a customer's expectations. We have used you twice for ourselves, and you recently moved our friend - but had to go through me for the whole aspect of the removal service due to her work commitments - not once did any of your staff call or email her with anything - she said it was the most stress free move she has ever done in her life. 

Thank you Hackworthy's. Wish there were more companies with your attitude to the unexpected!

Mark, Exeter - Barnstaple

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