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Trusted with your shipments for over 25 years

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Enjoy 2 weeks FREE storage before and after shipping

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Trusted international movers for over 25 years

Whether it's a new career, an opportunity to study, or simply the desire to experience a different way of life, moving overseas is an adventure like no other. However, the thought of getting all your worldly possessions from A to B, especially when travelling a distance, can be daunting. Don't worry, though — the Seven Seas Worldwide's friendly team have been helping people move abroad for over a quarter of a century.

As one of the country's leading international removal companies, we specialise in door-to-door relocation shipping and own a vast network of depots covering countless destinations across the globe. With our extensive experience, we make the process of moving your prsonal belongings overseas efficient, affordable and stress-free, allowing you to spend more time on the things that matter, like finding your dream home and planning the perfect bon voyage party.

The MoveCube® — making overseas removals smooth sailing

The Seven Seas Worldwide MoveCube® is a shipping solution unique to our international removals company. Designed to provide your household items with ultimate protection and security on their travels, the MoveCube® is essentially your own mini shipping container delivered to your door, ready for you to pack. You can fill it with anything from bedding and clothes to your sofa and washing machine. Then, once you've completed the online documentation, our team will handle the rest, from transporting the MoveCube® safely overseas to seeing it through customs.

Here are just a few of the benefits of using this container for international removals:

  • No hidden fees: no one enjoys getting hit with extra charges at the end of an order — that's why our free online quote tool clearly itemises your purchase. Plus, instead of asking you to pay one lump sum in advance of delivery, we charge in affordable two or three-part instalments.
  • We own depots all over the globe: our vast network of our international movers spans from the UK to New Zealand, covering countless countries in between. As we handle the entire shipping process, we can promise that from the moment you place your order through to delivery, you'll be speaking with us and only us, and we pride ourselves on always delivering an excellent service.
  • Two weeks of free storage services: also included with your MoveCube® is two weeks of complimentary storage on either side of your relocation at one of our secure facilities.

 

Designed to provide your household items with ultimate protection and security on their travels, the MoveCube® is essentially your own mini shipping container delivered to your door, ready for you to pack.

See our international MoveCube® in action:


 

Our international relocation services in 5 steps

Number one

Free online quick quote 
Our instant quote tool provides a clear, itemised cost with no hidden fees or nasty surprises.

Number two

Pick your dates
When placing your order, choose the materials delivery and shipment collection dates that suit you.

Number three

Securely pack your items
We deliver your empty shipping boxes or MoveCube®, ready for you to fill.

Number four

We collect and ship
Complete the online documentation, then we'll collect your shipment and transport it to its destination.

Number five

Delivered to your address
Our team will clear your goods through customs, then deliver them safely to your new home.

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Popular countries our international movers serve:

Whether you're off to seek sun and sea on the Australian coast, looking for a little peace and quiet in the mountains of Canada or have found your dream job in the business hub of Singapore, our overseas moving company covers all four corners of the globe. Here are the most popular destinations we deliver to and from (and don't forget to check out our Customs Advice page for information):

 

MoveCube®: The ultimate guide to our international removals service

Starting a new life abroad doesn't mean you have to leave behind all your hard-earned and much-loved possessions. Instead, take them with you on your adventure using our International MoveCube®. It's essentially your own mini shipping container delivered to your door, and it truly is the easiest and most secure way to ship household items overseas.

Each MoveCube® can carry up to 1.25 tonnes, and there are three sizes available for you to choose from, Large, Medium and Small. We can also provide multiple containers for larger shipments. Here's a handy guide to help you estimate out how many you might need depending on the size of your property:

1 bedroom apartment: 1 Large MoveCube® and 1 Medium MoveCube®

2 bedroom apartment: 2 Large

2 bedroom house: 3 Large

3 bedroom house: 5 Large and 1 Medium

4 bedroom house: 7 Large and 1 Medium

5 bedroom house: 9 Large 

International removals to South Africa

 

What size is the MoveCube®?

Below are the dimensions for each MoveCube® size and the contents of their respective starter pack kits. However, if you decide you don't need as many containers or would prefer a smaller size, let us know a few working days before their arrival and we'll change your order for no additional charge. On the other hand, if there are a few extra boxes or bags you're unable to squeeze in, we'll send them using our overseas shipping service.

Large MoveCube®

Large MoveCube®*

Dimensions

H - 1.871m

W - 1.464m

L - 2.264m

B - 61cm

Includes

1 x measuring tape (3m)

1 x tape dispenser

1 x roll of brown tape

1 x box cutter knife

1 x black marker pen

3 x floor sheets

Medium MoveCube®

Medium MoveCube®*

Dimensions

H - 1.871m

W - 1.464m

L - 1.114m

B - 61cm

Includes

1 x measuring tape (3m)

1 x tape dispenser

1 x roll of brown tape

1 x box cutter knife

1 x black marker pen

3 x floor sheets

Small MoveCube®

Small MoveCube®*

Dimensions

H - 1.871m

W - 1.11m

L - 0.964m

B - 61cm

Includes

1 x measuring tape (3m)

1 x tape dispenser

1 x roll of brown tape

1 x box cutter knife

1 x black marker pen

3 x floor sheets

 *Please note, the MoveCube® is loaded from the side panel. 

More about your starter pack

Before our team of expert international removalists deliver your MoveCube®, one of the drivers will visit your home to conduct a site inspection and drop off your starter pack. This kit contains all the materials you'll need to safely and securely wrap your personal effects for their journey and is included with your MoveCube® order.

Brown tape

1 x brown tape 
Tape the bottom of your boxes for extra protection.

Bubble wrap

1 x bubble wrap (300mmx100m)
Use plenty to protect fragile items.

Packing knife

1 x knife 
For cutting tape and bubble wrap to size. 

Seven Seas Worldwide pen

1 x marker pen 
Please write your name and job number on every box.

Measuring tape

1 x measuring tape 
Measure items to check they fit the container.

Tape gun

1 x tape gun 
Great for quick wrapping and box assembly. 

Floor sheets

3 x floor sheets,
One for each MoveCube® size, lay flat and use as a guide to see how much they can fit.

What size are our purpose-built cardboard shipping boxes?

Our super sturdy boxes are another benefit of using Seven Seas Worldwide for your international removals. These containers are manufactured to our exact specifications from double-walled, chemically-hardened cardboard to ensure your personal effects maximum protection during transit.

Although we have bespoke boxes for particularly fragile or unusually shaped items such as bikes and TVs, the Large MoveCube® comes with our Large and Standard boxes — see below for their dimensions.

 

Large cardboard shipping box

Large box

External dimensions:

61 x 51 x 41cm / 24 x 20 x 16.14 inches

Best for:

  • Kid's toys
  • Clothes
  • Bedding 
Small cardboard shipping box

Standard box

External dimensions:

51 x 41 x 31cm / 20 x 16.14 x 12.2 inches

Best for: 

  • Files and papers
  • Books
  • Kitchen utensils 

FAQs about our relocation shipping services

Wherever you're moving, our trusted team of relocation specialists can deliver your belongings to your new home with minimal fuss and little effort on your part. Here's how it works in three simple steps:

Generate an instant quote: enter the to and from addresses and as much information as possible about the items you want to ship into our free online quote tool. Once you've got your clear, itemised price, place your order and choose a convenient date for us to deliver your starter pack and conduct a site check, and then a date for the delivery of your empty MoveCube(s)®.

Pack your boxes: next, carefully wrap your possessions and, if you've ordered a Large MoveCube®, pack them in the double-walled, chemically-hardened shipping boxes that come with your starter pack. On the day we deliver your empty MoveCube(s)®, you'll be allocated a time to load your boxes and any other items, such as mattresses, furniture or white goods, into the container depending on its size (the same process applies for unloading at the shipment's destination).

Complete the online documentation: lastly, fill out the documentation we'll send to your online Seven Seas Worldwide account, including a detailed inventory to record the contents of your shipment and optional insurance forms for additional peace of mind, then book a collection date. From there, our team will handle the rest, transporting your goods overseas, clearing them through customers and delivering them to your new address. Easy!

Due to their size and weight, we ship our MoveCube's® by sea — the least expensive mode of international shipping! However, you'll need to use our no-obligation quote engine or contact our multilingual customer support team for transit times, as these vary depending on the destination country and whether you would like us to deliver your shipment to your new address or the port for you to collect.

The best way to get the most accurate price for our overseas removals service is to fill out our free instant shipping quote form. Don't worry — it's quick and easy to submit and will give you a comprehensive breakdown of all the costs involved in our international moving service, including customs clearance, warehouse handling, and other related charges.

Unfortunately, many international moving companies either don't know or exclude certain destination fees from their quotes, leading to surprise costs down the line. However, Seven Seas Worldwide is committed to 100% transparency, and as our quality service is end-to-end, we can tell you exactly what all the costs are before you book.

Each country has its own list of prohibited goods that, unfortunately, you won't be able to take with you when relocating overseas. There are some obvious items that all destinations forbid, such as illegal drugs, firearms, explosives and counterfeit or pirated goods. But also some more uncommon restrictions, for example, both Australia and New Zealand won't allow the importation of pain relief head bags and China and Hong Kong have a ban on milk powder.

For a smooth and stress-free international relocation, we strongly recommend you look at our Prohibitive Goods page before starting to pack.

Loading your MoveCube® can feel a little like playing a giant game of Tetris. Don't worry, though, as below, we've listed our top five tips to help you get everything into the containers safely and securely. Plus, our drivers will always offer plenty of advice:

  1. Place the heaviest items, like your sofa, washing machine or fridge, on the floor in the centre of the MoveCube®, as this is where the box is most robust.
  2. Keep the load level and pad any gaps, for example, by using a mattress turned on its side, to prevent your goods from sliding about while at sea.
  3. When shipping to Australia or New Zealand, please place any shoes or boots in the white box provided with the soles facing upwards and load last. Ensuring these items are ready for inspection will make the customs process much smoother as these countries have strict regulations regarding importing items that might contain dirt and other organic materials.
  4. To avoid any confusion during the shipping process and make it easier for you to identify what goes where when unpacking, label at least one side of each box with your name, job number and a description of its contents.
  5. Although you can, of course, fill your MoveCube® with your own boxes, we highly recommend using the brand new, chemically-hardened cardboard containers we provide as they're specially designed to withstand long overseas trips.

Seven Seas Worldwide has been amazing throughout our whole international move where we required transport for our goods. Their MoveCube® service was exactly what we needed, and Carl's personal service was exceptional. Thank you, Seven Seas Worldwide!

Janet Swart Stoner

The simplest way to get items from one country to another. Everything ran smoothly, from the initial quote to the final delivery in the UK. I loved that I could track the ship that my MoveCube® was on. Highly recommended.

Gillian Ruthe Bush

We would highly recommend Seven Seas Worldwide for transporting your goods when emigrating. Their staff were friendly and helpful both in South Africa and the UK. The online system works very well, and the helpline is always available. Our goods arrived on time and all intact and I feel the MoveCube® is far more secure than sharing a container with another customer.

Michael Stephen Miles

 

4 most popular countries for expats

Seven Seas Worldwide is one of the country's leading international moving companies, helping over 40,000 people ship their belongings across the globe every year. Although no destination is too far, after compiling our 2021 Global Movement Report, our research found the top destinations for relocation are America, the UK, Spain and Australia.

So, if you're toying with the idea of starting a new life abroad but aren't sure where to head, here are some essential facts about these four expat favourites to help inform your decision. You can also find more international shipping information on our Customs Advice page. 

 

The USA

Still very much the Land of Opportunity, the States has a long history of welcoming immigrants with open arms, and a strong sense of community still runs strong in the hearts of its citizens, whether they live in a small town or the big city.

Types of visas: unlike some other countries, acquiring a visa in the USA can take up to a year. However, if you possess a skill an American company needs, they'll typically apply for it on your behalf.

Job opportunities: the idea you can achieve anything as long as you put your mind to it still plays a significant role in how American employers treat their staff. So, work hard, and you're likely to see your career flourish.

Healthcare: ranked amongst the best in the world, healthcare in the US is pricey, but most companies offer generous medical and dental insurance policies.

Education: American schools and colleges are world-renowned, excelling in extracurricular activities like summer camps which prepare children for life beyond formal education.

Lifestyle: from their burgers and highways to their friendly personalities and wide-open spaces, everything in the States is super-sized, and you'll certainly never get bored of living life like you're in a movie.

Spain

It's easy to see why this land of vibrant fiestas, mouth-watering delicacies, and laid-back living is popular with expats. Plus, no matter if you prefer bustling city life or relaxing in a sunny beach town, Spain has a dream location for everyone.

Types of visas: applying for a Spanish visa is relatively straightforward as long as you meet specific requirements such as proof of sufficient financial funds and a good health certificate.

Job opportunities: Spanish companies emphasise work-life balance, and most people take long lunch breaks and siestas. However, becoming proficient in the language will make finding employment much easier.

Healthcare: hospitals are well-equipped and staffed by highly trained doctors and nurses, and all primary care services are free.

Education: Spain boasts many excellent international schools, popular with expats as English is the primary teaching language and they use an internationally recognised curriculum.

Lifestyle: whether you're sipping vino on a balcony, topping up your tan on the beach or enjoying the vistas high up in the mountains, life in Spain is all about taking things slow and loving the outdoors.

Australia

The dream destination for many, especially young families, the idyllic beaches, abundant wildlife and easy-going vibe make living in Australia feel like one long holiday.

Types of visas: unless you're from New Zealand, you'll need to obtain a work visa to live in Australia, but once you've scored that job offer, the resettling process is pretty straightforward.

Job opportunities: businesses in Oz really care about their workers' rights. Not only were they one of the first countries to implement the 40-hour week, but they also pay the highest minimum wage.

Healthcare: their healthcare system is called Medicare, and it offers permanent residents a mix of free and subsidised treatments.

Education: children in Australia benefit from an outstanding school system that focuses on spending time in the Great Outdoors and offers lots of sports clubs and activities.

Lifestyle: thanks to the wonderful weather, being out in nature is an absolute priority for Aussies, and with such a vast country to explore, you'll never run out of adventures.

The United Kingdom

Not only do you get four countries for the price of one, but living in the UK also means you have centuries of fascinating history, miles of stunning countryside and more pubs than you could ever try a tipple at right on your doorstep.

Types of visas: if you're planning to stay in the UK for longer than six months, you'll need to get a visa, but there are several different types to choose from depending on your situation.

Job opportunities: thanks to a relatively stable economy and countless booming cities, it's easy to find a job in Blighty, although competition is fierce in London.

Healthcare: the UK is a global leader in medicine and home to some of the best hospitals you can find. Plus, once you become a legal resident, you'll have free access to the NHS (National Health Service).

Education: chock-a-block with renowned educational institutions, the concept of higher education practically originated from the UK, with Oxford and Cambridge consistently ranking in the top ten best universities in the world.

Lifestyle: although the Brits are known for their politeness, they do have a dry sense of humour, so prepare for regular banter sessions. Also, bring a brolly.