Shipping to the USA
Looking to live out the American dream in the USA? Whether you are looking for full container shipping to New York, or a part load to Indiana, White & Company operates as part of an international removals network, shipping household items and possessions to destinations all over the USA.
As founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI, White & Company have been providing a full removals and storage service to the USA for the past eighty years and have established partners offering temporary or long-term storage facilities should you require it.
White & Company provides a professional shipping and storage services that is reliable, cost-effective and responsive to its customer’s demands. From London to Los Angeles, or Newcastle to New York, rest assured White & Company can get your belongings there hassle free.
Why move to the USA?
As a country founded by immigrants, it will perhaps come as no surprise to find that the USA continues to be one of the most popular expat destinations in the world. Many expats from all over the world come to the USA in search of the ‘American Dream’ of greater economic opportunities and a better life for their family.
Despite the negative impact of the global economic recession, the USA continues to be the world’s largest economy by GDP and Americans continue to have the highest average household and employee income among developed nations.
The sheer size of the nation means that climate, communities and living standards can vary drastically in the US depending on which State you are in. This increased size also tends to mean property sizes are far bigger and cheaper compared with most developed nations in Europe.
Social integration is said to be made easier for Brits thanks, in part, to shared history and values. However, there are some important differences be aware of. Religion and patriotism play a massive part in American society for one. The mix between high educational fees and the absence of universal health coverage is also unsettling for many. With an entrepreneurial spirit and culture of independence however, the USA continues to entice expats from all corners of the globe.
Transporting My Effects To the USA
Moving can be a very stressful experience but it needn’t be so. White & Company, with its 145 years of experience in the removal industry, have moved thousands of families to destinations all over the USA and can help make the whole process a lot more manageable.
We can arrange a free no obligation quotation, which is carried out by one of our qualified surveyors, who will be able to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have. The surveyor will then undertake a thorough survey to determine the volume of effects you will be shipping to the USA, following which you will receive a written quotation.
White & Company have local branches dotted all over the UK and work with industry partners in the USA to provide an exceptional shipping, packing, storage and delivery service to anywhere on the map. At each branch our team will have a wealth of removals knowledge and can liaise with our other branches to make sure your move runs smoothly. As well as taking care of your house move, White & Company are also able to offer a whole range of other services, including marine insurance and vehicle shipping.
Healthcare For The USA
One of the biggest shocks for British expats moving to the USA is the absence of universal medical care in the US. Unless your employer, as part of your relocation, pays for healthcare you will be expected to pay out for coverage for you and your family.
There are state-funded assistance programmes in place — Medicare and Medicaid — for the disabled, poor and young. However, most will have to pay out for their own coverage and medical bills are often very expensive.
Contacting White & Company
For further information on our removals to the USA, to start your new job, or any other international destination, contact our international office on 01489 858685. Alternatively complete the form below with your details and we will contact you.
Working and living in the USA
Since the tragic events of 9/11, changes to US police have resulted in far more selective immigration regulations, making obtaining a visa to work in the country far harder than before.
If you want to work in the US you can apply for several types of visa, including:
• H1-B non-immigrant visa — suitable for skilled, educated people working for a sponsoring employer in specific occupations such as maths, engineering, law or medicine
• H-2B — designed for temporary non-agricultural workers and available for foreign workers doing seasonal work where there is a shortage of local workers
• J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program — aimed at people looking to study, teach or carry out research
The ‘green card’ (I-551) is the most desired visa and grants permanent residency. You can obtain a green card through a job or job offer, provided there aren’t enough US workers who can do the job. There is also the annual green card lottery where each year 55,000 people win permanent residence.
Working in the USA
Americans value hard work and people often work up to 40 hours per week with annual leave as low as two weeks in certain jobs.
The job market suffered during the recession and a number of key industries, including the manufacturing and factory industries at the heart of the ‘rust belt’ region of the USA has continued to be adversely affected.
However, unemployment is falling, and opportunities are becoming available once again. Most financial jobs tend to be stationed on the East Coast cities, such as New York and Boston. Whereas, innovative technology start-ups, such as those in the famous Silicon Valley of California, are found on the West Coast, in cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle.
Other areas where the USA job market is in need of workers, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are nursing, accountancy, software development, retail and mechanics.
The following is a list of sites advertising jobs in the USA:
Best Jobs USA
As a general guide you will find property prices are influenced by location and demand with your choice of location influenced by your place of work. Rental and property prices are higher in major cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The process of buying any type of property or land in the USA is strictly regulated and so it is advisable to recruit the services of local agents to guide and advise you through the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.
You can expect to pay US$ 10,250.00 per square metre for an apartment in the New York City suburbs. A similar property in Texas would cost US$ 2,400.00 per square metre.
When conducting a search for a property in the USA the following realtor site may be of use: Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.
The US boasts some of the most successful educational institutes in the world. The Ivy League institutions of Yale and Harvard are two of the most prestigious and well-regarded universities in the world. Obtaining a place is highly competitive, not to mention incredibly expensive, unless a place is awarded through scholarship.
There are a large number of good local public schools for English speaking expats to send their children. These schools are free and it gives expat children the opportunity to have more interaction with children in the local neighbourhood. Competition for places is fierce however and is usually determined according to geographic location.
There are also a number of international schools and colleges that offer a very good education for all. Students at international schools in the USA can be taught in English and a foreign language and can follow the curriculum back home. However, good international schools can often have long waiting lists and are expensive, costing on average around 14,000 per year.
The official currency in the USA is the Dollar ($). When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life. White & Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm (foreign exchange company) to help you get the best deal possible.
Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account:
White & Company
International Removals since 1871
We recommend a visit from one of our Surveyors for all International moves, so that we can assess your requirements, and the volume of goods to be moved.
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What Others Say…
Wayne Middleton and Brian Witherford were professional and extremely helpful. Did a brilliant job. Would recommend Whites to anyone. Thanks very much.
Have used this company regularly for 5 years including my time in the armed forces. They are professional and efficient. Will use them again on our next move.
The move went very smoothly and they were very polite.
A very smooth move by White and Co. The team worked very hard and were polite, professional and helpful.