Shipping to 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. We ship household items and possessions to destinations all over the USA.
As members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI, White & Company have been providing a full removal and storage service to the USA from UK for the past eighty years. We have established partners offering temporary or long-term storage facilities should you require it.
White & Company provides professional shipping and storage services that are 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 anywhere hassle-free.
Why move to 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. Nationalities 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 families.
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 depending on which US 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 free 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 USA
Moving can be a very stressful experience but it needn’t be so. White & Company, with its 151 years of experience in the removal industry, have moved thousands of families to destinations all over the USA. We strive to make the whole relocation process a lot more manageable.
We can arrange a free no obligation quotation, which is carried out by one of our qualified surveyors. He/she 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. Following which you will receive a written quotation.
White & Company have local branches dotted all over the UK. We work closely 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 in 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 health insurance and medical bills are often very expensive.
Contact White & Company
For further information on our removals to the USA, 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 & Living in USA
Since the tragic events of 9/11, changes to US policy have resulted in far more selective immigration regulations. Unfortunately, obtaining a visa to work in the country is far harder as a result.
You can apply for several types of visas, including:
H1-B non-immigrant visa – suitable for skilled, educated people working for a sponsoring employer in specific occupations such as math’s, 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 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.
Most financial jobs tend to be stationed in 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.
For a list of the most in-demand jobs in the USA in 2023, visit the Grabjobs website here:
The following is a list of sites advertising jobs in the USA:
Best Jobs USA – this link is no longer working.
Reed.co.uk – www.reed.co.uk
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 will always be 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. It is advisable to recruit the services of local agents to guide you through the process. Your estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer must cover.
Zillow has a handy site with plenty of information about the buying process.
As for cost. You can expect to pay US$ 15,776 (£12,690) per square metre for an apartment in the New York City suburbs. A similar property in San Francisco would cost US$ 11,397 (£9,167) per square metre.
Well before you arrive in the USA, you must carry out some investigations in the area you are looking to move to.
The following realtor site may be of use: Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.
American Schools & Education
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 also 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 US16,000 per year.
The official currency in the USA is the Dollar ($).
The United States of America is a society of credit.
Most merchants in American cities are set up with the infrastructure for card, contactless and mobile payments. If you’re travelling to the States, you can use your Visa, Mastercard and American Express cards everywhere. Banks are common and ATMs are inside most corner stores as well.
For those who are emigrating to the USA, it is relatively easy to open a bank account. To find out how, just click here.
White & Company
International Removals to USA 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.
Popular Places to Relocate in USA
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Austin, Texas
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Chicago, Illinois
- Dallas, Texas
- Denver, Colorado
- Houston, Texas
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Los Angeles, California
- Miami, Florida
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Nashville, Tennessee
- New York City, New York
- Orlando, Florida
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Portland, Oregon
- Raleigh, North Carolina
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- San Diego, California
- San Francisco, California
- San Jose, California
- Seattle, Washington
- Tampa, Florida
- Washington, D.C.
- Boulder, Colorado
- Charleston, South Carolina
- San Antonio, Texas
- Santa Fe, New Mexico