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Moving To Austin From UK

Moving To Austin From UK
Moving To Austin From UK

Moving to Austin, Texas from the UK

Moving from the UK to Austin, Texas? Austin, Texas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Home to the famed SXSW music festival, Austin offers an incredible combination of food, music and culture. 

As you prepare to move from the UK to Austin, you will have a lot of decisions to make. You may not need to learn a new language, but there are some things you will need to know to meet the legal requirements to bring your belongings with you. What should you bring with you? How can you import a vehicle and household goods into the country? 

The purpose of this guide is to help make importing your goods from the UK to Austin, Texas a smooth and easy process. 

Keep in mind that vehicles in the UK are built differently, and your vehicle will likely need modifications to comply with US safety standards. 

Here’s what you need to know: 

Importing a Vehicle into the US


When importing a vehicle into the US, there are two major considerations: emission standards and vehicle safety. 

Emission standards

Emission standards are set by the Environmental Protection Agency. If a car is imported into the US, it must be certified by the EPA to comply with their emission standards. Since most vehicles produced outside of the US are not automatically certified, imported vehicles must be inspected for compliance and repaired or modified as deemed necessary. 

Safety standards

Your vehicle will also be subject to a safety inspection that looks at basic components of the vehicle, checking that seat belts, wipers, head lights and other necessary safety measures are installed and functional. This inspection will determine if the vehicle is ready to be driven in the US, or if additional repairs or upgrades are needed. 

Any vehicle imported into the U.S. must have a clean title with no liens. You will need to pay a duty, which is generally around 2.5% of the value of the vehicle, though there are some exceptions. More on that later. 

Importing Household Goods into the US

For the delivery of your vehicle or household goods, there are several transport methods you can choose from. Goods can be transported by ground, sea, or air, but most household imports moving overseas are transported by ship. Although enclosed shipping methods are recommended to those moving overseas, open air methods are still available. Depending on your needs, this may be a more economical option. Both methods are considered safe and are protected by insurance coverage. 

Customs Duty

You will need to declare and pay customs duty on goods you move into the US from other countries. Some countries are exempt from this requirement due to international trade agreements, so make sure to research current regulations. Goods valued below $800 are not subject to customs duty. 

Want a Stress-free Way to Import Your Belongings? Hire A Shipping Company 

At A-1 Auto Transport, we understand how overwhelming it can be to handle the complex requirements for shipping your belongings overseas. We have a top-notch team of international shipping experts ready to make your import or export easy and painless. 

If you’re planning to ship a vehicle or household goods from the UK to Austin, look no further than A-1 Auto Transport. Complete the form at the top of this page to receive a free overseas shipping quote. You can also get in contact with our international shipping specialists or give us a call. We’ll walk you through your options for overseas vehicle transport and assist you with all the paperwork, helping you achieve a carefree moving experience. 

 

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.


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Mylene Rutllant
It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
★★★★★

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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Luis Rodriguez
You have my full support and recommendation!
★★★★★

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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Cristine Benoit
I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
★★★★★

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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David Osallo
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10!
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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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