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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:03 AM
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How much does it cost to ship furniture overseas?
Is it worth it for me to try to take my furniture with me when I move to Europe? We're talking about basically Ikea furniture--nothing pricey, but nicer than dorm furniture, too. Is it more cost-effective to just go over with my clothes and buy furniture there?
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lil-petunia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:06 AM
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1. order a container. Start packing. They are not that expensive,
but be ready for delays. The worst is not the trans-atlantic voyage. That takes days. The problem is getting your container to the proper ship. private, single containers go by train, and therein lies the problem. Unless you have the clout of UPS or the Post Office, or other major shippers, you are on the bottom of the totem pole. It may take three months to get your container trucked to a train depot, loaded, then sent across country to a port. ONce there, getting it onboard a ship will also take time.

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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:10 AM
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3. Thank you very much for the information.
I appreciate it! :)
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lil-petunia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:15 AM
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7. well, honey and I are joking about moving, but
we will slog it out here.

two years at least.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:21 AM
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10. I won't survive another 2 years.
I don't belong here anymore.
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MercutioATC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:39 AM
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14. Check import duties, though...
Edited on Thu Nov-04-04 10:40 AM by MercutioATC
They're usually reasonable, depending on where you're going and what you're shipping.
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short bus president Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:07 AM
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2. Uh-oh!
Moving to Europe, are you? The Sun God will be angered. </quagmire>

:P

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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:14 AM
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6. I have to.
I can't stay here anymore. I'm too tired to fight for another four years. And I don't think it will do any good anyway.

I hope to leave in 6 months. All that's holding me back is finances.
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Donkeyboy75 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:10 AM
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4. How long are you going to be over there?
It cost us $2100 to move furniture from Chicago to Ireland...but they did the packing for us as we were insanely busy at the time. If you're only going to be there a semester, though, it's probably not worth it. They took our stuff in mid-August and it's not arriving until next week.
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:11 AM
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5. Forever.
So based on your post, I'm thinking it's worth it. Thank you! $2100 is much less than what I was thinking. And I'm on the East Coast, and I'll be packing it myself. Thanks very much.
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Village Idiot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:18 AM
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8. It'll cost you
about $1000 for a container, then whatever duties you pay at the other end...
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:20 AM
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9. Thanks very much.
I really appreciate the information. :)
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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:24 AM
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11. You're also going to have to deal with a custom's broker
on both ends.

Email me privately and I'll put you in touch with my husband who worked for almost 30 years in international shipping and can get you current rates and regs.

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China_cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:33 AM
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12. Oh yes, don't even bother
to take anything electrical unless it has a variable transformer that will allow it to switch to 240V 50hz. For those, you are better off selling them and using the money to help you get where you want to go.

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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 10:33 AM
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13. Store It... Sell It... Buy New Stuff.
Edited on Thu Nov-04-04 10:33 AM by arwalden
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 12:03 PM
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17. Things are so much more expensive over there, though.
The quotes I am getting in this thread are leading me to believe I would be better off shipping it. It would certainly be easier to buy new stuff though--and more fun. :)
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 11:04 AM
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15. Are you going away to Spain
When you get your money saved? :P
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 11:16 AM
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16. Heh.
Actually, that's funny. That's exactly where I might be going. It's between Spain, France, and Italy.
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 12:29 PM
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19. Are you done with sergio?
:P
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Phillycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 12:31 PM
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20. I should hope so!
He treats me like a ragdoll, you know.

I'm taking the goddamn TV, too.
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Texasgal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 12:33 PM
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21. HA!! HA!!
Glad to see there is still a bit of humor around here today!
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JCMach1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-04-04 12:25 PM
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18. sell and buy new ikea over there... what's the point???
only pack the heirlooms
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