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Choose a ‘bonded’ removals firm for international moves says Robinsons

People planning to emigrate are being urged to protect themselves from disaster if their removals company goes bust mid-move by choosing a firm with British Association of Removers’ (BAR) overseas bonding.

People planning to emigrate are being urged to protect themselves from disaster if their removals company goes bust mid-move by choosing a firm with British Association of Removers’ (BAR) overseas bonding.



According to the UK’s leading overseas removals specialist Robinsons International, few people are aware of the financial bonding scheme, which works in a similar way to the better-known ABTA protection for holidays by making sure customers don’t suffer if their removals company goes into liquidation.



But by choosing a bonded company like Robinsons, they can ensure that their payments – which are always made in full, in advance for [international moves|http://www.robinsons-intl.com] – are protected. It also means that if a company goes under while their goods are in transit, arrangements will be made for the move to be completed.



Ian Brown, Robinsons’ Head of International Moving, said: “One of the biggest things people should be thinking about when planning a move is protecting themselves against anything going wrong with the Office removals company they use, especially in the current economic climate.



“If the company goes bust mid-move and they have not provided a financial risk guarantee, the customer may lose their money. If their goods happen to be in transit, they will also have to pay someone else to continue their removals – if their goods can be recovered, that is.



“There are more than 6,000 moving companies in the UK, but fewer than 100 offer this advance payment guarantee. Firms may say they are members of the British Association of Removers, but our message to people who are moving abroad is that they should also check that the company they use is a member of BAR’s overseas group.”



Robinsons has also warned that the credit crunch is driving some smaller firms to take bookings for international removals, when they normally wouldn’t, and then bring in a second company to help.



“The company that gives the quote won’t necessarily administer the removal and that means customers might unwittingly be using a removals firm that doesn’t have the overseas financial protection they need,” adds Ian Brown.



To become a member of the overseas group, removals companies have to meet strict standards and undergo regular inspections. Robinsons International is a member of BAR and a founder member of the internationally recognised industry associations OMNI and FIDI.



The company specialises in worldwide and European removals and relocations, as well as UK moves. Robinsons does everything from residential moves to business moves and corporate relocation, as well as shipping antiques and new furniture all over the world.



The comprehensive service includes specialist packing, storage and transporting and the firm’s website, http://www.robinsons-intl.com is a mine of information for anyone considering a move.



There are tips for moving with children and pets, advice on how to de-clutter before a move and checklists for the countdown to a UK or worldwide relocation.





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