BAR Overseas members are certified and annually inspected to strict standards to ensure they are qualified and experienced in international moving, giving you peace of mind you're choosing a reputable mover and that your advance payment is protected.
With so much choice out there when it comes to international removals it can be hard to try and narrow down your choice of mover to a reputable, qualified company that ticks all of your boxes - especially when time and money are of the essence. Luckily, however, there are ways to avoid falling into the traps often experienced, and one thing you can do to make sure you’re in safe hands with a removal company is check whether they are an approved member of the British Association of Removers (BAR) Overseas Group.
What is the British Association of Removers? (BAR)
The BAR is an independent organisation dedicated to promoting professional excellence in the removals industry by developing and maintaining professional standards and services for the benefit of customers and it's Overseas Group are members that are specifically approved for International Removals.
What does being a BAR Overseas Group member mean?
The main benefits to you of choosing a BAR removal company are:
1) All BAR Members are pre-vetted and must abide by a strict code of practice
The code of practice is monitored by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and international movers must meet its strict criteria before becoming an approved BAR overseas member. They are also audited every year to ensure they continously meet the high standards. The code dictates:
- The standards of service the company should provide
- The quality of packing materials that should be used to pack and protect your items
- The standards and safety of their vehicles and warehouses
- How staff are trained
- What will happen if something goes wrong.
Therefore, by using a BAR registered removal company, you can be confident that they will be properly and professionally equipped to carry out your move – whether that be domestic, commercial or international.
2) Independent Dispute Resolution
And if it still all goes wrong? Don't worry, although poor service or mistakes are the exception rather than the rule, in the event that something DOES go wrong, the BAR provides advice and support should you experience a problem with your BAR removal company through their Independent Alternative Dispute Resolution Service to ensure a fair resolution.
So if you want your move to run smoothly, ALWAYS check that the removal companies you’re receiving quotes from are members of the BAR.
p.s. Did you know there is a BAR Overseas Mover of the Year Award? ....
...and we're very excited that Bournes are the BAR Overseas Mover of the Year 2017! Find out more.