Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

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Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby KSG » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:02 pm

Does anybody have experience with Allied Van Lines?
They seem a reputable company judging by their web site:
http://www.allied.com/DesktopDefault.aspx

We are moving from New York to Austria in June and are starting to solicit bids. Allied is one of the companies we invited and they offered to come to the house to see the goods. I also invited the four listed here as reputable, but I want to keep my options open.

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby farrah7031 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:31 pm

Yes, any of the major van lines can do international shipping (United, Mayflower, Allied, Atlas, North American, etc). Have them send a local agent to come and do an in home estimate for you.

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby KSG » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:53 pm

Thanks. I pretty much knew they can, but I was wondering if anybody has concrete experience with them/knows if they have a good reputation?

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby farrah7031 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:24 pm

Which agent are you referring to? What's the name of the actual local company?

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby KSG » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:33 pm

I don't know, I solicited Allied Van Lines for a bid, and they responded and are sending me an agent to look at the stuff tomorrow. I did not know they have various sub-companies. I will ask tomorrow what the local affiliate is.

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby farrah7031 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:35 pm

They should have said who the agent is. Did they give you a phone number or address?

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby farrah7031 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:36 pm

This is a list of companies, listed by state, that we have received reviews on.

Here is a link for New York:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 1631#61631

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby KSG » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:47 pm

Wow! Long list. Thanks for that. I may not have been paying attention when they mentioned it. They did give me the agent's first name and a phone number to call in case I had to reschedule.

Tomorrow I will make sure to ask who they represent and will check if they are on the list.

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby UK-Agent 007 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:59 pm

Hi,

June will be a busy period for most agents as it is during the summer period. Allied Van Lines is a reputable agent, and it would very much seem likely it would be handled by a subcontracter in the US, ie Rainier (not saying it will).

Once forwarded to the subcontractor it will then be loaded into a container, whether it be a consolidated service or full container.

Once en-route to Europe, you should be advised of your destination agent who will handle the custom clearance and status updates on your hosuehold effects.

Once it has cleared and has arrived at the destination country of port, it would then go to through a procedure where the container would be cleared and released from the port authorities.

If your shipment is going direct into UK or France, which I would presume would be the case, make sure you advise your agent what floor and access restriction in Austria is, as I do know that majority of the roads in Austria is quite restricted. A shuttle vechile in Europe is very expensive if paid directly to the DA.

Also, see if you can hassle with your agent to include these "port/security fee" in the contract, although if they won't include, be expecting to pay around £50-60 / 100 Euro's additional.

The custom documents you will need to complete if via the UK is a HM C3, which is quite simple to complete. Please note any alcohol or "gifts" or any items you have bought within the last 6 months will be liable for duty and vat.

Hopefully the above should answer any questions which may be impending, but if there is any other questions, give us a bell

KSG wrote:Does anybody have experience with Allied Van Lines?
They seem a reputable company judging by their web site:
http://www.allied.com/DesktopDefault.aspx

We are moving from New York to Austria in June and are starting to solicit bids. Allied is one of the companies we invited and they offered to come to the house to see the goods. I also invited the four listed here as reputable, but I want to keep my options open.
:wink:
Beware to whom you move with!!!

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby KSG » Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:31 pm

Hi Farah, I now have the name of the subcontractor of Allied International: It is Reliable Van & Storage Co., Inc. in Elizabeth, NJ

www.reliablevan.com

Their man was just here and seemed pretty knowledgeable.

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby farrah7031 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:36 pm

This is what we have about them:

--Reliable Van & Storage (Allied) in Elizabeth.
CAUTION: there is a scam company called Reliable Moving based in NYC that has copied Allied's orange trucks and tries to confuse people:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 2255#52255
The Reliable Van company in Elizabeth seems to be respected by industry professionals, and it has very good to excellent quality scores from the van line. It is large, with 80-100 trucks. It reportedly focuses on international moves, being well located near the airport and port.
One person ("pacerfan577") gave Reliable Van a bad review for what was probably a local move, but the move was in 2003 and I think the report should probably be disregarded:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 3592#23592 (local)
"elletrod" reported in 12/06 that an estimator for the company, Christian Ohm, was unprofessional, failing to show up for a scheduled appointment and then evading her phone calls and lying about it:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10735

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby KSG » Wed Mar 28, 2007 6:40 am

Thank you. In fact Christian Ohm was also the person who came to my house yesterday, on time, and he was very professional.

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby Diane » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:49 am

I'll add that information to the Superlist to keep things balanced. The rep could have had friction with that one customer.
Diane
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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby lhliang » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:37 am

Hi, thank you for all the great msgs. I am moving to Hong Kong in June and have narrowed down my choice to Allied Van Lines and Rainier. I'd love to get more feedback on those 2 companies and their agents/contractors. In Northern California, Allied uses Nor-Cal. Farah, any comments on Nor-Cal?
The lady from Nor-Cal came to my apt on Friday after an initial phone call on Thur. She showed up at the exact time she promised, which impressed me. She seemed professional and told me that she had many corporate clients.

Is it possible to make the moving companies to send me binding estimates? Don't want to be hit with a bill that is substantially higher than the estimates?

Thanx!

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Re: Any feedback on Allied Van Lines? (for move from New York to Austria)

Postby farrah7031 » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:47 am

http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8038
That's a list of all of the reviews in California.

--NorCal Moving Services (Allied) in San Leandro and Burlingame.
Again, this was one of the companies recommended by the CMSA. Some of its fleet is committed to hauling loads for the van line. As of 9/06, the San Leandro office had an overall quality score from the van line of 4.39 out of 5 (between "very good" and "excellent"). "PMueller" (working for Allied in FL) posted that NorCal has a strong hauling fleet and does many relocations for national accounts handling corporate transferees:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 9925#59925
"BigLeeCalif" (working for a competitor) posted that NorCal is very large and specializes in office rather than household moves:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 0150#10150
We have a good (second-hand) report for a move within CA:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... 7040#37040
Two people ("Chuck" and "Sheryl") posted that Nor-Cal estimated the weight very high for an interstate move:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtop ... =4405#4405 (this was a company-paid move, which could have been the reason)
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=219
However, another person ("JimSmith") posted that Nor-Cal's quote was his lowest, and he went with them but unfortunately never came back with a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4199 (interstate)
"Mary" also went with them for a CA to NY move but never came back with a final report:
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6539 (interstate)
Another person posted that NorCal was going to use Reliable Van & Storage in Elizabeth, NJ as the destination agent, and people raised questions about Reliable (MC #139328):
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=168
However, others have posted that Reliable is a very good agent.
"John Sab" posted in 11/06 that his estimator from NorCal Burlingame was "rude":
http://www.movingscam.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10430


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