Guest Blog - Ant Austen, White & Co

In this month’s guest blog, we speak to Ant Austen, Operations Manager at White & Co. In this article, Ant explains why using a Guernsey removals firm can bring added peace of mind when relocating to the island.

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19 February 2024

Are you considering making the move to the beautiful island of Guernsey? As you plan this exciting transition, one crucial decision you'll need to make is whether to enlist the services of a Guernsey-based removals firm or opt for a UK-based one. In this blog, we'll explore the compelling reasons why choosing a Guernsey removals firm might be the best decision for your relocation.

Key things to consider:

  • Guernsey businesses are not liable for VAT: By selecting a Guernsey removals firm, you can wave goodbye to the added expense of VAT charges that a UK-based firm would incur. This financial benefit alone can significantly ease the overall cost of your move, leaving you with more resources to settle into your new island home.
  • Knowledge of Guernsey road laws: Guernsey removals firms have a unique advantage in their intimate knowledge of the island's road laws, vehicle restrictions, and the challenges posed by its narrow roads and lanes. These firms operate with specially designed vehicles that ensure your move is not only efficient but also in compliance with Guernsey's specific road regulations. This expertise minimises the risk of delays and complications that might arise from a lack of familiarity with the local conditions.
  • Customs procedures: They understand the intricacies of Guernsey Customs and can guide you through the process, ensuring that all necessary forms are correctly filled out. This proactive approach eliminates the potential hold-ups that could occur if customs paperwork is not in order or if you inadvertently ship items that are not permitted on the island.
  • GEMS: To further streamline the process, Guernsey-based removals firms utilise the Guernsey Customs GEMS software to upload your forms promptly, guaranteeing a smooth and hassle-free importation of your goods. This level of attention to detail and commitment to a seamless relocation experience sets Guernsey removals firms apart from their UK counterparts.
  • Moving schedule: These local experts will provide you with a clear picture of the moving schedule, allowing you to plan your personal travel accordingly. While they acknowledge that unforeseen events like weather disruptions, ferry breakdowns, or vehicle issues in the UK may affect the timeline, they ensure that you are well-informed and prepared for any potential challenges.

In conclusion, opting for a Guernsey removals firm offers not only financial advantages but also a wealth of local knowledge and expertise, ensuring a smooth and stress-free transition to your new life on this enchanting island. So, if you're contemplating a move to Guernsey, consider the benefits of choosing a removals firm that calls the island home.

White & Company are on hand to provide confidential guidance about the physical aspect of moving to Guernsey, free of charge. For further information, please visit

If you are considering relocating to the island, the team at Locate Guernsey are on hand to provide confidential guidance throughout your relocation journey free of charge. If you would like to understand how Guernsey could work for you, please get in touch on 01481 220011 or email