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Trade Associations and trade bodies for removals and storage Help moving house by

Removal Company Associations and Trade Bodies

Removal & Storage Company Trade Associations


BAR - British Association of Removers

In existence since 1900 and is the oldest Trade Association for the Removal Industry. Representing over 600 of the UKs leading professional removal and storage companies all of which are covered by the BAR Code of Practice.

BAR is the first UK Trade Association to have Assured Advice, under the Primary Authority regulations and a Trading Standards Institute Code of Practice and an independent Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme, ahead of legislation. The Code is the only one of its kind for the UK removals industry and provides the public with a guaranteed high quality of service and financial protection when moving house.

British Standard Quality Assured - BS EN 12522.

Formed in 1901 by royal charter, BSI is an organisation created to help British industry compete in European and international trade markets.

Companies that are recognised as having achieved the specified Quality Standard and are directly aimed at furniture removals for the benefit of the private individual. Certified companies operate to clearly defined standards. Their procedures are designed to benefit the customer at every stage of the move. All certified removal companies are assessed annually on services, staff, administration & procedures to ensure they continue to meet the high and exacting standards required.

R.H.A. - The Road Haulage Association.

Provide advice, information, safety issues, business services all tailored for the haulage industry. R.H.A keep their members updated on new European and local Government changes and regulations. Even though the R.H.A does not provide a complains procedure, they will get involved if the complaint relates to vehicle maintenance and procedures.

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FEDEMAC - Federation of European Moving Associations.

Provides an umbrella organisation which co-ordinate the efforts of national associations at a European level. They represent the interests of nearly 5,000 professional companies in 12 European Countries. Much of this work is centred around lobbying at the EU Parliament and Commission as well as liaising with other Trade organisations and official representatives.

FIDI - The International Federation of International Movers

750 moving companies are affiliated with the FIDI and the forum focuses on the intercontinental movement of household effects. All members are required to receive shipments from another FIDI agent, so quality of service is accured. FIDI also carries out programs and studies designed to help promote affiliates' competitiveness within the international moving and storage marketplace.

SSA - The Self Storage Association of UK and Europe


Managed by a committee of unpaid directors they represent the interests not only of large multi-site operators but also single site. All members have to abide by guidelines i.e. providing customers with a safe, efficient and clean facility, fairprices, health and safety for customers etc. Also a founder member of the Federation of European Self Storage Associations (FEDESSA), which brings it in close contact with other European associations and their members as well as other operators in Europe.


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