Pianos to China

D2D – A brand New Service for shipping Pianos to China from anywhere in Europe. G&R Removals have agreed a partnership with Piano Express Germany and Shanghai Creation International to establish a European High service supplier known as the Euro-China Piano Logistic Corporation – following many successful shipments of Pianos to China from the UK and Europe over the last few years, a relationship has developed and grown to be a formal Partnership. We now offer a complete door to door service from Europe to China with the facility of an Established Freight and Warehousing Company based in the Customs Free Area known as the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai. The advantage of this when sending Pianos to China is that the containers of pianos can be unloaded in the FTZ warehouse avoiding heavy demurrage charges in the event of any discrepancies with Chinese Customs. Coupled with our knowledge and experience of shipping Pianos to China, Shanghai Creation International have established links with Chinese Customs and Valuations Officers in Shanghai, they have an excellent reputation for handling this kind of shipment and have proven to be very capable in shipping pianos to China. Hence the ideal partner for us and our clients.
When shipping Pianos to China it is essential that all paperwork is double-checked, we provide a pre-shipment checklist for all of our clients wishing to ship pianos to China, this is then confirmed by our partners in Shanghai prior to shipping that there are no recent changes to the regulations.
G&R can assist with your application for the CITES (Certificate for International of Endangered Species) if required and will pre-advise Chinese Customs for smooth transition. We handle all UK Customs clearance, Documentation and Shipping service through to Shanghai FTZ warehouse, residence or commercial premises will take over the shipment of pianos to China, with their local knowledge and contacts they can provide full destination services of your pianos to China whether this is a single shipment, groupage service or Full Container Loads of Pianos to China.
As we are aware this is service is unprecedented, there are no other Companies offering this service for shipping pianos to China from anywhere in Europe.
We very much look forward to hearing from you with your shipping enquiry.

Steinway Model D piano delivery

Interesting delivery of a 9’0″ Steinway model D piano deliveryin Cornwall.

G&R Removals delivers thousands of pianos every year, but when musician and piano enthusiast Harvey Bowden purchased a Steinway Model D piano – a full sized Concert Grand – requiring delivery to his home in Trelawne Cornwall, the company had to use all its experience and ingenuity to get it to its new home safely.
Harvey’s house is on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea and access using the narrow steps from the beach was impossible.
After negotiating the narrow streets around Trelawne the G&R crew successfully reached a concrete slipway at the foot of the cliff and arranged for a boat crane and gantry to lift the precious piano over the sea wall onto a terrace, before finally maneuvering it down a passageway into the music room.
Clive Pinkham of Pinkham Pianos who sourced the Steinway Model D piano for Harvey said, “The piano went into Trelawne very smoothly. G&R Removals were great. We all waited for a gap in the rain showers and then got to it. They manhandled it across the sea wall and then fi tted the lifting strops. The boat crane lifted her up onto the deck and then the temporary chain hoist on a gantry lifted her up over the wall and into the passageway. A quick push and she was in.”

European piano transport

European Piano Transport

Customer Information
London, January 2014

The market for pianos, grand pianos and similar instruments has contracted over the past years. The economic situation in some countries has aggravated this development especially in 2013. Sustainable growth impulses cannot be expected in the immediate future. The resulting decrease in volume poses a major challenge to logistic companies in the ‘piano sector’. The services offered at present cannot be sustained without fun-damental changes.

For said reasons the companies G&R Ltd. in London, Griffioen Transport B.V. in Bode-graven and P&M Logistics GmbH in Lichtenfels have decided to intensify and extend their existing partnership. The aim of this cooperation is to sustain present services for the ‘piano sector’ through the improvement of synergies and cost limitations whilst maintaining said services. In order to accomplish this, the three companies have agreed upon the following procedure from January 2014 onwards.

– G&R Ltd. takes over the collection and distribution of all instruments in entire Great Britain.
– Griffioen Transport B.V. takes over the collection and distribution of all instru-ments in the Netherlands, Belgium and Northern France.
– P&M Logistics GmbH takes over the collection and distribution in the rest of the European countries, especially Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and secures the line haul between the three partners.
The customer relations between you and the respective company being part of this partnership are not affected. Your present contact person remains the same.

The results of the partnership will be assessed closely by the three companies. The three partners have the intention to extend the European network with more partners in the medium run, assuming that this assessment will be a positive one. This network will provide the piano sector with logistical services based on uniform service and qual-ity standards. The aim is to offer business clients, meaning industry and commerce, as well as private clients a comprehensive service for the transportation and storage of instruments.

If you have any further queries on European Piano Transport or additional services provided by our network, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Lance D Green, Victoria Murphy

G&R Ltd.
100 Bollo Lane
London W4 5LX

G&R Removals in the press – moving pianos

From THE MOVER magazine

The independent voice of the global moving industry

G&R Removals delivers hundreds (thousands) of pianos every year, but when musician and piano enthusiast Harvey Bowden purchased a Steinway Concert Grand piano from the London Piano Auctions and contacted G&R for the Concert Grand delivery to his home in Trelawne Cornwall, the company had to use all its experience and ingenuity to get it to its new home safely. Along with some useful lifting equipment.
Harvey’s house is on the top of a cliff overlooking the sea and access using the narrow steps from the beach was impossible.
After negotiating the narrow streets around Trelawne the G&R crew successfully reached a concrete slipway at the foot of the cliff and arranged for a boat crane and gantry to lift the precious piano over the sea wall onto a terrace, before finally maneuvering it down a passageway into the music room.
Clive Pinkham of Pinkham Pianos who sourced the Steinway for Harvey said, “The piano went into Trelawne very smoothly.
G&R Removals were great. We all waited for a gap in the rain showers and then got to it. They manhandled it across the sea wall and then fitted the lifting strops. The boat crane lifted her up onto the deck and then the temporary chain hoist on a gantry lifted her up over the wall and into the passageway. A quick push and she was in.”

LEAD STORY
Temperature control for perfect pianos

by Marianne Lee | Aug 28, 2012

G&R Removals’ custom built truck for moving pianos.

G&R Removals has just taken delivery of this Renault Midlum 1,200 cu ft, 12 tonne, with a seven-man crew cab, rear closure cantilever tail lift and temperature-controlled body, built by Essex Bodies Ltd.

Lance said: “We replaced an older crew cab vehicle that was only Euro 3 emissions standard and it was not cost-effective to retro fit a filter to it. We ordered this in January from Renault trucks and gave the chassis cab to Essex Bodies in April. They custom-build our trucks to a specific standard which must include a temperature control system for the carriage of pianos during winter months, particularly those destined for concerts and rehearsals. A rear-closure cantilever tail lift is now fitted as standard, Essex Bodies do pay great attention to detail and work alongside us with new ideas and suggestions. Air suspension for the reduced turbulence in transit is standard on all our trucks, and a crew-cab for when we have work needing four men or more.”

Dean Fisher is the appointed driver and foreman, he has worked for G&R for over 12 years. He’s obviously very pleased with his new vehicle and, at the time of going to press, was driving around France trying to avoid narrow lanes so he won’t scratch the paintwork on overhanging bushes and shrubs.

G&R has also recently placed an order for an 18 tonne DAF Space Cab for international and long distance work, due in December.

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UK and European orchestra tours

Throughout this years season of orchestra tours which has taken us from the Czech Rebublic, through Germany, Netherlands,Belgium, Scotland, Ireland, France and Spain in addition to the numerous prestigious venues in London and throughout the UK. The recently completed European tour of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra was a hugely successful part of the Zurich International Concert Series 2012-2013 which G&R Removals Orchestral touring department was very proud to be the chosen carrier for all the instruments. For almost seven decades, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has been recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of the classic Russian composers. An L.A. Times critic recently said the orchestra ‘might well be the world’s least-heralded great orchestra’. Since Pavel Kogan became Music Director he has earned the orchestra a high reputation for artistic excellence and in 2011 his name went into a list of the ten greatest conductors of the 20th century. Along with a line-up of virtuosic young soloists this series of concerts celebrating the key works of Tchaikovsky is a treat not to be missed.

Part of Zurich International Concert Series 2012-13.

Below – our temperature controlled tuck and trailer unloads the instruments of the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra at London’s Cadogan Halls as part of the European Tour, with live satellite tracking systems and heated trailer there are no other transport companies better placed to carry out these Orchestra Tours. Our drivers are routinely trained in all aspects of their work and have achieved great marks in driver profiling tests by Insurers. All our drivers are certified a Low Risk with great perception skills and hazard awareness. This certainly helps all our customers rest assured that their precious instruments are in the best possible hands, particularly considering the high mileage that the orchestra tours demand and associated hazards of such mileage. G&R are proud to have such a record and consider investing in staff and driver training to be a fundamental part of the success.

Currently, the truck pictured below is loading all instruments from the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague in the Czech Republic for a tour of Spain, for performances at some of Spain’s most prestigious Concert Halls, from Alicante, to Madrid, San Sebastian, Oviedo and Zaragoza. Other than the distance involved the driver meets the challenges imposed by winter roads and associated congestion. The truck is fitted with Winter tyres and snow chains when necessary and the trailer’s temperature set at a cosy 21c – one of the reasons that G&R are favoured for UK and European orchestra tours again and again.

On tour with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

On tour with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Liberace Piano

G&R Removals have collected a piano owned and played by Liberace which will be auctioned on the 20th September at the London Piano Auctions for more details visit the Piano Auctions Website

This is a unique piano with a totally wacky design and synonymous with Liberace’s well known extravagance. Luckily it can be dismantled for ease of handling. There just needs to be a wacky and slightly eccentric Pianist out there to enjoy /add to their collection / impress friends and neighbours ….. The Liberace piano will be on view from Tuesday 18.09.12 at the London Piano Auction at Conway Hall Red Lion Square in London’s Holborn.

Update – Good news – The Liberace piano sold to a fan of the great Liberace and remains in the UK. This was a big surprise as most people had earmarked this for the Chinese Piano Market.

Indeed there was no lack of interest from the Chinese Piano buyers however, the Liberace fan stuck to his guns, kept his nerve and out-bid the Chinese to keep the piano.

G&R Removals were contracted to transport the piano from the auctions to the discerning gentleman’s home in the North West of England, where it remains to this day as far as we know.

Anyone else got a Liberace Piano for Sale ?

Liberace Piano

Pianos to China and Korea

Last week at G&R Removals – the specialist piano movers, our expert packers wrapped over 60 pianos ready for export to Asia, mainly pianos to China and Korea, to meet the rising demand for European pianos in Asia. Most will be shipped by sea into Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong or Seoul in containers this week and next, but we have sent pianos by airfreight to Korea and one piano this week for airfreight to Shanghai. Airfreight is apparently considered one of the safest modes of freight, but it is essential the pianos are packed correctly for this to be effective. To pack correctly for airfreight all pianos to China and Korea  it is of vital importance that the grand piano can be laid flat inside the aircraft’s hold as it stands too high once packed and cased and sitting on the side. At G&R we carefully wrap the piano in a cushion-wrap made for export packing and providing additional protection than just paper products, which often get wet through condensation and changes in humidity during the freight process and are rendered totally useless upon arrival causing damage to the casework of the piano. The piano also must be suspended inside the case to keep the ‘belly’ of the piano free from the base of the case. Our timber cases are tailor built to accomodate each piano and they are constructed from approved timber in order to meet the International Shipping regulations on the use of timber packaging  in export, they are heat treated in order to get rid of any unpleasant pests or diseases prior to shipping pianos to China or Korea. Most other countries across the world have signed up to this agreement in order to stop the spread of pests. Anyway, back to the packaging of pianos, the cases are then clearly marked with internationally recognised symbols in order to keep the pianos inside the cases dry, safe and in good condition. Please visit our website to contact us for any piano shipping by air or by sea. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

Moving the Berlin Symphony Orchestra – temperature controlled transport service

The Konzerthaus Berlin insisted on a temperature controlled transport at all times of 20C. We sent our 16.5M custom-built, temperature-controlled trailer to carry out the tour, we couldn’t collect the instruments until 17.00 on a Sunday in Berlin, so due to the weekend driving restrictions imposed on trucks in Europe our ‘poor driver’ Robert had to spend the whole weekend in Berlin, sightseeing and ‘bird-watching’ (according to him) we had no idea he was such a keen Ornithologist.  Robert has also fitted his truck with Satellite TV and DVD player should he need to keep track of the football and a cooker and fridge to keep clear of motorway food.

With the imposing 1000+ kms drive from Berlin to Nottingham, Robert drove throughout Sunday night to Monday morning in order to meet the deadline for arrival at the first venue in Nottingham on Tuesday. It is of paramount importance that we arrive in plenty of time to meet the musicians, unload for the afternoon rehearsal. The first concert is always nerve racking for the tour operators IMG Artists, the Orchestra’s musicians and for us, the first nights concert was ultimately a success and the nerves had settled a little from then on.

The tour then took him across the UK from Perth to Belfast to London and Cardiff over the month, each time making the deadlines with time to spare.

We look forward to welcoming the Berlin Orchestra back to the UK next year of course using our temperature controlled transport service