The Movers Trading Club (MTC) is an offshoot of the British Association of Removers (BAR) Overseas Group, which is in turn part of the larger British Association of Removers (BAR).
Key facts about Movers Trading Club:
- Part of BAR, the largest removals industry trade body in the UK.
- Goal is to negotiate advantageous freight rates.
- Membership open to any current member of the BAR Overseas Group.
- Distributes any benefits back to member companies.
- Primary focus is on moves from the UK to the United States.
The main goal of the MTC is to allow member removals companies the ability to negotiation lower international shipping rates, primarily to the United States of America, by working with named shipping companies.
They then redistribute any benefits back to member companies based on each companies contribution to based on the level of freight tonnage carried.
Sample Member Companies
- Bournes Moves
- DT Moving
- Excess International Movers
- Harrow Green
- McGimpsey Brothers Removals
- Team Relocations
Criteria for membership:
From the website:
Membership of the MTC is open to any company that is a current member of the BAR Overseas Group, and may apply for membership without the need for a proposer or seconder. All other Companies must apply for membership in accordance with the Club’s Rules.
Industry opinions about the Movers Trading Club:
Many UK international removal companies websites list being a member of the MTC, via the MTC logo and text along the following lines:
[Removal Company Name] is an authorised member and agent of The British Association of Removers DBA the Movers Trading Club (MTC) which is a Foreign (non-USA) based ‘Non Vessel Operating Common Carrier‘ (NVOCC) registered with the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), organisation number 013636.
Since it is displayed prominently on many websites, it’s clearly viewed as a good thing to be a member of by the removers themselves. However, there seems to be little communication to consumers why it matters to them.