My OHs a carpenter and we've just been trying to work out timescales in relation to his tools arriving and him starting work. We were always lead to believe that shipping would take 7-9 weeks but on reading some of the other threads on here I realise that it may be somewhat longer!!
Unfortunately we can't send things ahead until the house is sold as all our money is tied up in it; even if it wasn't my OH will need his tools as he will be working pretty much until we go. As soon as the house is sold though, off goes the container and then so do we. How have other chippies managed in the interim period without any tools? It's been suggested to me to get his essential tools flown over. Obviously they will have to be prepared and packed accordingly and probably need a certificate for the contents. I'm not sure about this though so will have to do some digging around.