When Rebekah and I moved to Oslo from the US, Rebekah's father was kind enough to ship some of our belongings here. Due to some Christmas travel plans, nothing was shipped until mid-December, to arrive mid-January. We arrived in October and knew it would be a long wait until January, but we were up for it and were thankful that we'd have our things at all.
Mid-January arrived and we hadn't received any word from the shipping company, so I did a quick Google search to find their phone number. That's when I came across a group of results saying never to do business with them. Nevertherless, I was optimistic and I attempted to contact them, but no one answered their phones and they didn't respond to voicemails.
The company in question is none other than Worldwide Relocations, Inc.. Do not do business with them. They will charge you much more than quoted and never deliver your belongings. If you value your things, ship with someone else.
Worldwide Relocations is operating out of Florida. They don't travel all over the US to package and ship goods, rather they contract with a local companies. Those companies package everything up and ship the belongings overseas. I figure that Worldwide Relocations collects money from their customers, but never pays the local contractor, so nothing gets shipped.
For the past couple of months, we've been trying to get in touch with them. We once received an e-mail reply saying they would look into our case and get back to us, which they never did. Finally, Rebekah's mother took it upon herself to get The Law™ involved. She contacted the FBI, the Federal Maritime Commission, local law enforcement, and even the Senator in the area where Worldwide Relocations is located.
Today, Rebekah's mom got a call from the Federal Maritime Commission. They found our stuff! Sure enough, it's been locked away in a warehouse in Silver Springs, Maryland. She's working out the details now, but our things should be shipped soon! Hopefully, we'll have everything in time for my birthday. It would be a great present, indeed.