International container shipping is the best way to transport a large volume of household goods or personal effects from the UK to overseas destinations worldwide. We offer a very comprehensive and cost-effective container shipping service including door-to-door collection and delivery, professional packing service and customs clearance.
We help a large number of people move their belongings and goods across the world to destinations as diverse as as Australia, New Zealand, USA, UAE, Spain and South Africa to name just a few. We are therefore able to offer very competitive shipping rates for every from 20ft and 40ft containers for larger moves and economic shared container or groupage service for smaller moves.
Don’t worry if you’re not experienced in international removals and shipping containers as we will appoint you a personal Move Manager to organise your shipment, guide you through all the paperwork and take all the stress out of your move.
Cost of Shipping Containers Overseas from UK
We aim to provide the cheapest container shipping service whilst not compromising on quality of service. As we undertake a significant number of moves and shipments to destinations worldwide, we can offer very competitive shipping rates.
There are many factors that make up the cost of shipping containers internationally. These include:
Distance to destination country
Volume of goods being shipped
Container shipping freight rates
Collection and delivery to and from the port
Customs duties and port fees
Time of year / current exchange rates
How Door-To-Door Container Shipping For Moving Overseas Works
We aim to make the international removals and shipping process as simple and stress-free as possible:
1) A surveyor will calculate the volume of goods you are sending to allocate the most appropriate sized shipping container.
2) Your Move Manager will organise the logistics of your move and guide you through completing the required shipping and customs documents.
3) On move day our packing team will arrive to expertly pack all your belongings and furniture, and load onto the shipping container.
4) For shared container moves, we will take your belongings back to our depot for loading.
5) Once your shipment at arrives at it’s destination port, our customs agents will take care of customs clearance on your behalf.
6) Once cleared from customs and any fees or duties paid, we will arrange delivery to your new address in your destination country.
International Container Shipping Services to Overseas Destinations
International Container Shipping Services
to Europe and the EU
Simpsons International Container Shipping Services
Shipping container options and sizes for moving overseas
We offer a full range of shipping container sizes to suit your needs. You don’t need to worry about the container size at this stage. Our professional International Removal Surveyors will analyse your requirements to calculate your volume accurately.
Full Container Loads (FCL)
For larger shipments, you can have a dedicated container for your sole use. Different sizes are available depending on your needs.
Standard 20ft Shipping Container
Probably the most common for household removals to Australia our 20ft shipping containers are approximately 1,170 cubic feet volume which is enough for a typical 3 bedroom house.
Standard 40ft Shipping Container
If you have a larger amount of furniture and household goods our 40ft shipping container are 2,386 cubic feet which is enough for a typical 4-5 bedroom house ad can also fit a car or vehicle.
40ft HC Shipping Container (High Cube)
The high cube shipping container is similar to the standard 40ft but is slightly higher to allow for more volume (around 2690 cubic feet).
Shared Container Loads (LCL) – Groupage
Using our groupage service for smaller shipments to Australia is much more economical than using a small-sized shipping container (such as 8ft or 10ft). Here, your belongings are packed and consolidated together with other customers to save money by sharing the costs of a shipping container. This is also known as Less Than Container Load (LCL).
International Container Shipping FAQ Guide
International Removals after Brexit
In the transition period following the UK leaving the EU, (up until 31st December 2020), free movement of goods and personal effects between the UK and EU / EEA countries, continues.
Therefore, shipping of personal effects and household goods to your home in Europe and overseas can continue as before. Some changes to residency status may apply since Brexit, so you should seek advice on your personal situation.
Once the transition period ends and Brexit takes full effect, regulations for shipping and removals to European countries may change.
Insurance for your International Move
We would recommend taking out the Shipment Protection Cover for peace of mind whilst your belongings are on their journey.
Whilst we have expert packers who specialise in international removals and use accredited shipping lines who take special care of your personal belongings, we cannot control every eventuality.
Just as you will likely have home contents insurance in the UK and travel insurance for your family, we recommend you discuss with your Move Manager the available options for protecting your belongings whilst they are in transit.
International removals cost
The cost of your International removals depends on a number of factors including where in the UK you are moving from and where you plan to move to.
Naturally, the cost also depends on how much you are taking – the price per cubic foot drops significantly as your volume increases.
However, as a large number of people move overseas every year, the cost may be much less than you think when you consider the distances involved from say London to Hong Kong, or London to New Zealand.
If you are looking for an accurate quote for International removals, book a free home survey with us and our surveyors will be able to provide you with information about the cost of the move.
We have a variety of house removal and shipping services depending on your relocation needs. So no matter whether you are just shipping a few boxes overseas or moving your entire house contents, we have a cost-effective solution for you.
Dedicated International Removals Service
If you are undertaking a large house removal then our dedicated removal service will suit you. You will be allocated your own dedicated removal van and packing team to take all your furniture and other goods from your home in the UK to your new home in Europe.
Small International Removals (part or shared load)
If you don’t have much stuff to take with you, then our shared load removal service is ideal.
We regularly transport people’s household belongings and furniture on a ‘European road train’. to all parts of Europe including Hong Kong, New Zealand or the USA.
This furniture removals service is our most popular as the cost is shared amongst other customers moving to the same area. In fact, it’s usually cheaper than ‘man and van’ type removals service and your belongings are certainly a lot safer!
Box shipping service for cheap International Removals.
All our shipping options are cost-effective but if you only have a few boxes for overseas removals then our Excess Baggage or box shipping will likely be your cheapest option.
Transportation for international removals usually takes around 6-8 weeks for a dedicated service or 8-12 weeks for a shared / part load service.
Simpsons is one of the leading international removal companies that are big enough to offer a friendly service but large enough to have a very experienced team and economies of scale.
Although there are many removal companies that transport belongings, few like Simpsons specialise solely in international removals. Not only do we do house removals to Europe and the EU but also removals worldwide.
Simpsons, as an international moving company, prides itself on continuously improving our network and services so you receive the best removal service possible.
We undertake household removals and shipping from every part of the UK and Ireland to almost anywhere in Europe.
Some of the popular Eurpean countries we do removals to include:
We not only do removals from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool to Europe but from all parts of England.
We have teams serving Cardiff and Wales to Europe as well as from all over Scotland (not just Edinburgh and Glasgow) to help you move to most European destinations.
Although Simpsons will take care of all the details they can for you, this convenient checklist will make preparing for the move as simple and worry free as possible.
Moving out: Before the removal men arrive, be clear in what they are contracted to do and what you are expected to do. If in doubt, ask the surveyor or a member of our staff. Ordinarily, both householder and the removal men have fairly defined responsibilities (though a measure of flexibility on both sides is of course desirable)
Children: Children, who are naturally curious and can easily get in the way, may potentially be injured. The younger ones are best left with a neighbour or friend until it is time to leave.
Swings/Climbing frames: Generally dismantling these is one job you will do yourself, but be careful not to lose the bolts. If wish us to arrange dismantling please discuss this with our surveyor
Garage/Shed: Tie together garden tools, and prepare items to be lifted straight onto the vehicle.
Self assembly furniture: If you have any furniture of the home assembly type particularly if made of chipboard, please note that we recommend dismantling units before the move, as the joints are seldom strong enough to survive even careful handling if the furniture is moved whilst still assembled.
Washing machines: Secure your washing machine drum, and disconnect from water supply and electric.
Books: Books are very heavy, use our book cartons as they are smaller and easier to manage.
China & glass: Wrap each item individually in packing paper or bubble wrap, packing the heavier items first with lighter pieces on top. Remember that plates and dishes are packed vertically and not laid flat.
Moving in: Make sure that you (or some other responsible person) is on hand to admit the removal men. If no-one is there and a reasonable waiting time expires, you could find yourself landed with storage and re-delivery charges. Enquire how long the vehicle will wait should you be inadvertently delayed on the way. It can also save time and confusion if you stand at the entrance and specify the location of each item as it is carried in.
Helping the move along: If you follow the guidelines suggested on this page you will find the removal men themselves responding to your good sense with extra efficiency and relaxed good humour. You can also help the move along by remembering to pack the kettle last. A cup of tea all round is a gesture always much appreciated.
Tipping: There is, of course, no obligation to tip the men, but, as with all personal services, people like to reward extra attention, willing good humour or a job well done. If you feel that a reward has been earned, the driver or packer in charge will distribute any gratuity given amongst the crew.
Who to tell
Utility Bills: Gas, Electricity, Water & Telephone
Banks/Building Society: Credit cards, standing orders
Doctors: Dentist, Medical Care & Private health care
Insurance: House, Contents, Car & Life insurance
Professional Advisors: Solicitors, Accountant
Sky/Cable: TV Licence
Post Office: Mail Redirection
Local Authority: Removal from electoral register
Insurance Companies: Household insurance, vehicle insurance
Your Personal arrangements
Here are the issues that should be addressed well ahead of time to ensure smooth transition to your new life abroad.
Passports and visas: for yourself and your family
Work permit: if needed
Inoculations: for yourself, your family and your pets
Travel bookings completed
Overseas accommodation booked
International driver’s licence
Traveller’s cheques and currency
Charge cards issued
Overseas banking arrangements/funds transferred
Power of Attorney
Income Tax refund arrangements
Personal accident and medical insurance: for yourself and your family
Insurance for your valuable possessions
Arrange care and transportation of your pets: They hate moving more than humans and so need special attention
Currency transfer – Global Reach
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Simpsons are a long established and quality approved company operating to British Standards across the UK, for all European, International and Commercial removals
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