If you’re moving to Australia from the UK, shipping your belongings is the only way to go, but what are your options? More importantly, how much does shipping a container to Australia cost? If you want answers to these queries and more, you’ve come to the right place! Just keep reading Sirelo’s guide to shipping furniture and more to Australia and make your removal easier. We’ll even help you find competitive removal quotes!
Let’s just jump into it, shall we? If you’ve arrived on this page, you’re most likely just interested in the cost of shipping a container to Australia from the UK.
To provide you with an accurate estimate of shipping costs from the UK to Australia, we have compiled a table that outlines prices for various container sizes.
|Destination||20-foot container||40-foot container|
|Adelaide||£12,800 – £15,700||£20,900 – £24,800|
|Brisbane||£12,200 – £14,200||£19,400 – £23,300|
|Melbourne||£12,500 – £15,000||£20,300 – £24,000|
|Perth||£7,700 – £8,900||£15,200 – £17,000|
|Sydney||£12,000 – £13,900||£19,200 – £22,500|
They are estimates and may change on several factors.
In a nutshell, the cost of shipping a 20ft container from the UK to Australia can go from £7,770 to £15,700 and for a 40ft container range from £15,200 – £24,860.
If you don’t need a full container to move and the cost of shipping a container to Australia from the UK is not something you’re prepared for, you can rejoice in the fact that you can avail of shared shipping of a container from the UK to Australia. That way, you don’t have to break the bank!
You’ll only have to pay for the space your belongings will take. Naturally, it’s only an option if the volume of your goods is half that of a 20ft container. If you want to ask for the shared shipping of a container from the UK to Australia, the industry term is Less than Container Load (LCL).
To learn more about LCL versus Full Container Load (FCL) when shipping from the UK to Australia, you should visit our container shipping costs page to see how the two differ!
When moving to Australia, it’s important to choose a reliable company specialized in international removals. When making your decision, consider their services, customer support, reviews, and prices. Not sure where to start looking? Check out these top container shipping companies!
In the same way, it’s important to get quotes from companies to find the best price and service. But reaching out to all those companies can be a bit of a hassle.
Fortunately, Sirelo is here to make it easier 😊 Click below to start comparing container shipping companies from the UK to Australia.
Have you got an even smaller amount? If you’re just shipping boxes of personal effects to Australia from the UK, then you might be looking for excess baggage. This is applicable when you want to ship boxes to Australia with a volume of less than 3m2.
If you want to request excess baggage shipping to Australia quotes, then click here!
When planning the shipping of your belongings, consider that factors such as the volume, weight, shipping method and time of the year will affect the end price.
But let’s get to the important part. Based on the volume and weight of your furniture, these are the average costs of shipping furniture and household goods to Australia:
|Bedroom Size||Average Price|
|Studio Flat||£990 – £1,100|
|1 Bedroom House||£1,350 – £1,450|
|2 Bedroom House||£2,000 – £2,500|
|3 Bedroom House||£4,500 – £5,300|
|4+ Bedroom House||£7,500 – £8,800|
They are estimates and may change on several factors.
Depending on the number of items you have, prices will range from £990 to £8,800.
To ship a car from the UK to Australia, you need to first establish if you’re allowed to import your car to Australia. This just involves ensuring that your car complies with Australian safety standards, this mostly involves applying and showing proof that it meets the standards.
The cost of shipping a car from the UK to Australia typically ranges from £1,500 to £3,000. If your car isn’t thoroughly cleaned before shipping, you may need to pay for a treatment to remove any soil traces, which can add to the overall cost. It’s recommended to clean your car yourself before shipping to save on expenses. Doing so before leaving the UK is the most cost-effective option.
Hurrah! 🎉 You’ve made it to the end of the article. Now, while all this knowledge is fresh in your mind, it’s time for you to start shipping a container from the UK to Australia. Naturally, feel free to refer to this article when planning your move or request free removal quotes! And before you go, there are some frequently asked questions that you might have or would benefit from learning about. So, read up before you go! 👇
The container shipping time from the UK to Australia can take 8-16 weeks. Furthermore, it can be up to 22 weeks for a shared container. Make sure you start planning your removal to Australia sooner rather than later, as it won’t be a speedy process, there’s so much ocean to cross!
By air freight, you can expect them to be delivered within a week. However, note that the prices are significantly higher.
Australian Customs Officials will need to verify that you’re not shipping prohibited items. You can check the whole list on the official page here.
To start the process, you’ll also need to complete an Unaccompanied Personal Effects (B534 Form) to declare your items and reason for bringing them into the country.
No customs duties apply when shipping personal belongings from the UK to Australia, but they must be owned for at least 12 months and intended for personal use after arrival.
The following items are restricted from import as these can harbor insects or in the case of seeds be invasive plants:
Soil and clay are also banned along with anything that can contain traces such as camping equipment and more. Additionally, if you’re shipping wooden items, you’ll need to check them for any signs of pest damage.
You can visit the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to learn more.
If it’s below 33m2 then you’ll need a 20ft container. Above 33m2 and below 76m2 you’ll want to request a 40ft container. Of course, if you’re volume is less than 15m2 then you’ll be wanting a shared container shipping to Australia.
Use our removal volume calculator to easily calculate the volume of your furniture and belongings. Add the items you’re moving, and get a number. Simple.