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Shipping a Container to Germany with Ease

Cost of Shipping Household Goods to Germany and more!

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Are you moving to Germany and need to ship your personal belongings? Well, you happened to have stumbled upon the right page! With Sirelo’s help you can learn about the cost of shipping your furniture via container to Germany from the UK, useful terms, and even find a removal company that can help make shipping your household goods to Germany a cinch with free removal quotes!

Shipping a Container to Germany: Costs

As with any move, the cost of shipping a container was the first thought that crossed your mind and we’re not surprised! Moving to another country can be expensive and cost can be a limiting factor.

Now, let’s get to the meat of the issue, how much does shipping a container to Germany cost?

Destination20-foot container40-foot container
Berlin£1,195 – £1,320£1,490 – £1,650
Düsseldorf£2,255 – £2,720£4,895 – £5,515
Frankfurt£2,3300 – £2,835£4,975 – £5,670
Hamburg£1,165 – £1,305£2,175 – £2,525
Munich£2,525 – £3,070£5,130 – £5,750

They are estimates and may change on several factors.

In brief, you can expect between £1,200 to £3,000 for a 20ft container and £1,400 to £6,000 for a 40ft shipping container from the UK to Germany.

Shipping costs from to
20ft Container
40ft Container

Tips to Move Cheaply

If you just need to ship a few items, instead of trying to fill a full container to make it worth the price, you can just share the container and split the price, pretty nice, right?

Sharing a container (also known in the industry as LCL, standing for Less than Container Load), is a great alternative, as it’s more flexible, affordable and environmentally friendly!

If you want to learn more about LCL and Full Container Load (FCL), then head on over to our container shipping page where you can read this and much more!

Container Shipping Companies in Germany

The only way to find out the exact cost is by requesting quotes from a removal company. Check out these international removalists that ship from the UK to Germany!

You can also fill in our form and in no time, you will receive up to 5 free quotes from moving companies that suit your needs. Compare and make an informed decision:

Accurate Quotes for Shipping a Container to Germany
Whether shipping boxes or furniture to Germany, find a removal company to give you accurate quotes on moving!

Shipping Furniture to Germany

Shipping your belongings can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Neither has an exorbitant cost. As by now you probably know, the prices will change depending on the size, weight and method you decide. On average, expect the costs to be around £1,200 and £5,500.

Container Sizes When Shipping Household Goods to Germany

You can use our two-step guide to choose the right container:

  • Step 1: use our volume calculator to get a good estimate of the volume of your move
  • Step 2: use the table below to see which is the right container size for you:
 LCL20ft Container40ft Container
VolumeLess than 15m2Less than 33m2Between 33m2 and 76m2

🛃 Restrictions and Customs

As the UK has left the European Union, you’ll find that there are some restrictions and rules to follow. For example, products of animal origin face restrictions from entering Europe, as are plants and plant products.

You’ll also need to prepare a detailed list of all the items for customs. Fortunately, there are no customs duties when shipping personal effects and items, provided that you’ve owned them for at least 6 months before the move!

DIY Tips for Shipping a Container to Germany

If you’d like to avoid your goods sustaining damage en route to their destination when shipping a container to Germany, be sure to heed the following advice:

Before filling your container:

  • Check the integrity of the container, The easiest way to do this is to hop inside the container and close the door. If you see light, it’s no good. Additionally, check to see if the wooden flooring in the container is dry, dampness is a sign of problems.
  • Consider adding desiccation materials to absorb any moisture before it starts causing problems.

While filling your container:

  • Pay attention to the weight distribution. Spread the heaviest items across the bottom, much like when filling moving boxes. Ensure there’s enough padding around your items as well so that any slight or unforeseen movement won’t be a disaster.
  • If you want to make loading and unloading easier, it would be wise to use pallets. You can put your items on the pallet, wrap them securely and then use a forklift to transfer them. It may sound like a lot of work but will be a massive time and cost saver.
  • Use the metal rings inside the container, they are made to secure your goods. Just another tool to prevent movement and the collision of your belongings.

Ready to Ship Your Household Goods to Germany?

Congrats, you’ve made it to the end! When moving to Germany, you’re ready for the task of shipping your belongings in a container. Armed with the knowledge we’ve imparted; you’ll avoid common pitfalls and navigate your way to the best removal.

Although we’ve covered quite a bit, you might want to keep learning and prepare for shipping a container to Germany. If that’s the case, check out the articles that we’ve linked below and have fun. Otherwise, good luck and we hope you ship your furniture to Germany safely!