Moving to the Land of the Free and planning on shipping your furniture to America? Look no further, Sirelo will guide you through the process! We’ll include costs, customs information, and even free removal quotes to help you find a removal company to help with shipping your personal effects from the UK to the USA, making your move a breeze!
Depending on the volume of your move, you will either be shipping from the UK to the USA in a 20ft container or a 40ft container. Yes, there are different sizes of shipping containers!
To answer the question of how much to ship a container from the UK to the USA, it can cost between £4,660 – £5,750 for a 20ft container, while a 40ft container can cost between £5,905 – £8,545, and that’s only for port-to-port! For a breakdown of the cost of shipping a container UK to different US cities, just look below:
|Destination||20-foot container||40-foot container|
|Chicago||£4,800 – £5,100||£7,60 – £8,000|
|Houston||£4,900 – £5,200||£7,300 – £7,600|
|Los Angeles||£5,200- £5,500||£8,100 – £8,500|
|Miami||£3,800 – £3,900||£5,900 – £6,200|
|New York||£4,500 – £4,800||£6,600 – £6,800|
|San Francisco||£5,550 – £5,775||£8,200 – £8,500|
Disclaimer: The above prices are subject to change as container shipping costs fluctuate due to supply and demand. Thus, the actual price for port-to-port container shipping from the UK to the USA may be higher.
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When searching for international shipping companies, ensure that they offer the services you need, such as door-to-door shipping or packing assistance. Researching not only will save you money but also unexpected situations!
We’ve put together a helpful list of the best container shipping companies in the US to make things easier for you.
If you’re planning on shipping your personal belongings, it’s important to know the costs and proper procedure beforehand.
Sea freight is the cheapest way to ship household goods and furniture, but planning is essential for a successful delivery. You could also do air freight, but it will cost you some more pennies.
We’ve collected average prices based on the amount of items you want to move. Take a look:
|Bedroom Size||Furniture items||Average Price|
|Small||Bed, nightstand, dresser, desk, chair||£1,000 – £1,500|
|Medium||Bed, nightstand, dresser, desk, chair, wardrobe, bookcase||£2,000 – £3,000|
|Large||Bed, nightstand, dresser, desk, chair, wardrobe, bookcase, sofa, coffee table||£3,000 – £4,500|
They are estimates and may change on several factors.
You can use Sirelo’s removal volume calculator to have a better estimate of the volume and weight of your furniture and household goods.
If you want to avoid encountering issues when shipping furniture from the UK to the USA, there are three tasks that you need to do:
If your move involves international car shipping to the USA, just know that it’s very different from shipping furniture. While both involve shipping a container, the requirements for shipping a car can be somewhat tricky compared to furniture!
Let’s start with what can make the import of your car to the USA difficult, meeting US federal standards for cars. There are also emission standards that vary by state. It can be a headache trying to understand if your car is compliant, thus be sure to get help from a professional removal company that deals in shipping cars from the UK to the USA. It’ll make the process a lot simpler.
25 Year Exception
However, there is one exception to the standards debacle. If your car is older than 25 years, it’ll be viewed somewhat like an antique and you can bypass all those stringent standards!
The cost of shipping a car to the USA ranges between £700-£1,500, depending on the destination and the size of the vehicle, a 4×4 takes a lot of space. This cost normally covers the shipping and cleaning of the car. However, you’ll need to add 2.5% of the value of the car to the price as cars are not duty-free, unfortunately.
Phew, that was a bit of a lengthy read! However, with all the knowledge that you’ve taken on, you should be ready. If you’re looking for even more information you can read below some frequently asked questions. You’ll also find everything you need to know to have the best removal to the USA if you explore our website.
Then to tell which size you need; your volume should fall below 33m3 (1,179ft3) for a 20ft container or between 33 – 76m3 (1,179-2,714ft3) for a 40ft container. Most removal companies, even the British ones, will work with m3, so it might be better to go with the metric in this case.
If you can’t fill a whole container, Less Container Load (LCL) is an option. This involves sharing a container as opposed to a Full Container Load (FCL) where only you use the container.
For the East Coast, it can be as quick as 2 weeks. On the other hand, the West Coast can take as long as 4 weeks to reach by sea. Just be aware that it can take longer if your goods get held up at customs, so do everything you can for a smooth customs check.
With air freight, it’ll take between 1-2 days to deliver your items, which is much faster by comparison. Just don’t forget that it comes at a premium.
The USA will normally entail no customs duties as long as you have owned the items for at least a year with no intention to sell them. You can read more about this on the US Customs and Broder Protection page.
Items container shipping companies won’t let you bring:
For an even more comprehensive list and explanation as to what’s prohibited from import to the USA, check out this page from the US Customs Department.
Power Grid: The US power grid runs on around 120V while it’s 240V in the UK. While some devices, like a phone charger, will work fine, other items won’t work effectively.
Region Locking: If you happen to be a collector of DVDs and have an extensive collection, you best be sure to bring a DVD player from the UK as most DVDs are region-locked. Otherwise, this might be the time to digitize your collection or get Netflix.
For your TV, you’ll also need to contend with differing broadcasting signals. As for streaming, you’ll lose access to the BBC iPlayer due to it not being available outside of the UK.