Shipping a Container from the UK to Australia

Cost of Shipping Furniture to Australia from the UK

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!

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How Much Is It to Ship a Container to Australia?

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. We can’t blame you, when moving to Australia, shipping will be your biggest cost unless you buy a house! Thus, it’s important to budget for shipping container costs to Australia, which can range between £7,500£10,000.

You’re either wiping sweat off your brow or sighing in relief at the above range, however, that is a bit of general container shipping rates for a UK to Australia removal. As Australia isn’t a small country, it’ll differ from coast to coast.

To give you a better idea of the shipping container to Australia costs, we’ve put together some tables to get a little more specific and also show the difference in container shipping costs to Australia for different size containers if you didn’t yet know.

Cost of Shipping a 20ft Container from the UK to Australia

DestinationCost
Adelaide£8,300 – £10,150
Brisbane£7,900 – £9,200
Melbourne£8,100 – £9,700
Perth£5,000 – £5,750
Sydney£7,750 – £9,000

If you’re ready to start your move to Australia and ship your belongings, just click below to start getting quotes for the cost of shipping a 20ft container from the UK to Australia!

Cost of Shipping a 40ft Container from the UK to Australia

DestinationCost
Adelaide£13,450 – £16,000
Brisbane£12,500 – £15,000
Melbourne£13,100 – £15,450
Perth£9,800 – £11,000
Sydney£12,250 – £14,500

If you’ve got a home of more than 3-4 bedrooms, getting quotes for the cost of shipping a 40ft Container from the UK to Australia is a must!

Get Container Shipping Quotes from Removal Companies!

Why should you request quotes for shipping a container from the UK to Australia from several removal companies? Well, the answer is clearly to find the best price and service! However, it can be a hassle contacting so many removal companies.

Fortunately, Sirelo is here to make it easier to help you find the right removal company to help you ship a container from the UK to Australia! Click below to start comparing companies and start moving with a smile!

Comparison Quotes for Shipping a Container from the UK to the Australia
Click below and receive quotes from removal companies for the cost of shipping household goods from the UK to Australia!

What About a Shared Shipping Container from the UK to Australia?

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!

With shared container shipping to Australia, you’ll only have to pay for the space your belongings will take! Naturally, it’s really 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!

Excess Baggage Shipping 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 less than 3m2.

If you want to request excess baggage shipping to Australia quotes, then click here!

How Long to Ship a Contianer from the UK to Australia?

Naturally, when shipping a container from the UK to Australia, you’ll want to know how long you can expect your goods to be in transit. As you might expect, it won’t be a speedy process, there’s so much ocean to cross!

As such, you should start planning your removal to Australia sooner rather than later as it can take 8-16 weeks to ship a container from the UK to Australia. Furthermore, it can be up to 22 weeks if you use a shared container! That’s quite a long time.

On the other hand, should your goods be travelling by air freight, as would happen when shipping excess baggage to Australia, you can expect them to be delivered within a week, which is a much more convenient time scale. However, don’t try to send everything via air freight to Australia, otherwise, you’ll break the bank. Flying is expensive!

FAQ: Shipping Restrictions to Australia and More!

Before you go shipping a container from the UK to Australia, there are some frequently asked questions that you might have or would benefit from learning about. So, read up before you go!

🛃 What Do I Need to Know About Customs, Duties, and Taxes?

Since you’ll be shipping a container from the UK to Australia, Australian Customs Officials will need to verify that you’re not shipping items to Australia that are prohibited! As such you’ll want to learn about what is prohibited from shipping, you’ll also need to know about passing through customs without too much delay or too many extra costs.

To start the process, you’ll need to complete an Unaccompanied Personal Effects (B534 Form). This is simply for you to declare the items that you are bringing to the country along with your reason.

From there, the container being shipped from the UK to Australia will be inspected. The more accurately filled the form is, the smoother the inspection, and the fewer fees incurred. Hence, carefully fill out the form with the help of your moving company.

You’ll be glad to hear that there are no customs duties applied to the shipping of personal effects to Australia from the UK. This is due to them only being for personal use, however, you must have owned the items for at least 12 months before shipping them to Australia and continue to use them after you arrive, otherwise custom duty will be applied.

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Shipping Restrictions to Australia

As with any country, there are several restricted items. However, there are some shipping restrictions specific to Australia. Since Australia has a very unique ecosystem, there are quite a few restrictions around plants, food, and potential environmental threats!

For example, the following items are restricted from import as these can harbour insects or in the case of seeds be invasive plants:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Unidentified and certain types of seeds
  • Plant matter
  • Plant bulbs

This goes even further in the fact that soil and clay are also banned along with anything that can contain traces such as camping equipment and more. So, clean it thoroughly or leave it behind!

Additionally, if you’re shipping wooden items from the UK to Australia, you’ll need to check them for any signs of pest damage, there’s no desire for wood boring beetles in Australia!

⚠️Be aware: shipping items from the UK to Australia can incur additional costs if those items are prohibited or potentially carry pests! You will either be charged for the destruction of the item or the treatment to allow entry to Australia.

If you have more questions about shipping restrictions that apply to Australia, you can visit the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to learn more.

🛳️ Do I Need a 20ft Container or a 40ft Container?

Having seen the cost of shipping a container from the UK to Australia, you’ll want to make sure that you use the right container size! Fortunately, it’s very easy to find out if you use our removal volume calculator. Add the items you’re moving, and you’ll receive a volume, simple.

Now, with volume, if it’s below 33m2 then you’ll be in need of 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.

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🚗 Shipping a Car from the UK to Australia

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 can range from £1,500-£3,000. Unless you have your car thoroughly cleaned before shipping to Australia, you can add the cost of a thorough treatment of your car to the cost as it also needs to be free of soil traces. It’s best to do it before you go since it’ll be cheaper to do it yourself!

Ready to Ship a Container to Australia?

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 and it’ll be a breeze and down forget to request free removal quotes!

We wish you the best of luck with shipping your personal effects to Australia from the UK. However, should you feel you need more information to prepare, just click one of the articles linked below and find a plethora of information that will help you with shipping a container from the UK to Australia.