International Removal Costs (2018): Shipping and Moving Prices from the UK

On this page you can find everything you need to know about international removal costs. If you are interested in finding a moving company, we have created a list of the top 10 international removals companies in the UK.

Below is an overview of what we will go over on this page:

International Removal Costs

Due to the many different aspects of an international move, calculating the cost is quite difficult. Thus, it is recommended to contact movers to gain a greater understanding. When you contact removal companies, you may receive different prices for your move. Therefore it is important to recognise how to choose the right removal company in order to receive a quality service, at a fair price.

International Removal Prices to Europe

The two most common types of transport that removal companies will use when moving to Europe are: road and sea. However, international movers will use the channel tunnel to access most countries as it is the easiest and most economical method.

CountryRoad costSea cost
Moving to France£2,700 – £3,800£5,200 – £7,000
Moving to Spain£4,000 – £5,500£5,200 – £7,100
Moving to Portugal£4,500 – £6,200£4,900 – £6,700
Moving to Germany£2,800 – £3,900£4,800 – £6,600
Moving to Italy£4,300 – £5,800£5,000 – £6,800
Moving to Sweden£4,500 – £6,100£4,700 – £6,400
Moving to Netherlands£2,300 – £3,100£4,500 – £6,100
Moving to Belgium£2,100 – £2,900£4,500 – £6,100
Moving to Switzerland£3,100 – £4,200£4,900 – £6,600

Removals costs from UK to the rest of the world

If you are moving to a country outside of Europe, things become a little more complicated. A lot of popular countries outside Europe have stricter boarder controls and regulations that both you and your mover needs to follow. This ultimately increases the costs of the move.

Most international removal companies will most likely transport your personal belongings by sea via a shipping container. There are a number of  sizes that can used, however most movers use 20ft and 40ft containers. It is the most common method as it is the most economical, thus it is important to understand container shipping costs. Most international movers use their own containers so don’t worry about trying to find one because they may not be able to use it due to legal reasons. If you are only shipping a few boxes however, air freight would be the best option.

CountrySea costs
Moving to America£6,500 – £8,700
Moving to Australia£9,502 – £9,766
Moving to New Zealand£9,000 – £11,000
Moving to Canada£6,888 – £7,192
Moving to India£5,800 – £9,600
Moving to South Africa£5,400 – £8,900
Moving to UAE£5,100 – £8,500

Note on Data: Please note the prices shown are only estimates and not all factors of the move are being taken into consideration, such as import taxes as well as customs and duties.

How are International Removal Costs Calculated?

The two main factors that can heavily affect your moving costs abroad are:

  1. Volume (ft³) 
  2. Distance.

International movers calculate your furniture in cubic feet (ft³). The calculation for finding the volume of a piece of furniture in cubic feet is: (L” x W” x H”). If you don’t want to measure every piece of furniture yourself, try our Removal Volume Calculator to find out the total volume that you will be moving abroad.

As well as these two factors, there are a number of aspects of the move that you need to take into consideration when calculating your international removal costs. These include:

  • Insurance: When you are travelling overseas, it is best to always have your personal belongings insured.
  • Date of the move: The most expensive days to move are the weekends and during the holidays. It won’t affect the price immensely, however it is still something you should take into account.
  • Extra Services: Companies will require an extra fee to provide extra services like assisting you in packing/unpacking and storage, so make sure you ask the moving company if this is the case.
  • Door-to-door: A door-to-door service occurs when the moving company completes the whole move from your old home to your new one overseas. This is usually the most expensive method, however most customers prefer it as it eliminates the stress that occurs when using more than one mover.
  • Type of transport: There are three main types of transport: air, sea and road. Land is the cheapest method, and is the most used when relocating to Europe. Air freight is significantly  faster than the other two, however it is more expensive and space is limited. The final method of transport is by sea. When relocating to countries like Australia and South Africa, the moving company will most likely use this method of transportation as it is the cheapest way compared to air and road isn’t a possibility.

Additional services

The additional services can majorly affect the costs of your international removal; however these services can also make it a lot less stressful. Below is a list of the estimated prices of many additional services offered by international removal companies:

ServiceAverage price
Insurance£260
Packaging furniture£100
Handyman service (repair, painting, etc.)£257
Help from a moving lift£60
Temporary storage (no longer than one month)£130
Parking permit£20
Transporting your piano£300

Tips to save you time, money and stress on your international removal prices

  1. Time – Planning ahead is a key feature and can really save you money and stress. Moving companies can charge extra if they think you need something done urgently. Planning ahead also gives you time to compare which moving company you want to go with. Check out the removal companies we work with to find one that specialises in your move abroad.
  2. Reduce your belongings – Do you really still need your 10 year old sofa with cat scratches on it? Then get rid and buy a new one in your new home country. This can actually work out cheaper as well rather than trekking something abroad.
  3. Pack properly – If not opting in for the removal company to baggage your belongings then make sure you don’t do a half hearted job. Organise and label all your boxes, but for more detailed information check out our moving checklist
  4. Protect yourself – Although this will not save you time, it will most definitely save you some stress. Anything can go wrong on your international removal and this can cost you a lot if you haven’t got the correct insurance.
  5. Plan accommodation – If you’re on a budget you definitely don’t wan’t to be spending unnecessary money on hotels while searching for your new home. Research where the best areas are and the best way to find a house in your future country. In some cities it can be extremely difficult to find a place to live and it’s advised to start your search early, such as in Amsterdam.