Container Shipping Costs from the UK to Australia

Please find below current container shipping rates from the UK to Australia. Container shipping costs are based on the size or volume of your move. The bigger the move, the higher the cost. Collection, packing and destination charges will also affect the final price, so please ask us for a quote.

Destination Port Shared Container Cost (GBP) 3 Bed House - 20ft Container Cost (GBP) 4-5 Bed House - 40ft Container Cost (GBP)
Melbourne From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998
Sydney From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998
Adelaide From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998
Brisbane From £1,011 £2,897 £4,998

Why Ship to Australia in a Sole Use Container

Choosing a sole use container to ship your household goods to Australia has several benefits:

  1. Space: With this option you have sole-use of your own dedicated 20ft or 40ft container. The ideal option for those shipping larger quantities of belongings, such as the contents of a 3-5 bed home. For reference, a 3 bed home can typically fit in a 20ft container once packed. For 4-5 bed house moves we typically recommend 40ft containers.

  2. Speed: Once your container is loaded, we immediately book it onto the next available vessel for shipping to Australia.

  3. Security: All containers are security sealed and tracked from the moment of departure. Your belongings remain untouched until arrival. You can track your container on it's journey from the UK to Australia and delivery to your door can be arranged.

Why Ship to Australia in a Shared Container

Shipping your household goods in a shared container, often referred to as a "groupage" service, also has a number of advantages:

  1. Ideal for Smaller Moves: Perfect for those shipping less than the contents of a 3 bed house as it allows you to share container space with other smaller shipments.

  2. Cost effective: Sharing container space also means sharing the cost of the container, making it the most cost-effective option if you do not require the space of a full 20ft or 40ft container.

  3. Secure Professional Packing: All shared container shipments are meticulously packed and palletised to protect your belongings during the shipping process, and to ensure easy handling and clear identification of your shipment from others. This also allows for more accurate billing. You only pay for the exact space that your pallet requires.

Main Container Shipping Ports in Australia

Australia has several significant ports that serve as the main hubs for container shipping. These ports play a crucial role in the country's trade and commerce by handling millions of Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) each year.

  • Port Botany (Port of Sydney): One of the most significant container ports in Australia, Port Botany is located in Sydney, New South Wales. It has a dedicated terminal for containerized goods and is the second busiest container port in Australia, handling over 2.5 million TEUs per year.
  • Port of Melbourne: The Port of Melbourne is Australia's busiest container port. It handles around 36% of Australia's container trade, which translates to over 3.2 million TEUs per year. The port is well equipped with modern facilities to manage large volumes of cargo.
  • Port of Brisbane: Situated in Queensland, the Port of Brisbane handles over 1.3~ million TEUs annually. It is one of Australia's fastest-growing container ports and has a dedicated terminal for container shipping.
  • Port of Fremantle: The Port of Fremantle, located in Western Australia, is a significant hub for container shipping in the region. As of 2021, it manages around 792,021 TEUs annually.
  • Port Adelaide: Located in South Australia, Port Adelaide, also known as the Flinders Ports, is a significant hub for container trade. It handles around 219,000 TEUs per year.

Trust Us with Your Move to Australia

If you are moving to Australia, 1st Move International is your first choice for reliable, experienced and trusted shipping & removals services from the UK.

Our dedicated team is here to guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your move is as seamless as possible. We're committed to providing you with the best service and value for money with our faster shipping and safer packing, regardless of the size or complexity of your move.

To get your container moving quote from the UK Australia simply get a free, no-obligation quote and one of our move managers will send a quote and go through the services options we have available. Let's embark on this journey together.

Your Pallets Packed - Posted Live on Facebook

Your life, carefully wrapped, beautifully packed, and protected for the journey ahead.

We are extremely proud of our unique packing process. We are the only international removals company in the UK that uses this tried and tested method to ship your treasured personal possessions overseas.

This is our craft - lives packed with care and attention for their journey overseas. Visit our Facebook page to find a snapshot of each shipment captured as the final pallet is wrapped.

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