Container Shipping to Australia from the UK

Are you in need of container shipping from the UK to Australia for personal belongings, household items, and furniture? If you're planning an overseas move and require a container to transport your possessions, request a free quote from us. Keep reading for further details on shipping times to Australia, weekly schedules, customs guidelines, and additional information about container shipping to Australia.

Container Shipping & Removals Services to Australia

At 1st Move we offer direct container services for household goods and personal effects.

You can take advantage of some great international shipping rates using our shared container services and our bespoke export packing systems for those smaller house moves.

Shipping a full house? We offer 20ft and 40ft container shipping services with loading direct from your door. Both services are direct from the UK and we offer some of the fastest sailing times available.

Please see our weekly international shipping schedule for Australia below or visit our international removals Australia page for more information.

How Long Does it Take to Ship a Container to Australia?

Are you planning a move to Australia? Get dates and port to port transit times for each vessel departing from the UK to Australia.

Short Answer: Typically, the port to port transit time from the UK to Australia starts from 50 days and may vary depending on the port of arrival. For more detailed times for each port/vessel please see our table below.

UK to Australia Container Shipping Schedule

Destination Vessel Name Last Moving Date to Meet Vessel Sailing Date Port to Port Transit Time
Adelaide ONE Mackinac 28/11/2023 12/12/2023 48
YM Wreath 05/12/2023 19/12/2023 48
ONE Milano 12/12/2023 26/12/2023 48
ONE Millau 19/12/2023 02/01/2024 48
Brisbane ONE Mackinac 28/11/2023 12/12/2023 57
YM Wreath 05/12/2023 19/12/2023 57
ONE Milano 12/12/2023 26/12/2023 57
ONE Millau 19/12/2023 02/01/2024 57
Fremantle ONE Mackinac 28/11/2023 12/12/2023 47
YM Wreath 05/12/2023 19/12/2023 47
ONE Milano 12/12/2023 26/12/2023 47
ONE Millau 19/12/2023 02/01/2024 47
Melbourne ONE Mackinac 28/11/2023 12/12/2023 45
YM Wreath 05/12/2023 19/12/2023 45
ONE Milano 12/12/2023 26/12/2023 45
ONE Millau 19/12/2023 02/01/2024 45
Sydney ONE Mackinac 28/11/2023 12/12/2023 50
YM Wreath 05/12/2023 19/12/2023 50
ONE Milano 12/12/2023 26/12/2023 50
ONE Millau 19/12/2023 02/01/2024 50

Container Tracking

Once your goods have been loaded you will receive a unique container number. We offer a container tracking service through, allowing you to track your container in real-time. Simply enter your container number to get the latest information about your shipment:

Shipping container tracking

Restricted and Prohibited Items for Shipping to Australia

If you're planning to move to Australia, it's crucial to be aware of the country's specific regulations about what you can and can't bring. Australia has strict customs rules, especially due to its unique ecosystem. Knowing what items are restricted and prohibited will make the process of clearing customs in Australia smooth and hassle-free.

Prohibited Items

Certain items are absolutely prohibited from entering Australia. These include but are not limited to:

  • Seeds and certain plants
  • Certain foodstuffs
  • Specific chemicals, such as pesticides

Moreover, be aware that common items such as Christmas decorations often containing pinecones and holly, or wooden items (including toys, antique furniture, baskets, and carvings) are considered biosecurity risks and could be destroyed at your expense.

Please check the full list of 71 prohibited items here:

Restricted Items

Other items may be restricted, meaning they might require cleaning or treatment before being allowed into the country. If these items are found to be contaminated with animal or plant material, they could be destroyed at your expense. Such items include:

  • Camping equipment
  • Bicycles and barbecues
  • Animal bedding
  • Wetsuits
  • Carpets and rugs

To navigate these restrictions, make sure you clean these items thoroughly before packing. The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment provides a comprehensive list of items to consider, along with tips for importation.

Packing and Declaration

Working with a professional shipping company like us can significantly ease your move. We'll assist you with packing, complying with Australian customs restrictions, and all necessary paperwork. For removals to Australia, you'll be sending Unaccompanied Personal Effects (UPE) and need to fill out the appropriate form, which we can guide you through.

You may have to pay duty on certain items such as cars or alcohol and tobacco, but generally, personal items you've owned for more than a year or those clearly for personal use during your stay in Australia are exempt.

At 1st Move International, we're here to support you in shipping your belongings to Australia safely and efficiently. With our extensive experience in international removals, we'll make your move easier. Ready to start your journey Down Under? Get a moving quote here.

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

At 1st Move International, we have over two decades of experience in the removals industry, offering unrivalled expertise and exceptional services tailored to your needs.

We're proud to offer faster shipping and safer packing and we meticulously handle every item, ensuring your belongings arrive safely at your new home in Australia. As members of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and the British Association of Removers (BAR), we adhere to the highest standards of professionalism and care in every move.

Get a free, no-obligation quote for our removal services today.

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.

We're proud to post these images, showcasing our removals team's passion and skill. Your personal effects are in the very best hands and are now destined for new adventures abroad.

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