Container sharing: Our bespoke packing systems allow for the safest method of sharing space inside containers allowing you substantial savings on your shipping costs.

Sole Use Container: For those larger full house moves we offer packing and loading direct from your front door into the shipping lines own containers. We can also collect your goods and return to our own warehouse should you require our bespoke shrink fast packing services.

How Much Does Container Shipping Cost?

Below are indicative international container shipping costs for 20ft and 40ft containers. A three-bed house would typically require a 20ft container, whereas a 4-5 bed house would normally require a 40ft container.

Short Answer: The container shipping costs below are based on port to port rates, and do not include UK collection or packing costs, nor destination clearance and delivery costs. These prices will vary depending on collection and delivery points.

Container Shipping Costs

Country Port 20ft Container Costs 40ft Container Costs
Australia Melbourne £1,138.00 £1,985.00
Sydney £1,138.00 £1,985.00
New Zealand Auckland £1,255.00 £1,936.00
Wellington £1,255.00 £1,936.00
Canada Montreal £1,066.00 £1,915.00
Toronto £1,340.00 £2,278.00
Vancouver £2,269.00 £3,507.00
USA Houston £1,369.00 £1,806.00
Los Angeles £1,990.00 £2,733.00
Miami £1,538.00 £1,993.00
New York £1,506.00 £1,943.00
South Africa Cape Town £1,096.00 £1,806.00
Durban £1,096.00 £1,806.00
Cyprus Limassol £965.00 £1,540.00

Track your shipping container 24/7: Whether you are sharing a container with other clients or shipping your own overseas, you can track your move 24/7 with our container tracking tool.

How Big is a Shipping Container?

As a rough guide the contents of a 3 bed house would normally fit inside a 20ft container. The full contents of a 4 or 5 bed house would normally require a 40ft container. Please feel free to ask us for advice on the size of container you need to ship your personal effects overseas. You can call us FREE on 0800 3890784 or post your shipping enquiry online here. Container sizes can vary slightly depending on which shipping line we use, the following sizes are to be used as a guideline only.

Standard 20ft Container Sizes

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Volume Capacity Tare Weight Max Cargo
19'4" 7'8" 7'10" 7'8" 7'6" 1,172CuFt 4,916lbs 47,900lbs
5.900m 2.350m 2.393m 2.342m 2.280m 33.2CBM 2,230Kg 21,770Kg

Standard 40ft Container Sizes

Inside Length Inside Width Inside Height Door Width Door Height Volume Capacity Tare Weight Max Cargo
39'5" 7'8" 7'10" 7'8" 7'6" 2,390CuFt 8,160lbs 59,040lbs
12.036m 2.350m 2.392m 2.340m 2.280m 67.7CBM 3,700Kg 26,780Kg

1st Move International offer regular weekly container shipping services to Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, South Africa and more. Weekly shipping and household removals by sole use and shared container services across the globe.

Weekly overseas shipping and International Removals UK to Australia. From your door to: Australia, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and many more.

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Once packed, all of our customer pallets are photographed and pictures of your own shipment will be posted immediately to our Facebook page.

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