Ship Furniture Overseas from the UK with 1st Move International

We have been shipping furniture overseas for 25 years and have a packing process that is second to none. Our specialist packing will ensure that your furniture is shipped safely and securely, and with our scheduled weekly shipping you can be sure that our services are the fastest in the business.

Controlled by our head office in Bristol, we offer nationwide collection services. Our experienced and knowledgeable team will help you to ship your furniture and make the experience as easy and stress-free as possible.

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Weekly Shipping

Avoid the delays and get there faster! Our unique packing systems allow us to ship weekly by sharing containers with commercial exporting companies.

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Unbeatable Packing

Our shrinkwrap packing stops the handling of individual items to ensure a Zero Touch delivery. This also reduces the risks of damage and improves the security of your goods.

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Accurate Billing

Each pallet is measured exactly after packing to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.

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The Benefits of Shipping Furniture with 1st Move International

Being one of the UK’s largest privately owned overseas removals companies, there are many benefits to shipping furniture abroad with us.

Our unrivalled palletising and packing technique not only protects your furniture, it enables us to use weekly scheduled shipping services for faster shipping. This also means that we can measure your packed furniture exactly, so you are billed precisely for the size of your shipment only, no estimating and no guessing.

With 3 levels of furniture shipping insurance available, we offer you peace of mind combined with weekly sailings and the fastest transit times available on the world's premier shipping lines.

You can choose to pay for insurance cover on your whole shipment, or for only the most valuable items, it really is that flexible.

We are members of the British Association of Removers (BAR) who are the trade association for removal services in the UK. To be a member, removals companies are inspected and audited on an annual basis so you can be rest assured you can expect a high standard of service if you ship your furniture with 1st Move International.

We believe that our service is the best out there, but don’t just take our word for it! Here are some genuine reviews via Trustpilot, an independent review platform, from customers who have shipped their furniture with 1st Move International:

FAQ for Furniture Shipping

Continue reading for Frequently Asked Questions and important information about shipping furniture overseas from the UK.

The cost of shipping your furniture will vary based on the packed size of your shipment, as well as the method of shipping, collection address, destination port and, if you utilise our door to door service, your final delivery address.

For an accurate price to ship your furniture overseas, based on your specific requirements, please request a quotation by filling out the form on this page.

If you use our LCL (Less than Container Load) shared container service, then your cost is based on the size of your furniture shipment once packed and palletised using our specialist packing process. As with commercial carriers, our freight costs are based on the volumetric size of your packed furniture shipment, so if you are shipping 4.5 cubic metres of furniture you are invoiced for 4.5 cubic metres of furniture.

For larger moves, it may be more cost effective to ship your furniture using our full container load (FCL) container service. We still collect your items loose using our specialist removals vans and experienced collection teams, and still palletise your goods for protection, but for FCL services you get the whole shipping container to yourselves. Your furniture is loaded into the container at our warehouse, and it is not taken out of the container until it arrives at its final destination.

There are options to use 20’ shipping containers, or 40’ shipping containers, and our knowledgeable and experienced team can help you to choose the best option for you based on the size of your furniture shipment.

Because 1st Move International uses commercial LCL shipping services, we are able to give you published schedules to let you know when we are shipping to each country. Once your furniture shipment is packed and all documentation is in place, we book onto the next available booked vessel to the port in COUNTRY.

For the latest shipping schedules for COUNTRY then you can go over to our International Container Shipping Schedule page of our website. This shows you the port to port transit time, but for confirmation of the expected door to door transit time please give us a call and we can give you the dates based on your specific requirements.

Other International Removals companies can give you similar port to port transit times but they won’t be able to give you an indication of when your furniture shipment will leave the UK. Their groupage/shared container services operate differently to 1st Move International. Ask them when your furniture shipment is likely to ship from the UK.

The quickest and easiest way for you to get a quotation for your own specific furniture shipment is to fill out our simple quote form. We only need a few details to get the ball rolling, and the form is easily found on this web page.

If you would prefer, you could contact us via phone on +44 117 982 8123 / 0800 389 0784, via e-mail on or by filling out our contact-us form on our website.

Popular Destinations for Shipping Furniture from the UK

We ship furniture to most countries around the world, so whatever your destination, we've got you covered. Some of the most popular countries for shipping furniture from the UK include:

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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.

Come and have a look.