Key Information - China

  • Border status - All direct flights from the UK to China have been suspended and China maintains strict entry restrictions. Indirect flights are still available. Only certain Visa/Permit holders may enter the country.
  • Average shipping cost - £1,001
  • Average transit time - 50 days
  • Population - 1.402 billion
  • Most common language - Mandarin
  • Climate - In the north: Summer temperatures around 25 C and very cold winters. In the south: Very hot summers and mild winters.
  • Currency - Yuan (CNY)

How Much Does it Cost to Ship to China From The UK?

At 1st Move International, we aim to make the process of moving your belongings to a new country as easy and stress-free as possible. That starts with a clear and affordable pricing structure to enable you to reach your destination on time and on budget.

Short Answer: The cost of international removals from the UK to China starts from £1,001 for a shared container service, £1,777 for a 3 bed house and £1,854 for a 4 or 5 bed house. The UK to China port-to-port shipping charge will ultimately depend on your move size and final location in China.

International Removals Costs UK to China

Destination Port Shared Container Cost (GBP) 3 Bed House - 20ft Container Cost (GBP) 4-5 Bed House - 40ft Container Cost (GBP)
Beijing From £1,001 £1,777 £1,854

* Our costs table should be used as a guide only. As we do not know your collection or destination address, or how much you plan to ship, these costs do not include the following charges: UK collection, onward delivery from the port in China to your new home, professional packing and loading costs.

Please ask for a free quotation and we will send you a bespoke quote with the full cost of your move, or give us a call on 0800 389 0784.

How Long Does It Take to Ship to China?

1st Move International have connections with multiple international shipping companies in the UK giving us access to regular shipments to China and other ports around the world. Whether you require a full 40ft container or single pallet shipping, your personal effects can leave the UK inside 7 days of collection.

From there, port to port transit generally takes 50 days depending on the port and final destination of your shipment.

Why Move to China With 1st Move International?

1st Move International are members of the British International Freight Association (BIFA) and the British Association of Removers (BAR). We are also registered UK customs brokers which allows us to file electronic customs clearances through all main UK ports.

Established in 1997, we have been providing overseas removals services to members of the public for over 25 years and are one of the UK’s largest privately-owned overseas moving companies.

Don’t take our word for it, read testimonials from individuals and families we have moved across the world.

Container ship sailing fast

Guaranteed Weekly Shipping Service

Avoid the delays and get there faster! Our unique packing systems allow us to ship weekly by sharing containers with commercial exporting companies.
Ship it like the pros with our guaranteed weekly shipping services.

Covid Safe Packing Badge
Packed pallets lined up

Science Behind Our COVID Safe Packing

Palletised removals for a safer move overseas. 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.

Pallets being measured

Measured Exactly for Accurate Billing

Size does matter! International moving costs are determined by the total volume of your move.
Each pallet is measured exactly after packing to ensure clear and accurate billing for your move abroad.

Your Dedicated Move Managers

At 1st Move International, we understand that international removals can be incredibly stressful as well as an exciting time. When you choose to ship to China from the UK with 1st Move International, you will be provided with a dedicated move manager to help inform and reassure you every step of the way.

Move managers keep you fully up to date throughout the move so that you can rest assured that when you are shipping to China from the UK, you and your personal belongings are being taken care of.

Individual Pallets

We meticulously pack all household goods and personal possessions to your own specific pallets when shipping from the UK to China, unlike other international moving firms. Then, with the support of some of the UK's leading exporters, we consolidate and load your pallets into shipping containers, giving us and you an advantage. In comparison to other movers, we can offer faster sailing and arrival times.

Our highly personal and regulated international removals services give your goods the security and protection of palletised shipping with the economy of weekly shared container service.

Cost-Effective International Removals

With daily collections covering all of the UK and first class insurance, you can be assured of a fast, safe and secure international removals service to China.

You pay exactly for what you ship with our bespoke billing which allows us to measure the exact size of your final move and ensure a safe and secure shipment to China.

We use the safest and most cost-effective shipping solutions, based on your needs, whether your relocation is temporary or permanent. From the beginning of the journey until the end of the process, we pay close attention to every detail so that you don’t need to.

Secure Packaging

With our impact resistant and unbeatable packing services, combined with fast and frequent sailings from the UK to China, our Shrink-Fast packing technique provides the safest and fastest-moving services on the market today.

We are the only removals business that uses this packing method. Our packing procedures have been thoroughly examined, audited, and authorised by our insurance provider, and are the safest way to carry household items and personal effects internationally.

Our insurers adore us, and our packing techniques ensure that we have the lowest record of insurance claims of any international removals company in the UK.

Avoid Delays Shipping to China from the UK

UK trade is not impacted by airline travel bans and goods and products continue to be shipped on regular worldwide weekly sailings to most countries. By sharing container space with commercial movers 1st Move International continues to offer guaranteed weekly sailings to most of our worldwide destinations.

Our unique palletised freight systems and membership of the British International Freight Association gives us access to all the shared container services offered by the world’s premier international shipping companies. This means we share containers with the UK's top manufacturing and exporting companies and ship out every week, without fail.

Check our international shipping schedules to over 6500 destinations worldwide.

Looking to move to China?

Complete our online international removal quote form and your quotation will be sent via email within 24 hours. If you’d like to ask a question right away, visit our contact page.

Alternatively, give us a call on 0800 3890784.

We also offer a number of helpful guides on life in China and what you can expect when you live there.

Moving to China - An Ultimate Guide
Pros and Cons of moving to China

Real customer reviews

Simply the best! Highly recommend 1st Move International, outstanding service. I had a large shipment of all my worldly goods to SA of which many items were very fragile. The packaging was so amazing not a single item was broken. And the communication was excellent all the way. Thank you to all at the company.

We have used 1st Move International over the past five years and never had a concern. The service we have received has encouraged us to give 1st Move International's details to all our friends

From start to finish the process to move our goods from the UK to the USA was seamless. Wonderful communication from everyone involved, and our belongings arrived in flawless condition. Highly recommend!

Everything about 1st Move itself was excellent - they were efficient, courteous, very responsive to all my concerns and very straightforward to deal with.

These guys are the best, superb service and amazing packing skills, everything arrived safely and not a scratch or broken glass in sight.

In the midst of life's challenges, they made an international move an easy process.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move.

I would give more stars if I could! 1st Move shipped 4 large pallets from the UK to the US for me and what seemed like such a daunting task to me, they handled awesomely!

Absolutely fantastic service from start to finish. Highly recommend and would definitely use again. Super helpful friendly team with brilliant communication who helped us every step of the way guiding us through all paperwork rules and regs. Thanks so much.

Even with the inconveniences of COVID-19 shutting down the world, 1st Move International went above and beyond for our overseas move. It is amazing that there was no damage taking into consideration that there was an Atlantic crossing, countless warehouse moves, train shipments, and truck deliveries. The only moving company I recommend!

Your Pallets Packed - Live on Facebook

COVID Safe Packing and Zero Touch Delivery Label

We are the only UK international removals company who offer COVID safe packing solutions when shipping household goods from the UK.

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

You can see a gallery of our latest customer shipments here.