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FCL 20ft & 40ft Containers

Shipping Container to the UK | Moving and Shipping to the United Kingdom from Australia

Shipping 20FT 40FT Containers & Less than Container Loads (LCL/Shared Container Services) to the UK

Shipping Containers to the United Kingdom, Shipping Boxes to the United Kingdom

Moving your goods from Australia to the United Kingdom doesn’t need to be difficult or costly. Our team of professionals will provide all the shipping services you need to the destination of your choice within the UK.

Whether you are moving your goods to any of the main United Kingdom ports: Felixstowe, Grangemouth, Liverpool, Plymouth, Southampton, Teesport, Tilbury, or, to inland destinations: Bristol, Cambridge, Croydon, Derby, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Guildford, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Reading, Sheffield, Slough, Swindon, York and many others… 

We can provide all the shipping services you need: affordable shipping rates, professional packing and loading services, marine transit insurance, 20ft and 40ft shipping containers.

We also provide competitive shared container services (Less than a Container Load – LCL) to the following UK destinations: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Felixstowe, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Southampton, Thames Port, Tilbury, Tortola (British Virgin Islands).

What documents do I need when Moving Overseas to the United Kingdom from Australia?

When moving to England or to anywhere inside the UK it is very important to know what the documentation requirements are.

Completing the required documentation correctly saves you time and avoids unnecessary stress.

The main documents that need to be submitted to the UK authorities when your cargo is entering the UK are:

– Bill of Lading (shipping document)

– Comprehensive Packing/Inventory List

For duty/tax relief on used personal effects, a Transfer of Residence application is required, see here:

Importing a motor vehicle into the UK

Importing a motor vehicle into the UK from outside of the European Union is tax/duty exempt if the vehicle is for the temporary import or through a TOR, otherwise duties/taxes will apply to permanent imports.

What is prohibited to import into the UK?

Some items prohibited from importation into the UK are: Narcotics, drugs, explosives, weapons, plants, animal produce, protected-species animal products, pornographic material etc.

How to import firearms into the UK

Any firearms aimed for the importation into the UK must have legitimate certificates and warrants issued by the relevant authorities from the country of origin.

If you wish to export firearms from Australia, contact the Australian Government Department of Defence and complete the Restricted Goods Permit for Export (RGP) form available at the bottom of this page. Also, more information and detailed guidance on offensive weapons import controls is available from the UK Government weapons import information page.

Tobacco and alcohol allowances

Importing alcohol and tobacco may be subject to heavy duties to prevent excessive importation, check the UK Government Alcohol Duties detailed guidance page.

For information on tobacco and alcohol limits please see here.

Will you be taxed importing personal effects into the UK?

To declare your belongings to Customs and to claim any duty and tax-free reliefs that may apply, you need to complete form TOR and apply for a URN (Unique Reference Number).

As of 1st of April 2017, all personal effect importers will need to obtain a Unique Reference Number (URN) prior to sailing from the following HM Customs link, once obtained the URN can be listed on the bill of lading at the time of sailing. It is advised that when completing the application, this should be saved as a PDF form and emailed to (the applicant should also include their email address for further communication to speed up the process). 

Failure to complete this application will result in the consignee being responsible for paying full customs duties and taxes on their cargo, if the consignee is unwilling to complete this application, or is unwilling to pay duties / taxes, this will result in their cargo being seized and destroyed without notice. 

The same application will need to be made for any persons transferring their private motor vehicle to the UK. 

Timing of your Move and Tips

Moving to the UK can be problem free with the right planning, the right advice and the right people to move your world.

Plan what you want to ship, and how much space you will need for your move.

Capacities for common container sizes





20 ft (6.1 m)

8 ft (2.44 m)

8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)

1,360 cu ft (38.5 m3)

40 ft (12.2 m)
40 hc (12.2m)

8 ft (2.44 m)
8 ft (2.44 m)

8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)
9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)

2,372 cu ft (67.2 m3)
2,679 cu ft (75.9 m3)

If you need a larger 40 ft container we can organise a High Cube container which is 9 ft 6 inches in height.

Type a detailed list of goods that you wish to ship overseas from Australia. You can use our packing list template here.

Plan when you want your goods to arrive to your destination, average transit time to UK destinations are between 50 and 60 days with vessel sailings weekly. Make a booking with us at least 6 weeks in advance of vessel departure, this can help ensure space on the container vessel that arrives into the UK at the most suitable time for you.

Avoid weekends and public holidays for any container drop-off and pick-up, this minimizes any extra charges that can be avoided just by planning correctly in advance.

If you are packing yourself make sure everything is packed before the container arrives at your premise. If you want us to do the packing, not a problem we will arrange everything on time every time!

If you need the container a few days to load, we will plan with you the best possible time for the container delivery, thus ensuring there will be no extra hiring charges from the carrier that leases the container to you. If you want us to do the loading goods into container, our professional team will do it efficiently, carefully and quickly.

Check that your chosen place of residence can handle the goods you wish to ship.

Contact us, we are the professionals who will take care of your shipping needs.

Unfortunately, there is always the possibility of cargo damage or cargo loss during shipping, we always recommend to insure your cargo for the actual replacement cost.

Shipping to the UK is easy with Moving Your World, contact us today for a free non-obligatory and hassle free quote.

Download Documents

RGP Form ( Firearms/Restricted Goods Permit Export from Australia )