Removals to Japan from the UK
Get a quote for moving to Japan from the UK and check our essential guide to overseas removals including costs, shipping furniture, customs requirements and more.
If you are moving to Japan or looking for more information about removals to Japan from the UK then you are in the right place!
Here you’ll find everything you need to know about the international removals process, including estimated removal costs and answers to frequently asked questions such as: what can/can’t I take?; how long does shipping to Japan from UK take?; and what size shipping container do I need?
PSS International Removals specialise in assisting families and individuals to professionally ship the contents of their household to Japan.
We undertake full household removals to Japan as well as international shipping for moving personal effects and vehicles to Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya,Sapporo, Kobe. and many more.
International removals to Japan are easy with PSS
Home Survey or Quote
Get an online quote in 60 seconds or book a FREE home survey.
Help and Advice
Your dedicated Account Manager can help answer your questions and tailor your removal requirements.
Your belongings packed and shipped
Our specialist export-packing team will take care of everything for you.
Customs clearance & delivery to your new home
On arrival our agents will handle your customs clearance and deliver to your door.
House Removals and Shipping to Japan
PSS International Removals are one of the UK’s leading and most trusted international removal companies. In fact, we only undertake overseas moves. Due to the number of people we help move to Japan every year, we can offer the best prices and still maintain high standards of service.
So if you are looking for the best international removal company for shipping furniture to Japan look no further!
We’ll take the stress out of your overseas household removal to Japan so you can relax and focus on starting your new life.
If you wish to get an immediate estimate of your removal costs then use our online international removal calculator to get a guideline price.
Alternatively, for a more accurate quotation, you can book a Home or Video Survey with one of our International Removal Surveyors.
If you require more information about removals from the UK to Japan see our complete guide and FAQ section below. Or you can call our team for a free consultation with an International Removals Adviser.
Our UK to Japan Removal Service includes:
- Door to door removal service
- Removal from anywhere in the UK to anywhere in Japan
- Free home/video survey
- Shared (Groupage) or full load (FCL) container service
- Advice from an expert International Removal Consultant
- Dedicated Move Manager
- Help with documentation
- Advice on Japan customs requirements
- Use of recognised accredited shipping lines
- Automated notification of shipment advice
- Tailor-made shipment protection policies
- Frequent sailing schedule and delivery to all destinations in Japan
- Storage in UK or Japan if required
- Low prices without compromising on service
Packing Services Include:
- Full international export standard packing & wrap service
- You pack, we ship option
- Fully trained export packers
- Provision of export quality boxes, cartons & packing materials
- Custom wood casing/crates if required
- Professional antique wrapping
- Advice on preparing your items for transport to Japan
“Why choose PSS International Removals in 2023?”
- Free home survey
- Family run business for over 40 years
- We only handle Overseas Removals
- Members of BAR Overseas Group
- BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
- FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
- FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
Removals from UK to Japan Reviews
International removals to Japan cost calculator
Want to know how it will cost to move house to Japan? Our free online International Removal Cost Calculator will help you calculate the volume of household goods you want to ship and provide you with an estimate of the cost.
Complete Guide to Household Removals to Japan from the UK
Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about moving to Japan. There is a lot to consider which is why we allocate you a Move Manager to guide you through the whole overseas shipping process.
Before You Move To Japan
Shipping Boxes or Luggage to Japan
How Much Do International Removals to Japan Cost?
The cost of removals to Japan from the UK can vary considerably as it depends on many factors including where in the UK you are moving from, the volume and type of household goods you are shipping, current exchange rates and your final destination address. Howecver, as we specialise in removals from UK to Japan and have years of experience, we are able to offer the best prices.
As members of international organisations such as the Movers Traders Club and International Movers Association, we are able to negotiate very favourable shipping rates for our customers. We pass these costs savings on to you so benefit from a cheap removal to Japan.
We recommend you use our online removal cost calculator or speak to one of our consultants for a more accurate estimate.
When is payment due and will I have to pay a deposit?
Our payment terms are 7 days before removal day and we require a £350 deposit when booking your removal.
Are there additional charges?
All of our estimates are quoted as a door-to-door service. This service includes standard custom clearance as well as other related charges.
Are quote will not include additional costs such as customs duties, quarantine fees and some other charges which vary per removal and are payable on arrival in Japan.
All related charges information will be clearly listed in your removals quote and explained to you by your Account Manager.
How Long Do Removals to Japan from the UK Take?
Sea freight shipping times from the UK to Japan are around 6-9 weeks for a full container load (FCL) or 8-12 weeks for a shared container/groupage service (Sometimes called less than container load – LCL). In addition, you will also need to allow added time for customs clearance.
Usually, it will take our professional packers 2-4 days to pack and load a shipping container.
Why Choose PSS International Removals - A Leading UK to Japan Removalist?
- UK’s leading specialist international removal company
- Help thousands of people move overseas, including to Japan every year
- 40 years of experience as international removalists
- Independent family run moving company
- Fully accredited to the highest standards for international moves
- Achieved FIDI FAIM Top Performer Status
- Long serving removal staff with knowledge and expertise
- Staff training by BAR and FIDI
- Members of the BAR Advanced Payment Guarantee Scheme
Where in Japan Do You Do Removals to?
We do removals from anywhere in the UK (including London, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) to all destinations in Japan including:
How to Get an Overseas Removal Quote?
You can use our online cost calculator to get a quick estimate for your house removal today.
However, for a more accurate quote, we recommend you book an appointment for a Home Survey or Video Survey with one of our International Removal Consultants.
Not only will they be able to calculate your volume, but they will also provide free expert advice on packing requirements, the shipping process, customs and what you should and should not take.
Moving To Japan
What Can't You Take to Japan? Restricted and Prohibited Items
Like most countries, Japan has a list of products and goods that are either prohibited or have restrictions on importation.
We highly recommend you check the FIDI Customs Guide for information on what can and cannot be imported into the country.
Failure to do so can result in your shipment being delayed in customs, refused entry or you may have to pay fines or fees for disposal of items.
Do I Need Shipment Protection Cover or Marine Removals Insurance to Japan?
As PSS are members of BAR your removal costs are covered by the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme. As a member of FIDI Global Alliance and having achieved FIDI FAIM top performer status, you can be assured that PSS and our partners in Japan have the highest standards of professionalism in international moves.
However, due to the nature of international removals and shipping, it is highly recommended that you take out a Marine Insurance policy or Shipment Protection Cover. At PSS we offer and recommend Shipment Protection Cover which is very flexible and has a lot of advantages.
PSS International Shipment Protection Cover
Our policy is quick and easy to set up, simply complete our Shipment Protection valuation form with the items you would like to cover and their values.
Actual costs are calculated as a percentage of the value you wish to cover. These vary depending on whether it’s self-packed or packed by professional overseas movers. Typically this varies from 3% to 5% of the value of the items you want to cover. For more information speak to one of our advisers.
What Happens on Moving Day?
Your Move Manager will advise you on everything you need to know about your household removal. They will advise you on what you’ll need to do to prepare items for moving day, including which items need cleaning and disinfecting.
Please advise us beforehand if you decide to take additional items so we can ensure that they will fit on the container and also if necessary update your quote.
On moving day our professional and friendly international movers and packers will take care of everything for you. Typically for a full house overseas removal, they begin packing furniture on day one and your shipping container will arrive for loading sometime on day two.
For part container loads we will take your packed belongings to our depot for loading onto the container.
How Are My Belongings Packed?
Our specially trained and experienced export packers will ensure all your belongings are speedily but carefully packed before being loaded into your shipping container. Thousands of miles by sea from UK to Japan is a long journey so higher standards and different techniques are needed than used by a standard domestic removal company.
Furniture is export wrapped for proper protection. We also use strong double-walled cartons to pack your belongings to keep them secure for your move.
We have a variety of different sizes and types of removal boxes to meet your needs including book and bike cartons.
For delicate items and antiques, we have even higher grade materials including custom made wooden crates if required
Furniture Removals to Japan
For international furniture removals, items need to be wrapped and packed to a high standard to ensure they arrive at your new home in perfect condition no matter whether it’s sofas, tables, chairs or other furniture.
We use export standard packing materials and professionally trained packers who specialise in international removals to ensure your furniture arrives in perfect condition.
Our experienced team of packers and removalists specialise in international removals and overseas moves so they know how to ensure all your furniture and personal effects are packed safely and securely.
Can I Self-Pack my Furniture Removal to Japan?
It is recommended to use professional international removalists who are specially trained and experienced in export wrapping and packing for overseas furniture removals.
However, we do have an option available if you want to pack your belongings yourself. Just remember, if you are packing your own container, that you ensure your belongings are well wrapped and that you allow plenty of time. People often underestimate how long it will take to self-pack your container – especially when you have a lot of other tasks to complete before your move to Japan.
What Documentation is Required?
Your dedicated Move Manager will advise you on the required shipping documents and help you with their completion. Example documents required are:
- Fully completed customs form for Japan (goods to follow list)
- Removal inventory (PSS will prepare this if PSS are packing)
- Valuation form for Shipment Protection cover
- Copy of your Passport and Visa
- Purchase receipts (only applicable if you are importing any newly purchased goods)
- Letter undertaking (not always needed)
- Bank statements, income tax or rent receipts as proof that you have resided outside Japan for a minimum of 12 months (only applicable for returning citizens)
Arriving in Japan
Customs Clearance in Japan
When your belongings in arrive in Japan they will need to pass through customs. This can be a complicated and difficult process if you are not familiar with international shipping and removals.
Fortunately, as part of our service, we will handle the customs clearance process on your behalf.
For household removals and shipping of personal effects, you may not have to pay customs duty and taxes on all items.
There may be some additional charges such as inspection fees and quarantine charges you need to pay to the local customs authorities. These vary and so are not included in your shipping quote.
There will be some forms you need to complete and other documentation you need to provide as evidence.
Your Move Manager will be able to talk you through this and you can also find out more details in our FIDI Customs Guide.
Delivery of Your Items in Japan
PSS International provide a full door to door international removal service which includes delivery of items to your new home. (Beware of cheap removal quotes that maybe to port only.)
We will contact you before your container arrives in Japan to ensure that we have all your relevant paperwork to enable us to start the customs clearance process as well as making sure that we have your correct requirements in place for delivery.
Once the customs clearance of your goods has taken place we can then arrange your delivery and the unpacking of your goods. Our crew will arrive at your new property and place your items in the rooms of your choice and unwrap and remove the packing material. If you are not ready to take delivery then we can offer competitive storage rates for your goods at one of our local depots in Japan.
Our delivery service with our partner removal company in Japan includes:
- Delivery to all locations in Japan
- Dedicated FIDI regulated international movers in Japan
- Dedicated import clerk in Japan
- Customs clearance
- Up to date information on delivery & customs clearance process
- Trained import delivery removalist team (by professional movers and packers in Japan)
- Unpacking of all furniture & removal of any packaging materials on the day of delivery
What if I Need Storage or Don't Yet Have a Delivery Address in Japan?
This is not a problem as all we will require is a contact address and contact details. The delivery address can be advised at a later date or when you arrive.
If required, we can also arrange storage of your household goods and personal effects in Japan whilst you arrange your new home. Once you’re ready our local movers will be able to deliver your belongings.