Get an instant quote for shipping personal effects and household goods internationally from the UK’s leading personal shipping services, using our cost calculator.

Are you looking to ship your personal effects and household goods overseas from the UK? You are in right place. Rest assured, your possessions will reach their destination in impeccable condition, thanks to high quality packing materials tailored to shipping abroad.

When you send your personal belongings abroad, a dedicated move manager will provide continuous support and guidance, addressing all of your questions throughout the process. This is helpful especially if this is your first time shipping items overseas.

With over 40 years of experience, PSS offers the expertise of a shipping company that understands the intricacies of sending goods from the UK and will ensure you have a smooth and stress-free experience.

You can start the process of shipping personal effects using our international shipping cost calculator. We frequently ship to destinations such as Australia, New Zealand, USA and Spain, and our comprehensive network allows to ship to global destinations.

Shipping personal effects and household belongings is easy with PSS


STEP 1
Home Survey or Quote

Get an online quote in 60 seconds or book a FREE home survey.

STEP 2
Help and Advice

Your dedicated Account Manager can help answer your questions and tailor your shipping requirements.

STEP 3
Quick and easy collection and shipping


Whether you are shipping boxes or furniture, choose either our self-packing or  professional packing service.


STEP 4
Customs clearance & delivery to your new home


On arrival our agents will take care of customs clearance and deliver to your door.

Contact us

How can we help? Call 0800 988 3711

Our friendly team are on hand to answer any questions.

Personal Shipping Services for moving overseas

As one of the leading international shipping companies, PSS has been providing personal shipping services for over 40 years. In fact, the letters PSS originally stood for Personal Shipping Service.

You’ll be provided with premium packing materials for transporting your personal items, including specialised cartons for tea, books, or bicycles for international shipments.

You can choose between air freight and sea freight for transporting your goods. Opt for air freight for rapid shipment for boxes. Sea freight, on the other hand, is ideal for shipping furniture or large quantities of items abroad and is the most economical option, albeit with a longer delivery time.

Additionally, by opting for PSS Removals for shipping your personal goods, you’ll benefit from the services of a dedicated move manager.

This move manager will assist you with necessary paperwork and customs procedures, respond promptly to your questions, and provide expert guidance throughout the process.

If you need to transport a substantial amount of household items, our full load shipping container is available for your convenience. Once you’ve completed loading your belongings, we’ll coordinate the delivery to your new residence.

For less bulky consignments, we recommend opting for a shared container.

This allows your household goods to be consolidated with those of other customers heading to the same destination, enabling you to share the expenses proportionate to the volume of your shipment.

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International Shipping Cost Calculator

Want to know how much it will cost to send personal effects? Our free online shipping cost calculator will help you calculate the volume of shipping household goods you want to ship and provide you with an estimate of the cost of UK shipping.

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Personal Effects and Household Goods Shipping FAQ Guide

Find out everything you need to know about shipping personal effects and household goods internationally with answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions.,

How much does it cost to ship personal effects overseas?

The cost of shipping personal effects and household goods will vary significantly based on the amount and destination of your belongings as well as if you are shipping by air or sea freight. It can range from £100-£200 for a small shipment to £6,000-£8,000 for a large shipping container.

Shipping your belongings with our international personal shipping services is quite affordable, especially to popular destinations from the UK, due to the cost advantages of high demand.

At PSS, we handle thousands of international relocations annually, perfecting our method and securing competitive shipping rates. This efficiency allows us to help you save money.

To obtain an estimate for your move, we recommend using our international shipping cost calculator. For a more precise quote and to address your specific requirements, we’re ready to conduct either an in-home or video survey whenever you’re prepared.

How long does shipping belongings overseas take?

The timeline for international shipping can range from 1 to 12 weeks, influenced by various factors such as your final destination and the method of shipping chosen.

Obviously, air freight is much quicker than sea freight but is not a practical option for large shipments.

For large shipments, opting for a full shipping container or a dedicated road transport load can expedite your move.

Conversely, a groupage service for smaller overseas moves that involve shared containers or part loads will require additional time for consolidation of the goods.

Additionally, for an international move, it’s important to factor in the time needed for customs clearance at your destination, which can differ based on the specific country and region.

What are personal effects in shipping?

Personal effects and household belongings in the context of shipping goods internationally are usually used belongings owned by a person as opposed to commercial goods or brand new items being ordered for delivery. They can usually be shipped and imported duty free if you are a migrant or returning resident.

The meaning of personal effects typically refers to personal items that are personally used by an individual and are closely associated with them. These can include clothing, personal electronics (like laptops, smartphones, and cameras), personal documents, jewelry, and other items that are typically carried or worn on a daily basis.

Household belongings is broader and encompasses all items that are part of a household. This includes not only personal effects but also furniture, kitchen appliances, decorative items, linens, tools, and other items that are used in the functioning and maintenance of a home.

For more than four decades, PSS has specialised in international personal shipping services, offering expert guidance throughout the entire process. We offer a comprehensive door-to-door service, ensuring your personal effects and household belongings are safely delivered to your new overseas residence.

What is the cheapest way to ship personal effects overseas?

Sea freight is the usually cheapest way to ship personal belongings overseas, but it is also the slowest service, ranging from 2 to 12 weeks, depending on the destination.

Air freight is quicker, although you may pay more, depending on the quantity of cartons/suitcases you are sending and the destination. The transit time can range from 3 to 14 days.

However, depending on the size of your shipment, air freight can be cheaper in some circumstances – especially to inland destinations in the U.S. or Canada.

To find out whether air freight or sea freight would be best for your move, contact our customer service team for expert advice.

Do you provide a packing service for shipping personal effects?

For shipping boxes, customers often handle the packing themselves, a practice referred to as owner packing, and are advised to prepare a packing list detailing the shipped items.

We also provide a professional packing service, ideal for extensive shipments, delicate goods, or international relocations involving the entire household’s contents. We do recommend you start planning as soon as possible to avoid any stress closer to move date.

How can I ship my household goods?

The best way to ship to ship household goods including furniture is via a container shipping service if you’re moving overseas or road freight if you’re moving to Europe.

Professional export packers can ensure your belongings are safely wrapped and packed before being loaded onto a container or lorry. International removal or shippings companies will also take care of customs clearance for you and deliver to your door in your destination country.

How are my belongings packed?

Our export packers, who are both specially trained and seasoned, will swiftly yet meticulously pack all your possessions prior to loading them into your shipping container. Given the extensive distance spanning thousands of miles via sea and road, the journey necessitates superior standards and distinct packing techniques compared to those employed by typical domestic removal services.

For fragile pieces and antiques, we utilise even more superior materials and offer bespoke wooden crates when necessary. Understanding the sentimental value your personal items hold for you, we take great care to ensure they arrive in perfect condition.

What countries do you provide personal effects shipping services to?

Shipping overseas can appear to be a daunting task, but as the leading personal shipping provider in the UK, we are well-versed in the complexities of moving belongings for families, expatriates, travellers, and students, ensuring a smooth and stress-free process.

Popular destinations for  personal effects shipment include South Africa, UAE, Australia and Spain. If you are looking for our comprehensive list of destinations, you can find it in our international shipping page

What can't you take? Restricted or Prohibited Items

Most countries have a list of restricted or prohibited items that you cannot take with you when entering or relocating. It is important therefore you make you check the listings for prohibited or restricted items and take action accordingly. Many are items you might expect but some countries have more unusual restriction. If you are at all unsure please check with your Move Manager.

Please see our FIDI Customs Information Guides for more details.

Do I need to pay customs duty on personal effects and household goods?

If you moving to a country as a migrant or permanent resident or a national returning home after living abroad for 12 months, you do not usually have to pay customs duty on used personal effects and household goods.

Whilst most countries allow you to import personal effects and household goods duty free, the exact requirements and conditions vary so we suggest you check the appropriate customs guide.

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