International Shipping to Japan
Get a quote for shipping to Japan from the UK, including prices to ship furniture, boxes, bags and more.
If you need to ship personal effects or household goods to Japan, you have come to the right place.
Whether you are a UK migrant shipping your entire house contents, or an Japanese expat returning home with a few suitcases, PSS International Removals will handle the entire process for you.
We have been shipping people’s belongings to Japan from the UK for over 40 years, and after all this time of organising and performing global shipments, our priorities have never wavered; to provide customers with exceptional service and cheap shipping costs from the UK to Japan.
We have designed our overseas shipping service to make your transition to life in Japan a simple one. It doesn’t matter if you are shipping a few boxes or a whole household and a car, we fully organise your UK to Japan shipment, including customs clearance and help with documents.
Shipping your belongings to Japan is 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 shipping requirements.
Quick and easy collection and shipping
Whether you are shipping boxes or furniture, choose either our self-packing or professional packing service.
Customs clearance & delivery to your new home
On arrival our agents will take care of customs clearance and deliver to your door.
“Why choose PSS International in 2023?”
- Free home or video survey
- Independent, family run business with 40 years of experience
- We only handle overseas removals & international shipping
- Members of BAR Overseas Group
- Protection by the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
- FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
- FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
Shipping to Japan from the UK
From the moment you alert us of your interest, we allocate you a move coordinator to arrange your UK to Japan shipping from pre-home survey through to unloading of your boxes. Our reputation as the UK’s foremost personal shipping provider means we know what it takes to move the belongings of families, expats, travellers and students to Japan as part of a smooth and stress-free process.
We serve every Japanese city and region, so rest assured your belongings will arrive safely wherever you are heading!
Some of the most popular cities for our Japan shipping service include: Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya,Sapporo and Kobe.
What does our international shipping service to Japan include?
- Door to door shipping service
- Free home/video survey
- Part or full load container removal service
- Dedicated Move Manager
- Help with documentation
- Export quality packing materials
- Choice of self-pack or professional packing service
- Advice on customs requirements
- Use of recognised accredited shipping lines
- Customs clearance
- Storage in UK or Japan if required
Shipping 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.
The Ultimate Guide to Shipping to Japan
Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about shipping to Japan.
What size Shipping Container do I need for Japan?
Whether your load requires a full or shared container shipping to Japan is entirely dependent on the quantity or combined dimensions of your goods.
Shared Shipping Containers to Japan (Groupage)
For small moves, we load items into a shared shipping container from the UK to Japan alongside the boxes of other PSS customers, this is also known as groupage service.
Part-load container shipping (also called LCL – Less than Container Load) is a convenient way to send a single box of clothing, personal goods and sports equipment, or even smaller furniture items and the household contents from a one-bed flat. You only pay for the container space you use.
Full-Load Container Shipping from the UK to Japan
If you have a much larger load to send to Japan, our Full Container Load (FCL) shipping option is useful, also known as sole-use container shipping to Japan.
If you are exporting a large family home of personal items and furniture, PSS will provide a 20ft or 40ft shipping container designated for your sole use.
The cost of container shipping to Japan from the UK depends on the chosen size of the shipping container. Both of our 20ft and 40ft shipping containers have plenty of space and it is up to you how you fill it.
A 20ft shipping container is big enough for the contents of the average three-bedroom home and a 40ft shipping container is usually big enough to fit the contents of a four-bedroom house and a car.
The quote includes our professional packing service.
Another advantage of a sole use shipping container is that it leaves immediately on the next available ship heading for Japan. You don’t have to wait for other PSS customers to fill the container.
For more information visit our Japan container shipping page.
How Much Does Shipping to Japan Cost from the UK in 2023?
Considering the distance between the two, you may be pleasantly surprised at how cheap shipping is to Japan from the UK.
PSS calculates shipping rates to Japan from the UK on the chosen shipping method for sending goods to Japan.
We have large numbers of customers shipping belongings to Japan every year, and so we can extend very competitive shipping rates.
Typical Shipping Costs from the UK to Japan 2020
Although the cheapest way to ship to Japan is using part-load container shipping, you should consider that many items might be harder to get hold of in Japan. Therefore, when you add up the cost of sourcing and replacing your smaller pieces upon arrival, it is often cheaper and more convenient to ship a higher volume of goods.
We calculate part-load shipping quotes from the UK to Japan using the combined dimensions of your consignment and the space your belongings take up within the container.
For sole-use container shipping moves, your freight costs to Japan are determined by the size shipping container you use – 20ft or 40ft.
Cost of air freight shipping to Japan
If you need to send items to Japan urgently, we offer express air freight services. Air freight is our fastest shipping option, and for smaller quantities, it can be surprisingly cost-effective. We estimate air freight quotes on the weight and volume of your goods, so for consignments of more than a couple of boxes, sea freight shipping is much cheaper.
Your start and end destinations also add to the overall cost of shipping goods from the UK to Japan. With available ports across Japan, PSS go the extra mile for convenient delivery. However, the further that your items have to travel, the higher your Japan shipping quote will be.
Cheapest shipping quotes to Japan
We endeavour to provide the most affordable shipping costs to Japan. Due to the volume of goods we ship every year and the number of customers we help move to Japan, we have the ability to offer cheap shipping solutions.
If you receive a cheaper estimate than that offered by PSS, check that they include a full door to door service and make sure all extra costs are included. Also, ensure that they are a fully accredited shipping company with FIDI or BAR Overseas to receive the best price and service.
Get an accurate price for shipping to Japan
The surest way to receive an accurate shipping quote is through a free home survey. Our home surveys are intended to provide customers with a clear-cut and detailed shipping quote from the UK to Japan before they agree to anything.
How Long Does Shipping From UK to Japan Take?
Shipping times to Japan can vary. Shared groupage shipping takes longer than shipping a full container load as different customers shipments need to be consolidated to fill one container.
|Port in Japan||Full Container Load (FCL)||Shared Container (Groupage)|
|All Destinations||6-8 weeks||8-12 weeks|
NB: These are approximate sea freight shipping times to ports in Japan only. You will need to allow additional time for customs clearance and final delivery to your destination.
How Long Does Air Freight Shipping to Japan take from the UK?
For sending excess baggage or boxes to Japan by air freight allow approximately 7 – 14 days.
Customs Guide for shipping personal effects to Japan
Duty free entry for household removals and personal effects if:
- All the required documents are completed.
- Removal goods consist of used household effects, which have been in the owner’s use, and they are for his continued use in his new residence.
- Customs may inspect all the shipment physically.
- Packing list or descriptive and detailed inventory (English or Japanese).
- Passport copies of the shipper with:
- A clear copy of the picture and information page of shipper’s passport.
- A clear copy of the visa page of the shipper’s passport (working visa in Japan).
- A clear copy of the visa of the country where the shipment comes from if theshipper’s nationality is different from the origin country.
- A clear copy of shipper’s most recent entry stamp into Japan:
The date should be the same as a stamp on C-5360.
The date should be within 6 months from the shipment’s arrival date.
In case the shipper does not submit C-5360 upon arrival:
- A clear copy of shipper’s departure stamp from the country where the shipment comes to Japan.
- Apology letter to Customs (Original) is necessary.
- All brand new items (incl. food items) will be taxable.
For more details we recommend you read our FIDI Customs Guide for Japan and speak to our team.
What Can/Can't I Ship to Japan?
Regardless of how you travel into Japan, you and your possessions must pass through customs upon arrival. Japan has an uncompromising list of items that are either prohibited or on restricted entry into the country, which you should observe before your consignment is shipped or risk facing refused entry or prosecution.
Also, you must ensure that you thoroughly clean any outdoor items before shipping.
What Items are prohibited to Ship to Japan?
Prohibited & restricted imports to Japan include:
- Meat products including beef jerky, sausage, and ham are prohibited.
- Firearms & swords – Importation prohibited – firearms and swords (longer than 15 cm blade).
- Dogs, cats & other pets cannot be imported as part of household goods shipment.
- Stuffed animals – Importation prohibited.
- Probited items include: pornography, narcotics, straw, explosive, counterfeit products, gun.
What type of shipping company should I use?
When exporting sentimental items or valuable furniture overseas, you need to have full trust in the worldwide shipping company you choose. There are a few signals to look for that can help determine the best global shipping companies to Japan.
Accreditations and associations are the soundest signs of how trusted a firm is and how secure their solutions are. PSS’ continued efforts and dedication to shipping to Japan from the UK is echoed in our memberships and achievements:
- FAIM Accredited – the only globally recognised independent quality assurance standard for the international moving industry.
- FIDI Global Alliance Members – offering customers with same superior standards in Japan as in the UK.
- British Association of Removers Members – the leading British quality standard and ensures customers financial protection with the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme.
- Movers Trading Club (MTC) – Members of this organisation join together to negotiate the best service and shipping rates with leading international shipping companies. Members are therefore able to offer lower shipping rates to customers.
PSS International Shipping Services to Japan
We offer a full menu of shipping options to Japan, whether you are sending personal items, furniture, extra boxes, pets or vehicles, our Japan movers have a solution ready and waiting for you:
There are three main types of shipping service:
Sea Freight Container Shipping to Japan from the UK
Sea freight is the most common and economical method of shipping your household effect and other belongings to Japan. It is a door to door service and our team of experienced packers can take care of all the packing and loading of the container for you. Costs are calculated by volume and so it is the preferred method for large and heavy items.
Standard Air Freight Shipping
Our standard air freight shipping service is ideal for when you have boxes,suitcases and other smaller items that you need to arrive in Japan quickly. Some people choose to send the bulk of their items by sea freight and the belongings they need more urgently by air. This service is often used by tradesmen and business people wishing to ship tools and other items to Japan so they can begin work immediately.
Our standard air freightservice takes around 7 – 14 days to arrive in Japan.
Express Air Freight and Fast shipping from the UK to Japan
If you need to ship items to Japan urgently, we advise using our priority Express Air Freight Service. This is similar to our air freight service but similar to the speed of a courier. Whilst more expensive, it is still much cheaper than airline excess baggage fees to Japan.
Shipping Personal Effects to Japan from the UK
Shipping personal effects from the UK to Japan is easy with PSS. We send personal items to Japan for hundreds of customers each year, from shoes and clothing, toiletries and makeup, to sports equipment, tech and musical instruments, your shipping options are limitless.
Shipping Parcels and Small Packages to Japan
For smaller packages, it may be best to use Royal Mail – especially for parcels weighing less than 2kg. For larger or multiple boxes, you can save money by using a personal shipping service like that from PSS.
Shipping Goods and Freight to Japan
At PSS International we specialise in personal shipping and household removals services for individuals relocating to Japan.
If you wish to ship commercial or non-personal items to Japan, then it is best to contact a freight-forwarder.
Shipping Furniture to Japan
If you are moving house to Japan and have furniture or have large items to ship then our international removals and furniture shipping service is ideal for you.
We can give you an estimate for your move via a home or video survey so we can organise the appropriate sized shipping container. It does not matter if you are just shipping one peice of furniture with a few boxes or the entire contents of your house, we will be able to help.
Our experienced packers will ensure your furniture including beds, sofas, tables, chairs, cupboards etc. are professionally export wrapped for their journey. We can also help with disassembly and reassembly upon request.
For more details visit our furniture shipping to Japan page or complete the form for an online quote.
Shipping Luggage and Excess Baggage to Japan from the UK
Using PSS to ship boxes, luggage, suitcases and excess baggage to Japan cuts out the exorbitant fees charged by airline carriers, but it also makes your journey to Japan more manageable by reducing the amount of luggage you have to haul.
We will supply you with boxes in a variety of sizes, or you can use your own bags and suitcases.
Whether you have one box, two suitcases or ten loads of excess baggage, our baggage shipping to Japan is the most convenient service!
You can choose between shipping your luggage economically by sea freight or if time is of the essence you use our air freight service for your excess baggage.
The whole process for shipping your extra bags is very easy. You can get a quote and book online using the baggage shipping page.
Shipping Boxes to Japan
Our box shipping service is perfect if you are shipping small items to Japan from the UK. PSS will send your boxes in a shared container (groupage) along with those from other customers, so you only pay for the space you use.
We can supply a variety of boxes and carton sizes, including packing and wrapping materials such as bubble wrap. You can choose from economy size shipping cartons, smaller book cartons or larger tea cartons. We also have custom cartons for larger items such as bicycles and TVs.
You can choose to ship your personal effects in boxes by sea freight or air freight, depending on urgency.
For information visit our box shipping to Japan page or use our online box shipping cost calculator.
Shipping Cars and Other Vehicles to Japan
PSS provides a range of shipping options to make car shipping to Japan possible regardless of your vehicle. Whether you want to send a car to Japan in a container of its own or with other personal and household items, our Japan vehicle shipping services make it possible.
In addition to shipping cars, we can assist with shipping other types of vehicle to Japan, such as motorcycles, bikes, caravans, motorhomes and boats.
Options including shipping your car in a container on its own or in a larger container with your other household belongings. You can also use a roll-on / roll-off (RORO) or lift-on / lift-off (LOLO) for your vehicle. You can find more details on our car shipping page or speak to one of our advisers for more details of which is the most appropriate method for you.
Shipping Pets, Dogs and Cats to Japan
Pet shipping to Japan can be unnerving for any pet owners, and pet relocation is a very niche service. There are also many regulations and processes involved in pet relocation. Therefore, we work with trusted partners who specialise in transporting animals from the UK to Japan. Whether you want to take your cat or dog to Japan, you can entrust PSS and our partners to relocate them safely.
Visit our migration services page for details of the pet relocation companies we trust and recommend for shipping to Japan.
Packing your Items for Shipping to Japan
PSS provides two packing options, the first and most commonly chosen option being a full professional packing service. However, if you prefer, you can self-pack with our “You Pack We Ship” service.
Professional Packing Service
When you choose our professional overseas packing service, a specialist team will arrive at your home on the day of your move to pack the necessary items in robust packing materials and moving boxes ready for sending to Japan. For furniture, we offer a full export wrapping service to guarantee items are well protected.
We can also provide custom made wooden crates and antique wrapping for the more delicate items.
Our packing teams create an inventory to ensure our customer is aware of every item that is being shipped to Japan.
If you are only sending a small number of items in boxes or suitcases, you can choose to self-pack your belongings in the comfort of your own home. “You Pack, We Ship” is an increasingly popular option among PSS customers.
We understand the importance of the safe handling and delivery of your goods to Japan, so we still provide all moving boxes, tea cartons and packing materials such as bubble wrap when you self-pack.
When you are ready, we collect your boxes and deliver them to your new home in Japan.
Where in Japan do you ship to?
We have regular shipments going to all the major ports in Japan and provide a door to door shipping service from anywhere in the UK to anywhere in Japan.
As we strive to provide you with the quickest and cheapest shipping method, we might not always ship to the port nearest to your final destination; especially if we can ship it to another Japann port faster and cheaper.
Examples of ports and cities we ship to in Japan include:
Do I Need Marine Shipping Insurance or Shipment Protection Cover to Japan?
It is highly encouraged to take out marine shipping insurance or shipment protection cover before you ship your personal effects or household goods to Japan.
Although it is doubtful to experience difficulties when shipping items from the UK to Japan, it is still wise to have shipment protection cover when sending goods overseas, especially for belongings of significant financial value.
PSS International presents very flexible Shipment Protection Plans. You can cover your whole shipment or choose specific items you wish to protect.
Your PSS Move Manager will explain the different options available and guide you through completing the Shipment Protection Valuation form.
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