International Shipping to Malta
Everything you need to know for shipping to Malta from the UK including how to get an instant shipping cost quote online.
If you are planning to ship personal effects or household goods to Malta you’re in the right place.
No matter whether you’re a UK migrant shipping your whole house contents or a Maltese expat returning home with a few boxes, we at PSS can take care of the whole process for you.
We can ship your goods to all the major cities in Malta, including Birkirkara, Qormi, Mosta, Zabbar, Rabat, and more.
PSS has been shipping to Malta from the UK for over 40 years. After all this time of coordinating international shipments, our priorities remain the same: to provide you with exceptional service and affordable shipping costs from the UK to Malta.
Our overseas shipping to Malta service is intended to make your transition to life in Malta as stress-free as possible. No matter whether you are just shipping a few boxes or your whole household contents and car, our expert teams fully organise your UK to Malta shipment, including customs clearance and assistance with documentation.
Shipping your belongings to Malta 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 Malta from the UK
From the second you alert us to your interest, you are assigned a move coordinator to manage your UK to Malta shipping from pre-home survey through to the unloading of your moving boxes.
Our experience as the UK’s leading personal shipping service means we know what it takes to move the belongings of families, expats, travellers and students to Malta and can make the whole process as smooth and stress-free as possible.
We serve every area, so no matter where you’re heading in Malta, we’ll ensure your belongings arrive safely.
What does our international shipping service to Malta 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 Malta if required
Shipping to Malta Reviews
Shipping to Malta cost calculator
Want to know how it will cost to move house to Malta? Our free online shipping to Malta 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 Malta
Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about shipping to Malta from UK.
What size Shipping Container do I need for Malta?
Whether your load requires full or shared container shipping to Malta depends on the quantity or combined dimensions of your items.
Shared Shipping Containers to Malta (Groupage)
For small moves, we load items into a shared shipping container from the UK to Malta alongside the boxes of other PSS customers, this is also known as our groupage service. Sometimes this can be referred to as part-load container shipping (Or LCL – Less than Container Load)
“Our groupage service is a quick and easy way to send a single box of clothing or personal goods and sports equipment, smaller items of furniture, or household contents from a single room up to a small flat. You only need to pay for the space you use.
Full-Load Container Shipping from the UK to Malta
If you have a larger load to ship to Malta, our Full Container Load (FCL) shipping option is advantageous, also known as sole-use container shipping to Malta.
If you are sending a large family home of furniture and personal items, PSS can provide a 20ft or 40ft shipping container intended for your sole use.
The cost of container shipping to Malta from the UK depends on the chosen size of the shipping container. Our 20ft and 40ft shipping containers have plenty of space, and it is up to you how you fill that container.
A standard 20ft shipping container is large enough for the contents of the average three-bedroom house.
A 40ft shipping container is usually big enough to fit the contents of a 4-bedroom house and car.
The quoted cost includes a full, professional packing service.
Another advantage of having your own sole-use shipping container is that it leave immediately on the next available ship bound for Malta. No waiting around for other customers to fill the container.
How Much Does Shipping to Malta Cost from the UK in 2023?
PSS’ shipping estimates to Malta from the UK are based upon the best shipping method for sending goods to Malta.
You can use the box luggage shipping calculator on this page or use our shipping cost calculator for household furniture shipping to Malta.
As we have large numbers of customers shipping belongings to Malta every year, we are able to offer very competitive shipping rates.
Although the cheapest way to ship to Malta is using part-load container shipping, you should consider that many items are more expensive in Malta. Also when you add up the cost of replacing all your smaller items it is often cheaper to ship a higher volume of goods.
We calculate part-load shipping rates from the UK to Malta using the combined dimensions of your consignment and the area they take up within the container.
For larger moves using sole-use container shipping, your freight costs to Malta are determined by which size shipping container you use – 20ft or 40ft.
Cost of air freight shipping to Malta
When customers need their items sent to Malta urgently, we can provide air freight services. Air freight is our fastest shipping option and for smaller quantities, it can be surprisingly cost-effective. We base air freight quotes on the weight and volume of your goods, so for consignments of more than a couple of boxes, our sea freight shipping options may be cheaper.
However, sometimes the cheapest way to ship your belongings to Malta is actually by air freight – especially for inland and remoter regions. This is because sea shipments may need to be offloaded and transported to your final destination by road freight
PSS’s trained Move Managers will therefore find you the cheapest, most economical and fastest way to ship your goods to Malta.
Cheapest shipping quotes to Malta
We always aim to provide you with the cheapest shipping cost to Malta. We are able to offer cheap shipping due to the volume we ship and the number of customers we help move to Malta.
If you receive a much cheaper quote, check carefully that they include a full door-to-door service and if any costs are excluded. Beware that some cheap quotes only include the cost of shipping to the nearest container port which can be a long way from your destination!
Also, ensure that they are a fully accredited shipping company with FIDI or BAR Overseas in order to get the best price and service.
Get an accurate price for shipping to Malta
To receive a quick quote for shipping to Malta visit our international shipping costs calculator.
However, 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 Malta before they agree to anything.
How Long Does Shipping From UK to Malta Take?
|Sea Freight Full Container||Sea Freight Shared Container||Air Freight|
|Average Shipping Times||5-8 weeks||6-10 weeks||5-10 days|
When shipping your personal belongings to Malta the transit time between shipping in the UK and arrival at your new destination will be approximately 5-8 weeks for full container shipments and 6-10 weeks for part load / shared shipments.
NB: These are approximate sea freight shipping times to ports in Malta only. You will need to allow additional time for customs clearance and final delivery to your destination.
Shipping times to Malta can vary. Shipping groupage in a shared container takes longer than shipping a full container load as different customers shipments need to be consolidated to fill one container.
How Long Does Air Freight Shipping to Malta take from the UK?
For sending excess baggage or boxes to Malta by air freight allow approximately 5-10 days.
Do I Need Maritime Shipping Insurance or Shipment Protection Cover to Malta?
It is highly advisable to take out maritime shipping insurance or shipment protection cover before you ship your personal effects or household goods to Malta.
Although it is doubtful to experience problems when shipping items from the UK to Malta, it is still wise to have shipment protection cover when sending goods overseas, especially for items of significant financial value.
PSS International offers very flexible Shipment Protection Plans. You can cover your whole shipment or choose the individual items you wish to cover.
Your PSS Move Manager can explain the different options available and guide you through completing the Shipment Protection Valuation form.
Customs Guide for shipping personal effects to Malta
We will handle the customs clearance process for you, please note that all shipments will be subject to a 100% examination upon arrival. As previously mentioned we will touch base with you prior to arrival to ensure that we have all the relevant documentation and contact details.
If you are transporting new goods it is important that you declare these well in advance to avoid delays.
Free entry of Duty will apply if you meet the following:
- Free entry for household goods that have been owned and used for more than 6 months, this applies to first time immigrants or returning Malta residents that have lived outside Malta for minimum of 12 months.
Duty free entry only applies to First time immigrants or Malta Residents that have lived outside Malta for 12 months or more. However this only allows one duty free sea freight shipment and one Airfreight shipment to Malta.
- To qualify for free entry you must not import your goods any earlier than 1 month prior to your arrival and no later than 6 months after your arrival in Malta.
- Duty Free entry applies to Malta residents that have lived outside Malta for more than 12 months.
- Duty free entry applies only to you importing one electrical appliance per category. For example 1 x toaster or 1 x kettle
What Can/Can't I Ship to Malta?
- Electrical and Machine appliances may require import approval and it is imperative that you have the original invoice.
- Telecommunication devices such as mobile phones, fax and answering machines will need import approval prior to shipment, please ensure that this is supplied to your move manager prior to arrival to ensure that we start this process early.
- CD’s, DVD’s and Video Tapes will be subject to censorship by the Government film censor board, this can take up to 2 – 3 weeks before these items are returned.
Other Prohibited and Restricted goods to Malta include:
- Alcoholic beverages (6 bottles)
- Pornographic material,
- Indecent or obscene material featuring children,
- Flick knives and other offensive weapons,
- Counterfeit currency,
- Radio transmitters (walkie talkies, citizen band radios and certain types of bird callers etc) not approved for use in malta,
- Meat, poultry or other animal products ,
- Plants and plant produce including trees and shrubs, vegetables, fruit, bulbs and seeds;
- Animals and birds whether alive or dead, stuffed, parts and articles derived from protected species including fur skins, ivory , reptile leather, stony corals and goods made from them.
For more details on what can and cannot be shipped to Malta visit the Maltese Customs website.
Delivery to your address in Malta?
- Once your goods have been released by Malta customs we will contact you to arrange a suitable delivery day.
- Once we have received clearance of your goods we will either deliver your sea freight container directly to your new home or it will be delivered in a separate vehicle. This all depends on the type of shipment you are sending. Our unloading crew will place your items in the rooms of your choice and unwrap and remove the packing material from your furniture.
What type of shipping company should I use?
When exporting sentimental items or expensive furniture overseas, you need to have full confidence in the international shipping company you choose. There are a few pointers to look for that can help determine the best global shipping companies to Malta.
Accreditations and associations are the best indicators of how trusted a company is within the industry and how safe their services are. PSS’ continued efforts and dedication to shipping to Malta 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 – providing customers with the same superior standards in Malta 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 Traders 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 Malta
We offer a full menu of shipping options to Malta, whether you are sending personal items, furniture, extra boxes, pets or vehicles, our Malta shipping team have a solution ready and waiting for you:
Shipping Personal Effects to Malta from the UK
Shipping personal effects from the UK to Malta is simple with PSS. We send personal items to Malta for countless customers each year, from clothing and shoes, makeup and toiletries, to sports equipment, tech, musical instruments and more, your shipping options are limitless.
Shipping Furniture and Household Goods to Malta
Shipping household goods to Malta is a PSS speciality. Using our freight services and industry expertise, PSS can ship furniture of any weight, dimensions and quantities from the UK to destinations across Malta.
Our team of experienced international packers will ensure your items are carefully export wrapped and packed for their journey.
The best way to get started for our international furniture shipping service is to book a free home or video survey so we can give you an accurate quote.
Shipping Excess Baggage & Unaccompanied Luggage from the UK to Malta
Using PSS to ship boxes, luggage, suitcases and excess baggage to Malta cuts out the extortionate charges issued by airline carriers and makes your journey to Malta more manageable by reducing the amount of luggage you have to carry.
We can supply you with a variety of box sizes or you can use your own bags/suitcases.
Whether you have one box, two suitcases or ten loads of excess baggage, our baggage shipping to Malta is an ideal service!
International Service – Shipping Boxes to Malta from UK
If you only have small items to ship to Malta, we recommend our box shipping service. Your boxes will be shipped along with those from other customers in a shared container (Groupage) so you only pay for the space you use.
We can supply a variety of box and carton sizes including packing and wrapping materials such as bubble wrap. We also have custom cartons for bicycles and can provide custom crates for items such as TVs.
Shipping Cars and Vehicles to Malta
PSS provides a range of shipping options to make car shipping to Malta feasible – regardless of your vehicle. Whether you want to send a car to Malta in a container of its own or alongside personal and household items, our Malta vehicle shipping options make it possible.
In addition to shipping cars, we can assist with shipping all kinds of other vehicles to Malta including motorcycles, bikes, caravans, motorhomes and boats.
For more details or get a quote visit our vehicle shipping page.
Shipping Pets, Dogs and Cats to Malta
Pet shipping to Malta can be daunting for any pet owners and pet relocation is a very specialised service. We, therefore, work with trusted partners for transporting animals from UK to Malta. Whether you want to take your cat or dog to Malta, you can entrust PSS and our partners to relocate them safely.
Shipping Parcels and Small Packages to Malta
For small parcels and packages, it is probably best to use Royal Mail, especially for less than 2kg. For larger or multiple boxes you can save by using a personal shipping service like that from PSS.
Shipping Goods and Freight to Malta
At PSS International we specialise in personal shipping services and household shipping for people moving or relocating to Malta.
If you wish to ship commercial or non-personal items to Malta then it is best to contact a freight-forwarder.
Express Air Freight and Fast shipping from UK to Malta
If you need to ship items to Malta quickly then we recommend our priority Express Air Freight Service.
This takes about 3 – 10 days and is ideal if you wish to send some boxes or bags of personal belongings to arrive ahead of your household container.
Packing your Items for Shipping to Malta
PSS provides two packing options, the first being a full professional packing service or, if you prefer, you can self-pack with our “You Pack, We Ship” service.
Professional Packing Service for shipping to Malta
When you opt for our professional overseas packing service, a specialist team will arrive at your home on the day of your move to pack the required items in sturdy packing materials and moving boxes ready for sending to Malta. For furniture, we offer a full export wrapping service so that they are well protected.
We can also provide custom-made wooden crates and antique wrapping for delicate items.
Our packing teams create an inventory to ensure customs is aware of what you are shipping to Malta.
Self-Pack Service for shipping to Malta
If you are only sending a small number of items in boxes or suitcases, you can opt to self-pack your belongings in the comfort of your own home. This “You Pack, We Ship” is an increasingly popular option.
We understand the importance of the safe handling and delivery of your goods to Malta, so we can still provide all moving boxes, tea cartons and packing materials such as bubble wrap when you self-pack.
Once you are ready, we’ll pick up your boxes and deliver them to your new home.
Where in Malta do you ship to?
We do door to door shipping to all cities and regions in southern Malta including:
- San Gwann,
Shipping to Malta from the UK is easy with PSS. We have years of experience with helping customers move their items to Malta and providing a cost-effective solution.