International Shipping to Sri Lanka
Get a quote for shipping to Sri Lanka from the UK, including prices to ship furniture, boxes, bags and more.
If you need to ship personal effects or household goods to Sri Lanka, you have come to the right place.
Whether you are a UK migrant shipping your entire house contents, or an Sri Lankan 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka.
We have designed our overseas shipping service to make your transition to life in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka shipment, including customs clearance and help with documents.
Shipping your belongings to Sri Lanka 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 2022?”
- 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 Sri Lanka from the UK
From the moment you alert us of your interest, we allocate you a move coordinator to arrange your UK to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka as part of a smooth and stress-free process.
We serve every Sri Lankan city and region, so rest assured your belongings will arrive safely wherever you are heading!
Some of the most popular cities for our Sri Lanka shipping service include:
Colombo, Kaduwela, Maharagama, Kesbewa and Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.
What does our international shipping service to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka if required
Shipping to Sri Lanka Reviews
International removals to Sri Lanka cost calculator
Want to know how it will cost to move house to Sri Lanka? 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 Sri Lanka
Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about shipping to Sri Lanka.
What size Shipping Container do I need for Sri Lanka?
Whether your load requires a full or shared container shipping to Sri Lanka is entirely dependent on the quantity or combined dimensions of your goods.
Shared Shipping Containers to Sri Lanka (Groupage)
For small moves, we load items into a shared shipping container from the UK to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka
If you have a much larger load to send to Sri Lanka, our Full Container Load (FCL) shipping option is useful, also known as sole-use container shipping to Sri Lanka.
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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka. You don’t have to wait for other PSS customers to fill the container.
For more information visit our Sri Lanka container shipping page.
How Much Does Shipping to Sri Lanka Cost from the UK in 2022?
Considering the distance between the two, you may be pleasantly surprised at how cheap shipping is to Sri Lanka from the UK.
PSS calculates shipping rates to Sri Lanka from the UK on the chosen shipping method for sending goods to Sri Lanka.
We have large numbers of customers shipping belongings to Sri Lanka every year, and so we can extend very competitive shipping rates.
Typical Shipping Costs from the UK to Sri Lanka 2020
Although the cheapest way to ship to Sri Lanka is using part-load container shipping, you should consider that many items might be harder to get hold of in Sri Lanka. 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka are determined by the size shipping container you use – 20ft or 40ft.
Cost of air freight shipping to Sri Lanka
If you need to send items to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka. With available ports across Sri Lanka, PSS go the extra mile for convenient delivery. However, the further that your items have to travel, the higher your Sri Lanka shipping quote will be.
Cheapest shipping quotes to Sri Lanka
We endeavour to provide the most affordable shipping costs to Sri Lanka. Due to the volume of goods we ship every year and the number of customers we help move to Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka
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 Sri Lanka before they agree to anything.
How Long Does Shipping From UK to Sri Lanka Take?
Shipping times to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka||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 Sri Lanka only. You will need to allow additional time for customs clearance and final delivery to your destination.
How Long Does Air Freight Shipping to Sri Lanka take from the UK?
For sending excess baggage or boxes to Sri Lanka by air freight allow approximately 7 – 14 days.
Customs Guide for shipping personal effects to Sri Lanka
When your belongings in arrive in Sri Lanka 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, our agents in Sri Lanka will handle all the customs clearances processes 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.
What Can/Can't I Ship to Sri Lanka?
Like most countries, Sri Lanka 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.
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 Sri Lanka.
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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka
We offer a full menu of shipping options to Sri Lanka, whether you are sending personal items, furniture, extra boxes, pets or vehicles, our Sri Lanka movers have a solution ready and waiting for you:
There are three main types of shipping service:
Sea Freight Container Shipping to Sri Lanka from the UK
Sea freight is the most common and economical method of shipping your household effect and other belongings to Sri Lanka. 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka so they can begin work immediately.
Our standard air freightservice takes around 7 – 14 days to arrive in Sri Lanka.
Express Air Freight and Fast shipping from the UK to Sri Lanka
If you need to ship items to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka.
Shipping Personal Effects to Sri Lanka from the UK
Shipping personal effects from the UK to Sri Lanka is easy with PSS. We send personal items to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka
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 Sri Lanka
At PSS International we specialise in personal shipping and household removals services for individuals relocating to Sri Lanka.
If you wish to ship commercial or non-personal items to Sri Lanka, then it is best to contact a freight-forwarder.
Shipping Furniture to Sri Lanka
If you are moving house to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka page or complete the form for an online quote.
Shipping Luggage and Excess Baggage to Sri Lanka from the UK
Using PSS to ship boxes, luggage, suitcases and excess baggage to Sri Lanka cuts out the exorbitant fees charged by airline carriers, but it also makes your journey to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka
Our box shipping service is perfect if you are shipping small items to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka page or use our online box shipping cost calculator.
Shipping Cars and Other Vehicles to Sri Lanka
PSS provides a range of shipping options to make car shipping to Sri Lanka possible regardless of your vehicle. Whether you want to send a car to Sri Lanka in a container of its own or with other personal and household items, our Sri Lanka vehicle shipping services make it possible.
In addition to shipping cars, we can assist with shipping other types of vehicle to Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka
Pet shipping to Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka. Whether you want to take your cat or dog to Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka.
Packing your Items for Shipping to Sri Lanka
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 Sri Lanka. 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 Sri Lanka.
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 Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka.
Where in Sri Lanka do you ship to?
We have regular shipments going to all the major ports in Sri Lanka and provide a door to door shipping service from anywhere in the UK to anywhere in Sri Lanka.
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 Sri Lankan port faster and cheaper.
Examples of ports and cities we ship to in Sri Lanka include:
- Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
- Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte
Do I Need Marine Shipping Insurance or Shipment Protection Cover to Sri Lanka?
It is highly encouraged to take out marine shipping insurance or shipment protection cover before you ship your personal effects or household goods to Sri Lanka.
Although it is doubtful to experience difficulties when shipping items from the UK to Sri Lanka, 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.