International Furniture Shipping – Quotes & Tips
Moving overseas to a foreign country is one of the most exciting decisions you will ever make. When you move internationally, you create a whole new lifestyle for you and your family. You will be opening a whole new world to discover the wonders of a new environment. Considering all of those changes, it is important to surround yourself with familiar things from home, as they can help make adapting to your new community easier. To make that an even nicer experience, we have gathered all the information you need about international furniture shipping on this page.
How much does it cost to ship furniture overseas?
As the costs of shipping furniture could be influenced by many different factors, it’s very hard to give you an exact price. However, you should expect to pay anywhere between €1,250 & €4,500. How much you will actually pay depends mostly on:
- how much furniture you will be moving;
- where you’re moving it from;
- and whether you choose for air or sea transport.
Keep in mind that the costs as mentioned above are only the costs of shipping your furniture from A to B. Meaning if you choose for a complete move, where an international mover takes care of the packing, (dis)assembling and transport from your house to the ports, you will end up paying a lot more.
Packing your furniture for international shipping
Once you know you are leaving your country to move to your destination, start thinking about separating items to be stored, disposed of, given away, sold, moved by sea, moved by air or delivered to another family member before your departure. The furniture you end up shipping in a container need to be packed carefully. Below we’ve summed up some tips on how to pack your furniture:
- Dismantle items that can be dismantled: compact them into boxes and then stocked up on a pallet. This allows an easy handling of your goods, but may also reduce the volume (in m3) and the costs of your shipment.
- Wrap plushy items: wrap furniture like sofas with craft paper and then add a bubble wrap layer for extra protection.
- Wrap each item individually: this will result in easier stacking and again, less space needed.
- Seal and label: once a box is filled, seal it for extra protection. We also highly recommend to put labels on most items. Think of labels that say things as ‘this side up’ or ‘fragile’.
- Number your boxes: this helps to keep things organized, but also helps you to check if there’s any boxes missing after the arrival of your goods.
- Fix the items and boxes to pallets: use strong bands and other wrapping material to make sure it all stays together and in good shape.
International furniture shipping: sea freight or air freight?
If you decide to ship your furniture overseas, you will probably be sharing a sea container. Always compare the cost of sea freight versus air freight. Air freight is usually more expensive but can sometimes be more convenient. Shipping by air freight may be the best option for smaller, fragile pieces.
Our network of companies that can help to ship furniture
Whether you ship by air or by sea, shipping furniture internationally is always complicated. We always recommend you to contact an experienced international moving company for specific advice on how to best ship your furniture. These professionals can guide you through the shipping process and eo all the hard work for you. You might end up paying a bit more, but it will save you lots of time and stress.
Over the past 17 years we have worked hard to build the largest network of international moving companies. We work with over 500 companies all over the world to make sure we can help with any possible route. Use our free quote service to request 5 quotes from movers in our network. This way you will be able to save up to 40% on the costs of shipping furniture overseas.
We hope this article helped you and answered most of your questions. Either way, we would like to wish you the best of luck shipping your furniture overseas!