One of the most common questions about international removals is "how much will my international removal cost?" The answer is not as simple as it may seem.
Some of the factors included in the costs of international removals services are:
- Type of service (e.g. exclusive full container, or shared load)
- Speed of delivery
- Volume of items shipped
- Packing requirements including any crating
- Special requirements like dismantling or tricky access
- Where you are moving from and to
- When you are moving
We will explain these in more detail below.
International Shipping costs are determined by:
- the volume of goods you wish to ship overseas (don't know your volume? check out our shipping volume calculator)
- the type of goods you wish to move (is there lots of packing involved? Does something need special protection? Is something going to be hard to get out of the house?)
- how quickly you need your belongings to arrive
- the services you choose (packing, insurance, crating, handyman)
- the move plan (how efficiently a move can be planned based around your own time constraints)
- your special requirements (out of the ordinary items for example, or additional collection points)
- access to your origin and destination properties and the distance from the ports
- the type of company you choose to move with (for example the quality certifications and professional accreditations they might have)
- when you want to move (peak periods can affect pricing if demand is higher or lower than usual)
The best way of getting an accurate price for YOUR move is to arrange a home visit with an international removal company. This move consultation should always be free and provide you with a no obligation quotation which will help you find out what you really need to budget and ensure there are no nasty surprises when you come to your move.
why are different removal companies prices so different?
We’re also often asked how different companies prices can be quite varied, even if they all meet the same standards and are quoting on the same services. the first thing we'd point out is carefully comparing your quotations are like for like and making sure quality levels are the same. Check out this blog post to help you compare the soft factors. Comparing removal company quotations.
But there are also other factors that might mean your costs are higher or lower than others, probably too many to list but here’s some scenario’s that give you an idea..
- if you’re the last customer that fills up a groupage shipment the company might discount your quotation to encourage you to book with them so that they can fill the container and get it shipped to improve service times for all customers
- if they already have a vehicle in your area to do the collection they might be able to split some of the transport costs with the other customer(s) to allow everyone a discount
- if the removal company has a quiet week or day they might discount your move as they’d rather do a move at cost than having to pay staff who have no work to do
- alternatively if it's peak season or one company is already fully booked you may have to pay a higher premium to get your company of choice
So, as you can see “what is the cost?” and “why does it vary so much?” are similar to asking “how long is a piece of string?” – the best way to find out if you’re not sure is to ask your moving company directly. They should be honest and transparent in their pricing and should be happy to tell you how they arrived at their costs to give you confidence you’ll receive the service you’re looking for.
are there any other costs i need to be aware of?
Depending on where you are moving from or to there may be other additional costs that your removal company should explain to you in advance of your move.
These could include:
- Customs inspection fees - sometimes these are fixed and applied for all customers, in other locations they may be applied for randomly selected customers or based on the length of inspection time.
- Duties and taxes - most household goods moves are free of duties and taxes, but depending on the contents of your shipment and your eligibility for duty free imports you may face additional charges from customs and excise. Your removal company should help you determine this in advance.
- Storage - if you are unable to take delivery of your belongings right away ask your removal company to explain their costs for storage.
- Insurance - it's important to arrange international removals insurance when you ship household goods abroad. The cost for this should be shown in addition to your shipping costs and is usually based on the declared value of your belongings.
It is always important to ask your removal company if there are any additional costs or exclusions you should be aware of in advance of booking your move. They should be open and transparent, and happy to explain these charges - nothing should be a surprise!
Want to know more about International Removals?
Check out The Ultimate Guide to International Removal Companies to find out everything you need to know to find a great mover and have a smooth move.