Shared Shipping Containers

Save money on smaller international removals by only paying for the space you need.

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Simply tell us where you are moving to.


We have two options for shared container shipping, choose from the below or ask us what's the best option is for you.

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Groupage Container

Your items are packed and labelled before loading in a shared container with our other customers moving to the same destination. Just pay for the space you need. 
Available to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UAE and USA.
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LCL Shipments

Less than container load (LCL) shipments are packed and loaded within your own wooden container which is then sent via a freight consolidator to the destination. LCL is quicker than groupage and although slightly more expensive still means you only pay for space you use. 
Available worldwide.
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Shared Container Services

Choose the services that suit your move or ask us to recommend the ones we think will help you. If you need help with something you don't see below, just ask, we'll be happy to add in any extras you need if we can. 

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Door to door Shared Container shipments

We collect your items, wrap and load them and transport all your furniture and household items door to door, with delivery and unloading at destination.

+ Includes documentation assistance and customs clearance.

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International Packing Services

Packing for an international removal is key to ensuring everything arrives safely. 

Our team are professionally trained in the art of Export Packing, using the best methods and packing materials for the chosen mode of transport

Packing Services

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Our  quotes are free and there is no obligation so why not get in touch with us right away to find out how little it could cost you to enjoy an easy, simple, enjoyable move with Bournes. 

Call us on 01797 228000 or click below to enquire online.

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Why choose Bournes for your Shared Container?


Award winning customer service

A reputation built on award-winning personal service, quality and outstanding customer feedback.


Dedicated move manager

To guide you through your move, assist with documentation and customs processes and to keep you up to date with progress.

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Fixed quote with no hidden surprises

With a choice of in home, phone or video survey to ensure we have all the information we need to give you an accurate quote up front.

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A range of moving services

Flexible International Removals services provide what’s most important to you, whether that’s low cost, extra help with packing or a schedule that works best for your family.

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Independently certified

Pre-vetted and approved by the British Association of Removers, Which? Trusted Traders and FIDI FAIM.

Insurance certificates

Fully insured

Offering comprehensive protection for your belongings whilst they are in our care.


Security vetted staff

Uniformed, DBS checked, experienced and professionally trained removals crews.

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Financial Protection

An advanced payment guarantee provided by the British Association of Removers.



We move families to and from over 180 different countries and as part of the Harmony Relocation Network have services centres across the world, so wherever you need to share a container to or from, we can help.

Our UK service centres based across the South East mean we are ideally placed to provide coverage throughout London, Kent, Surrey, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Northamptonshire.

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Groupage Services

We offer regular groupage services from the UK to the following locations:

LCL Services

We provide LCL services to or from any global destination. 

  • Worldwide 



What is a shared shipping container?

A shared container is where multiple customers shipments are sent in a single container. This is a cost effective way of moving household goods when you don't have enough volume to fill an entire container.

As the cost of sea freight is determined by the size of the steel container it is shipped in and not the volume within it sharing a container means you don't have to pay for the empty space as other customers will fill it. 

How long does groupage shipping take?

The amount of time your groupage shipment will take depends on 3 elements.

  1. How long it takes us to fill a container with other customers goods who are moving to the same destination. If you are the last customer to have goods collected then the shipment can sail soon after collection, but if you're the first you may have a short wait. We'll advise you of the projected door to door transit time when we give you a quote so this is clear upfront. 
  2. Sailing time - how long it takes the ship to complete its journey port-to-port.
  3. De-consolidation time - when your shipment has cleared customs our destination partner will unload the container and deliver each shipment out to individual customers on agreed dates.

Will my items get lost in a groupage container?

Once we've packed and wrapped all your items for shipping we will make sure they are all clearly labelled with your details.

We then produce a numbered inventory of the items that have been collected. This inventory is then used at your destination to ensure all the items are carefully checked off and delivered to the right customer. 

I'm only moving a few boxes

If you're just moving a few boxes a courier service will most likely be more cost-effective for you as these companies specialise in a high volume of box shipments allowing them to provide the most cost-effective rates where traditional removals services and support are not required. 

How do I work out if I need a full or shared container?

You can book a pre-move survey and one of our expert move consultants will assess your volume of goods for you so they can advise on the best method of transport based on volume and schedule requirements. 

Or, if you just want to have a rough idea of volume you can try our shipping volume calculator. As a guide, a sole use 20ft container holds around 1050cubic feet of personal belongings. 

Why should I use a FIDI Removal Company or a BAR Member for International Removals?

Accreditations and certifications are a good way to determine the professionalism and credibility of a company. With a little money and a web expert any moving company can get a good position in your search engine listings, but how do you know they are reputable?

Organisations like FIDI (who certify international removal companies to the FAIM standard) and the BAR (British Association of Removers) pre-vet moving companies for you, and only let those who meet their standards become a member and display the badge. BAR companies also offer an advance payment guarantee so if anything happens to the removal company whilst your move is in progress you are financially protected. So, if you want to be sure you’ve chosen a reputable Removal Company, look for the badges. Find out more about International Shipping company accreditations here.

How will my move work?

Every move is different so when we’ve talked through your personal move situation and requirements, we will suggest our recommended services and move plan. Typically, this includes:

  • Free Home survey and quote
  • Booking and payment
  • Move planning including documentation preparation
  • International packing and loading
  • Transport
  • Customs clearance
  • Delivery and unpacking

If something we suggest doesn’t quite work the way you’d like it to or if you want to explore alternative solutions that’s no problem, just let us know and we’ll be happy to customise the plan so that you’re most comfortable. Our services are completely flexible, it’s your move and we’re here to make it as easy as possible for you.

How do I get a quote for Overseas Removals services?

Fill in the quote form to submit a web enquiry and we’ll get in touch to find out more about your move, alternatively, you can call us on 01797 228000

For larger overseas shipping moves we usually like to arrange a Move Consultation (sometimes known as a ‘survey’). This allows us to talk through your personal requirements further, explain your options and how your move might work, highlight anything you might find useful to know (like what you can and can’t take to specific countries based on their customs regulations) and to assess the technical aspects like the volume of items you’d like to move, the access to your property, any special packing or handling requirements that might be involved. We will send your quote over as soon as possible afterwards.

Typically we will visit you at home for the move consultation, but if you don’t have time, need an out of hours appointment or would just prefer us not to visit we can offer a range of other options like a Live Video Survey (available 24/7) using your smartphone, a telephone survey or our online self survey form.


Budget for household goods shipping is a key consideration for your international move. Whilst it’s impossible to give a figure for shared container shipping without knowing your specific requirements here are a few things to consider.

If you'd like a ball park figure for your move please call us on 01797 228000.

What determines Shared Container Shipping Costs?



Quantity of belongings you would like to move.


Transport Method

Whether you select groupage or LCL shipping services.


Items moving

Types of items you are moving and any special requirements (e.g. items that require dismantling or extra people to lift).



International Packing services selected including any items to be crated or given extra protection.



Your origin and destination address including any access issues at both properties including stairs, parking and distance to your front door.



The dates you are moving and your required schedule for delivery. For Groupage shipments you may be able to reduce your costs if you can be as flexible as possible. 

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