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We provide an efficient and cost effective solution to customers looking to send items overseas.

Our international shipping customers range from people travelling abroad, people sending parcels to loved ones overseas or people emigrating for a fresh start. We understand that our customers are looking for an easy way to send goods overseas. You can trust Pickfords to deliver a professional and hassle-free international shipping service.

We ship thousands of items every year and each customer starts by simply requesting an online quote. You will be assigned a personal move coordinator to who will organise your shipment and answer any queries you may have. If you’re shipping large items or furniture then they will create an international shipping plan tailored to your budget, time-frame and destination.

Why choose Pickfords as your international shipping company?

  • Experience. Pickfords has centuries worth of experience in the international moving sector. We use our unique expertise and knowledge of the industry to provide an outstanding service for our customers.
  • International network. We operate as part of a trusted and extensive international shipping network which allows us to move your items with consistent quality standards door to door. Personal international shipping manager. If you’re moving large items or furniture we will provide you with a personal move manager who will help plan your shipment and answer any questions you may have.
  • Accreditations. We are acclaimed and accredited by worldwide organisations for our UK international shipping solutions. We members of the overseas group British Association of Removers (BAR) and we are a FIDI Accredited International Mover - the most rigorous quality standard in the industry.
  • No hidden costs. We include all of the major and minor details in our quotes to ensure you are not hit with hidden costs down the line. Book in for your free survey and a team member will assess your items and provide you with a detailed and accurate shipping estimate. All of our international shipping quotes are free and come with no obligations.
  • Professional packing service available. We have experienced, highly trained international packers to ensure that your shipment is packed correctly and protected throughout the journey.
  • An award winning international shipping service. Pickfords consistently features in international shipping awards for the quality of its service and has been voted Best International Removal Company consistently by the Forum for Expatriate Management, Association of Relocation Professionals and Relocate Magazine.

What can I ship overseas?

We ship almost anything overseas, though we provide advice and guidance on prohibited items at your destination. If you’re looking to send baggage or luggage abroad we also offer an excess baggage service.

Our international shipping service

Our service includes:
  • Industry standard packing materials to protect items in transit.
  • Professional team of movers and packers to arrive at your home, safely your belongings and create an inventory.
  • Loading of goods into a container or vehicle at your residence onto our vans and transportation to shipping containers or freight plane.
  • Sending your items to your chosen destination using the necessary shipping method.
  • We organise customs clearances and assist with completing any documentation.
  • Your possessions are delivered directly to your door or stored for collection if you prefer.
  • If you are shipping furniture, Pickfords can assist with unpacking and disposal of any packing materials.
  • Comprehensive marine insurance to protect your goods during transit.

How we calculate our international shipping costs

There are three main factors that influence the cost of our international shipping service. These are the size of the shipment, the method of transportation and the country you are sending your items to.

If you are looking for cost effective international shipping, sending your items by sea is the best choice. When sending items abroad using sea freight, the cost is largely calculated based on the volume of your cargo. Air freight costs considerably more than sea freight because the bulk of your cost is calculated based on the weight of your items. Air freight is advised if you have a small number of items that you need to send quickly. Typical transit times for airfreight consignments is two weeks.

Road freight is also a great choice if you are looking for cheap international shipping to European destinations. However, road freight is commonly used in conjunction with sea freight to speed up delivery times. Another contributing factor to your international shipping quote is the distance that your goods are travelling. For example, sending your items to France is considerably cheaper than sending the same items to Australia.

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Established in 1646

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