International Moving Costs: Everything You Need to Know
It is safe to say that international moving costs can be expensive, with an estimated average of $7,000 – $30,000. However, understanding how this figure adds up is essential to saving money and feeling more in control of your move. Read on to learn what contributes to your international removal prices!
International Removalist Costs
Perhaps the most significant international moving cost is that of your removalist. If you are yet to find a suitable moving company, start by requesting free quotes from us. However, it is also important to understand how these quotes are calculated. In particular, note the following factors:
- Size of your move. The bigger your move, the more it will cost – it isn’t rocket science! If you are still unsure how much stuff you have, use our handy furniture volume calculator to do the work for you.
- Distance. Naturally, moving to our Kiwi neighbours is going to be cheaper than moving to Europe.
- Season. Now, here’s where you can start to be thrifty. If you are flexible with your moving date, opt for the winter months as demand, and therefore prices, tend to be lower.
- Extra services. Own a grand piano or fine art? Lucky you! Except when it comes to international moving costs; be prepared to pay extra for these.
- Transportation method. Your options here are sea, truck or air. More about this on our container shipping costs page.
We imagine you are still itching for some concrete figures. Below you can find an overview of the average international shipping costs to various destinations around the world. This is based on moving belongings valued at $75,000, moving port-to-port.
|Moving To||Estimated Cost|
|New Zealand||$860 – $1,345|
|Singapore||$1,715 – $2,360|
|Indonesia||$1,900 – $2,810|
|Japan||$1,715 – $2,630|
|Canada||$5,060 – $12,930|
|United Kingdom||$5,270 – $8,060|
|United States||$5,260 – $12,510|
Tip! If you are strapped for time, you can often pay a surplus to have your international moving company pack and unpack for you, with costs starting at $180. If you would prefer to do it yourself, kudos! But make sure you read our expert packing guide.
If you are overwhelmed with choice, our list of top international removalists can help filter the good from the bad and the ugly!
Custom Charges and Taxes
While most countries have duty-free policies on household goods, if you have anything particularly valuable, this might incur an added international moving cost. Be sure to check the custom and import charges of your destination country, as these can vary substantially.
Shipping your car? Unfortunately, if you want your four wheels to join the fun, custom charges are inevitable.
Estimated cost. Customs tax charge depends on the value of the good that is being shipped and can be anything from 0-100%. Helpful we know! It is worth noting that the global average is 1.8%.
Think you can get away without this? Think again! While it is tempting to avoid this upfront cost, without it, your international moving costs are sure to sky-rocket if and when anything goes wrong. Most international moving companies include basic insurance as part of their quote, but it doesn’t usually cover everything – do some investigating!
Estimated cost. Insurance companies base your cargo quote on the monetary value of your goods, not on the volume or weight. You may spend anything from $200 to $1000 depending on the value of your items. If the value of your goods is lower and its end destination is closer, then of course the price will be cheaper.
Another factor that contributes to your total international moving costs is storage facilities. While it would be nice is timings fell exactly into place, this is rarely the reality of moving house. If you are flying out before or after your shipment date, then you may need to hire some storage space. Luckily, we have a page dedicated to storage moving to help you on your way!
Estimated cost. Prices for storage units are based on the size you need to hire. A 100sq ft storage space for example (approximately equivalent to a two-bedroom house) will cost anything between $200 to $400 a month, with most companies applying a discount if you use them for longer periods of time.
Flights and Visas
Again, this is a bit of a no-brainer; there is no point flying your household goods half-way across the world if you can’t join them! Therefore, make sure to budget this into your international moving costs.
Equally, if you don’t have the right visa, there’s no way you are getting let into your destination country – no matter how charming you are!
Estimated costs. Much like other international moving costs, flight and visa expenses will vary depending on your specific circumstances. For example, the average cost of a flight to New Zealand is $215, while you can expect to pay around $750 to get to the UK.
Haven’t started sorting your visa? Don’t fret! New World Immigration is here to guid you through – simply click the banner below!
The cost of moving overseas will also increase if you plan on bringing any fury friends with you. Before you start spending money, it is important that you check out the specific pet import requirements of your destination country. These are usually outlined on our country pages.
Below is a list of the expenses moving overseas with a pet is likely to incur:
- Plane ticket for your pet
- Pet passport
- Special travel crates
Note! If you are travelling a long way, it is important to consider whether your pet will be able to withstand the flight. Jet-lag is hardcore for humans, let alone a feline or canine companion.
Estimated cost. It will depend on the airline that you use, but generally, cats are a little less expensive than transporting dogs. To give you an idea, shipping a cat abroad can cost between $700-$2,000 and dogs between $2,000-$7,000.
Before we let you off the hook, there are a couple more international moving costs to consider. While these don’t apply to everyone, it is important to recognise that this is not an exhaustive list, and therefore you need to be aware of any further surprises. This may include:
- Car transportation
- Transferring money abroad
- Buying new furniture
As you can see, there is no blanket answer to how much does it cost to move overseas. Instead, international removal prices ebb and flow based on a multitude of factors. The good news is, now you are aware of these, you can start to look at where to save money on your international moving costs!
Before you go, consider exploring some further pages of the Sirelo website, such as:
In the meantime, good luck! We wish you every success with your move.