Average shipping and removal costs to Cyprus from UK for parcels, boxes and shipping containers. How to get the cheapest quotes if you are moving to Cyprus.
Cyprus remains one of the most popular Mediterranean countries to move to and no wonder since it offers the perfect climate, amazing work opportunities and a great quality of life. With Britain’s long standing cultural and historical connections with Cyprus it’s an easy to see why so many British expats make the move. After making the decision to move to Cyprus the next thing you will want to do is get an idea of shipping costs to Cyprus so you can organise the shipping of your personal belongings.
This guide will give an estimate on the price of a container or part container to Cyprus and also detail the other costs involved that may not be part of your main quote. We will also talk about the cost of shipping boxes and why it may be actually cheaper to ship boxes by air freight rather than by sea.
Mailing or posting parcels to Cyprus is only suitable for very small packages. For large packages and boxes, shipping with courier companies is very expensive. Personal shipping companies like PSS are therefore the perfect solution.
NB: For answers to most of your shipping questions you can also read our comprehensive Guide to Shipping to Cyprus from the UK.
International Removal Costs and Prices to Cyprus for 2020
- 1 Average shipping and removal costs to Cyprus from UK for parcels, boxes and shipping containers. How to get the cheapest quotes if you are moving to Cyprus.
- 2 International Removal Costs and Prices to Cyprus for 2020
- 3 International Shipping Costs & Removal Prices to Cyprus for 2020
- 4 How long does shipping take from UK to Cyprus?
- 5 Average Sea Freight Shipping Times From UK to Cyprus
- 6 Guide to Cyprus Shipping Costs
- 7 Cost of Sending Boxes / Excess Baggage to Cyprus From the UK
- 8 Cost of Air Freight to Cyprus
- 9 Cost of Sending Parcels to Cyprus
- 10 Getting an Accurate Shipping Quote or Estimate
- 11 Costs for Shipping Personal Effects and Household Goods
- 12 What’s Included in the Price for International Removals?
- 13 Cost of Car and Vehicle Shipping to Cyprus
- 14 Cheapest Shipping to Cyprus – Warning
- 15 Why Cyprus Shipping Estimates Vary
- 16 Getting a Discount On Your Shipping to Cyprus.
- 17 What’s Not Included In Your Quote – Additional Charges and Fees
- 18 Customs Duties, Taxes and Other Fees
- 19 Shipment Protection and Marine Insurance
- 20 How Much Does Shipment Protection or Insurance Cost to Cyprus?
- 21 Get a Quote For Shipping To Cyprus From the UK
Household Container Shipping Rates to Cyprus From the UK
The prices listed here are based on the contents of an average UK property and include delivery to the specified city or location. The cost of shipping to west coast and central locations can differ significantly to the east coast due to the extra distances involved.
UK to Cyprus
(80 cubic feet)
|1 Bed Flat
(250 cubic feet)
|2 Bed Flat
(500 cubic feet)
|3 Bed House
(20 ft container)
|4+ Bed House
(40 ft container)
*Box shipping prices are for self-pack, economy size cartons.
Prices exclude VAT.
NB: The shipping prices and rates listed above are approximate shipping costs to Cyprus for 2020. For more accurate prices, please contact PSS for a quote (see removals to Cyprus).
Many websites list port-to-port costs for shipping containers to Cyprus. These can significantly underestimate the actual costs for non-commercial users. The prices listed here are for a full door-to-door removals service aimed at people shipping their personal effects.
How long does shipping take from UK to Cyprus?
Average Sea Freight Shipping Times From UK to Cyprus
|Air Freight||5-10 days|
|Sea Freight (Full Container)||4-6 weeks|
|Sea Freight (Shared Container)||5-9 weeks|
Guide to Cyprus Shipping Costs
Cost of Sending Boxes / Excess Baggage to Cyprus From the UK
Excess Baggage and box shipping services are ideal for shipping smaller quantities of items / luggage. Large items such as furniture will require a removals service.
The prices below include self-packing although professional packing services are available. Costs per box improve as the quantity or volume shipped increases.
Boxes are based on standard economy size shipping cartons, measuring 46 x 46 x 46 cm (3.4 cubic feet), weighing no more than 30 kg each.
Cost of Air Freight to Cyprus
Air freight to Cyprus is much faster and cost effective especially when you compare to airline excess baggage rates.
Air freight prices to Cyprus are calculated based on volumetric weight which is a combination of weight in kg and shipment volume.
Our advisers will be able to give you the best quote based on your circumstances. Even though air freight is not cheaper, the cost difference compared to how much time you save may make it worthwhile.
Cost of Sending Parcels to Cyprus
Shipping small parcels to Cyprus can be done quite cheaply via Royal Mail. For example a small 2 kg parcel can be posted for around £20 by air mail. But 2 kg is the maximum size – for larger parcels they recommend Parcel Force and the costs very quickly become too expensive. Therefore if you are moving to Cyprus or plan to stay for a longer period, specialist box shipping services to Cyprus as offered by PSS International are a very attractive option.
Getting an Accurate Shipping Quote or Estimate
Your shipping costs will be based on the volume (cubic feet) that you ship. It is important therefore to get an accurate quote based on what you want to send.
The best way to do this is through an estimator visiting your house, although now some shipping companies like PSS offer video surveys via a mobile app, or online calculators where you list what you wish to send.
Check everything you need to ship. Don’t forget hidden cupboards, attics, sheds, garages and anything stored at another site – it all adds up
If you need to take extra items not included in your original quotation it will likely increase the amount you need to pay. However, if you reduce your volume your shipping estimate may decrease.
Costs for Shipping Personal Effects and Household Goods
This article assumes you are moving to Cyprus and shipping household or personal effects. You will therefore be less liable to pay taxes and other charges. Household goods and personal effects include everything from furniture and clothes to bicycles, golf clubs and other used personal items.
For new items and commercial goods, other conditions, duties and costs may apply.
What’s Included in the Price for International Removals?
The price estimates quoted here are based on a full international removals service to various locations in Cyprus. This service is designed for people moving overseas or shipping personal effects and is much more comprehensive than using a freight forwarder or shipping port to port.
- Door-to-door service (including pick up and delivery)
- Professional export standard packing materials and cartons.
- Use of reliable, regulated shipping lines such as Ocean Network Express (ONE), Maersk, Hapag Lloyd and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).
- Advice & assistance with completing forms, & other paperwork.
- Customs inventory – numbering and listing of all packages.
- UK & destination Port/Terminal handling charges.
- Ocean freight to arrival vessel destination port.
- Customs Clearance, haulage of container and unloading.
- Some Storage may be included in UK or Cyprus.
- Delivery of household effects to the residence, unwrapping and removal of packing materials (assumes good access and not above the first floor).
Cost of Car and Vehicle Shipping to Cyprus
There are two main methods for shipping cars to Cyprus – in a shipping container or using a RORO (Roll-On-Roll-Off) service. If you are shipping other household goods it’s worth seeing if you can save money by shipping them in the same container.
Cars, bikes, motor homes, caravans, motorbikes, boats can all to be shipped to Cyprus. Some vehicles, especially motor homes and caravans, may be too wide or tall to fit in a shipping container and will need to be shipped RORO.
There are restrictions on what cars and other vehicles can be shipped to Cyprus from the UK. You will need to check that your vehicle meets these criteria.
For a quote and full details of the costs of shipping and importing vehicles to Cyprus, please click here to visit our car shipping page or call our advisers on 020 8686 7733.
Cheapest Shipping to Cyprus – Warning
We have noticed that some shipping companies give misleading quotes for cheap shipping to Cyprus. If you receive an estimate that seems very cheap compared to other shipping company quotes, please check carefully what is included.
We have frequently come across people who have been given a port-to-port price rather than a door-to-door price.
Most reputable shipping and international removal companies will have fairly similar costs and estimates. Cheap shipping quotes may look attractive on the surface but often have hidden costs or shortcuts which could put your belongings at risk.
Main Reasons For Cheap Shipping Quotes For Cyprus Can Include:
- Port-to-port rather than door-to-door delivery.
- Your quote is not for a full removals service including packing, customs clearance, delivery etc.
- The shipping company are using low cost shipping lines which may be cheaper but your belongings are at greater risk of delays, damages or even loss.
- Unacceptable lower grade packing materials or not professionally packed.
- Some charges & fees added on as extra so the headline quote looks cheap.
- Removal/shipping company is not BAR or FIDI regulated.
- The quote is cheaper as it does not include customs clearance and handling.
- Unregulated or unreliable agents used at destination.
Why Cyprus Shipping Estimates Vary
The shipping quotation you are given is an estimate and your final invoice may be different for a number of reasons.
This is the case with all shipping companies as much can change between receiving your quote and your actual moving or shipping day.
- Exchange rate fluctuations.
- Additional items being added that were not included in the original quotation.
- Increases in port/shipping fees and other charges in between receiving your estimate and your actual departure.
- Varying costs and charges for different ports and shipping lines.
- Seasonal variations (time of year).
Getting a Discount On Your Shipping to Cyprus.
Being flexible or planning your move date can help get a lower price on your shipping/move costs. During peak season, costs are likely to be higher and in quieter periods shipping companies may offer discounts and promotions to help fill containers.
Quantity discounts are also available, so it could well be cheaper for you to ship more of your belongings rather than buy everything new in Cyprus where they may be expensive to replace.
What’s Not Included In Your Quote – Additional Charges and Fees
There are a number of additional charges and fees that are the responsibility of you as the owner rather than the removals / shipping company and these are not included in standard quotes. Some fees and charges will need to be paid separately at your destination.
- Customs fees, duties and other charges payable to Government bodies (see below).
- Wooden crates and antique wrapping for delicate items if required.
- Additional charges for difficult access, e.g. above the first floor or if a shuttle service is needed to transport belongings from your house to the container.
- Additional storage time in the UK or at the destination before delivery.
- Shipment protection cover/insurance.
- Parking permits, charges or associated fees for suspension /dispensation in order to facilitate removal in the UK or delivery at destination.
Customs Duties, Taxes and Other Fees
Cyprusan customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the person shipping and will need to be paid separately to Cyprus Customs, although the local shipping agent at your destination port may handle these for you.
Fortunately many people including immigrants, returning expats, students and even people on work and visitor visas can ship household goods and personal effects to Cyprus duty free. However, some restrictions apply and customs regulations are subject to change so we suggest you check that you have the most up to date information.
A FIDI Guide to Cyprus Customs is available here.
If you don’t meet the criteria for household effects or your goods are deemed commercial imports then customs duties and tax may apply. The Cyprus Government website provides more details here.
Shipment Protection and Marine Insurance
How Much Does Shipment Protection or Insurance Cost to Cyprus?
Accredited shipping companies, like PSS, who are members of BAR, are covered by the Advance Payment Guarantee scheme. Although this guarantees the payment and cost of removal in the rare event that your removal company cannot complete your move, you should also consider protection for your belongings.
Shipment protection and insurance costs vary between companies and depending on whether it is self-packed or packed by the shipping/removals company.
Self-packed tends to be higher as it is not packed by professional packers.
Expect to pay anything from 3% to 7% of the total value of your goods.
(Some removals companies will allow you to select which particular items you wish to cover so this can save you significantly on your insurance costs).
Get a Quote For Shipping To Cyprus From the UK
If you are moving to Cyprus, PSS International Removals will be happy to help. Fore nearly 40 years we have helped thousands of people and families to move or ship belongings to Cyprus. No matter whether you are a first time migrant or a Cyprusan returning home, PSS can offer you the best prices on shipping for household removals, boxes of personal effects and also cars.
Cyprus is one of our top shipping destinations. Due to our years of experience and the high volumes we ship, we are able to offer our customers the best service at the lowest prices.
To get an estimate or quote call the PSS team on 020 8686 7733.
For more information or to get an online quote:
Container ship loading Container in Limassol Port Cyprus