Average shipping and removal costs to Spain from UK for parcels, boxes and shipping containers. How to get the cheapest quotes if you are moving to Spain.
Spain remains one of the most popular cities to move to and no wonder since it offers amazing work opportunities and a great quality of life. After making the decision to move to Spain the next thing you will want to do is get an idea of shipping costs to Spain so you can organise the shipping of your personal belongings.
Costs have increased for moving to Spain. Brexit means you now have to consider costs of customs clearance and possibly duties and taxes. The coronavirus pandemic has also increased costs and caused delays with a shortage of haulage drivers.
This guide will give an estimate on the price of a dedicated or part-load removal to Spain and also detail the other costs involved that may not be part of your main quote. For most people, the most economical option will be a shared shipment via road freight. Many people move to Spain so there are regular ‘European road trains’ which can carry large volumes at economic rates. 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 road.
Mailing or posting parcels to Spain 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 Spain from the UK.
International Removal Costs and Prices to Spain for 2023
- International Removal Costs and Prices to Spain for 2023
- How long does shipping take from the UK to Spain?
- Guide to Spain Shipping Costs
- Shipment Protection and International Removals Insurance
- Get a Quote For Shipping To Spain From the UK
Household Shipping Rates to Spain 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 the south coast and central locations can differ from the east coast due to the different logistics and distances involved.
UK to Spain
(80 cubic feet)
|1 Bed Flat
(250 cubic feet)
|2 Bed Flat
(500 cubic feet)
|3 Bed House
(1000 cubic feet)
|4+ Bed House
(2000 cubic feet )
*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 Spain for 2023. For more accurate prices, please contact PSS for a quote (see removals to Spain).
How long does shipping take from the UK to Spain?
Average Road Freight Shipping Times From UK to Spain
Please note the below transit times have increased in 2023. with delays due to a shortage of truck drivers. Additional time also needs to be added for customs clearance.
|Road Freight (Dedicated Load)||Up to 7 days|
|Road Freight (Shared / Part Load)||14-28 days|
|Standard Air Freight||Up to 10 days|
Guide to Spain Shipping Costs
Cost of Sending Boxes / Excess Baggage to Spain 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.
You can check out the cost for shipping luggage or excess baggage to Spain here.
Cost of Air Freight to Spain
Air freight to Spain is much faster and cost effective especially when you compare to airline excess baggage rates.
Air freight prices to Spain 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. There are also two options available – Standard Air Freight and the faster Express Air Freight.
Cost of Sending Parcels to Spain
Shipping small parcels to Spain can be done quite cheaply via Royal Mail. For example, a small 2kg parcel can be posted for less than £5 by airmail. But 2kg 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 Spain or plan to stay for a longer period, specialist box shipping services to Spain 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.
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 Spain. 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.
- 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 Spain.
- Delivery of household effects to the residence, unwrapping and removal of packing materials (assumes good access and not above the first floor).
Why Spain 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.
- Roadsonal variations (time of year).
Getting a Discount On Your Shipping to Spain
Being flexible or planning your move date can help get a lower price on your shipping/move costs. During peak times, 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 Spain where they may be expensive to replace.
Customs Duties, Taxes and Other Fees
Currently, as the UK has left the EU following Brexit, the rules for customs have changed. Even though the UK and Spain have a trade deal, customs clearance fees and some duties and taxes may still apply depending on your residential status.
Spanish customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the person shipping and will need to be paid separately to Spain Customs, however, PSS or our agents 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 Spain 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.
Shipment Protection and International Removals Insurance
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 Spain From the UK
If you are moving to Spain, PSS International Removals will be happy to help. For nearly 40 years we have helped thousands of people and families to move or ship belongings to Spain. No matter whether you are a first time migrant or a Spainish expat returning home, PSS can offer you the best prices on shipping for household removals, boxes of personal effects and also cars.
Spain 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.
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