Shipping Furniture Overseas

Is it Worth Shipping Furniture Overseas?


Moving overseas to start a new life? This can be an exciting and stressful time, especially as you think about moving your whole life to a brand-new place. What does it cost to bring your stuff with you, and is it even worth it?

This may be a great time to get some new stuff. Everybody likes new stuff, right? Remember, that what worked for your old home, may not work in your new home. You can always use this move as an excuse to finally redecorate.

Deciding what to bring

International shipping is a numbers game. The less stuff you bring, the less it will cost you. When thinking about what you bring with you, you look at the cost to move it overseas, how much it would cost to replace it, and how much it means to you. How valuable something is to you can be hard to describe, but what if we just measured it by the number of reasons you can think of to keep it?

If your relative cost of moving is less than the cost to replace it, your choice becomes easy.

Moving somewhere with a different climate? If you are planning to move your antique or leather furniture, do your research first. Some climates will damage delicate items, so you may want to store them instead.


You may have thought that quarantine was just for plants or animals but think again. Many countries have stringent requirements for the inspection and quarantine or wood furniture items. This is because tiny bugs or mold can have damaging impacts on your new country’s ecosystem.

The best way to avoid quarantine for your furniture is to make sure that it is spotless when it arrives. If a customs official opens up a container and finds a single piece of dusty furniture, they are far more likely to want to unload your entire container and check everything inch-by-inch. Nobody wants that.

How much does it cost to ship furniture overseas?

Now for the million-dollar question. How much does it cost to ship furniture overseas? The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors, such as where you are traveling to and from, and whether you chose to ship a full container load or a less than container load.

Shipping a full container from Los Angeles to Tokyo would cost between $7,600-$10,200 (a full container holding the entire contents of a house plus a vehicle). Shipping from New York to Cape Town, South Africa would be $7,000-$11,500.

Sadly, shipping is only part of the expense of moving furniture. You would be surprised how quickly the cost of packing materials can add up, especially for special or fragile items. When packing furniture to ship overseas, you have to be diligent about padding corners, getting it thoroughly cleaned and wrapped, tied down and secure.

The truth is, working with international movers is the best investment you can make when moving internationally. Three Men and a Truck handles your overseas and domestic moves with ease. We can help with every part of the process, from packing your items to protect them from harm to ensuring they stay safe from doorstep to doorstep. Contact Three Men and a Truck today to learn more about how we can give you the move you deserve.

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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