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Shipping Container Costs From United Kingdom to France

Nicola Ryan

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

24th Aug 2022 (Last updated on 8th Feb 2024) 4 minute read

It costs an average of £1,415 to ship a 40 ft container to France from the UK. 40 ft containers are best for 3+ bed house moves. The average cost of air freight is £185 per 100kg.

In this guide, we have gathered everything you need to know about shipping to France. This will ensure that your removal to France goes as smoothly as possible.

  1. Sea Freight
  2. Air Freight
  3. FCL vs LCL Shipping
  4. Other Costs to Consider
  5. How Long Does it Take to Ship Belongings to France?
  6. Prohibited Items to France
  7. Finding an International Removal Company to France

Sea Freight

The average cost of shipping a container is £880 to ship a 20 ft container and £1,415 to ship a 40 ft container from the UK to France. Sea freight is the most popular option and the cheapest choice out of the two.


  • No weight limits mean that you can ship as little or as much as needed
  • Different size containers mean that you can pay for what you need to use


Main French Ports and Routes

France is home to 10 major ports. This means you can choose a port that is convenient for you. Here are the busiest ports in France:

  • The Autonomous Port of Paris
  • The Port of Marseille
  • The Port of Lyon
  • The Port of Le Havre
  • The Port of Deauville

The main UK ports that ship goods to France are Felixstowe and Southampton.

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Air Freight

The average air freight cost from the UK to France is £185 per 100kg. For those who need their goods shipped urgently or want the most convenient option, air freight is the best choice.


  • Most convenient options as goods will arrive the same day
  • Delays are not as frequent


  • Costs are quite high as it is calculated by weight
  • Not ideal for those transporting large or heavy items

Main French Airports and Routes

There are over 30 airports in France. Here are the busiest airports to bear in mind:

  • Charles de Gaulle International Airport
  • Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport
  • Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport
  • Marseille Provence Airport
  • Toulouse-Blagnac Airport

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FCL vs LCL Shipping

When moving to France from the UK, you will need to decide if you want to ship your goods as a Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL). How many goods you need to ship to France will determine which one you choose.

Full Container Load (FCL)

FCL is best for those who own a lot of belongings. You will have the whole container to fill with your goods. Whether you choose a 20 ft or 40 ft container, you’ll be able to store your goods safely. The average 3-bed house move will require an FCL when shipping to France due to the volume of goods that will be transported.

Less Container Load (LCL)

LCL is the best choice for those who are undergoing a smaller move such as students. What is great about LCL is it means that you don’t have to pay for a full container that you are not going to fill. However, LCL takes longer to arrive as it contains other people’s belongings, meaning that the container may have to go to other locations first.

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Other Costs to Consider

You need to be aware of any potential additional costs that can occur. There may be extra checks and fees due to Brexit and COVID-19 regulations. Here are some other costs that you should consider:

Packing Services

Most removal companies offer additional services such as packing services. Your removal company will provide all packing supplies. The average cost for this is £250.

Pick-up and Delivery

Another service you may wish to consider is a pick-up and delivery service. If you choose this, your goods are picked up and delivered from the port or airport. This means you don’t have to worry about transporting your goods to your new home when they arrive.


Lastly, you should look into international insurance for your goods. While sea and air freight are reliable, there is still a risk involved. Therefore, insuring your goods means that you are covered if there is a delay or if any goods are lost. At Compare My Move, our removal partners all offer Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance.

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How Long Does it Take to Ship Belongings to France?

The length of time shipping to France takes depends on what mode of transport you choose. Here is the average time each shipping option takes:

Shipping OptionLength of Time
Air FreightSame Day
Sea Freight1-2 Days
Road Freight3-5 Days
Part LoadUp to 2 Weeks

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Prohibited Items to France

There are prohibited items that you should be aware of when shipping to France. This will prevent any delays or fines if you are found with any of these items:

  • Meat and dairy products
  • Products containing animal-derived ingredients such as milk
  • Fresh flowers and plants

Finding an International Removal Company to France

At Compare My Move, we have a network of trusted partners who are ready to assist you with your shipping to France. Whether you are moving to France temporarily, or are planning to live there permanently, our partners can provide you with competitive quotes for shipping containers to France.

Nicola Ryan

Written by Nicola Ryan

Nicola focusses on all things moving house at Compare My Move where she writes articles for the advice centre, guiding users through everything they need to know about moving house.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.

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