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Shipping Container Costs From United Kingdom to Singapore

Zenyx Griffiths

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

24th Aug 2022 (Last updated on 8th Sep 2022) 5 minute read

It costs an average of £2,025 to ship a 40 ft container to Singapore from the UK. This is equivalent to a 3-bed house. Air freight costs approximately £283 per 100kg.

If you’re moving to Singapore from the UK, you need to make sure you factor in shipping container costs when planning your budget. You will also have to research the local customs clearance as well as prohibited items to reduce the risk of delays.

In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about shipping goods to Singapore from the UK.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Sea Freight
  2. Air Freight
  3. FCL vs LCL Shipping
  4. Other Costs to Consider
  5. How Long Does Shipping Take From the UK to Singapore?
  6. Customs Clearance and Prohibited Items to Singapore
  7. Finding an International Removal Company When Moving to Singapore

Sea Freight

The average cost for a shipping container is around £944 for a 20 ft container and £2,025 to ship a 40 ft container to Singapore from the UK.

Sea freight is the most popular option for shipping goods as it’s the most eco-friendly and affordable solution. If you have to ship large or heavy goods, sea freight will be the better option as you’re not limited by size or weight restrictions.


  • Plenty of space in the vessels
  • Very eco-friendly
  • Cost-effective
  • The shipping containers can also be used for transportation by road or rail
  • Cheaper when moving heavy and bulky items


  • Takes longer to arrive
  • Higher risk of delays
  • Less flexible routes and timetables
  • Some countries don’t have the right facilities or terminals to receive heavy containers
  • You will have to pay port duties and taxes

Main Singaporean Ports and Routes

Singapore has 2 main ports: the Port of Jurong and the Port of Singapore.

However, the Port of Singapore is the larger of the 2 options and contains the main terminals that collect shipping containers and household goods. This is the port that you will likely use when moving to Singapore from the UK.

The main port to ship to Singapore from the UK is Felixstowe.

Air Freight

The average cost of air freight from the UK to Singapore is £283 per 100kg.

Air freight means your goods will be flown directly into Singapore. Unlike shipping freight, air freight is calculated by weight. This means that if you own heavier and larger belongings, this will cause the cost of the total removal to increase.

Air freight is the quickest shipping method and often the most convenient. However, it is also around 10 times more expensive than sea freight.

The pros of air freight include:

  • Quickest shipping time
  • Easy to track the shipment
  • High level of security
  • Arrival and departure times are consistent
  • Global presence allows more flexibility

The cons of air freight include:

  • More expensive
  • Limited by the size and weight of cargo
  • Very dependent on the weather
  • Environmentally unfriendly
  • More items will be prohibited

Main Airports and Routes in Singapore

There are 9 airports in Singapore, meaning that there aren't many to choose from. The busiest airport is Singapore Changi Airport which is also the largest airport in Singapore.

FCL vs LCL Shipping

After selecting the mode of transport, it’s time to decide between Full Container Load (FCL) or Less than Container Load (LCL). Your choice will mainly depend on how much you are shipping to Singapore from the UK. Here are the main differences between FCL and LCL:

Full Container Load (FCL)

Full Container Load, also known as FCL, means you’ll have paid for and get the use of a whole shipping container. This means your belongings will be kept together during the journey, making it ideal for those with a lot to ship.

Less Container Load (LCL)

Less Container Load, known as LCL, is when your belongings are stored in a container alongside other people’s goods. It is a shared container, making it the best option for those with little to move. If the container has other locations to stop at first, the delivery time can increase.

Other Costs to Consider

When budgeting for your international house move, know that there are a number of stages to consider, each potentially bringing its own additional costs:

Packing services

Before shipping your items, you may want to hire a trusted removal company to safely pack your items for you. They will only use the highest quality packing materials to ensure your goods are protected. The average cost for packing services tailored to a 3-bedroom house is £250.

Pick up and deliver

Another cost to consider is the delivery of your goods. Your chosen removal company will be able to pick up your items and deliver them to the correct port or airport.


It’s highly recommended you take out international removals insurance when planning your move overseas. The insurance policy will ensure your items are covered in case of an emergency.

All of our partners at Compare My Move have Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance so you know you and your belongings are completely protected. The cost of your insurance will be dependent on the specific location you’re moving to, the volume of items you’re shipping, and their total value.

How Long Does Shipping Take From the UK to Singapore?

On average, the shipping time from the UK to Singapore by sea is 20 - 28 days, whilst the average shipping time by air is much quicker at 1 - 5 days.

Shipping times will vary depending on whether you choose FCL or LCL shipping as part-load services can take longer.

Customs Clearance and Prohibited Items to Singapore

According to Singapore Customs, prohibited items include:

  • Chewing gum (unless it’s medicinal or is approved by the Health Sciences Authority)
  • Pistols or revolvers (this includes lighters that are shaped like these items)
  • Firecrackers
  • Rhinoceros horns
  • Endangered species of wildlife and products derived from the body of such animals
  • Scanning receivers
  • Telephone voice changing equipment
  • Obscene articles, publications and video tapes or discs
  • Chewing tobacco
  • Imitation tobacco products
  • Smokeless cigars or cigarettes
  • Dissolvable tobacco or nicotine
  • Controlled drugs listed under 4th Schedule of Misuse of Drugs Regulation

Finding an International Removal Company When Moving to Singapore

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Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

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.