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Shipping Container Costs From the United Kingdom to Sweden


Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

26th Aug 2022 (Last updated on 8th Feb 2024) 4 minute read

On average, container shipping to Sweden from the UK costs around £1,464. This is using a 40ft container which is ideal for moving the contents of a 3-bedroom house. The average air freight cost to Sweden is £190 per 100kg. This is based on our international removals cost research.

There are 3 shipping services to choose from when moving to Sweden from the UK. These are sea, air and road freight. The option you select will depend on your personal budget and when you need your items.

  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 Sweden?
  6. Prohibited Items to Sweden
  7. Finding an International Removal Company to Sweden

Sea Freight

Sea freight to Sweden is the most popular option. This is due to its lower shipping rates in comparison to air freight. Your goods will take longer to arrive via ocean freight, which can be an issue if you need your goods to arrive quickly.


  • Lower costs
  • Ability to transport motor vehicles easily
  • Pay for the size of the shipping container rather than by weight
  • Part-Load services available
  • More eco-friendly option


  • Sea freight is more time-consuming
  • Delays are more common
  • Sea freight is less frequent than road and air freight

Main Ports and Routes in Sweden

There are 7 major ports in Sweden you can use to ship your household goods. The largest container port in Sweden is the Port of Gothenburg. Other ports include:

  • Trelleborg
  • Stockholm
  • Gavle/Gefle
  • Helsingborg
  • Ahus
  • Norrkoping

The main ports in the UK that provide shipping to Sweden are Southampton, London and Felixstowe. You can also travel by ferry or van from Dover or Folkestone.

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Air Freight

If you need your goods to arrive quickly, air freight is the best option. As it’s quicker, it’s more expensive. Your goods will be shipped to the most convenient airport in South Africa from the UK.


  • Quicker shipments to Sweden
  • 6 main airports to choose from
  • Good security to protect your goods
  • Convenient and regular flight times


  • Most expensive option for shipping furniture overseas
  • Items are charged by weight not size
  • Not as eco-friendly
  • Limitatatation to what you can transport (e.g motor vehicles)

Main Airports and Routes in Sweden

There are 6 main airports in Sweden. These include:

  • Stockholm-Arlanda
  • Gothenburg-Landvetter
  • Malmö Sturup
  • Luleå
  • Växjö Kronoberg

The main UK airport that ships to Sweden is London Heathrow.

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FCL vs LCL Shipping

Whether you choose sea, air or road shipping services to Sweden, you will need to decide whether you want to use full or part load. This will depend on the items you’re shipping and the amount of space you need. Several factors will affect the shipping cost and type of shipping, such as:

  • The size of the items
  • Weight of your cargo
  • Tracking
  • Insurance
  • The distance travelled
  • Customs and duties charges
  • The number of items being shipped

Full Container Load (FCL)

A full container load is useful for those looking to move a lot of goods. You will purchase the entire shipping container, and it’s filled with your goods only. It will arrive quicker than LCL.

Less Container Load (LCL)

If you’re shipping fewer goods LCL from port to port is the best option. It allows you to save money on shipping costs as you’ll share a container with others.

This does mean that the amount of space you have to use is limited and goods will take longer to arrive due to the container being shared.

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Other Costs to Consider

There are other costs to consider when moving to Sweden, such as:

Packing Services

Packing services cost around £250 for a 3-bedroom house. However, this will vary depending on the removal company you use and the number of items you have.

These services are charged additionally and the packing experts will pack all your goods for you. They use high-quality materials to help keep your items safe and secure.

Pick-up and Delivery

Some removal companies will also offer pick-up and delivery services. This is similar to a door-to-door service. It takes away the worry of collecting your goods yourself. The cost will be dependent on the country, the volume of goods being moved and the distance.


On average, international insurance costs will be up to 4% of the value of your goods. The exact cost will vary based on the number of items you’re moving.

Insurance policies will vary depending on the option you use, and the individual insurance company. They will factor in the type of shipping, the distance travelled and the number of items into their costs.

All of our removal partners are covered by both Goods in Transit and Public Liability insurance. This means you and your belongings will be completely protected during the journey.

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How Long Does it Take to Ship Belongings to Sweden?

On average, transit times take up to 5 days to arrive in Sweden via ocean shipping from the UK. If you’re using air freight, delivery will take between 2-3 days.

The amount of time it takes to ship belongings from the UK to Sweden will vary. The cost and length of time depends on the mode of transport you’ve chosen and whether the shipping is FCL or LCL. LCL will take longer to arrive.

Prohibited Items to Sweden

There are many items you’re prohibited to bring into Sweden, such as:

  • Explosives
  • Injection needles
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Narcotics
  • Parts and products from protected species
  • Meat and milk products from non-EU countries
  • Alcohol
  • Toys and games containing copper sulphate
  • Soil

Check the Government Offices of Sweden for a full list of prohibited items.

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Finding an International Removal Company to Sweden

When moving to Sweden, always use an experienced and reliable international removals company. Compare My Move’s free online comparison service will match you with up to 6 trusted removal companies. We can help you to save up to 70% off your international removal costs.

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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