Company My Move can save you up to 70% off your removal costs to Poland from the UK. Known for its historical architecture and lower cost of living, Poland is fast becoming a mainstay for UK citizens.
The most popular location in Poland is its capital city, Warsaw, which is home to 1.8 million people (approximately 5% of the country’s total population). Other desirable locations include Gdansk, Krakow, and Poznań.
We can connect you with up to 6 removal companies that can ship your goods from the UK to Poland. Fill in our international moving comparison form to compare quotes and save money on your shipping fees.
Shipping furniture overseas is something you’ll need to arrange once you’ve agreed a moving day. It’s important to consider what type of goods you are moving and the volume of your shipment to determine the best method for you.
Poland is a member of the EU, meaning that there are further regulations that UK citizens must adhere to following Brexit. Hiring your removal company in advance will minimise the risk of delays and ensure your goods arrive on time.
Since Poland is accessible by land, air, and sea, you can choose from the following modes of transport:
Depending on your needs and requirements, you can use one shipping method or a combination
Shipping freight is a popular shipping method thanks to its accessibility for small and large moves alike. With various shipping container sizes available, any kind of item can be moved by sea. Shipping freight has the highest weight capacity for heavy items such as furniture. It can also accommodate fragile and valuable antiques.
There are 5 major ports in Poland. The Port of Gdansk is not the largest port in Poland, but it is the busiest, handling over 53 million tonnes of cargo in 2021 alone. The other ports are:
Shipping freight is a highly efficient mode of transport thanks to Poland’s excellent river network.
Road freight is another popular shipping option thanks to its availability for all moves regardless of size. Taking between 3 and 4 days for goods to arrive, road freight is highly convenient for those who want a cost-effective and efficient shipment.
With strong road and rail networks, goods will be shipped from the UK to France, then through Germany before arriving in Poland. This can lead to delays at the borders following the UK’s exit from the EU.
However, providing your removal company with a detailed inventory will minimise this risk. It will ensure your goods arrive as soon as possible.
Those embarking on a smaller move may wish to consider part-loading their goods. This is when you are assigned a portion of a container that can be applied to any mode of transport. The remaining space in the container will be filled with other people’s belongings.
This is the cheapest option and ideal for people moving a small amount of goods. It means they don’t have to worry about paying for space they won’t use.
Part-load is the slowest shipping option, taking between 14 and 28 days for goods to arrive. This is because the transport must stop for other people along the way. The more stops that the vehicle has to take, the longer you’ll have to wait.
Air freight is regarded as the most convenient shipping option as it takes between 1 and 2 days for goods to arrive in Poland from the UK.
Poland has 12 international airports with Warsaw Chopin Airport serving as the largest and most popular option. Located 5.5 miles south of the Polish capital, Warsaw Chopin Airport accounts for approximately 50% of the country’s air traffic.
Other popular airports in Poland include:
Although it is the fastest shipping choice, air freight is the most expensive option as it is calculated by weight. This means that it is not a suitable choice for those moving on a strict budget.
Also, air freight shipping is limited by weight restrictions. Those planning a larger move with heavy items such as furniture or vehicles may not be able to choose this option.
Shipping a 20ft container from the UK to Poland costs an average of £1,280 and £1,417 for a 40ft container. Your final cost will be determined by various factors including the size of the container, and what items are being shipped. If you decide to add extra upgrades such as professional packing services, this will incur higher costs.
Here are the average shipping costs from the UK to Poland:
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*data taken from Move Hub and Three Movers
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Poland is a member of the EU, meaning that there are extra steps that UK citizens must take in order to apply for Polish visas and permits. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you have everything required on a documentation checklist before applying. The following is required for a Polish residence permit application:
Once you arrive in Poland, your documentation may be rechecked, so it’s important to have everything to hand.
Those planning to move to Poland for up to 90 days can apply for a Schengen Visa. If you are planning to only visit Poland, you can apply for a Schengen Visa at a Polish diplomatic mission such as the Polish Embassy in London.
Those wanting to live in Poland for longer than 90 days will have to apply for a Dokument pobytowy (residence permit). This will contain biometric data and allow you to reside in Poland for 1 year with the opportunity to renew at the end of this period.
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