You’re ready to take the leap and move country, leaving your old home behind in search of exciting adventures in a less familiar land. But just because you’re moving, doesn’t mean you want to abandon all of your favourite possessions. Those treasures which prompt precious memories or create comfort should always have a place in your home. When you start your life in a new country, you want to do so surrounded by everything that makes you feel like you belong.

Fortunately, this is fully achievable. In this wonderfully advanced world we live in, you can ship anything you please to your new place in a matter of weeks, not months – especially if you fill in the form at the top of this page. As Diana Ross once (almost) sang, there ain’t no ocean wide enough to keep your priceless items from getting to you. The ability to transfer these precious goods should help with moving, a process which E.ON found in 2015 was more stressful than getting divorced or starting a new job.

But you don’t want to choose just anyone to handle your precious goods – you need the finest suppliers out there. That’s why we’ve assembled the best shipping companies in 2019, so that you can rest easy, safe in the knowledge that you can trust your chosen service.

The best shipping companies 2019

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The 10 Best Shipping Companies in 2019: what’s on this page?

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01 | Best shipping companies in the UK
02 | The 10 best shipping companies in the USA
03 | The 3 best shipping companies in Australia 
04 | Which of the best shipping companies in 2019 should you choose?

The most prominent international shipping companies – the ones whose cargo you’ll see flying past on seemingly endless trains – are used by businesses, not individuals. What follows is a list of suppliers that can help make personal moves easier.

Some of these international shipping companies will move your goods themselves, while others will find the best option for you – whether that means the cheapest, quickest, or most trustworthy ship, or a combination of all three. What they all have in common is their status as top shipping companies.

We’ve separated the wheat from the chaff by gathering all the freely available data on shipping companies from review sites like Trustpilot and Sirelo, and by digging deeper to secure quotes and time estimates from all of them for an identical relocation from London to New York.

Our methodology

Prices below are based on the port-to-port transportation of a 20ft container of used furniture, weighing 2,000kg and worth £40,000 – the typical value of the contents of a three-bedroom house (according to Admiral Insurance). These prices were last updated in July 2019.

Please note: you should expect some discrepancy between the rates given here and the quotes you receive. These estimates should be used as an indication only. We’ve factored in a £400 insurance fee as part of these estimates, which may also differ for you. If you want to know which shipping insurance company you should choose, we’ve also got you covered there.

1. John Mason International Movers

Cost of moving from London to New York: £4,500 – £5,000

Time taken: 4-6 weeks

Customer service: Off the charts – nearly. John Mason gets 9.4 on Trustpilot, and perhaps an even more impressive 9.3 on Sirelo – a notoriously tough site on which to score highly. John Mason currently only deals with international removals, meaning you can count on this company – which started in Liverpool in 1884 with horse-drawn carts – to deliver on its promises.

What does the company specialise in?

International removals.

2. Bishop’s Move

Cost of moving from London to New York: £5,995

Time taken: 20-30 days door-to-door

Customer service: A 9.2 rating on Trustpilot and a place on Sirelo’s ‘Best of 2018’ list speaks to the good service which this 165-year-old veteran of the industry provides. It’s part of four big moving associations – BAR, FIDI, EURA (the European Relocation Association), and IAM – and was once again shortlisted among other top shipping companies in 2019 for an Association of Relocation Professionals award.

What does the company specialise in?

It’s an all-rounder. Bishop’s Move will help with moving your home or business, whether you’re relocating domestically or internationally, and fulfil your need for storage – all at a fast pace.

3. Britannia Movers International

Cost of moving from London to New York: £6,300

Time taken: 4-6 weeks door-to-door

Customer service: The company has excellent ratings, scoring an 8 on Trustpilot and 4.7/5 with Google reviewers. Meanwhile, Sirelo – a review site which ranks international shipping companies – rated Britannia Movers at its best business of 2018.

This 38-year-old cooperative has been used by the British Ministry of Defence, and is certified by BAR (British Association of Movers), FIDI (International Federation of International Movers), and IAM (International Association of Movers). In short, it’s a name you can trust.

What does the company specialise in?

Having a great reputation that you can (literally) bet your house on.

4. GBS Freight Services

Cost of moving from London to New York: £2,212.96

Time taken: 26-29 days door-to-door

Customer service: Satisfactory, if not spectacular – but worth it if GBS can find you a good deal (which more often than not, it can).

What does the company specialise in? 

Saving you money without betraying your trust. GBS connected our test customer with Int’l Cargo, an American company with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

5. PSS International Removals

Cost of moving from London to New York: £5,192

Time taken: 15-30 days

Customer service: The company, which like John Mason focuses exclusively on international removals, has a 7.5 rating on Trustpilot and was ranked Sirelo’s third-best company of 2018. It also operates at a particularly fast speed, without charging an unreasonable price.

What does the company specialise in?

Speedy service you can trust.

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6. Pickfords

Cost of moving from London to New York: £6,750

Time taken: 5-6 weeks

Customer service: Unbeatable. Customers have given it an average score of 9.4/10 on Trustpilot – and it makes sense that Pickfords has a good reputation, seeing as it’s survived in a tough industry for 373 years (yep, you read that right). It’ll transport your pet, too, and if you’re moving to a poorly-served country, Pickfords is your best choice – the company will deliver anywhere that isn’t a war zone.

What does the company specialise in?

The best customer service around – but it comes at a price.

7. Transglobal Express

Cost of moving from London to New York: £2,733.06

Time taken: 8-9 weeks

Customer service: Like GBS, Transglobal Express is a freight forwarding service, meaning that it acts as an intermediary between you and the shipping company – and it does this job extremely well. It scores 8.6 on Trustpilot, replies to every review it’s given there, and suggested a deal to our test customer which was well below the market rate – even if the time frame was pretty lengthy.

What does the company specialise in?

Making your move as cheap as it can be.

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8. MoveCorp

Cost of moving from London to New York: £4,889

Time taken: 6-8 weeks door-to-door

Customer service: MoveCorp doesn’t have the best reputation – but it’s not far off top scorers like John Mason. Its score of 7.6 on Trustpilot is impressive, as is the level of enthusiasm in customers’ feedback. Out of 582 reviews on Trustpilot, 125 described MoveCorp as “friendly” – a full 24%. That’s an incredibly high charm rate, which is exactly what you want when you’re moving home.

What does the company specialise in?

Service with a smile.

9. Anglo Pacific World Movers

Cost of moving from London to New York: £6,500 – £7,000

Time taken: 8-10 weeks

Customer service: Anglo Pacific is an affiliated member of three shipping organisations – FIDI, BAR, and IAM – and its reputation is enhanced by its customers’ feedback. The company has attained a 7.9/10 rating on Trustpilot, plus a cool 7.6 on Sirelo.

What does the company specialise in?

Sheer volume. It reportedly performs more than 40,000 successful international removals every year.

10. Baggage Hub

Cost of moving from London to New York: £3,354

Time taken: 8-12 weeks door-to-door

Customer service: Not the best. Baggage Hub scored a paltry 3.6 on Trustpilot and 4.9 on Sirelo, neither of which are ratings that will fill you with confidence. One in five reviewers criticised Baggage Hub’s communication skills, though the company seems to have improved in recent times.

What does the company specialise in?

Door-to-door service at an extremely reasonable price. It’s easy to get a quote, and to arrange every single part of the transfer.

Top shipping companies outside of the UK

Because we know that many of you reading this don’t reside in the UK, we’ve also compiled lists of the best shipping companies in the USA and Australia. After all, you deserve to use top shipping companies just as much as anyone!

The 10 best shipping companies in the USA

– United Parcel Service (UPS)
– FedEx
– DHL
– R+L Carriers
– YRC Freight
– Viking International Moving
– OnTrac Shipping
– TSI
– Move Management International
– Shipito

The 3 best shipping companies in Australia

– OSS Worldwide Movers
– Grace Removals Group
– Kent Removals & Storage

Which of the best shipping companies in 2019 should you choose?

Now that you’ve read our exhaustive guide to the top international shipping companies on the planet this year, you should be ready to transport everything you love and everything you need to the other side of the world. So don’t hesitate: head on over to our International Container Shipping Costs page, and see how much it would take to set you up in your new home. 

Or, to start receiving quotes for shipping to your chosen destination, simply fill in this form and our professional suppliers will get back to you! Any international removal project is possible with these world-class providers – just make sure that they fit your budget, your time-scale, and your desired level of customer service. If one of these is especially important to you, give it special value when making your decision. 

After all – this is your adventure.