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Shipping costs to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Shipping to Colombo, Sri Lanka From Larnaka, Cyprus

Shipping Times

1 - 3 days by air

10 - 15 days by sea
Estimated Shipping Costs to Colombo, Sri Lanka

1 bed flat

£967 - £1,069
£3,869 - £4,274

3 bed house

£1,488 - £1,644

5 bed house

£2,232 - £2,466

Shipping Container Costs to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo is not only Sri Lanka’s biggest city, but it is also the country’s commercial capital, as well as being a popular tourist destination. Expats are sure to have an easy time settling into Colombo, as the city is very multicultural, with expats from a diverse array of countries living here. Colombo Harbour is one of Sri Lanka’s busiest ports and one of Asia’s most important terminals, due to its location. The National Museum is not only a stunning landmark to look at, but also a brilliant place to visit to learn about Sri Lanka’s colourful history. Revel in Colombo’s natural beauty by visiting one of the city’s most prominent features, Viharamahadevi Park, which has a mini zoo, several water fountains and a large statue of Buddah. Many vibrant celebrations and festivals are held here throughout the year, for example, the beautiful Vesak festival, which is a festival observed by Buddhists every year to celebrate the life of Buddah. Cricket is Colombo’s most popular sport and expats will be able to catch a game or two at one of the city’s sports venues, such as the Colombo Cricket Club Ground and the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium. The shipping of your personal and household items is sure to be as easy as settling into this diverse city. If you’re not sure which size shipping container to choose, here’s a simple gauge to help you decide: A 20-foot container can hold the contents of a 3-bedroom house, with a little room left over, whereas a 40-foot container can hold the contents of a 4 or 5-bedroom house. The same 40-foot container can also be used to accommodate the contents of a 3-bedroom house along with a medium sized vehicle.

40ft Shipping Container

67 Cubic Meters | 12.04m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)
See how much you can fit in a 40ft Container

Price: £2,827 - £3,124

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20ft Shipping Container

33 Cubic Meters | 6.04m x 2.35m x 2.39m (l x w x h)
See how much you can fit in a 20ft Container

Price: £1,488 - £1,644

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Car Shipping Costs to Colombo, Sri Lanka

In general a car will fit into a 20ft container. You will also need to consider quarantine and tax charges usually levied on importing vehicles.

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Car Shipped by Sea Freight

Max Dimensions 5.75m x 2.2m x 2.2m (l x w x h)

Base Price: £1488 - £1644

Quarantine & Taxes: £1,000 - £2,500

Price: £2,488 - £4,144

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Unusual Restricted Items

Telecommunications Equipment


All telecommunications equipment must be declared and are subject to inspection.



Cigarettes or unfinished tobacco products are prohibited.

Gold, Silver and Gems

Home & Garden

All gold, silver, gems and jewellery need to be declared and are subject to inspection.

Printed Matter and Other Media


Media containing pornography, seditious material or ridiculing any religious belief are banned.



Pakistani and Indian currencies are prohibited.

Plants and Live Animals

Plant & Animal Products

Plants, fruits, birds, fish and other live animals as well as their products need special import permits.

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