Baggage Shipping to UK Mainland
The United Kingdom mainland comprises of three countries; England, Scotland and Wales and is home to great cultural wealth, and to a host of historical sights, cosmopolitan cities and awe-inspiring scenery. You won’t be short of things to do when visiting the UK. To find out about our services and to learn about shipping baggage to the UK, please read on:
Why Ship to the UK?
Shipping excess baggage or bulky, awkward items to and from the UK is easy with Send My Bag. We provide a valuable service for those looking to travel with large or bulky items - anything which may not fit in your luggage allowance.
There are many reasons why you might need to ship items with Send My Bag to the UK. Perhaps you are relocating from outside of the UK or taking an extended activity break. You may have an important business meeting, or just want an exciting break away. If you find yourself restricted by excess baggage fees, or hand luggage-only fares, you may need someone else to transport your other items.
Send My Bag pick up your baggage from home and drop it off at your accommodation in your destination country, taking the hassle away from you - it couldn’t be easier.
This is very handy for students who need to transport a lot of items to and from university in the UK, especially those who need to clear out their student room at the end of each semester. This way, students won't have to miss out on their favorite possessions but can create a home away from home to help with homesickness.
Ways of Shipping to the UK
If you need to move your possessions to the UK, you should make yourself aware of the various options available for shipping to the UK. Some options will be more practical for you than others. You can choose between several different options for international shipping to the UK. Here are some of them below.
Send Luggage to the UK
You can send your luggage and boxes to the UK with Send My Bag. If you are taking a trip to the UK or if you are moving there permanently, you can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress by sending your bags. It means you can jump on the bus or train as soon as you arrive without lugging your bags behind you. It also means that you can take many more of your personal belongings than a typical airline would allow, and you can avoid extortionate excess baggage fees. Send My Bag has numerous international routes, with a great-value flat rate for each route up to a massive 66 lbs. This means that you can bring your favorite clothes, DVDs and mementos, etc. to help you set up home abroad. To learn more about sending luggage to the UK, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
send golf clubs to the uk
The UK, and Scotland in particular, has a wealth of fantastic golf courses for the golf enthusiast to enjoy. So why not sample some of them using your own golf clubs. You can send your golf clubs to Scotland or other regions of the UK with Send My Bag. This way you can check out courses like St Andrews, Loch Lomond, Muirfield or Royal Troon without having to rent golf clubs. Before you send your golf clubs to Scotland, make sure you find out how best to package them by visiting Send My Bag's information page on sending golf clubs.
send your bike to the UK
You can send your bicycle to the UK with Send My Bag and enjoy the many dedicated cycle paths in a range of different landscapes. You could try the Cotswolds, the Peak District or the Lake District, to name a few must-see areas. You can have your bike sent to your first hotel and picked up again at your final hotel. In between you can cycle through the UK to your heart's content. This will take all the hassle out of traveling to the UK and it means you don't have to rent a bike but can enjoy using the bike you know and love. Your bike will need to be taken apart and properly packaged before you send it to UK. Read our bike shipping information page to find out more.
Removals to the UK
If you are migrating to the UK, to work, for retirement, or to be closer to family, you’ll have plenty of things to take with you, no matter how hard you try to get rid of things beforehand. You will need to look into international removals to the UK. Before you hand over anything to the movers, however, make sure that all your items are well packaged so that they won’t get damaged in transit. Use appropriate packaging for your items and seal everything up well.
student shipping to the uk
The UK has some of the best universities in the world, including the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. If you are moving to the UK study there, or indeed traveling within the UK to go to university, you can use Send My Bag to transport your items to your halls of residence. Check out our student shipping page and learn how to receive 10% student discount.
Sending a parcel to the UK
You could ask a friend or relative to send a package to the UK if you happen to leave something behind. Sending a parcel is also a good opportunity for sending gifts home. If your friend or family member has moved to the UK you could give them a reminder of home by sending a care package. This is a great idea for students spending a year abroad in the UK or for expats who have gone to settle in the UK, and who are feeling a bit homesick. Send My Bag can send parcels internationally to the UK for you. Please ensure your package is parcelled up properly so that everything arrives in one piece. Take a look at our information page on sending a parcel to find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
As well as sending parcels, baggage and luggage to the UK, you could consider the following options for shipping items internationally, especially if you need to send large and bulky items:
Air Freight to the UK
Air freight is one way you could send items to the UK, if you have a table or an armchair to transport, for example. The amount you will be required to pay will depend on the weight and size of your shipment. Sending items by air freight usually takes one to two days, which is usually quicker than sea freight shipping, but typically more expensive. You will likely have to use the services of a customs agent to handle customs clearance for you. Also, you will need to arrange how to get your items to and from the airport. You will, therefore, have several different costs to consider if you choose air freight. If you send internationally by air freight to the UK your items would likely arrive at one of the major airports, such as London Heathrow or East Midlands Airport.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to the UK
You could transport your possessions to the UK by sea freight rather than air freight. This is an option to consider if you don’t need to receive your items immediately. Sea freight usually means shipping items in large containers loaded onto cargo ships. Again, this option is usually used when shipping large bulky items, such as furniture or even a car. Sea freight can be cheaper than air freight, but you will need to use the services of a customs agent and will need to sort out how to get your items to and from the ports. So, the cost could end up being more than you first expected. When using container shipping to the UK your items will most likely arrive by ship at one of the major sea ports, such as Southampton or Liverpool.
Shipping Goods to the UK
You need to be aware of the UK’s customs rules when shipping goods to the UK. You should be aware of any duty that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to the UK, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Take a look at the section below on ‘What can I send to the UK? What items are restricted?’
Important UK Customs Information
Shipments of Personal Effects that are being returned to the UK after being outside of the EU (such as a Holiday), and shipments that will only be in the UK for a short period – typically under 12 months – before being exported again, are eligible for duty & tax free entry without any further information being supplied to Send My Bag (at HMRC's discretion).
If the shipment is entering the UK permanently and originated from a country outside of the EU, the consignee will need to apply for a “Transfer of Residence Relief” code from the UK customs agency (HMRC) using form ToR01. If the consignee is already in possession of these codes, this can be supplied to Send My Bag via your account which will Send My Bag to request duty free clearance at the point of entry into the UK.
If at the time of collection, no ToR code has been supplied, duties and taxes will need to be paid by the recipient upon delivery of the shipment. These can then be reclaimed for shipments of Personal Effects by completing the “C285 form” and submitting to HMRC for the relief to be applied retrospectively and any duty or taxed paid to be refunded (excluding the £11 admin fee for collection of taxes).
Shipments with contents that originated from the UK are typically classed as "returned goods" and will be cleared duty free. Goods originating from outside of the EU will either need to be leave the UK again at a later date, in which case the shipment will clear duty free as a "Temporary visitor" or a Transfer of Residence code will need to be supplied to have duties & taxes waived. In cases where the origin is mixed i.e UK and foreign items, duties and taxes will be levied on the entire shipment and its declared value in the absence of a "ToR code".
For more information on the Transfer of Residence or C285 process, see our FAQ’s.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 1 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
General Customs Information
There is a generous duty free allowance for personal effects in the majority of Send My Bag destination countries. Most shipments worldwide will, therefore, not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are typically considered to be used items that have been in the sender's possession for at least 6 months. If your bag is searched by UK customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items, you may be required to pay customs duties and taxes. Please bear this in mind when sending Christmas gifts. You should familiarize yourself with UK customs so you are aware of potential customs duties and any documents you need to attach to your shipment.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country so we advise all travelers to take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.
If you are shipping your items to the UK from within the European Union, it couldn’t be any easier. All you need to do is simply attach your tracking and backup label. For those who are coming from outside the EU to the UK you need to complete a packing list and attach a C3 form declaring that you are sending personal effects into the UK. Without doing this you may face delays and customs charges to get your items.
In order to demonstrate that your shipment consists of personal effects, you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, with entries to be made in the format: "5 x Woollen Scarf, 2 x Denim Skirt, 3 x Cotton Shirt", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
More information is available on our customs information page. Alternatively if you have questions, please feel free to give us a call. Then sit back and relax and enjoy your trip to the UK.
The United Kingdom allows gifts to enter the country duty free provided they valued at £39 or less (per person). Gifts valued between £39 - £135 will have VAT at 20% applied and anything declared above £135 will have VAT and a minimum 2.5% duty applied.
To meet the gift criteria, they must be for an ‘occasion’ such as Birthday, Anniversary or Christmas. They must be sent between 2 individuals i.e not shipped from or to a business address and the items marked as gifts must be for personal use only.
Where multiple gifts are being sent in the same consignment for multiple people, each item must be individually wrapped and marked for the different intended recipients. On the packing list, each item listed will need to have a name next to the description of each gift as to clearly mark for customs who the intended recipient is.
What can I send to UK? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
About the UK
The UK is a great place to visit if you want to enjoy a great city break, see the sights and go shopping. Check out the Capital city of England - London - and see the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, The British Museum and many more British Icons. The historical city of York was once believed to be the Capital of England. Today it is home to a Viking and Roman past, and is a must see for those wanting some history. Heading to Scotland, Edinburgh is a must, from the hauntingly beautiful Edinburgh castle to amazing shopping and a wealth of history, plus it’s a great gateway to the rest of Scotland. Cardiff, the capital of Wales and its largest city, has had a cultural overhaul and massive redevelopment, moving on from its industrial roots and becoming a more cosmopolitan tourist hive.
For those who enjoy cycling, walking and hiking holidays, you are spoilt for choice here in the UK, with exhilarating Coast to Coast trails. Cross England on Wainwright’s Walk, from the English Lake District, the Pennines and the North York Moors across the heart of England. In Scotland you can take in the Scottish Highlands: Loch Ness, the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe. And finally in Wales, you can go from Conwy to Swansea taking in the famous Welsh countryside and rugged coastline. For those who like a challenge, scaling the British mountains such as Ben Nevis, Snowden and Scarfell Pike is a wonderful adventure and you will get to see some of the best views in the UK along the way.
Don’t let the weather in the UK put you off, it’s not always raining! In fact you can enjoy some gloriously hot summers in the UK. Why not head to one of its many top beaches to make the most of the British summer sun. From the beautiful Rhossili Bay in Swansea to Woolacombe Beach in Devon, across to the South East coast with Camber Sands in Sussex and up to Bamburgh beach, in the North East, and not forgetting Nairn Beach in Scotland.