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On the Costa since 1978


Worldwide shipping


Over 35 years experience in container shipping
Britannia Southern has been in the business of importing and exporting household goods and personal effects in shipping containers for well over thirty years. Organizing shipments to & from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, South Africa and the United States has allowed us to acquire invaluable knowledge and expertise in the complex world that is international shipping.

Shipping container

Shipping from Algeciras, Malaga & Cadiz (export)
Britannia Southern can provide its clients with a door to door removal service thanks to our worldwide network of reputable destination agents. We're very privileged to have three shipping ports at our disposal within a 250kms radius of our Mijas Costa depot enabling us to provide our customers with fast loading times and competitive rates. At origin, Britannia's duties would include the following:

  • Provide a written door to door quotation specifying what services are included/excluded in the price.

  • Inform the client of the current customs regulations and the export and import documents required.

  • Supply all the relevant customs forms to be completed before the move takes place.

  • Select the most appropriate shipping container based on the volume and nature of the goods and place the booking with the shipping line's local agent.

  • Export pack and wrap the consignment on site, prepare a comprehensive inventory of the goods to be shipped and label each item.

  • Load and stow all of the packed goods directly into the shipping container(always subject to good parking at the loading address) and place the carrier's numbered seal onto the container door.

  • Liaise with the destination agent and forward all relevant documentation to allow customs clearance and delivery of the consignment to the client's new home.

Loading a shipping container

Destination agents for Southern Spain (import)
As destination agents we liaise with the customer, the moving company and our customs clearing agent to make certain all the necessary documentation submitted to us is in order. Once the consignment has been cleared by Spanish customs we can take delivery of the container. On unloading, the inventory lists provided to us by the moving company at origin will be carefully verified by our staff and any signs of damage will be noted. If the final delivery address can be verified as being good for the truck transporting the container(no narrow roads or difficult parking), then we can arrange for the container to be positioned directly outside your new address. Otherwise we can unload the goods into our own warehouse and arrange for prompt delivery using Britannia's smaller vehicles.

The importance of using an international shipper
If you're considering shipping your goods to Spain we strongly suggest you contact a recognized removal company with a proven track record in container shipments. If the moving company isn't familiar with the shipping procedures and you encounter problems clearing customs into Spain you could incur hefty storage fees(known as demurrage charges) at the port until the matter is resolved. If you're planning to clear customs personally(not to be recommended), then you ought to be fluent in Spanish or hire a translator to assist you and be prepared to do a lot of running around if problems should arise. If clearance procedures are not initiated because of lack of documents, shipment may be subject to auction by Spanish customs after one month.

Stowing contents into container

Shipping container weights and dimensions
There are many types and sizes of shipping containers but for moving household goods we only need to concentrate on three of them: 20ft Standard, 40ft Standard and 40ft High Cube.

Dry freight containers
SizeInternal dimensionsWeightVolume
mmkgscubic metres
feet/incheslbscubic feet
feetlengthwidthheightmax. grosstaremax. payloadcapacity

20 std


40 std


40 high



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Place Seal

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unloading container

areas we visit
Benalmadena Marbella Fuengirola Arroyo de la Miel Sayalonga Estepona Sotogrande Torremolinos Puerto Duquesa Cadiz Algeciras Jaen Calahonda Malaga Granada Nerja Antequera Alhaurin de la Torre Coin Gibraltar San Roque Guadiaro Torre del Mar Alhaurin el Grande Competa Alora Tolox Colmenar Churriana Maro Velez Malaga Frigiliana Manilva Sevilla Monda Torrox Sabinillas Vinuela Mijas Ronda Los Boliches.

shipping destinations Shipping to Saudi Arabia
Shipping to Dubai
Shipping to Singapore
Shipping to United States
Shipping to Qatar
Shipping to Bahrain
Shipping to UAE
Shipping to Abu Dhabi
Shipping to Kuwait
Shipping to Egypt
Shipping to Oman
Shipping to Israel
Shipping to Australia
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Shipping to Hong Kong
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Shipping to Thailand
Shipping to Philipinnes
Shipping to India
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Shipping to Canada
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Shipping to Japan
Shipping to Spain
Shipping to Turkey
Shipping to Italy
Shipping to Denmark
Shipping to Malta
Shipping to Gibraltar
Shipping to Brazil
Shipping to Greece

country guides We have created a series of guides covering all aspects of moving, they have been designed to pass onto our clients the knowledge which we have built up over the years. We hope you'll find them informative, entertaining and reassuring:

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contact details Spanish details
Britannia Southern Office & Warehouse:
Camino de Campanales
Diseminado Las Lagunas
Mijas Costa, Malaga
29651 SPAIN.

Tel:+34 952470707

Britannia Southern
Postal Address:
Calle San Pedro, Edificio
Cazorla 7a, Parque el
Rosario, Los Boliches,
Fuengirola, Malaga
29640 SPAIN.

UK details
Britannia Movers International (UK)
Head Office:
10, Wells Place
Redhill RH1 3DR
Tel:+44 2082561700

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In compliance with Law 34/2002 of 11th of July of information society services and electronic commerce we inform you that this domain is the property of Mudanzas Britania SL, inscribed in the Registro Mercantil 5 of Malaga, Tomo 4408, Libro 3317, Folio 77 Hoja MA-94300, Inscrip. 1ª. with CIF nº B92884857 registered at Camino de Campanales s/n, Mijas Costa, 29649, Malaga, SPAIN.
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"Very helpful crew, well organised, worked hard & consulted my husband & myself on every box. Unpacked what we asked and left organised all the other boxes ready for unpacking".
Mrs Crathern

"I'd like to thank your firm for all the help in moving our belongings. Also for the cheerfulness of the delivery gang".
Mrs Bancroft-Hunt

"I cannot believe how well you packed my antiques. Even the people I hired to unload the container in Texas were impressed with the high standard of packaging".
Mrs Cooper

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