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Cost Breakdown Of Shipping A Container To The USA

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost Breakdown Of Shipping A Container To The USA
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Deciding to ship a container internationally is a big deal. There’s a lot of stress involved in finding the right sized container to fit your needs and budget and trusting the right company to transport your items overseas.

Knowing the expected cost breakdown of international shipping is crucial in preparing for the shipment. Three Movers offers international shipping to the USA and knows every shipping process is different. Here’s the cost breakdown of shipping a container to the USA for every factor possible.

First And Foremost, Choose A Trustworthy Mover

Shipping overseas is a big headache. If you are shipping all your belongings or a valuable item like a car, there’s a lot at stake with worrying about your items as they are in transit. That’s why you should choose a trustworthy moving company for your international shipping.

Three Movers has been shipping items overseas for decades, but there’s more involved than experience. You need to consider your budget, customer service, and who has the best capability in transporting your goods.

In order for your items to be successfully delivered to the USA, your moving company needs to have the right equipment to hold and transport your items safely in their containers.

The Best International Moving Tip

Know you’re making the move internationally? As soon as you have an idea that an international move is on the horizon, it’s time to start looking for a transport service. There’s a lot of planning coordination involved with packing and moving your items to keep delivery consistent with the start of your new life in your new destination.

Because of this, you should start actively researching and speaking to these companies to find the right one to transport your goods. Another reason to start looking early is for the availability of shipping containers.

You might be out of luck if you wait too long!

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Average Cost Of Container Shipping To The USA

With rising shipping costs, the average cost of container shipping to the USA has drastically increased. Cost is greatly affected by several factors like items you’re shipping, the type of container you’re using, the service you selected, and the destination.

The average cost for international container shipping to the USA starts at just above $1,000, but depending where you are, that price will significantly jump due to price changes and labor industry costs. For example, the cost to ship a container from Asia increased by 500% last year.

What Determines Shipping Cost

There are several factors responsible for determining the shipping cost. There is no size fits all when it comes to international shipping.

The location of your shipping destination, shipping container, total distance covered, and time of year all play a part in the final cost of your shipping needs, along with the cost of the company you select.

There are two different kinds of shipping methods for international shipping that affect cost: airplane or boat. Both of these methods are calculated differently.

Shipping by plane is calculated by weight and size, while sea shipping is calculated by how much space your items will consume. To know which shipping method is best for you in terms of cost, discuss figures with your shipment representative.

How To Find The Right Size Container For Your Needs

Wanting to have adequate space for your shipping container is crucial for making sure your items will stay intact and not have enough room for sliding around. There are two sizes of shipping containers available: 20ft and 40ft.

A 40ft container can hold double the amount of space that a 20ft can. If you are shipping items other than vehicles, you have the option with a Full Container Load (FCL) or Less Than Container Load (LCL).

Finding the right container all starts with what you plan on shipping overseas. To best gauge what size container will hold your items best, your shipping representative can help you select the right container after knowing what you are planning to ship to the States.

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Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to USA of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$855
40 ft Container$940
Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to USA.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects$330
Household Goods$385
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to USA services - quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$385
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1530
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$1840
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$1970
Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to USA via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv's, boats, RV's, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$1750
SUV (Container)$1860
Sedan via RORO$735
SUV via RORO$795

How International Shipping Works

International shipping is the process of transferring your goods from one country to another. When you decide to ship your items overseas, you will first need to know what items are needing to be packed in containers.

There are a lot of steps involved in this process that start with the paperwork. You will need to gather the necessary documents, prepare your items for shipment, drop off your items, and track them during delivery so you can pick them up.

International shipping is not an easy process. It is very time-consuming, which is why it’s best to start early since once you find a mover to handle your items, there’s work on your end to get your items ready.

Most international shipments take between a month to a month and a half to deliver. Some deliveries can take up to two months, depending on location or any issues that occur.

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Preparing Your Items For Delivery

If you are shipping a car internationally, there are certain steps you will have to take to make the items eligible for shipping.

The best thing to remember is to declutter your items. Your car must be completely emptied of any personal items, and the gas tank must be below a quarter. Most cars will also need to be inspected before shipment and have to be modified to fit American regulations for their automobiles.

To ensure there are no damages, inspect your car before you drop it off at the shipping location. If there are any specs or dings that arise after shipping, you will be eligible to file a claim. To limit the amount of damages, closed containers protect your items better since your car will be in an enclosed environment.

Other items such as furniture will need to be emptied and wrapped to keep drawers together to be able to prevent scratching from any sliding along the way.

Possible Additional Shipping Costs

Some shipping companies may have hidden fees for their services. It is important that you look through every document carefully for fees and ask your representative what the fees are for.

Other than hidden fees, there may be other possible additional shipping costs included in the final cost. Those additional factors can be:

  • Custom duties and taxes
  • Vehicle inspections
  • Insurance to protect your goods
  • Raise in prices
  • Delivery charges

What a lot of movers do not take into consideration is the prep work that goes into preparing their items for international shipping. If your vehicle needs to be inspected before being shipped, this is another cost factor that will increase the price to make your item able to be shipped.

Start Shipping With Three Movers

Ready to ship your items to the States? Three Movers can help.

Our company has been around for three decades and has handled hundreds of international shipments. We specialize in the transportation of automobiles and can help you successfully transport your goods to your new destination in the United States.

We have the right background to trust when it comes to shipping containers that are responsible for handling your precious cargo. Getting started with us is easy, but something you should get a heads start on.

To make sure we have container availability and can ship on the date you need, call us today at 1-800-462-2880 to speak to a representative about your first steps.

With international shipping, it’s vitally important to get started sooner than later.

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It is very likely you will have a lot of questions when it comes to international shipping, and Three Movers wants to make sure you are fully prepared for this process. Here are the most frequently asked questions about shipping a container to the USA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving. Chris has a keen eye for detail and brings intelligence and passion to every project he’s involved with.

While getting his degree in communications from Santa Clara University, Chris started out with the company working in the field as part of our team of professional moving associates. Following graduation, he was promoted to our main office, where he has thrived in a role that involves increasing responsibility and requires him to wear many different hats. Some days, you may find him answering the phone and providing moving estimates, others he may be writing for our moving blog, and another day he may be coordinating a large corporate moving job or helping us with our marketing efforts. Chris has authored many of our in-depth moving guides, as well as provided our clients with information and advice to handle the complexities of their upcoming moving plans. Simply put, there’s nothing he can’t do and we wouldn’t be where we are today without him.

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