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Cost Breakdown Of Shipping A Container To The USA

Published on 2022-02-15

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!

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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What paperwork do I need for international shipping?

If you need paperwork to drive a new car off the lot, you certainly need paperwork for international shipping.
The paperwork you will need for this process for a car includes:
● Original car title
● Bill of Sale
● Passport
● Declaration of Dangerous Goods
● Shipped Export Declaration
● More
Once you select the international mover to help you move, they will go over all of the paperwork you need for moving. It can be a little time-consuming to get your documents in order, so that is another reason why you should get a move on your mover.
If there are any more documents needed for you to supply or sign, your shipping agent will discuss them with you.

Are there any taxes or fees to pay for shipping to the USA?

There is an import tax in place by the United States Customs and Border Protection for goods you move to the United States. There are some exemptions of some items being imported from other countries due to trade agreements.

Do I need insurance for my shipped items?

While it’s nice to dream of a smooth sailing transport occurring, there are some accidents that can occur in the transportation process. Items can become lost, stolen, or damaged, and without insurance, you wouldn’t have any help to make the situation right.
Insurance is great to have for your goods in the international shipping process to protect your items and everyone else involved in this process. There are various insurance plans you can choose from with mild to more intense coverage. Most people see this insurance as a pointless added fee, but if something were to happen during this big move, you will be glad you have the insurance.

How much weight can a container hold?

The maximum weight all depends on the type of container you decide on. The average weight a larger container can hold is up to 67200 pounds, but the most regulated weight is around 44,000 pounds. For a 20ft container, the recommended maximum weight is around 52,900 pounds. A 40ft container can typically hold up to twice the amount of a 20ft container. However, in most situations, the weight limit is lowered to ensure that items fit properly in their containers and that weight will not be an issue on the transportation journey.
If you are unsure of how much your container can hold, ask your representative.

What am I not allowed to ship to the USA?

There are some items that are prohibited from crossing the American border if they are seen as a hazard to the community. Those items include cars that do not protect occupants in a crash and some illegal substances.
The U.S. Customs and Border protection have a list on their site of prohibited items to double-check and make sure you’re not bringing over in your international shipment.

Can I track my container in transit?

Absolutely! With Three Movers , we make it easy to track your container anytime they are in transit overseas. Before your shipment leaves its port, you will be given a tracking number to look up anytime in our system to view its location. We will also send you frequent updates about your shipment to give you updates about where it is in terms of its destination.

How will my items be delivered with Three Movers?

The best part about shipping with Three Movers 698 is that you get to have control over shipment and delivery of your items. With our international service, you get to choose its delivery location and date and method once your item is finally across the United States border.
If there are any issues with delivery, you will need to correlate this with the driver and one way to do this is by communicating with your representative who can give an update on any changes to your transportation driver.
Remember that once your item has been dropped off, you collect the final paperwork from your driver, signifying the delivery was completed successfully. You should also observe your goods instantly in case anything is damaged so you have enough time to file a claim.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Movers can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to USA:

Afghanistan to USA
Albania to USA
Algeria to USA
Andorra to USA
Angola to USA
Antigua to USA
Argentina to USA
Armenia to USA
Australia to USA
Austria to USA
Azerbaijan to USA
Bahamas to USA
Bahrain to USA
Bangladesh to USA
Barbados to USA
Belarus to USA
Belgium to USA
Belize to USA
Benin to USA
Bhutan to USA
Bolivia to USA
Bosnia Herzegovina to USA
Botswana to USA
Brazil to USA
Brunei to USA
Bulgaria to USA
Burkina to USA
Burundi to USA

Canada to USA
Cambodia to USA
Cameroon to USA
Cape Verde to USA
Central African Rep to USA
Chad to USA
Chile to USA
China to USA
Colombia to USA
Comoros to USA
Congo to USA
Congo {Democratic Rep} to USA
Costa Rica to USA
Croatia to USA
Cuba to USA
Cyprus to USA
Czech Republic to USA
Denmark to USA
Djibouti to USA
Dominica to USA
Dominican Republic to USA
East Timor to USA
Ecuador to USA
Egypt to USA
El Salvador to USA
Equatorial Guinea to USA
Eritrea to USA
Estonia to USA
Ethiopia to USA
Fiji to USA
Finland to USA
France to USA
Gabon to USA
Gambia to USA
Georgia to USA
Germany to USA
Ghana to USA
Greece to USA
Grenada to USA

Guatemala to USA
Guinea to USA
Guinea-Bissau to USA
Guyana to USA
Haiti to USA
Honduras to USA
Hungary to USA
Iceland to USA
India to USA
Indonesia to USA
Iran to USA
Iraq to USA
Ireland to USA
Israel to USA
Italy to USA
Ivory Coast to USA
Jamaica to USA
Japan to USA
Jordan to USA
Kazakhstan to USA
Kenya to USA
Kiribati to USA
Korea North to USA
Korea South to USA
Kosovo to USA
Kuwait to USA
Kyrgyzstan to USA
Laos to USA
Latvia to USA
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Lesotho to USA
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Libya to USA
Liechtenstein to USA
Lithuania to USA
Luxembourg to USA
Macedonia to USA
Madagascar to USA
Malawi to USA
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Maldives to USA
Mali to USA
Malta to USA
Marshall Islands to USA
Mauritania to USA
Mauritius to USA
Mexico to USA
Micronesia to USA
Moldova to USA
Monaco to USA
Mongolia to USA
Montenegro to USA
Morocco to USA
Mozambique to USA
Myanmar, {Burma} to USA
Namibia to USA
Nauru to USA
Nepal to USA
Netherlands to USA
New Zealand to USA
Nicaragua to USA
Niger to USA
Nigeria to USA
Norway to USA
Oman to USA
Pakistan to USA

Palau to USA
Palestine to USA
Panama to USA
Papua New Guinea to USA
Paraguay to USA
Peru to USA
Philippines to USA
Poland to USA
Portugal to USA
Qatar to USA
Romania to USA
Russian Federation to USA
Rwanda to USA
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to USA
Samoa to USA
San Marino to USA
Sao Tome & Principe to USA
Saudi Arabia to USA
Senegal to USA
Serbia to USA
Seychelles to USA
Sierra Leone to USA
Singapore to USA
Slovakia to USA
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Solomon Islands to USA
Somalia to USA
South Africa to USA
South Sudan to USA
Spain to USA
Sri Lanka to USA
St Kitts & Nevis to USA
St Lucia to USA
Sudan to USA
Suriname to USA
Swaziland to USA
Sweden to USA
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to USA
Syria to USA
Taiwan to USA
Tajikistan to USA
Tanzania to USA
Thailand to USA
Timor-Leste to USA
Togo to USA
Tonga to USA
Trinidad & Tobago to USA
Tunisia to USA
Turkey to USA
Turkmenistan to USA
Tuvalu to USA
Uganda to USA
Ukraine to USA
United Arab Emirates to USA
United Kingdom to USA
Uruguay to USA
Uzbekistan to USA
Vanuatu to USA
Vatican City to USA
Venezuela to USA
Vietnam to USA
Yemen to USA
Zambia to USA
Zimbabwe to USA

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

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.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at

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