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Cost of shipping a container to Bulgaria

Published on 2021-08-25

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Bulgaria?

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Bulgaria Container Shipping Cost

The thought of shipping a container to another country can be nerve-racking. You will be dealing with another country that has different laws and guidelines regarding shipping goods and taxation. Three Movers is the solution to your worries. Our team of experts will provide you with all the information you need on shipping a container to Bulgaria. We will collect enough information to match you with the right container size and transportation method. We have years of experience in international shipping, so rest easy, and we’ll take care of everything!

Factors that affect the cost of shipping

Our quote will be based on several factors. The main factors include:

  • Destination port: Charges vary based on a specific port’s regulations.
  • The volume and weight of your items.
  • The time of the year: Prices increase during the high season months (August, September, January, and February).
  • The distance.
  • The transport types. Air and sea charge differently. Air transport can be up to five times more expensive than sea transport.

Other additional factors that may affect the shipping cost include:

  • Insurance: You are required to purchase insurance. The amount is based on the monetary value of your items. 
  • Custom fees: Bulgarian custom fees will apply on arrival.
  • Inspections: If your container is selected for inspection, the cost incurred is added to your shipping price.
  • General Rate Increase (GRI): The norm in international shipping is to adjust rates based on operational costs. Knowledge of this will help you in choosing the cheapest shipping date.
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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Bulgaria

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 Bulgaria of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $630
40 ft Container $780

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $530
Household Goods $685
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to Bulgaria services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $530
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $940
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $1296
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $1957

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $735
SUV (Container) $795
Sedan via RORO $480
SUV via RORO $530

Which size of shipping container works best for me?

Depending on the size and number of items, you can choose between a 20ft and a 40ft container. Items from 1-bedroom, 2-bedrooms, and 3-bedrooms can fit in a 20ft container. If your home is larger than that, the 40ft container will suit you.

You have the choice to either pay for the entire container or only pay for the area your items occupy. The FCL (Full Container Load) option is your best bet if the container can be filled with your items. If there is enough space for another person’s items, go will the LCL (Less Than Container Load) option to reduce your costs.

Understanding the different types of freight transportation

When shipping a container to Bulgaria, there are two viable types of freight transportation:

  • Air Transport: It is fast and efficient. Your items will arrive in Bulgaria in 2-4 business days. The downside is that air freight transport can cost up to five times the sea freight prices.
  • Sea Transport (Ocean freight shipping): Low cost and environment friendly. Expect your container to arrive in Bulgaria in 2-8 weeks.

What’s next?

We have furnished you with the intricacies of calculating the cost of shipping a container to Bulgaria. Our customer service representatives are available to provide free instant quotes when you call the toll-free number (888) 202-0036. Visit our website and fill out the form to get a free quote. Feel free to ask any questions to ensure you make the right choices.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Explain What a Bill of Lading is?

The Bill of Lading is an important document that is required to move a freight shipment. It serves as the receipt of freight services, a contract between a carrier and shipper, and a document of title. It is a legally binding document that provides the driver and the carrier all the details needed for processing the shipment and to properly invoice it.

I Think I Lost My Bill of Lading. What Should I Do?

Loss of the Bill of Lading can be a big problem because the client might not be able to claim the shipment. In cases like these, there are additional yet complicated steps you can take to ensure that you can still receive your shipment. First, you must notify your forwarder of the situation.

When the courier company is not at fault, please contact the carrier and determine which documents will be needed for the shipment. They are usually collateral or long-term bank guarantees. The shipper must forward these documents to the carrier, ship-owner, or freight forwarder for the release of the cargo. The original Bill of Lading will then not be necessary. In some cases, there may be additional charges.

What is the Maximum Weight That Can Be Loaded into a Container?

When talking about weight in shipping containers, there are two types that we have to understand: Tare weight and gross weight. Tare weight is the weight of the container without any of the contents, and gross weight is the total weight of the container including the maximum weight of its contents.

The tare weight for a 20’ container and a 40’ container is 4,500 pounds and 8,500 pounds respectively. For the gross weight, it’s 55,000 pounds for the former and 67,000 for the latter.

That makes the maximum content weight for the 20’ container to be 50,500 pounds and 58,500 pounds for the 40’ container.

Are There Prohibitions or Restrictions on What To Ship To Bulgaria?

Items that are not allowed to be shipped to Bulgaria are:

• Acids
• Alcoholic beverages
• All products containing the biocide dimethyl fumarate (DMF)
• Animal products
• Animal skins
• Antiques
• Any negotiable form of payment
• Batteries, Hazardous
• Bearer Documents
• Bio Products, Haz and Non-Haz
• Ceramic products
• Checks
• Chemicals, Haz and Non-Hazardous
• Coffee
• Computer software
• Corrosives
• Cosmetics, Haz
• Cotton
• Cotton seeds
• Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association)
• Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
• Flammables
• Foodstuffs
• Furs
• Gambling devices
• Gases
• Gold
• Grain samples
• Ice, Wet
• Infectious Substances
• Isopropanol
• Liquids, Haz and Non-Haz
• Liquor, Haz
• Magnetized Materials
• Medical samples
• Metals, Precious
• Money Orders
• Oil products
• Oxidizers
• Paints, Haz
• Parts, machine & electronic
• Perfume, Haz
• Perishables
• Phones/modems
• Plants and Plant Products
• Poisons
• Precious metals & stones
• Precious Stones
• Radioactive material
• Seeds
• Ship spares
• Shoes
• Sports equipment
• Stationery
• Sugar beet seeds
• Tea
• Textile articles
• Tobacco
• Toiletries, Haz

Due to the risk of E. Coli possibly connected to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, there is also a prohibition in importing certain commodities from Egypt to all countries.

What Kind of Taxes, Duties, and/or Fees Do I Have to Pay When Shipping to Bulgaria?

Most of the things imported into the country are subject to only declaration and registration. However, there are special licenses needed for the shipment of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, oils, military hardware, radioactive materials, jewelry, precious metals, pharmaceutical items, and narcotics. The Ministry of Foreign Trade supervises the collection of customs duties, but the amount to be collected is not published.

Can I Track My Container While It Is in Transit?

Yes. There is something we call “cargo tracking system” which will allow you to track where your cargo is in the world and gives you port details. You can track your container anytime and anywhere, even if it’s in transit. You will need the container number/bill of lading/booking number and the shipping line.

Do I Need to Be Present When My Container Is Delivered?

Yes. It is recommended that you are present at the time of delivery. This way, you can ensure that the shipment meets your expectations and that you will be available to sign off your cargo for complete delivery. We’d love you to be there to personally be satisfied with the service.

I’m Getting a Home Delivery for My Container. How Much Space Is Needed?

For a 20’ container, you will need around 50’ of clearance. For a 40’ container, around 110’ of space is needed. Enough space is needed for the delivery truck to drop off your container. Since the containers are around 8’ wide, you will need a minimum of 10’ clearance.

How Long Does It Take for Cargo to Reach Bulgaria?

Between all of the paperwork, packing, cross-border delivery, Customs clearance, and local delivery within the country, the whole process can take 10 to 20 business days.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

Afghanistan to Bulgaria
Albania to Bulgaria
Algeria to Bulgaria
Andorra to Bulgaria
Angola to Bulgaria
Antigua to Bulgaria
Argentina to Bulgaria
Armenia to Bulgaria
Australia to Bulgaria
Austria to Bulgaria
Azerbaijan to Bulgaria
Bahamas to Bulgaria
Bahrain to Bulgaria
Bangladesh to Bulgaria
Barbados to Bulgaria
Belarus to Bulgaria
Belgium to Bulgaria
Belize to Bulgaria
Benin to Bulgaria
Bhutan to Bulgaria
Bolivia to Bulgaria
Bosnia Herzegovina to Bulgaria
Botswana to Bulgaria
Brazil to Bulgaria
Brunei to Bulgaria
Burkina to Bulgaria
Burundi to Bulgaria
Cambodia to Bulgaria
Cameroon to Bulgaria
Canada to Bulgaria
Cape Verde to Bulgaria
Central African Rep to Bulgaria
Chad to Bulgaria
Chile to Bulgaria
China to Bulgaria
Colombia to Bulgaria
Comoros to Bulgaria
Congo to Bulgaria
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Bulgaria
Costa Rica to Bulgaria
Croatia to Bulgaria
Cuba to Bulgaria
Cyprus to Bulgaria
Czech Republic to Bulgaria
Denmark to Bulgaria
Djibouti to Bulgaria
Dominica to Bulgaria
Dominican Republic to Bulgaria
East Timor to Bulgaria
Ecuador to Bulgaria
Egypt to Bulgaria
El Salvador to Bulgaria
Equatorial Guinea to Bulgaria
Eritrea to Bulgaria
Estonia to Bulgaria
Ethiopia to Bulgaria
Fiji to Bulgaria
Finland to Bulgaria
France to Bulgaria
Gabon to Bulgaria
Gambia to Bulgaria
Georgia to Bulgaria
Germany to Bulgaria
Ghana to Bulgaria
Greece to Bulgaria
Grenada to Bulgaria

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

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

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 [email protected]

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