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Cost Of Shipping A Container To Canada

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost Of Shipping A Container To Canada

How Much Does It Cost Of Shipping A Container To Canada?

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Canada Container Shipping Cost

Shipping a container to another country is an incredibly complex process with a lot of moving pieces. You’ll want to work with a company experienced with this, like Three Movers. If you are shipping to Canada, or other countries, we can help break down all the variables involved in the process to make sure you make the right decisions. We can also take care of everything in your move so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Shipping

When shipping a container there are a lot of different things that can affect the cost. However, 5 elements can be considered the most important. First, there’s the obvious factor of distance. The further away you are shipping something the more it’ll cost. Then there are the charges related to the weight or volume of your freight. This will depend on the type of transcription method you choose to use. For instance, air freight focuses on weight while sea freight cares more about volume.

The transportation method itself is another important factor. You can ship by air, sea, or even land using international moving pods if the country is in the same landmass. There are different costs associated with them, with air freight being the more expensive one but also the fastest.

Finally, you’ll have to consider the destination port and the time of the year. Depending on where you are shipping from, and which part of Canada you are shipping to, you’ll use one of their 5 major ports. Whether your cargo arrives through the port of Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, Saint John, or Prince Ruppert you’ll have to deal with taxes and other port service fees. The time of the year is an important consideration because the increase of demand that comes with peak season can translate into a higher cost. The peak season is normally between August and October, depending on several factors.

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

There are 16 different types of containers, but most of them are used for businesses or big companies. The majority of people use one of two: A 20ft or 40ft container. A 20ft container has about 25-28cbm (cubic meters) of usable space, while a 40ft one has around 54-58cbm. The one that you should choose will depend on the size of your household. A 20ft container can accommodate the contents of a 3 bedroom home, with a 40ft container holding double that. If you are moving a car, the 20ft option can fit it but it won’t fit much of anything else.

Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Than Container Load (LCL) are the two load options available to you. Using a container just for yourself is the most cost-effective choice. Completely packing it will also serve to protect your belongings. For individuals who cannot fill a container entirely, LCL service is available. If you select this setting, you and other users will share the same storage space.

International shipments to Canada, transporting an entire shipping container to a destination port in North America

Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Canada

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 Canada 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 Canada.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

International house moving to Canada 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 Canada 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

Understanding The Different Types Of Freight Transportation

There are 3 types of transportation modes: Land, Sea, and Air.

Land Freight: If you are shipping to Canada from the United States, you can opt to ship by truck or train. These are the cheapest of all freight shipping options, but they are only available in cases where the countries are connected by land. Truck freight is more flexible in terms of schedule, but it has to deal with traffic. Train freight is unconcerned with traffic and tends to be more reliable timewise. Also cheaper.

Ocean Freight: Shipping by sea is the slowest of all 3 options. However, if you are shipping large volumes of cargo, or cargo of significant weight, this is the most cost-effective one. It’s also around 5 times cheaper than air freight shipping.

Air Freight: This option is best for those who are pressed for time. Shipping through a cargo plane only takes a few days in most cases. However, it can be very expensive, especially if you are shipping heavy items. Weight is a critical consideration when it comes to this method of transportation.

Additional Shipping Costs

There are a few additional shipping costs that you need to consider:

  • Custom duties
  • Container inspection fees during customs clearance
  • General Rate Increase
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance

In all cases, Insurance is practically a must when shipping a container. While this type of shipping is safer than ever, it’s still a long complex process. You’ll want to make sure you are protected in case anything were to happen. Luckily, your insurance rates will be based on the monetary value of your items and not on the total weight or volume. Depending on what you are shipping, this would make it so your rates are affordable.

What’s Next?

Now you should be set with all the information you need to make an informed decision. The next and final step before you can start your ship is to get a price quote. It’s important to get one to know for sure what you’ll be dealing with. We can offer you a reliable quote that’s also free. Simply fill out our web form or call us at (888) 202-0036.

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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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