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Cost Of Shipping A Container To Canada

Published on 2021-08-25

How Much Does It Cost To Ship 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 the 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.

There are also two loads types that you can select: Full Container Load (FCL) and Less Than Container Load (LCL). The former is the most cost-efficient option, as you use a container to yourself. If you can pack it up completely, it will also serve to keep your items safer. LCL is an option for those that can’t completely fill a container by themselves. You’ll be sharing a container with others if you choose this mode.

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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

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Canada?

It is crucial that you include all the required documents with your shipment to ensure it isn’t delayed at the border, costing you time and money. There are four documents that you must include with every shipment when exporting goods into Canada. They are:

● Commercial invoice
● Bill of lading
● Manifesto or cargo control document
● Shipper’s export declaration

The import permit is a document that has to accompany certain restricted items like pharmaceutical products.

What Kind of Taxes, and Duties Do I Have to Pay When Shipping to Canada?

When shipping items to the country, import duties, and tariffs are dependent on the items being imported. Items below $153 are duty-free. Items above that amount in value are charged based on the type of items they are. Tariffs range from less than 1% to 50% of the value of the item. Agricultural products usually have higher tariffs than other products. If you are a citizen of Canada, you can bring in $613 worth of goods duty-free.

Is Insurance Important for My Cargo?

It is vital that you get insurance for your cargo to protect yourself from loss due to damage, theft, abandonment, and mismanagement of cargo. Insurance will add to the overall cost of shipping but what insurance covers is more expensive than the premium you pay for it.

Are Shipping Containers Watertight and Ventilated?

All modern shipping containers are built to be watertight and ventilated at the same time. This is because the containers are exposed to the elements of the sea during transportation and if water gets into the containers, damage to cargo might occur. However, older containers that have been used over time, tend to lose their seals and have holes. This is an important factor to note if you are purchasing a container. Shipping containers are also built to be aerated so livestock and items that require air, can be transported safely.

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

The maximum weight that can be loaded into a container begins at 44,000 lbs. for 20ft containers. For 40ft containers, the maximum weight goes up to 67,000 lbs. It is a good idea to check the tag on the door of the container for its declared maximum weight as the manufacturing method can determine the maximum weight a particular container can handle. For example, there are 40ft containers that max out at 44,500 lbs. instead of the expected 67,000 lbs. As a container ages, its braces and other parts age as well and that can affect its ability to carry its maximum weight.

How Long Does It Take for Cargo to Clear Customs in Canada?

Clearing of cargo depends on the port being used, the weather conditions as the winter make the clearing process slower, whether the shipment is LCL or FCL, the type of items in the shipment, the accuracy of documentation, and the country of origin of the cargo. The average clearing time for cargo in Canada is 2.6-3.7 days. It can be less than 24 hours or more than 4 days, depending on the particular situation.

Why Do FCL and LCL Shipments Have Different Transit Times?

FCL has shorter transit times because it is for a single client and the container is treated as one big cargo. This means that the documentation is singular. For example, there is a single bill of lading. There is also a single destination. LCL, on the other hand, has individual bills of lading for the different clients. There are also different destinations that the items will go to. All these things add up to make the transit times for LCL longer.

Can I Track My Container While It Is in Transit?

Yes, you can track your container while it is in transit. The service is provided by many shipping companies and we advise that you don’t accept international shipping without any form of tracking as this is a huge risk to the safety of your items.

My Container Is Being Delivered to My Home. How Much Space Is Required?

A 20ft container occupies an area of 160ft square. This is divided into 20ft in length, and 8ft in width and height. So, creating a space of 30ft long, 10ft high, and 10ft wide will be enough to deliver a container to your home. For a 40ft container, a length of 45ft, a width of 10ft, and a height of 10ft are sufficient for delivery. It is important that you check to know if you need approval for a shipping container on your property. If your city or town doesn’t allow shipping containers on personal property, you can arrange for a storage service for your shipping container.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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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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