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Cost of Shipping a Container to China

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost of Shipping a Container to China

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

China Container Shipping Cost

Shipping your cargo to China requires careful planning at every step. Even after leading the globalization era, Beijing has strict rules and restrictions regarding shipping to and from Chinese docks. A simple solution is to make a sound decision while choosing a shipping service with experience and proficiency in international shipments like Three Movers. Their track record of conducting thousands of shipping consignments regularly in China speaks for itself.

Factors that affect the cost of shipping

While the cost of your shipping consignment is directly related to the weight or volume of the goods, some additional factors also influence it. The choice of transport, the total distance of the journey, the destination port in China, etc., are a few to name. But the most important one is the time of the year you are shipping the container.

According to market data, the peak season months for shipping around the globe are generally August and September. But China also experiences the peak season after the Chinese New Year, around January and February. The prices skyrocket during these times, and we suggest you plan to freight your container outside these time frames to save a few bucks.

Which size of shipping container works best for me?

You can choose from either a 40ft container or a 20ft one for your shipping needs. The 40ft container can easily accommodate the contents of a house with four or more bedrooms, while its smaller alternative is roughly the size of a garage and can store the furniture of a three-bedroom house. For a better comparison, the 20ft container can house almost six motorcycles, but a car can be only stored in a 40ft container. However, the 40ft container does give a better value for money than the smaller one.

Understanding the different types of freight transportation

Freighting your container through the air mediums is the best and quickest way. However, it costs approximately five times more than ocean freight shipping and is not a better ecological choice than the latter. If the duration is flexible, you should opt for sea freighting your container to China.

Shipping companies and international container shipping rates

Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To China

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 China of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $385
40 ft Container $480
Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $385
Household Goods $430
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $395
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1957
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2303
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $2807
Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1075
SUV (Container) $1157
Sedan via RORO $895
SUV via RORO $940

Additional shipping costs

There are some additional shipping costs that you should take note of:

  • Custom duties and taxes
  • Container inspection fees
  • General Rate Increase
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance for the container and goods inside

Container inspection fees will be levied to you by the shipping service if the customs staff is bound to open your container (for any number of reasons) for an inspection of the goods. However, it is highly unlikely that such an inspection will be deemed necessary in Chinese ports.

During the inspection, if the customs officer found any goods that do not meet China’s safety and quality standards or possess any unclean outdoor equipment, you will also be liable to pay the quarantine fees for the number of days your goods need to stay at the port.

What’s next?

We hope that the information on the blog helps you to get some idea of the price structure to ship your container to China. Get an additional free quote by filling the form on our website or calling at (888) 202-0036 anytime. global container shipping

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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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