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Cost Of Shipping A Container To Costa Rica

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost Of Shipping A Container To Costa Rica

How Much Does It Cost Of Shipping A Container To Costa Rica?

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Costa Rica Container Shipping Cost

There’s a lot of things to consider when you are going to ship a container across the world. It’s a very complex procedure where mistakes in packaging or documentation can be costly. You should work with a professional, like Three Movers. We can ship to several different countries, including Costa Rica. Let us get your aid started with a breakdown of how the charges are handled for this type of shipping.

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Shipping

When you are shipping a container internationally, distance is a clear price factor. More distance means more fuel and by extension more money. The method of transportation is another cost factor, one that will also determine whether your cargo transportation is priced based on volume or weight during the shipping process.

The destination port and time of the year are also relevant to determining the price. The former will have an impact on the kind of customs duties and service fees you’ll face. For Costa Rica, you’ll most likely be shipping to Puerto Limon by sea, or Juan Santamaria Airport by air.

The time of the year is important because of peak shipping seasons. If you are shipping something during high-demand months, it’ll end up costing more.

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

There are 16 distinct containers to choose from, but only large corporations often employ them. Most buyers go for either the 20- or 40-foot lengths.

The contents of a three-bedroom home can be stored in a 20-foot container. A 100 washing machines or a garage would be around that large. You can also fit everything you need into a car, but there won't be much room left over. A 40-foot container is the way to go if you need to transport more stuff. Double the space at no additional cost.

For both options, you can choose from Full Container Load (FCL) or Less Than Container Load (LCL). Traditionally people select FCL as it means you will have a container all to yourself. It’s more cost-effective and safer. However, if you don’t have enough to fill one up LCL is a good alternative.

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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Costa Rica

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 Costa Rica of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $1634
40 ft Container $1868
Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $430
Household Goods $480
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $430
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $2807
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $3305
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3904
Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $2156
SUV (Container) $2256
Sedan via RORO $1225
SUV via RORO $1286

Understanding The Different Types Of Freight Transportation

There are three types of freight transportation that you can use. You can ship a container by air freight, ocean freight, or land.

Land freight transportation is reserved for countries where you have direct land access. This is the cheapest of all three options and is available if you are shipping to Costa Rica from the United States. For the land option, you can go with trucks or trains. Trucks have more flexible schedules, but trains are faster and cheaper.

Sea freight is normally best when you have huge volumes of items to move, or land is not an option. This option is slower than the rest, but it has less of a problem with weight.

Finally, air freight shipping is an excellent option if you need your cargo delivered as soon as possible. It’s the fastest of all three, but also the most expensive. Here, the weight of the objects is a critical element.

Additional Shipping Costs

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

You’ll be facing customs duties where you ship to. For Costa Rica, you are looking at a range between 1 and 15% for them. This ad valorem duty varies depending on the CIF (cost, insurance, freight) value of the item.

What’s Next?

If you have already decided on what you’d like to do, then the only thing left to get started is to get a price quote. You still need to get an estimate to have a clear picture of how much it’ll cost you to ship your belongings. 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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