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Cost of Shipping A Container To Ireland

Published on 2021-08-25

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

Ireland Container Shipping Cost

So, you want to ship items to Ireland, but you don’t know what will affect the cost of such a shipment. For a start, the size of your cargo, and the distance between the originating country and the destination country, will be a factor in determining the cost of shipping. There are other factors to consider, but first, know that Three Movers is an international shipping company that ships items to Ireland. We will help you understand what it all entails.

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Shipping To Ireland

Many factors can and possibly will affect the cost of shipping containers, but there are five main factors that are a certainty:

The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: The bigger or heavier the cargo to be shipped, the higher the cost.

The type of transportation used: Transportation of cargo by air is faster but will increase the cost of shipping when compared to shipping by sea.

Distance: The distance between the two countries will affect the cost of shipping.

The destination port: The destination port affects the cost of shipping cargo because port fees can vary.

The peak period for shipping items to Ireland is between July and October, and in hectic years can stretch to December. Shipping during this period affects the cost of shipping.

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

Without experience, it won’t be easy to estimate the right shipping container size for your cargo. Don’t worry; we have simplified the math. The contents of a three-bedroom house can fit into a 20ft shipping container, assuming the house occupants weren’t hoarders. Alternatively, a 20ft shipping container can contain 100 washing machines or a single car. If you know your intended cargo is more than this estimation, it would be a good idea to look into using a 40ft container.

These estimations assume your items will fill the container. This kind of shipping is called Full Container Load (FCL). There are situations where a person’s cargo doesn’t supply a container. Three Movers has provisions for that, and it is called Less Than Container Load (LCL). In LCL, shipments from different clients are aggregated into a single container and exported. The cost of shipping in LCL is calculated by cubic meters.

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 total container shipping to Ireland of up to 45,000lbs.

  • 20 ft Container $795
  • 40 ft Container $855

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

  • LCL $67/CBM
  • Household Goods $480
  • Personal Effects $385

International House Moving Costs

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

  • Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $430
  • 1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1768
  • 2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2203
  • 3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $2804

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Ireland shipping via RoRo and container ship. Ship cars, trucks, SUVs, ATVs, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment, and more.

  • Sedan (Container) $1553
  • SUV (Container) $1634
  • Sedan via RORO $855
  • SUV via RORO $895

Understanding The Different Types Of Freight Transportation

The primary freight transportation methods are ground or ocean freight, rail, or air freight. The first three methods are the most popular in bringing cargo into Ireland. Rail freight transportation is used inland to transport cargo within the country.

The choice of method depends on the kind of item being shipped. If the cargo comprises household items or a car, shipping by sea is a more suitable option. The shipment is packed and loaded into the container. Then the container is transported by sea, and it arrives at the seaport where it is offloaded, cleared by the authorities, and then sent to the intended destination.

There is also the option of freight transportation by air. It can be quicker than sea transportation, but it is usually more expensive. Smaller, fragile, or time-sensitive items will benefit from freight by air.

Additional Shipping Costs

There are usually additional shipping costs when shipping a container anywhere. The additional shipping costs to expect are:

Insurance: Insuring items add to the overall cost of shipping. They are vital in providing much-needed cover for your cargo.

Customs process fees: Ireland has import fees ranging from 0% for items below €135 to 2.5% for items above €135 in value.

Inspection: You might be charged for the assessment of the shipped items.

General Rate Increase (GRI): This is an adjustment of freight rates across specific trade routes. If the demand for shipping on a route increases, shipping costs might also increase.

Delivery Times: The delivery times can add to shipping costs. If a client requires express shipping, there will be additional costs.

What is the cost of shipping from Ireland?

According to the website of Bertram International, you can ship a 40-foot container from Ireland for $2,400. A 20-foot container will cost about $1,700. The price may vary depending on the origin and destination of your shipment. You can ship a 40-foot container from Ireland for $2,400. A 20-foot container will cost about $1,700. The price may vary depending on the origin and destination of your shipment; gaining knowledge is something that can never be enough.

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 Ireland of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $795
40 ft Container $855

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL $67/CBM
Household Goods $480
Personal Effects $385
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $430
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1768
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2203
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $2804

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1553
SUV (Container) $1634
Sedan via RORO $855
SUV via RORO $895

How much does it cost to ship a 40ft container?

The costs associated with shipping a container depending on the destination and how much you want to export. For prices, we looked at costs for shipping between Ireland and Shanghai, China, two very different goals.

The cost for 40ft container is around €3100*. This assumes that you are using a reputable freight forwarder or shipping line.

How much does it cost to ship a 20ft container?

The cost of shipping a 20ft container to Ireland starts from $1080USD. To get an accurate and up-to-date quote for your shipment, use the form on the left, and our worldwide network of Shippers will respond within hours with their best quotes.

Shipping a 20ft full container to Ireland is not difficult as we can make all the necessary arrangements for you. All you need to do is provide us with some essential details about your shipment, and we’ll take care of everything else. The more information you can provide, the more accurate our quotes will be.

How long does it take to ship a container from the USA to Ireland?

It would take to ship a container from the United States to Ireland in about five days. The same shipment can be completed in 3-5 days if it originates from the west coast of the US. What is the cost of container ships to Ireland?

Shipments in containers are usually charged per 40ft or 20ft container. The charge is anywhere from $70 – $150 per day plus the shipping price. For example, if you ship one 40-foot container with a volume of about 2100 cubic feet, they would charge you $7.35 per cubic foot multiplied by 2100 cu ft which will come out to around $15,000 – $16,000.

LCL VS. FCL Shipping – What’s the Difference?

The terms LCL and FCL describe a shipping container full of goods. This terminology is important because you can determine which method would be best suited for your shipment once you understand the difference.

Let’s start with LCL – this stands for Less Container Load. In other words, one or more containers with different shipments originating from different suppliers are grouped in the same container. While this is cheaper than FCL (Full Container Load), it also means that not all your items will arrive simultaneously, and some may even be left behind if another container with goods for the Irish market has already reached its destination.

On the other hand, FCL is the more expensive but more secure method as all your goods will be consolidated into one container and delivered together.

With LCL, you’re paying for space – with FCL, you pay for the entire container, whether it’s fully loaded or not. As a result, LCL is cheaper than FCL: this is because if the container has room for more goods, you’re not required to pay for that space.

Door to Door Service

The most well-understood option for overseas people is a comprehensive door-to-door moving service. Depending upon the choice you pick, your mover arranges to deliver the container to your house, move to port, pack, ship, move to the new location, and lastly, unpacked.

What’s Next?

The number of variables to consider when shipping a container can bring anxiety, but there is a way to tackle this task. Contact Three Movers for a free quote. You can fill the online form or call us at (888) 908-6496.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Have a Bill of Lading?

In the shipping business, a Bill of Lading is one of the most important documents you will acquire. It acts both as a receipt and contract. It will show the details of the shipment and will serve as proof that the carrier is required to deliver the goods to the client in good condition.

What Is the Maximum Weight for Each Container When Shipping Internationally?

A 20’ container weighs 4,500 pounds without contents and 55,000 pounds once it reaches full capacity. A 40’ container, on the other hand, weighs 8,500 pounds when empty and 67,000 pounds after being filled to its maximum capacity.

With these numbers in mind, the 20’ container can hold 50,500 pounds of items, and the 40’ container can hold 58,500 pounds of varying content.

What Am I Not Allowed to Ship to Ireland?

There are prohibitions and restrictions when shipping to Ireland. Here is a list of items you are absolutely not allowed to ship to the country:

● All products containing the biocide dimethyl fumarate(DMF)
● Cereal Seeds of the second generation (C2 Seed)
● Child Pornography
● Coin, counterfeit, and imitation
● Collectible Coins
● Copyrights
● Counterfeit or pirated goods
● False trademarks
● Food imitations
● Government Guarantees
● Indecent or obscene prints
● Offensive Weapons
● Oral/smokeless tobacco
● Oral/smokeless tobacco products
● Seal pups’ skins
● Tea unfit for human consumption

Since there is an outbreak of the E. Coli bacteria that can possibly be linked to Germany and France, there is a prohibition on the import of seeds from Egypt to all of the EU countries. They are:

● Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
● Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
● Fenugreek seeds
● Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
● Lucerne (alfalfa) seeds
● Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts
● Mustard seeds, for sowing
● Other mustard seeds
● Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
● Rocket sprouts
● Soya bean sprouts
● Soya beans, whether or not broken
● Sugar beet seeds
● Vegetable seeds

Restricted items are heavily regulated items that CAN be shipped to the country as long as it has the proper documentation and permission. Below are some examples:

● Animal Products
● Animal Remedies
● Aquaculture Animals and Products
● Assay Marks
● Bags & Wrappers
● Bees
● Books and periodical publications
● Certain pre-packed foodstuffs and other goods
● Cetacean (i.e., whale) products
● Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), Halons
● Citizen band radios
● Conifer Packing Wood
● Dairy products
● Drugs
● Endangered species
● Explosives
● Firearms and ammunition
● Fish
● Footwear
● Hay, straw, and peat moss litter
● Iron and Steel Products
● Live Animals
● Lottery Tickets, counterfoils, coupons, and any document containing information relating to a lottery
● Medicinal Products
● Milk & Cream
● Molasses, treacle, golden syrup, malt, yeast, hops, treacle meal, and molasses meal
● Pesticides (including plant protection products)
● Plants and plant products, organisms, and cultures harmful to plants
● Porcelain
● Rabbit Meat and Farmed Game
● Radioactive substances and irradiating devices
● Seed Potatoes
● Semen and embryos of animals
● Tableware or Kitchenware, ceramic
● Tea
● Textiles, textile garments
● Therapeutic substances for animal use
● Tobacco
● Traps, snares, nets, etc.
● Vaccines and sera – for animal use
● Veterinary medicinal products and any substances having a growth-promoting effect on animals
● Video recordings
● Waste
● Wild animals and wild birds
● Wild Game
● Wine, Spirits, and Tobacco
● Wood & Bark
● Wool

What Are the Taxes and Duties That I’m Supposed to Pay for When Shipping to Ireland?

Ireland applies the customs duty rates which are based on the international Harmonized System (HS) of product classification. US-manufactured goods are usually charged with a 5-8% duty rate. The standard VAT rate in Ireland is 23%.

How Much Space Do I Need for A Home Delivery?

Since containers are generally 8’ in width, you will need about 10’ of space allowance. For a 20’ container, a straightway clearance of 50’ is required. A 40’ container will need double the straightway clearance of a 20’ container. You will also need a minimum of 17’ of overhead clearance, especially when the container is landing. We require that overhead debris such as trees and powerlines must be cleared beforehand.

How Long Will It Take for My Cargo to Clear Customs in Ireland?

With complete documents as well as VAT and customs duty arrangements in place, customs clearance can be completed within an hour or two. However, if your documents need to be double-checked or your shipment needs to be examined, it could take 24 to 48 hours.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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

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

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

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 Chris@threemovers.com

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