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Cost of Shipping a Container to Israel

Published on 2021-08-22

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

Israel Container Shipping Cost

Shipping containers to Israel will be a tiring and time-consuming task, especially if you don’t own heavy equipment. You have to take care of the packing, loading, and unloading of the cargo. Not only that, but you also need to coordinate and pay the people who are handling your Container during the shipping process.

Three Movers is one of the best shipping companies that can help if you do not want that hassle. We are a shipping company that offers services around the world, including in Israel.

How much does it cost to ship a container in this country? Let us find out!

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

The Israel cost of moving your Container will depend on various factors, like its dimensions, weight, distance, mode of transportation.

If you are going to move large and heavy items, it is more likely that you will pay more for the shipping fee. The same thing applies to distance; long-distance shipments are more expensive than freight to nearby countries.

Moreover, the shipping rate will also depend on the time of the year. Shipping your cargo during the summer and weeks after the Chinese New Year will be more expensive than usual because these are the busiest periods in the shipping industry.

In Israel, the peak season is from June to September. If you are shipping your Container within these months, expect some delays or an increase in the shipping rate since many people visit the country.

Those are the main factors that affect the cost of moving a container to Israel. However, you should also expect the following to influence delivery payments:

  • Insurance
  • Packing
  • Taxes and Custom fees
  • Inspections
  • General Rate Increase
  • Storage
  • Israeli customs duties

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 Israel of up to 45,000lbs.

  • 20 ft Container $1075
  • 40 ft Container$1225

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

  • LCL$44/CBM
  • Household Goods$480
  • Personal Effects$385v

International House Moving Costs

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

  • Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $430
  • 1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1868
  • 2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2303
  • 3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3804

Container Car Shipping

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

  • Sedan (Container) $1752
  • SUV (Container) $1868
  • Sedan via RORO $1075
  • SUV via RORO $1157

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

The answer to this question depends on your cargo and your budget.

If you are moving residential and commercial belongings, a 20ft or 40ft container is suitable.

A 20ft container can hold the contents of an average-sized house or ten standard pallets. Meanwhile, the 40ft container is suitable for moving a micro/small business. It can store 20 to 24 pallets, depending on their size.

You can ship a container without paying for its entire space regarding your budget. You can move it through LCL(Less Than Container Load)shipping. In this type of shipping, you will share the cost and cargo space of a container with other individuals.

If you don’t want complications, you can always pay for the entire Container, even if your belongings are not enough to fill the cargo space. This type of transportation is called FCL(Full Container Load) shipment. The moving company will depart your cargo right after you pay for the intended amount.

Different Types Of Freight Transportation

You can ship your cargo through land, air, or sea. The right option depends on your budget and the end destination of your Container.

Let’s assume that you are shipping the cargo in the United States. You could move your items to Israel through air freight. This mode of transportation is the quickest. However, it’s also the most expensive.

So if you don’t want to spend a handful of cash on the shipping fee, choose sea freight instead. Though not as fast as air freight, its price is always economical regardless of the weight of your cargo.

What is the cost of shipping a container from Israel?

The cost of shipping a container from Israel depends on what type of service the customer requires, the type of goods being sent, and their origin and destination. A customer can ship his containers by sea or by air, which means that there is not only one price but actually two different prices (depending on whether it is sea or air).

In order to give a price, the parameters that need to be measured are:

  1. The Container Size
  2. The weight of the Container’s load
  3. The distance between the origin and destination
  4. The nature of the goods being shipped (dry cargo or liquid, dangerous cargo, etc.)
  5. The type of service required: regular line service, back-to-back/door-to-door, or consolidation/intermodal.

Accordingly, the customer will be charged for everything from one price to another. In order to illustrate this, we will use a few examples:

A customer is transporting a container from China to Israel and wants it to go by regular line service (no consolidation or intermodal). We assume that the Container’s dimensions are 20 feet x 8 feet

. It weighs approximately 10 tons. The weight of the Container’s load is 40,000 kilograms. The distance between the origin and destination is 12,000 nautical miles (sea).

Adding up all the costs involved in transporting this Container will give us a price that includes everything from the beginning to the end of the route. This means that the customer will get one price for the sea leg (from China to Israel) and another fee for the air leg (from Israel to its destination).

What is the cost of shipping a 20 ft container?

The cost will depend on where you are located, where the Container is departing from, and which port it leaves from.

The main ports in North America for shipping cargo to Israel are New York/New Jersey, Miami, Savannah Georgia, and Seattle Washington. The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach California also service Israel, among others, but on a less regular basis.

The following port-specific rate and cost estimates are for one 20ft standard Container: NY/NJ – $1,700 – 3,400 one way.

Miami – $1,300 – 2,500 one way

Seattle – $2,000 – 4,800 one way. (Slightly higher rates to the West coast of Canada will apply) Please note that both Seattle and Tacoma Washington offer dedicated service for this particular container route.

The cost stated is based on a rate that includes one-way costs and costs related to emptying and setting back the empty Container (flipping).

What is the cost of shipping a 40 ft container?

The cost of shipping a container to ISRAEL is based on the Volumetric Weight, or dimensional weight being used by your freight forwarder ( you should find this information on your own bill of lading).

If dimensional weight applies, it will be 60% of the volumetric weight. For example, if your 40ft container weighs 10000 lbs, the dimensional or volumetric weight will be 15000 lbs. In this case, you will have to pay for 15000lbs instead of 10000lbs.

In our example, you will have to pay for 15000lbs as if it were 10 x 1500lbs. Therefore, with a dimensional weight of 15000 lbs, the cost per ton is $30/ton. Let us take another example: If your 40ft container weighs 10000 lbs and your freight forwarder charges you by volume (not weight) and the dimensional weight is 15000 lbs, your freight forwarder will charge you for the volume he used (in our example 100 ft3). The cost in this case per ft3 would be $30/100ft3 = $0.30 per ft3.

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 Israel of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $1075
40 ft Container $1225

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL $44/CBM
Household Goods $480
Personal Effects $385
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $430
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1868
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2303
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3804

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1752
SUV (Container) $1868
Sedan via RORO $1075
SUV via RORO $1157

Less than Container Load(LCL) Shipments

We are happy to assist with LCL shipments to Israel, though they are difficult. The port that services the vast majority of these is Haifa. There are no direct services from the US/Canada to Haifa, so everything must transit through either Rotterdam or Antwerp. Services between those ports and Israel are spotty. Availability is very much weather-dependent.

We are happy to quote based on the information you can provide, but if you have further logistical questions please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We will certainly do whatever we can to help!

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipments

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If you want to send a full container load shipment to Israel, you’ll need to get a little more specific about your needs. A general “buyer” might not be sufficient for the carrier of record, since it is actually up to them, based on their available space and current loads going to Israel if they want to book your shipment. You can be slightly more specific by having a “manufacturer” for your products, or a “seller” of your product. Similarly, you might consider adding the age of your products, if that’s applicable to your shipment. You can also add how many pieces are in your load, by providing the dimensions of just one piece.

Airfreight vs. Ocean International shipments

The cost of shipping a container depends mainly on the distance between your point of origin port city and final destination. The longer the distance, the more it will cost you to ship your other cargo. There are two ways to ship goods by sea: 1) using an air carrier /aircraft (referred to as Airfreight) or 2) using a sea carrier/ vessel (referred to as Ocean Freight).

Port to Port

It is one of the basics, and upon this, the rates on top are based. Essentially, port-to-port shipping enables you to get your goods to the origin port, then the company delivers them to the destined port, and after that, you are liable to get them to the house.

Drop & Fill

The shipping company drops the shipping container here at your home, and then you fill it by yourself. You can also use domestic packers and movers working separately from the company to help out.

Furthermore, this is a choice on your moves, another end where the company leaves a container to your house and then it is up to you to unload it

Door to Door Service

The most well-understood option for overseas people is a comprehensive door-to-door moving service. Depending upon the option 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?

Now that you know the factors that could affect the cost of shipping a container to Israel, your next move is to contact us! We’ll give you a free quote then we can start packing your things.

You can call us at (888) 908-6496 or send us an email at info@threemenandatruck.com.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Documents Needed When Shipping to Israel?

You will need to provide these documents when shipping to Israel:
● Bill of Lading;
● Shipping Delivery Order;
● Commercial Invoice;
● Packing List;
● Import Permit;
● Customs Import Declaration

There are also additional documents and government permission needed for specific products. Below are examples of products and the required documentation or government permission:

● Air Conditioner (Certificate of Origin)
● Antennas (Certificate of Origin)
● Beer (Ministry of Commerce and Trade)
● Blueprints (Certificate of Origin)
● Business Cards (Certificate of Origin)
● Cable (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Calendars (Certificate of Origin)
● Cellular Telephones (Ministry of Communications)
● Charts (Certificate of Origin)
● Chewing Gum (Certificate of Origin/Ministry of Health)
● Coffee (Certificate of Origin/Ministry of Health)
● Computers (Institute of Standards)
● Cosmetics (Certificate of Origin/Ministry of Health)
● Credit Cards (Certificate of Origin)
● Dental Instruments (Certificate of Origin/Ministry of Health)
● Diaries (Certificate of Origin)
● Discs (Certificate of Origin)
● Musical Instruments (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Pagers (Certificate of Origin/Ministry of Commerce and Trade)
● Paints (Certificate of Origin/Dangerous Goods authorization)
● Paper (Certificate of Origin)
● Parts (Ministry of Transportation)
● Plastic (Certificate of Origin)
● PlayStation (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Printed Board (Certificate of Origin)
● Remote Controls (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Rubber Products (Certificate of Origin)
● Rubber Seals (Certificate of Origin)
● Screws (Certificate of Origin)
● Smoked Salmon (Ministry of Health)
● Spices (Certificate of Origin/Ministry of Health)
● Stereos (Certificate of Origin)
● Stickers (Certificate of Origin)
● Audio/Video/Magnetic Tapes (Certificate of Origin)
● Taps (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Telecommunication Equipment (Ministry of Communications)
● Telephone Equipment (Ministry of Communications)
● Tobacco Products (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Toys (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Transformers (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● USB Sticks (Invoice with the character of the USB stick and the value of the item)
● Valves (Certificate of Origin/Institute of Standards)
● Veterinary Products (Certificate of Origin/Ministry of Health)
● Videos (Institute of Standards)
● Vitamins (Ministry of Health)
● Wine (Ministry of Commerce and Trade)

What Is the Bill of Lading?

The Bill of Lading is an important document that contains all of the information about the shipment. This is also a receipt and contract between the carrier and the shipper. Everything the people involved need to know is in this paper.

Are There Items I’m NOT Allowed to Ship to Israel?

There are several items you are not allowed to ship to Israel. These are:

● Gambling Devices
● Military Equipment
● Iranian Products
● Fake currency
● Cordless phones, ranges of 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz
● Games of chance
● Counterfeit documents
● Drugs and narcotics
● Pornographic material

What Are the Customs Duties/Taxes That I Am Going to Be Charged with In Israel?

Israeli Customs adhere to the Harmonized System. A total value of all your goods up to $75 will be exempted from import taxes. Between $75 and $500 and you will be exempted from customs duties but not from VAT and purchase tax.

Can You Differentiate Shipping Taxes and Shipping Duties??

Taxes are charged directly to items imported from a different country. It is imposed by the government. On the other hand, duties are indirect taxes imposed on the consumer of the imported goods. Taxes and duties help protect the local industries from being overshadowed by the imported goods by making the imports more expensive.

FCL vs LCL. Which One Is Faster?

Full Cargo Load (FCL) is faster than Less Than Cargo Load (LCL). Why? Simple, because the FCL cargo will go directly to its destination while the LCL cargo can go through multiple ports.

Full Cargo Load is when a customer decides to use one container for all of his items. The customer will be the only one filling this container with content. They are responsible for packing and unpacking the contents from the point of origin to the destination. Once shipped, it will go directly to the destination.

Less Than Cargo Load is when multiple customers’ items are loaded into one container. The shipping line is responsible for packing and unpacking the containers, as well as distributing them to each port. In each port it docks, the container may get reworked, taking more time than direct shipping.

Should I get Insurance for My Cargo?

Absolutely! Insurance makes sure that you and your cargo are well-protected from damages and unprecedented situations. It can be a big help when cases like that arise. In business transactions like these, it is in your best interest to get insured.

If you insist on not getting insurance, the container rental company will still require you to insure their container.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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

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

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

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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