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Cost Of Shipping A Container To Mexico

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost Of Shipping A Container To Mexico

How Much Does It Cost Of Shipping A Container To Mexico?

Mexico Container Shipping Cost

When shipping a container internationally you should know what to expect. For instance, there are many factors that affect the cost of shipping. The size of your cargo, and the distance between the originating country and the destination country, are just some of the factors that affect this cost.

Three Movers is here for you to make heads or tails of this whole situation. We will explain in detail everything that is involved in this type of project.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping to Mexico

These are the main factors to consider when shipping a container:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: The more items you intend to ship, the higher the cost. The same goes for weight.
  • The type of transportation used: Transportation of cargo by air is faster, but the cost will be higher in comparison to shipping by sea.
  • Distance: The distance between the two countries will affect the cost of shipping. Shipping from the United States, for example, will be cheaper than shipping from Italy.
  • The destination port: The destination port affects the cost of shipping cargo because port fees can vary. The largest port in Mexico is the port of Manzanillo.
  • The peak period for shipping items to Mexico is between August and October. This can extend to December, due to Thanksgiving in the United States. Shipping during this period affects the cost of shipping.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

Depending on the nature and quantity of your cargo, you can choose from among roughly 16 distinct container types. However, most people opt for a 20ft or a 40ft container. The needs of the vast majority of people can be met by these two sizes.

A 20ft container offers a useful space similar to an average garage or roughly 100 washing machines. A 40ft container offers double that space, while not being double the cost. The 40-foot container is the best choice if you want to ship a car along with your household goods.

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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Mexico

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 Mexico of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $1070
40 ft Container $1550
Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Household Goods $330
Personal Effects $380
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $350
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $2250
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2450
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $2900
Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1950
SUV (Container) $2020
Sedan via RORO $750
SUV via RORO $815

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

The primary methods of freight transportation are air, land, and sea freight. While in some cases land isn’t an option, if you are shipping to Mexico from the United States you can make use of truck freight transportation

Transporting by truck is the cheapest of all options, and it has a reasonable speed. The only concerns here are that trucks are not very flexible when it comes to schedule, and they are subject to traffic issues.

Using a cargo plane is a fast and reliable option, but it will be significantly expensive if you are looking to ship high volumes of goods. This is because the weight of your cargo can quickly add up to the cost when shipping by air.

Lastly, you can also use Mexico ocean freight shipping. This option is great if you don’t mind the time that it takes. It is also about five times cheaper than using a cargo plane.

Additional Shipping Costs

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

  • Insurance: Insuring items adds to the overall cost of shipping. They are vital in providing much-needed cover for your cargo.
  • Custom fees: Mexico has a flat import tariff of 16%. Essentials like food, however, are exempt from this tariff.
  • Inspection: You might be charged for inspection of the shipped items. This will add to the overall cost.
  • 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.

What’s Next?

Now you are all set to start your shipping venture. The next step is contacting Three Movers for a free quote. You can fill the online 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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