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Cost of Shipping a Container to North Korea

Published on 2021-08-22

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To North Korea?



North Korea Container Shipping Cost and shipping freight forwarder service to origin port


North Korea Container Shipping Cost



The total cost involved in shipping a container to North Korea is affected by various factors thereby making it vary significantly and become a complicated matter sometimes. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t worry much as Three Movers are readily available to assist you with all the modalities required for shipping your container to North Korea.



This guide will explain all the factors involved in shipping containers to North Korea and the cost that goes with it.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

There are factors to be considered when calculating the cost to ship a container to North Korea.

The Volume/Weight of The Goods

This is determined by the kind of shipping you use because sea freight deals mostly with the dimensions of your goods while air freight deals mostly with the weight of your goods. Therefore, the cost of shipping your goods is influenced by the volume or weight.

Type of Transport

The period and cost taken for your goods to arrive are also determined by the transportation mode. Sea freight is much more economical but slow, whereas air freight is a lot faster but more expensive.

The Distance of the Journey

The distance it takes to ship your container has a significant role to play in the cost of shipping. A shipment covering a larger distance will cost more than a short-distance shipment.

The Destination Port

Customs tariffs and service costs are unavoidable in every country. However, these tariffs differ from country to country. North Korea has a VAT of 10% on imported goods and a special excise tariff of 10-20% imposed on certain luxurious items.

The Time of Year

Autumn is the peak season for shipping in North Korea due to the mild weather. Shipping of goods is higher due to high demand during these seasons.

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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To North Korea

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 North Korea of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $340
40 ft Container $390

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $440
Household Goods $490

International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $470
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1290
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $1880
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $2250

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1090
SUV (Container) $1150
Sedan via RORO $780
SUV via RORO $850

Which Size of Shipping Container Works for Me?

Shipping containers are of 16 types but your sole concern should be only on two (the 20ft and 40ft containers). The rest are for industrial and business-related moves.

How Big Is A 20ft Container?

A 20ft container is capable of storing the entire content of a three-bedroom home.

How Big Is A 40ft Container?

A 40ft container gives you double the space of a 20ft container with a little fraction of the cost. It is value for money especially when you have lots of items to move.

The Difference Between FCL and LCL

A system has been designed by us for persons with a small volume of goods, whereby many clients can share one container. This is called the “Less Than Container Load” (LCL).

It is suitable for someone moving the contents of a one-bedroom apartment. However, if the volume exceeds that, then the customer should use an entire container. This is called the “Full Container Load” (FCL).

Understanding The Different Types of Freight Transportation

The mode of transportation is an important factor to consider in international shipping. This information will aid your decision:

Sea Freight services

North Korea has a cargo-passenger ferry for ocean freight shipping service but it is mostly used for tourism.

Air Freight shipping service

It is the best option for moving items to North Korea because it is faster and they have a lot of cargo aircraft.

Train Freight

This system is not ideal in North Korea as the railways are not properly maintained and it takes longer for movement between destinations.

Truck Freight

This is a better option for transporting your goods via land. It is straightforward and your goods can be delivered to your doorstep.

Additional Shipping Costs

After deciding on the mode of transportation to use, you need to also consider the following additional shipping charges:

  • Customs duties
  • Generate Rate Increase (GRI)
  • Container inspection fees
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance cover

What’s Next?

Having clarified the cost of shipping a container to North Korea, you can count on Three Movers to guide and help you ship your container. Kindly fill our web form to get a free custom quote in minutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The optimum payload allowed is dictated by the design and quality of the container. More often than not, the container’s doors and CSC plate have capacity and measurement information printed on them.

But to give you an idea, here are the maximum weights for the 20ft and 40ft containers:

20ft Container

  • 2.300 kg/5.071 lb. Tare Weight (Empty Shipping Container)
  • 25.000 kg/ 55.126 lb. Payload (Maximum freight weight that a container can transport)

40ft Container

  • 3.750 kg/8.268 lb. Tare Weight
  • 27.600 kg / 61.200 lb. payload

Customs imposes shipping duties as a form of cross-border tax to enable the government to collect money and safeguard local businesses.

A country’s customs authorities collect shipping taxes on some imports and exports. The value of the goods is usually used to calculate the amount of import taxes that must be paid. Shipping taxes are also called import taxes, import fees, customs clearance or tariffs in some circumstances.

A bill of lading (BOL) is a legal document that binds two parties together. It contains all of the required shipment information, such as the names of the shippers and consignees, as well as their contact information. The BOL also includes a detailed list of the items being transported. The amount and weight of the shipment will be included on this list.

Any specific instructions for the cargo will be included in the bill of lading as well.

Cargo insurance is essential to protect cargo from unavoidable losses during the shipment process.

Carriers do not guarantee the safe delivery of cargo. The containers may be dented while being transported. If this happens, the carrier may be immune from obligation for cargo loss or damage.

Ocean carriers, in particular, are well-protected under maritime law. If your things are lost or damaged while being transported by sea, there is no guarantee that the ocean carrier will be held responsible.

In an FCL shipment, the container will not be opened once its cargo is already loaded. The shipping firm will simply transport it to the agreed destination. If direct service between locations is unavailable, it may be re-handled at a different port.

LCL shipments, on the other hand, are made up of several cargoes from a number of distinct consignees. The container will be opened and modified at a number of ports since it contains cargo from different people or businesses. That’s why LCL shipments take longer to arrive than FCL.

Your presence on-site is not always needed. You can always appoint someone to accept the cargo delivery papers and sign them. However, we strongly advise that you are there during the delivery day so that it may be placed in a convenient position for you.

If no one is available to oversee the delivery, your container will be placed in the most convenient location by the shipping firm.

North Korea is known for having tight security, so expect restrictions on the importing process. If you wish to bring any of the following products into this country, make sure you follow the shipping requirements to avoid delays and detention at customs:

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, such as hazardous materials
  • Furs
  • Ivory
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • All items from South Korea

For a successful import and export procedure, knowing what papers to prepare is important. The import documentation required is influenced by the government’s typical trade policy, the type of items being imported, and the specific commodities being imported to North Korea.

Some of the most common documents required for international container transportation are listed below:

  • Commercial and Proforma Invoices
  • Bills of Lading
  • Packing List
  • Shipper’s Letter of Instructions (SLI)
  • Automated Export System (AES) Filing
  • Certificate of Origin (CO)
  • Incoterms
  • Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
  • Operational Instructions
  • Shipping Under a Letter of Credit

Customs fees must usually be paid. Fees, levies, and taxes are imposed on goods transported internationally from one country to another. These fees are tacked on to the carrier’s shipping costs and vary depending on the goods and location. Each country has its own rules and restrictions.

All imports and locally made products in Korea are subject to a fixed 10% Value Added Tax (VAT). The importation of some luxury commodities and durable consumer goods is additionally subject to a special excise tax of 10-20 percent. Following the clearance of goods via Customs, tariffs and taxes must be paid in Korean Won within 15 days.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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





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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 [email protected]

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