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Cost of Shipping a Container to Portugal

Published on 2021-09-04

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

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Portugal Container Shipping Cost

Are you planning to ship equipment, household goods, or office supplies to Portugal? You may be concerned that you lack the necessary knowledge to reach your goal. We can help you with cargo planning and shipping. Three Movers is a container shipping service company that will guide you through the considerations you’ll need to make in order to reach your goal for your international shipments.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

The cost of international shipping is a significant component in determining whether it is more cost-effective to convey your items or to wait. This is why it’s critical to understand the aspects that can affect the price. The following are some of them:

The Weight/Volume of the Goods

Charges for bulky and heavy items are higher. If your things are huge and heavy, you should consider freight shipping services, which offers lower rates for large quantities.

Type of Transport

Due to its location between Europe, the Atlantic, and Africa, the Port of Lisbon, Portugal’s third-largest, is the most heavily used port. Freight transportation is also done by air. Lisbon Airport is one of Portugal’s busiest airports. The extensive roadways that connect towns are the most common mode of inland freight movement. Use air freight if you need your items to get to Portugal quickly. Sea freight, on the other hand, is the most cost-effective option.

Distance of the Journey

How far must we go to deliver your cargo to Portugal? This aspect has an impact on transportation costs and delivery times. The bigger the charges, the greater the distance. The distance between your house or office and the destination port or airport should also be considered. You’ll have to pay for truck services to transport your belongings. For a price, you can use our local trucks for this service.

The Destination Port

Taxes and tariffs are imposed on international shipping based on the country’s commodities code and description system. People will have to pay a 40% VAT and duty charges (20% average) on entry, as well as Portuguese customs clearance fees, to bring anything into Portugal.

Important Shipping Routes

Unlike the majority of countries, Portugal doesn’t have one significant port that dominates everything else. Instead, most of the inbound freight is shared between three similar-sized ports. There’s the Port of Leixões in the north, the Port of Lisbon in the middle, and the Port of Sines in the south. Aveiro and also Setúbal are also pretty major ports, but it’s highly likely your belongings will certainly likely be one of the primary 3. From there, your container will certainly be taken by truck or train to anywhere you’re relocating to. Portugal has been operating world-class ports for centuries, so your products will be in extremely safe as well as professional hands.

Portuguese Customs

It’s extremely essential that you fulfill all the personalized needs when shipping your valuables to Portugal. You’d hate to have your move fail at the final obstacle. Make certain you create a stock of whatever you’re bringing into the nation, stating the contents of every box and also being as specific as possible. Your container might be subject to random examination as well as you require your inventory to match up with what the officials discover inside.

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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 Portugal of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $740
40 ft Container $855

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $575
Household Goods $690

International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $640
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1472
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2475
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3175

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO $1160
SUV via RORO $1230
Sedan (Container) $1545
SUV (Container) $1650

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

Container sizes vary and are determined by the needs and specifications of the customer. For household and relocation shipping, general use containers in the sizes of 20ft and 40ft are often used.

How Big is a 20ft Container?

Up to 25000kg of goods can be transported in a 20-foot container. It will be able to transport an automobile, but there will be limited space for additional items. If you have a lot of stuff, the 40ft container is a good option.

How Big is a 40ft Container?

A 40-foot container is twice as large as a 20-foot container. Because of the greater room, it provides more space for your items and is easy to load.

The Difference Between FCL and LCL

Full Container Load and Less Than Container Load are abbreviations for Full Container Load and Less Than Container Load, respectively. When transporting your merchandise, a complete container load gives you the privacy of a full container. Less than container load allows you to share the container with other people who have smaller quantities of goods.

Shipping Household Goods To Portugal

The best way to ship household goods to Portugal is to hire professional movers like Three Movers. Once you hire us, we’ll make sure all of your belongings get transferred without any damage at the least possible price. You don’t have to worry about taking containers to the port, loading, unloading, e.t.c. when you hire us. We will also make sure your goods are arranged inside the container so that space inside the container is not misused. 

To ship household goods to Portugal, you have to see the cost per cubic meter. That’s because you’ll not have the exact amount of goods to fill up a container. As mentioned above, the average cost per cubic meter when shipping your stuff is $66. But, various different factors can affect this cost. For example, if you’re moving specialty items that you cannot move in a normal container and need custom containers, the cost will be more. If you are hiring an unreliable moving company that can create unnecessary troubles for you, the cost will be less.

When moving items like furniture, you may need professional packing services to make sure there is no damage when transporting the goods. Additional services like this will increase the cost of shipping household goods to Portugal.

Additional Shipping Costs

Some additional shipping costs you might incur include:

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

What’s Next?

To figure out how much your shipment will cost, you’ll need to get a quote. Simply fill out our web form or contact us at (888) 202-0036 to obtain it for free.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The following documents must be presented to the Customs office:

  • A brief declaration (air or maritime manifest) of the goods.
  • A joint law declaration (SAD, single administrative document), as well as the accompanying documents to allow their clearance. The SAD form can be obtained from the Chambers of Commerce or an authorized printer. A computerized Customs clearance platform (SOFI: International freight computer system) can be accessed in Customs offices or some Chambers of Commerce.
  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list
  • Certificate of origin
  • Insurance certificate (where applicable)

The TARIC (Tarif Intégré de la Communauté), described above, is available to help determine if a license is required for a particular product. Moreover, the European Commission maintains an export helpdesk with information on import restrictions of various products on their official EU website.

If a Bill of Lading gets destroyed, lost, or stolen, the client won’t obtain a new copy unless the original document is found. You will need to submit several requirements to get another copy. You may refer to the list below.

  • A letter from the shipper, count order
  • Letter of indemnity
  • Bank guarantee
  • Commercial invoice
  • Packing list.

In case of an emergency such as losing your container, you must be prepared beforehand to prevent yourself from stressing out once this type of event happens.

What is cargo insurance anyway? Cargo insurance protects your container’s value and ensures its safety from physical damage.

Why avail cargo insurance? By deciding to spend a small fraction of your items’ value, you’re protecting your rights for when the day the unexpected occurs.

For more cargo insurance details, read here.

You have to tap into the distinctive elements between two kinds of partner companies, such as Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) and Freight Forwarders.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) categorizes Freight Forwarders and NVOCCs as Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. They are often viewed as one during transportation procedures because of their similar FMC nature, but there are particular distinctions between the two.

A freight broker is a person that serves as the bridge between the shipping client and a freight transportation provider.

Before shipping a container to Portugal, you should first study the difference between taxes, tariffs, and duties.

Custom Duties Defined. You’ll incur duty fees every time you import a product into a country. To determine how freely a product can be allowed into the country, the government fixed these fees. Duties will always be there no matter how much they change.

Tariffs Defined. Tariffs are fees imposed by a government for categories of products at specific times. Like duties, a tariff’s percentage increase is calculated from the product’s import value, and the end-customer receives the fees. Consumer habits are affected by how fast the prices of imported goods change.

Import Taxes Defined. Defined by the government, the standard percentage is the basis of import taxes by the additional cost added to any imported product entering the country. Depending on the country, it is called Value-Added Tax (VAT) or Goods and Services Tax (GST). In terms of implementation, VAT and GST are indistinguishable, but each is applied to various products based on the country importing into.

The Tarif Intégré de la Communauté (TARIC) is designed to show various rules applying to specific products being imported into the customs territory of the EU or, in some cases, when exported from it. To determine if a product is prohibited or subject to restriction, check the TARIC for the following codes:

  • CITES Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species
  • PROHI Import Suspension
  • RSTR Import Restriction

When products enter the EU, they need to be declared to customs according to their classification in the Combined Nomenclature (CN). The CN document is updated and published every year, and the latest version can be found on the European Commission’s website.

20-foot storage containers require about 75 feet of straight clearance. 40-foot storage containers demand about 100 feet of straightforward clearance. For most containers, you need a minimum of 12 feet of width clearance and 20 feet of overhead clearance.

Yes, you should be physically available when the container arrives; you must sign specific documents. It would help if you also supervised the moving crew when the container arrived.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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





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





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





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

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

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