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Affordable Cost Of Shipping A Container To Saint Lucia

Published by Chris Townsend

Affordable Cost Of Shipping A Container To Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. Expats choosing to relocate to Saint Lucia will enjoy an island paradise, characterized by volcanic beaches, dramatically pointed mountains, hot springs, and iconic landmarks. Although tourism and offshore banking are the main contributors to St. Lucia’s economy, most foreigners are either investors or retirees. The cost of living is relatively affordable, which makes St. Lucia a popular choice for many Americans.

So, if you’re thinking about moving to one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, we don’t blame you. However, you may be wondering how on earth you’re going to get your belongings there and, more importantly, how much it’s going to cost.

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Saint Lucia?

Everyone trying to ship cargo to other countries always has a question in mind. How much will it cost me? When that question is answered, another comes up. Why do I have to pay that much? Three Movers is a container shipping service company that can help you answer both of these questions. This guide will inform you of the factors that affect the price of your shipping to Saint Lucia in a cost effective way.

Generally speaking, the cost of shipping a container to Saint Lucia ranges from as low as $650 to more than $3,000. Your final shipping costs are dependent on a number of factors, including how much stuff you have to move, the size of the container, and whether you opt for FCL or LCL shipping.

That said, let’s take a look at the key things you should understand when determining the cost of shipping a container to Saint Lucia.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

Several factors affect the cost of shipping. However, some factors play a primary role in this. If not considered, they will no doubt affect your budget in unforeseen ways. We will discuss those that we consider as major influencers.

The Volume/Weight of the Goods

The size and weight of your cargo determine how easy it will be to move them, load, and unload them. The heavier the volume, the more effort it will require to move them. Moving companies charge more for heavy cargoes.

Type of Transportation

Choosing a freight plan affects how much you pay for your shipping. You have to choose between transporting your cargo by using a cargo plane or ocean freight shipping services. Ships don't cost much and you can save up to 30% of your budget by using the sea. However, you will need to ask yourself, can I get my cargo before I need them? Sea freight is cheap but takes time for cargo to arrive. If you want your cargo delivered quickly, you will need to use the cargo plane.

Cargo planes are fast but cost more for transporting bulky goods. Thus, if your goods are bulky, it is best to check for the sea freight rates and delivery date. Then, It is up to you to decide the best plan for your budget or need.

The Distance of the Journey

The transportation system charges more for longer journeys than for close-range transportation. The required traveling distance impacts the cost of shipping.

The Destination Port

Every nation has a system for the calculation of its customs duties and tax rates. Saint Lucia currently uses the HS 2012 tariff system and calculates duties based on the volume of cargo.

The Time of the Year

Moving during peak shipping season can double the price of your budget. This is when moving companies may be too busy to find you a schedule. The months of April till June usually carry lower rates. In Saint Lucia, shipping in June may be faced with the challenge of heavy rains and September is unpredictable due to possible hurricanes.

Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Saint Lucia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCcHiRWn4Hk

Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

Full Container Loads (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $748
40 ft Container $841

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to Saint Lucia of up to 45,000lbs.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $649
Household Goods $849

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

International House Moving Costs

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $542
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1490
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2460
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3460
Container Car Shipping

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1243
SUV (Container) $1376
Sedan via RORO $548
SUV via RORO $668

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

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

The use of general goods containers of 20ft and 40ft is the common shipping choice. You can also choose from a wide range of other container types.

Container Sizes

Since Saint Lucia is an island nation, most of the cargo that goes to and from the country is transported in a shipping container via ocean freight. So, if you’re looking to ship your household goods to Saint Lucia, you have two standard sized containers to choose from: 20-foot and 40-foot. Though, there are some other variations that you may run into, including 40 ft. high cube containers, 45 ft. high cube containers, refrigerated containers, flat rack containers, and more.

20-Foot Shipping Containers

A standard 20-foot shipping container is ideal for transporting the contents of a one- to two-bedroom home or a car and some boxes. These containers have an internal volume of 1,169 cubic feet and can carry around 61,000 pounds of goods.

Standard Measurements:

Size (LxWxH): 19’ 10.5” x 8’ 0” x 8’6”

Total internal volume: 1,169 cubic feet

Net shipping load: 61,289 lb.

40-Foot Shipping Containers

A standard 40-foot shipping container, however, can typically fit the contents of a three- to four-bedroom home, or a standard two-bedroom plus a car. These containers have an internal volume of 2,385 cubic feet and can carry nearly 58,000 pounds of goods, which is less than a 20-foot container.

Although 40-foot containers are longer and have twice the volume of 20-foot containers, they are unable to hold double the cargo weight due to the excessive weight of the container itself.

Standard Measurements:

Size (LxWxH): 40’ 0” x 8’ 0” x 8’6”

Total internal volume: 2,385 cubic feet

Net shipping load: 57,759 lb.

Mover vs. Freight Forwarder

As you are trying to figure out container shipping rates for your move to Saint Lucia, it’s important that you understand your specific needs and how they will influence your costs. First, you must be aware of what the difference is between a freight forwarder and an international mover.

Also referred to as a non-vessel operating carrier (NVOCC), freight forwarders offer some of the same services as movers but generally only perform commercial shipping for businesses. Whereas, international movers can help coordinate your entire relocation to Saint Lucia for you, from start to finish. This includes packing your household goods, pick-up, and delivery.

FCL vs. LCL Shipping

Some other terms you’ll need to know when it comes to shipping a container to Saint Lucia are: full container load (FCL) and less than container load (LCL). Generally speaking, the number of goods that you need to be moved will determine whether you need an LCL or an FCL, and it will also impact the cost of shipping to Saint Lucia.

  • Less than container load (LCL) simply describes moves or shipments that do not require an entire shipping container (whether 20-foot or 40-foot). However, most companies enforce a minimum volume for these shipments, which varies from company to company. In addition to sharing the space inside of the container with others who are shipping their goods to Saint Lucia, you will also share the cost. For smaller shipments, this is often the most cost-effective shipping option. Though, keep in mind that there are instances where securing the full container may make the most sense financially and logistically.
  • Full container load (FCL), as the name indicates, refers to shipments that make use of the entire shipping container. Instead of your stuff being shipped with someone else’s, the container is exclusive to you and your belongings. However, you will also be responsible for the full cost of the container. One of the major advantages to this option is quicker transport times, as only your relocation is involved.

Some moving companies actually prefer when customers opt for FCL shipping, as it is less complicated logistically on both ends.

Additional Shipping Costs

The following are other charges that require your consideration while planning:

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

What’s Next?

Getting a shipping quote. You can easily get one for free after filling our web form or call (888) 202-0036.

Find Cargo Containers For Freight Transport & Relocation

Three Movers is an international shipping company that can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to St Lucia:

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Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping To Saint Lucia?

Cargo shipping is a complex process. It may experience delays if you don’t have the required documents at any stage of the process. This is why you should be aware of the essential documents when shipping to Saint Lucia. Some of them include the bill of lading or airway bill, commercial invoice, packing lists, freight certificate, cargo arrival notice, tax document, and purchase order. You may need other documents based on cargo category or special state laws on the goods you’re importing.

What Is A Bill Of Lading?

A Bill of Lading is a vital document issued by a cargo-mover or agent to a cargo-owner or broker to serve as evidence of their transaction. It can serve other functions like negotiation document, inventory list, consignee validation document, etc. There are three types of bill of lading and each has its requirements for guiding shipping transactions. It is the most important shipping document.

What Happens If I Can Not Provide My Bill Of Lading?

It is important to safeguard your bill of lading especially when it serves as a negotiation document. However, unplanned events may lead to its unavailability or loss. A lost bill of lading usually poses a problem or if it is not presented at customs clearance. You can get a bank guarantee to secure the release of your cargo or use a court order. A court order will involve an advert placement for the loss of the bill of lading, a letter of indemnity for the carrier company, and payment of certain attorney fees.

What Types Of Goods Am I NOT Allowed To Ship To Saint Lucia?

Certain goods pose risk to national security and health so restrictions are placed on them. Arms and ammunition, and combustible items are not allowed as items for cargo or shipping in Saint Lucia. Other items like alcohol, animals, chemicals, drugs, currency, explosives, perishable foods, plants, and tobacco are also not allowed. But you can bring in your personal items and household items.

What Kind Of Taxes, Duties, And/Or Fees Do I Have To Pay When Shipping To Saint Lucia?

You will be required to pay taxes and duties imposed by the ports authorities and government. Custom duties are decided by your destination ports while shipping taxes are decided by the government.

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof And Properly Ventilated?

Containers are designed to keep out water from rainfall and storms. Hence, most of them are classified as watertight. Most containers that has issues with ventilation are usually old ones. This is why we ensure that we ship your goods in a new container that is properly ventilated.

What’s The Difference Between A Freight Forwarder, A Broker, And An NVOCC?

A freight forwarder is an inter-state or internationally licensed agent who assists a cargo owner with storing and shipping cargo. However, freight forwarders require vessels for cargo movement so they work with the non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC).

NVOCC refers to carrier organizations that transport cargoes with their vessels, while the broker assists the cargo owner with the customs clearing of their cargo.

What Is The Maximum Weight That Can Be Loaded Into A Container?

Container capacity is based on the type of container. The basic general use containers of 20ft and 40ft can contain about 67,200Ibs and 67,200Ibs respectively. The type and nature of cargo also influence the capacity of the container.

How Important Is It To Get Insurance For My Cargo?

The payment of premium for insurance removes the risk of business loss from the cargo owner, thus removing worry and anxiety about the safety of your cargo.

Why Do FCL And LCL Shipments Have Different Transit Times?

A full cargo load (FCL) shipment involves only one consignee. Shipment movement is direct and cargo containers will not be reworked at other ports. Meanwhile, a less than container load (LCL) will have multiple consignees who may not be receiving their cargo at the same port. Containers may be opened and unloaded at several ports in different countries before getting to your port. Time will be spent and different routes will be taken before reaching your port. Consequently, this would lead to a longer delivery time for the arrival of your cargo.

How Much Space Is Required For Home Delivery?

Storage capacity calculation is usually based on your container size. A 20ft container (about 8′ wide) will require a truck of at least 10′ wide to deliver your goods conveniently.

Can I Track My Container While It Is In Transit?

It is possible to track a container in transit. You can use the container tracking system to track your cargo by providing your details of container number, bill of lading, and the shipping line.

Is My Presence Required When My Container Is Being Delivered?

The use of a broker does not mean that you should not be available during the delivery of cargo. It is advisable to be present for documentation purposes and to ensure that your cargo delivery is satisfactory to you.

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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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