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Cost of Shipping a Container to Singapore

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost of Shipping a Container to Singapore

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

Singapore Container Shipping Cost

You might wonder what will influence the cost of the items you want to ship. The two common things that influence the cost of cargo are the volume or weight of your shipment and the distance it will have to travel to its destination. There are many more factors that influence the cost and we will help you understand it all. Three Movers is a container shipping service company ships container overseas to Singapore and we are in the best position to walk you through the process.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping to Singapore

Some factors will affect container shipping costs because they are the metrics by which shipping is calculated. They are:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: The heavier or bigger the cargo the higher the shipping cost. Shipping a car and shipping a pencil can’t cost the same.
  • The type of transportation used: It is even evident in human transportation that air travel is more expensive than other means of transportation. This is also true in freight transportation.
  • Distance: The distance the cargo has to travel to get to its destination, affects the cost of the shipment.
  • The destination port: It would’ve been easier if all ports had uniform tariffs but that isn’t the reality. The port your item arrives at will influence the cost of shipping freight.
  • The peak period: The first peak period for international shipping to Singapore is between June and August. The second peak period is December to February which is the mass movement of cargo before the Chinese New Year. If you ship during this period, you might be billed at higher rates.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

You look at the items you intend to ship and you don’t know if they will fit into a container or if you need two or more containers. Well, if your cargo consists of the contents of a three-bedroom flat or the equivalent 48,000 bananas, then you should order for a 20ft container. Anything more than this, like your car and your wife’s car, will need a 40ft container.

What if your cargo isn’t that much and it comprises of a few suitcases? Well, there is a loading system for that. It is called Less Than Container Load (LCL). The payment rates for LCL are measured in cubic meters. If you fill up a container, your cargo will be categorized as Full Container Load (FCL).

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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 Singapore of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $665
40 ft Container $795
Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $895
Household Goods $1290
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International house moving to Singapore services - quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $595
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1295
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2965
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International auto transport services to Singapore via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv's, boats, RV's, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO $895
SUV via RORO $940
Sedan (Container) $1360
SUV (Container) $1565

Understanding The Different Types of Freight Transportation

As far as international shipping is concerned, air and sea are the most common methods of transporting goods into a country. Land transportation is used when the cargo is coming from a neighboring country that shares a land border. In this case, cargo can enter Singapore by land through Malaysia.

Transportation of goods by sea is the most common means of transporting high-volume cargo into the country. This is because large items up to 10,000kg can be shipped by ocean freight. It is also cost-effective. If you have many things to ship, consider using sea freight.

If your items are fragile or time-sensitive or very small, air freight is a suitable choice. Note, that freight by air is usually more expensive than sea transportation.

Additional Shipping Costs

Sometimes there are added costs to the estimate that you are given. If you want to know where these costs come from look below:

  • Insurance: You might have to pay extra for peace of mind which is what insurance gives.
  • Custom fees: Singapore has an import fee of 7% based on the value of imported goods.
  • Inspection: If your shipment is inspected, you might have to pay extra for that inspection.
  • General Rate Increase (GRI): Certain shipping routes incur higher rates due to the high traffic that passes that route. Security also affects the GRI.
  • Delivery Times: The faster you need your items delivered, the higher the shipping cost will be.

What’s Next?

Your net step is getting help from Three Movers. Call us at (888) 202-0036 or fill our online form to get a free quote.

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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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