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Cost of Shipping a Container to Singapore

Published on 2021-09-04

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

Singapore Container Shipping Cost


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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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Singapore

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

International House Moving Costs

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
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3925

Container Car Shipping

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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Frequently Asked Questions

When transporting your cargo to Singapore, these documents are highly required and necessary:

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Certificates of Production, Vessel, and Phytosanitary
  • Arrival Notice
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Bill of Lading
  • Air or Rail Waybill
  • Export or Import Customs Documentation
  • Importer Security Filing
  • Letter of Credit

The bill of Lading is a very important document that you must have when you are shipping your cargo. In Singapore, it is also a required document for shipping. It serves as a document that contains essential details about products that are being shipped. It contains the types of products you are shipping and their destination. It also serves as a receipt after your cargo has been delivered.

Losing the bill of lading can come with so many inconveniences for both the shipper and the carrier. There are lots of processes to go through to correct losing the bill of lading. If the original copy of the bill of lading is lost, you cannot get another copy. However, the shipper has to write a letter clearing the carrier of any form of indemnity as well as have a bank guarantee that will cover up for the carrier any financial implications.

Prohibited items that are not allowed into Singapore are as follows:

  • Chewing Gum(Only Dental and Medicated Gum are allowed)
  • Tobacco and Tobacco-related products (Electronic Cigarettes)
  • Cigarettes Lighters in form of pistols or revolvers
  • Controlled Drugs and Psychotropic Substances
  • Firecrackers
  • Reproduced Copyright Publications, Videotapes, Videodiscs, and Software
  • Seditious and Treasonable Materials
  • Obscene articles or publications

Restricted items on the other hand require special permission before they can be allowed in Singapore.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) are all goods that are brought into Singapore. A prevailing rate of 7% is placed on the value of all goods. This includes the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF).

Taxes are levied by a government on all purchases of goods and services. However, shipping duties are imposed on goods imported into a country.

Most shipping containers are water right. This means that they are properly built not to allow any form of moisture in, thus causing damages to the goods within. However, not all shipping containers are properly ventilated. Most times, you have to create a point of ventilation in them considering the number of goods in the container. Three Movers offers services of finding appropriate shipping containers for your goods as well as ensuring that they are properly ventilated.

Cargo Insurance is a necessary step towards enjoying so many benefits. Insurance gives you a minimized vulnerability to financial loss. It will naturally enable you to be at peace of mind with zero worries about unplanned events. Also, it can be used to fulfill contractual requirements. It also serves as a cover for the liability of carriers as they are most times not responsible for so many common causes of loss or damage in the process of transportation.

Before you can decide to have your container delivered to your home, you need to be sure that the truck is spacious enough to contain or accommodate your container. You need to ensure that your truck has a 10′ width since a 20ft container is about 8′ wide. For a 40ft container, you’ll need double the width of required space for a 20ft container.

The simple answer is Yes. At Three Movers, we are very much concerned about our customers’ concerns. We have come up with a tracking system that helps you monitor and check the progress or movement of your cargo from time to time. With this, you will also be able to know your cargo’s current location. However, to track your cargo, with our freight forwarding expert, you must provide us with information like the container’s number, bill of lading, and booking number. This would make tracking your container an easy task.

Our freight forwarder can help you fast-track your booking or shipping process. Ordinarily, a customs clearance takes place within 3-5 days in Singapore. This is only possible when you have all the required documents available, or when your products are not prohibited or restricted in Singapore. If there are issues with documentation or prohibited items, your clearance might take longer than expected. 

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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





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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

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