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Cost of Shipping a Container to South Africa

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost of Shipping a Container to South Africa

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To South Africa?

South Africa Container Shipping Cost

If you want to transport a container abroad, you'll need to put in a lot of effort. You can't just drop it at a port and assume it will arrive at the new location on its scheduled arrival date.

Hire a reputable moving company if you want to avoid the hassle of shipping a container internationally. Also, doing this prevents you from spending too much on shipping fees.

Three Movers provides high-quality container shipping service in various locations across the world, such as Southern Africa.

But how much does it cost to ship containers to this country cost? You could pay around $2000, but that's not the final price. There are many factors that could affect your overall expenses. To give you an idea, here are the factors that affect the cost of shipping:

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

The cost of transporting a container abroad varies because various factors are affecting your shipping fee.

The size of your goods, for example, has a significant impact on the shipping cost. More often than not, shipping companies determine the shipping rate using the characteristics of the shipment.

The cost of transporting bulky and heavy cargo is generally higher.

Not only that, the time when you will send your cargo will also determine the shipping rate.

There is a peak season in the shipping industry. During this time, expect instances of an increase in shipping prices and delays. In South Africa, shipping prices are frequently higher from November to March.

In addition to that, the following factors are taken into account when determining your delivery fee:

  • Insurance
  • Packing
  • Taxes and Custom fees
  • Inspections
  • General Rate Increase
  • Storage

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

Containers are available in a variety of sizes. However, the 20ft and 40ft containers are suitable choices for residential and business moves.

The 20ft container is ideal for transporting items from a two-bedroom flat. It has enough space to keep your stuff, and there may even be room for other things such as your bicycle.

The 40ft container has doubled the storage capacity of the 20ft container. For instance, if a 20ft container can hold 10 pallets, a 40ft container can hold twenty.

Despite the fact that the 40ft container has more storage capacity, using it could also cost you less in terms of price per cubic meter.

The LCL, or Less Than Container Shipment, allows you to share the cost of a container and its storage with another individual.

However, if you don't want to deal with the hassles of a shared container, you can send your stuff via FCL (Full Container Load). You will pay for the whole container in this method of shipment.

Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To South Africa

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 South Africa of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $1305
40 ft Container $1500
Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $605
Household Goods $705
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to South Africa services - quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $500
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1500
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2400
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3300
Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $900
SUV (Container) $1000
Sedan via RORO $1405
SUV via RORO $1500

Understanding The Different Types of Freight Transportation

Shipping company may transport your goods by land, air, or sea. However, because your container's end stop is in Cape Town, South Africa, you're limited to air or sea freight.

Air freight and marine freight are both excellent modes of transportation. However, the best option is determined by your plan or financial constraints.

Moving a container by air freight is costly, but it is quick. It would take only a day or two to get to its destination.

Likewise, sea freight is also a viable method of transportation. It's less expensive than air freight. However, the journey may take a few days or weeks. If you're not in a rush and want to save money on shipping, this is the right option for you.

What's Next?

Now that you know the factors that could affect the cost of shipping a container to Southern Africa, your next move is to contact us! We'll give you a free quote then we can start packing your things.

You can call us at (888) 202-0036 or send us an email at [email protected].

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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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