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Cost of Shipping a Container to South Korea

Published by Chris Townsend

Cost of Shipping a Container to South Korea

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

South Korea Container Shipping Cost

Someone looking to ship items to South Korea has a lot of research to do in order to understand everything that comes with it. For starters, the size of your cargo, and the distance between the origin and the destination, will be a factor in determining the cost of shipping. If you can’t wrap your head around all that, let Three Movers ship your items from the origin port for you. We can ship your container to a wide variety of countries, including South Korea.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping to South Korea

When considering the cost of shipping freight, the following 5 factors will be crucial:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: A higher volume or weight of items, depending on the type of transportation, will have a direct impact on the cost.
  • The type of transportation used: Air freight transportation is faster, but it will increase the cost of shipping when compared to shipping by sea.
  • Distance: Naturally, the distance between the two countries will affect the cost of shipping.
  • The destination port: The destination port will have an impact on the types of taxes and fees you’ll face. For South Korea, this will probably be Busan.
  • The peak period for shipping items to South Korea is between July and October. The period between January and February is another busy time because of the Chinese new year. Shipping during these periods affects the cost of shipping.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

There’s a lot involved in selecting the correct size of the container. However, the average person will go with a 20ft or 40ft size. The contents of a three-bedroom house can fit into a 20ft shipping container. You can ship a car in one of these containers, but there won’t be much space left. If your cargo is larger than these estimates, you are better off with a 40ft container.

There are two types of container load options to choose from. For most people, you’ll go with Full Container Load (FCL). However, there are situations where a person’s cargo doesn't fill a container. For these cases, you can opt for Less Than Container Load (LCL). In LCL, shipments from different clients will be aggregated into a single container and shipped. Cubic meters is the metric used in calculating shipping cost.

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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 South Korea of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $330
40 ft Container $380
Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Household Goods $430
Personal Effects $485
International House Moving Costs

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International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $460
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1250
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $1850
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $2200
Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1070
SUV (Container) $1130
Sedan via RORO $750
SUV via RORO $810

Understanding The Different Types of Freight Transportation

The main methods of freight transportation are sea, air, ground, and rail. The first two methods are the most common methods of transporting cargo into the country.

The choice of method depends on the kind of items being shipped. If the cargo consists of household items or a car, shipping by ocean freight services is a more suitable option, as the size is less of a factor. Your cargo arrives at the seaport where it is offloaded, cleared by the authorities, and then sent to the intended destination.

There is also the option of freight transportation by air. It can be quicker than sea freight, but it is usually more expensive. Smaller items, fragile items, or items that are time-sensitive, will benefit from air freight shipping. In the case of air transport, the cargo has to be inspected and cleared at the destination airport and then transported inland by a vehicle or a smaller plane.

Additional Shipping Costs

There are usually additional shipping costs when shipping a container anywhere. The additional shipping costs to expect are:

  • Insurance: Insuring items adds to the overall cost of shipping. This is vital in providing much-needed cover for your cargo.
  • Custom fees: South Korea has a flat import value-added tax (VAT) of 10%. Certain luxury goods might have an extra 10% excise fee.
  • Inspection: You might be charged for inspection of the shipped items if they are of the luxury kind, like certain animals.
  • General Rate Increase (GRI): This is an adjustment of freight rates across specific trade routes. If the demand for shipping on a route increases, shipping costs might also increase.
  • Delivery Times: The delivery times can add to shipping costs. If a client requires express shipping, there will be additional costs.

What’s Next?

The next step is contacting Three Movers for a free quote. You can fill the online form or call us at (888) 202-0036.

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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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