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Cost of Shipping a Container to Thailand

Published on 2021-09-05

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

Thailand Container Shipping Cost


Thailand Container Shipping Cost

Thailand is a Southeast Asian country that is known for its beautiful royal palaces, tropical beaches, and impressive Buddhist traditions. The country, which was formerly known as Siam, is now officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand.

As expert movers, our crew at Three Movers  is one of the top international shipping companies that engages in the shipping of containers to the Kingdom of Thailand among other regions in the world. We’re aware that a significant amount of people faces difficulties regarding the shipping of containers to Thailand. Hence, we’ve put up a guide that’ll aid concerned individuals to understand how to calculate the cost of shipping a container to Thailand.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Shipping a Container

The cost of shipping a container across international borders is influenced by certain vital circumstances. For instance, an increase in the weight or volume of the goods will cause an increase in the cost of shipping just as an increase in the shipping distance will do the same. In addition to that, making use of a privately owned port instead of a public port will require you to pay a higher cost of shipping. Employing air cargo transportation rather than sea cargo transportation will also considerably increase the cost of shipping.

Similarly, shipping a container between August and September will substantially rain up the cost of international shipping due to higher demand for shipments. Thus, this period is referred to as the “peak season”.

Therefore, the primary factors that affect the cost of shipping are the weight or volume of the goods, shipping distance, shipping freight, international shipping service, freight forwarders, destination port, medium of transportation, and season.

Which Size of Shipping Container is Most Suitable for Me?

Depending on size, there are two types of shipping containers. These include the 20 ft container and the 40 ft container. The 20 ft container is roughly the size of three bedrooms. This fact indicates that it can contain 4000 shoeboxes. On the other hand, the 40 ft container can contain 8000 shoeboxes, which is twice the amount of shoeboxes that can be contained by the 20 ft container.

You should choose a shipping container based on the weight or volume of your goods rather than the price of the container. It’s also noteworthy that a 40ft container doesn’t always evoke a cost that is twice that of a 20ft container. 

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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 Thailand of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $575
40 ft Container $795

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $520
Household Goods $655

International House Moving Costs

International house moving to Thailand services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $690
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1560
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2565
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3525

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Thailand 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 $1040
Sedan (Container) $1370
SUV (Container) $1460

Understanding the Different Types of Cargo Transportation

Similar to the four major means of transportation, the common types of cargo transportation are air freight shipping, ocean freight, land freight, sea freight, and rail/train transportation. Shipping goods to the Kingdom of Thailand from regions outside Asia commonly involves all four of the major means of cargo transportation.

Air cargo transportation is no doubt the fastest means of moving cargo. On the negative side, it’s the most expensive means of cargo transportation. Although sea cargo transportation is relatively slower than air cargo transportation, it has a reputation of being cheaper and is capable of conveying more shipments. In all considerations, rail/train cargo transportation takes a middle stand.

Thus, it’s essential to choose your means of cargo transportation based on your priorities.

Additional Shipping Costs

The average rate of customs duty in Thailand is 7.2%. About one-third of Thailand’s MFN tariff schedule requires the payment of duties of less than 5%. Meanwhile, 30% of tariff lines are MFN duty-free, including, electronics, industrial machinery, and paper. Shipping a container to Thailand may require the payment of the following charges:

  • Thai custom fees
  • Container inspection fees
  • General rate increase
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance fees
  • Thai Import Tax

What’s Next?

Since you’ve been apprised of how the rates of shipping a container to Thailand are evaluated, you require a quote to begin your shipping endeavor. You can obtain a well-detailed quote free of charge by filling out our web form or calling us on (888) 202-0036.

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Frequently Asked Questions

General customs clearance procedures for imports in Thailand require the submission of a Customs’ import entry form. The form should be accompanied by standard shipping documents, which include a commercial invoice, packing list, bill of lading/airway bill, and letter of credit. Import licenses are required for the importation of many raw materials, petroleum, industrial machinery, textiles, pharmaceuticals, firearms and ammunition, and agricultural items. Thailand has eliminated its requirement of a certificate of origin for information technology imports under the WTO Information Technology Agreement. The use of a freight forwarder to deal with import customs clearing in Thailand is highly recommended.

The bill of lading is a legal document that aims to assist both the shipper and carrier understand the conditions of transporting cargo. It serves the function of being a title of ownership of the goods to be shipped. It is also a receipt in the hands of the carrier that is transporting the goods. Finally, it is an agreement with all the terms and conditions surrounding the transportation of the cargo.

Prohibited goods are goods for which the import into Thailand is prohibited. Any person who imports prohibited goods is considered as committing offenses and subject to penalties indicated in the relevant national legislation. Imports of used motorcycles and parts, household refrigerators using chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), refurbished medical devices, gaming machines, and computer peripherals are prohibited. Further information about prohibited and restricted goods can be obtained from the Thai Customs website.

Thailand’s average Most-Favored-Nation (MFN) applied tariff rate is 10 percent. Thailand’s average MFN applied tariff rate is 29% for agricultural products and 7% for non-agricultural products. The highest ad valorem tariff rates apply to imports competing with locally produced goods, including automobiles and automotive parts, motorcycles, beef, pork, poultry, tea, tobacco, flowers, beer and spirits, and textiles and apparel. Thailand applies a 10 percent tariff on most pharmaceutical products, including almost all products on the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, with the exception of some vaccines, antimalarials, and antiretrovirals, which are exempt. MFN applied tariff rates on imported processed food products range from about 30 percent to 50 percent.

Modern shipping containers, although watertight, are also ventilated. This is to make the shipping of livestock, animals, and plants possible. However, certain containers are constructed for specific purposes which might need the container to be airtight. Such containers aren’t ventilated. Check with the shipping container provider to ensure your container meets your specific needs.

A broker is an agent that conducts business with shippers on behalf of carriers. They are used when the carrier doesn’t want to be involved with the details of conducting business with clients. A Non-Vessel Owning Common Carrier (NVOCC) is a company or firm that transports cargo on behalf of shippers without owning a ship. They use the services of actual carriers to transport the cargo they have collected from shippers. They might have their own containers and rent a portion of the haul of ships. They issue bills of lading in their name.

The space required for a home delivery depends on the type of shipping container being delivered. A standard 20ft container will require twice its length space for delivery, particularly when it will be done by truck. This means that it will need 40ft of length space and 15ft of width and height space. A 40ft container will require an 80ft length space, and 15ft width and height space. If this space cannot be provided on your property but you have just enough for a container, then consider having the container delivered by crane. It might cost more but it will require less space.

Tracking a container while in transit is gradually becoming an industry standard. It gives a form of insurance to the shipper that the cargo is safe. GPS trackers are used to track containers as they give immediate feedback. You can even hire a tracking servicing company to track and keep tabs on your shipment.

Some container delivery companies don’t insist on your presence while others do. Consult the company to know their unique policies about delivery. However, it is advisable that you make yourself present either way because delivering a container is a delicate business. You might need to present your permit for having a container to local law enforcement. There might also be a need for you to make extra space for the container.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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





Afghanistan to Thailand
Albania to Thailand
Algeria to Thailand
Andorra to Thailand
Angola to Thailand
Antigua to Thailand
Argentina to Thailand
Armenia to Thailand
Australia to Thailand
Austria to Thailand
Azerbaijan to Thailand
Bahamas to Thailand
Bahrain to Thailand
Bangladesh to Thailand
Barbados to Thailand
Belarus to Thailand
Belgium to Thailand
Belize to Thailand
Benin to Thailand
Bhutan to Thailand
Bolivia to Thailand
Bosnia Herzegovina to Thailand
Botswana to Thailand
Brazil to Thailand
Brunei to Thailand
Bulgaria to Thailand
Burkina to Thailand
Burundi to Thailand
Cambodia to Thailand
Cameroon to Thailand
Canada to Thailand
Cape Verde to Thailand
Central African Rep to Thailand
Chad to Thailand
Chile to Thailand
China to Thailand
Colombia to Thailand
Comoros to Thailand
Congo to Thailand
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Thailand
Costa Rica to Thailand
Croatia to Thailand
Cuba to Thailand
Cyprus to Thailand
Czech Republic to Thailand
Denmark to Thailand
Djibouti to Thailand
Dominica to Thailand
Dominican Republic to Thailand
East Timor to Thailand
Ecuador to Thailand
Egypt to Thailand
El Salvador to Thailand
Equatorial Guinea to Thailand
Eritrea to Thailand
Estonia to Thailand
Ethiopia to Thailand
Fiji to Thailand
Finland to Thailand
France to Thailand
Gabon to Thailand
Gambia to Thailand
Georgia to Thailand
Germany to Thailand
Ghana to Thailand
Greece to Thailand





Grenada to Thailand
Guatemala to Thailand
Guinea to Thailand
Guinea-Bissau to Thailand
Guyana to Thailand
Haiti to Thailand
Honduras to Thailand
Hungary to Thailand
Iceland to Thailand
India to Thailand
Indonesia to Thailand
Iran to Thailand
Iraq to Thailand
Ireland to Thailand
Israel to Thailand
Italy to Thailand
Ivory Coast to Thailand
Jamaica to Thailand
Japan to Thailand
Jordan to Thailand
Kazakhstan to Thailand
Kenya to Thailand
Kiribati to Thailand
Korea North to Thailand
Korea South to Thailand
Kosovo to Thailand
Kuwait to Thailand
Kyrgyzstan to Thailand
Laos to Thailand
Latvia to Thailand
Lebanon to Thailand
Lesotho to Thailand
Liberia to Thailand
Libya to Thailand
Liechtenstein to Thailand
Lithuania to Thailand
Luxembourg to Thailand
Macedonia to Thailand
Madagascar to Thailand
Malawi to Thailand
Malaysia to Thailand
Maldives to Thailand
Mali to Thailand
Malta to Thailand
Marshall Islands to Thailand
Mauritania to Thailand
Mauritius to Thailand
Mexico to Thailand
Micronesia to Thailand
Moldova to Thailand
Monaco to Thailand
Mongolia to Thailand
Montenegro to Thailand
Morocco to Thailand
Mozambique to Thailand
Myanmar, {Burma} to Thailand
Namibia to Thailand
Nauru to Thailand
Nepal to Thailand
Netherlands to Thailand
New Zealand to Thailand
Nicaragua to Thailand
Niger to Thailand
Nigeria to Thailand
Norway to Thailand
Oman to Thailand





Pakistan to Thailand
Palau to Thailand
Palestine to Thailand
Panama to Thailand
Papua New Guinea to Thailand
Paraguay to Thailand
Peru to Thailand
Philippines to Thailand
Poland to Thailand
Portugal to Thailand
Qatar to Thailand
Romania to Thailand
Russian Federation to Thailand
Rwanda to Thailand
Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Thailand
Samoa to Thailand
San Marino to Thailand
Sao Tome & Principe to Thailand
Saudi Arabia to Thailand
Senegal to Thailand
Serbia to Thailand
Seychelles to Thailand
Sierra Leone to Thailand
Singapore to Thailand
Slovakia to Thailand
Slovenia to Thailand
Solomon Islands to Thailand
Somalia to Thailand
South Africa to Thailand
South Sudan to Thailand
Spain to Thailand
Sri Lanka to Thailand
St Kitts & Nevis to Thailand
St Lucia to Thailand
Sudan to Thailand
Suriname to Thailand
Swaziland to Thailand
Sweden to Thailand
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to Thailand
Syria to Thailand
Taiwan to Thailand
Tajikistan to Thailand
Tanzania to Thailand
Timor-Leste to Thailand
Togo to Thailand
Tonga to Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago to Thailand
Tunisia to Thailand
Turkey to Thailand
Turkmenistan to Thailand
Tuvalu to Thailand
Uganda to Thailand
Ukraine to Thailand
United Arab Emirates to Thailand
United Kingdom to Thailand
United States to Thailand
Uruguay to Thailand
Uzbekistan to Thailand
Vanuatu to Thailand
Vatican City to Thailand
Venezuela to Thailand
Vietnam to Thailand
Yemen to Thailand
Zambia to Thailand
Zimbabwe to Thailand

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 [email protected]

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