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Cost of Shipping a Container to Timor-Leste

Published on 2021-09-05

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Timor-Leste?

Timor-Leste Container Shipping Cost


Timor-Leste Container Shipping Cost

Are you considering shipping your cargo to Timor-Leste? You will need a shipping company that you can trust. That is where we come in. We have a reputation for assisting our clients in shipping their cargo without problems. We can make your shipping process easier by guiding you through it. Whether you want your items container delivered to a port, airport, or home, at competitive prices we can make it possible.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Shipping

International shipping requires a lot of research and calculations before deciding an affordable price. These are the main factors affecting shipping rates and estimates to Timor-Leste.  

The Volume/Weight of the Goods

Understandably, we don’t want to leave an item behind while relocating or shipping your goods. It is important to note that the inclusion of more items increases the volume and price for transportation. However, you can choose a freight plan whether air freight or ocean freight, at cost effective price for high-volume cargo.

Type of Transport

Choosing a freight plan can help you save costs and determine the speed of delivering your cargo. Cargoes sent through air deliver quickly and are not often affected by infrastructure. Cargoes sent by sea are slow to arrive but sea freight offers a cheap price for transporting high-volume cargo. Trucks can only be used for items coming from Timor-Leste. Trucks can also carry your items from the ports or airport to your home. Railway freight is not possible as the country does not have an established railway system. Each of these freight has different prices and can affect the time of delivering your cargo.

The Distance of the Journey

Everyday transportation makes us understand that long-distance journeys cost more than short distance journeys. Location differences also impact your cost of shipping to any location.

The Destination Port

Custom charges by your destination port can increase the cost of shipping your cargo. Custom regulations can also impact the time of delivering your cargo. It is important to be aware of customs regulations to Timor-Leste and get information on their charges and regulations. You can access the official customs site of Timor-Leste by clicking here.

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 Timor-Leste of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $445
40 ft Container $575

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to Timor-Leste.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $500
Household Goods $625

International House Moving Costs

International house moving to Timor-Leste services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $610
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1360
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2165
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3025

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Timor-Leste via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO $740
SUV via RORO $795
Sedan (Container) $895
SUV (Container) $940

What Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

Container sizes vary and are chosen based on the need and size of your cargo. If your cargo is small, the 20ft container is your best choice. Cargoes of high volume and number require the use of a 40ft container.

How Big is a 20Ft Container?

Containers of 20ft can accommodate volumes of about thirty cartons of items. It can carry volumes of over 20000kg but not more than 25000kg. It can carry a car easily or two small or standard-sized cars, but it cannot fit more items. Items of more volume will require a 40ft container.

How Big is a 40ft Container?

It has more length than a 20ft container and provides more space for the transportation of your cargo. Using a 40ft container with space makes it easy for the loading and unloading of your cargo. This saves us time in delivering your cargo to your home or port.

The Difference Between FCL and LCL

You will decide between using full container loads or a less than container load service. The full container load service will give you the privacy of using a container for your cargo. It also ensures that you can carry up to the full volume of the container. The less than container load service does not have the privacy advantage. You will use the container with other users and share the cost as well. This option is cheaper but is easily applicable to clients with a small volume of cargo. 

Additional Shipping Costs

Other required charges on international shipping are listed below:

  • Customs duties
  • General Rate Increase (GRI)
  • Container inspection fees
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance cover

What’s Next?

You will need a shipping quote. Fill the web form or call us at (888) 202-0036 to get a free quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions

For importing to Timor-Leste, a certificate for business from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry, and Trade must be obtained by the importer. This is a license to carry out economic activity in Timor-Leste. Then, the importer also needs a TIN (Tax Identification Number) for business from the National Directorate of Revenue. Next, as owner or consignee of the goods, a special power of attorney must be provided to a Customs Broker who submits the customs declaration on your behalf through the Timor-Leste Customs Service ASYCUDA electronic system. A fee will be agreed upon by both parties. Finally, the common shipping documents have to be prepared. They are the bill of lading, commercial invoice, and certificate of origin.

The bill of lading shouldn’t be lost as this will complicate the shipping process for everyone involved. A new bill of lading cannot be issued without certain steps being taken. If you lose the bill of lading, the following things will have to be done:

● A letter will have to be written stating the conditions under which the bill was lost. It must be written by the shipper on the company letterhead.

● A court order has to be obtained from a reputable court ordering the carrier to deliver the cargo without a bill of lading.

● A letter of indemnification should be written by the shipper, releasing the carrier from any liability that might ensue from delivering the cargo without a bill of lading.

There are key differences between the three types of shipping companies. A Freight forwarder handles logistics on behalf of the shipper, while a broker handles the business agreement between the carrier and the shipper and the NVOCC provides carrier services. Only an NVOCC can issue a bill of lading in its name. A freight forwarder might issue a bill of lading but it is in the name of the carrier.

For a 20ft container, the maximum weight that can be loaded is 51,000lbs for sea transportation and 44,000lbs for land transport. A 40ft container can be loaded with 67,000lbs for sea transportation and 44,500lbs for land transportation. Consider the land transportation weight restrictions when loading a container because a container that exceeds the limit for land transportation might have to be repacked into two containers for inland transportation.

It is important that you obtain insurance for the cargo you intend to ship. The type of insurance depends on the items being shipped. For high-value items and items that have business value, consider getting an insurance package with wide coverage. This will cover the liability that might ensue from loss or damage of cargo. Study the fine prints of the insurance packages to know exactly what is covered and what isn’t. It isn’t a good idea to lean on compulsory shipping insurance as that covers very little in terms of liability.

The time it will take for the cargo to clear will depend on the accuracy of the documentation done for the cargo. If a freight forwarder is hired, the clearance time might be shorter as the company is experienced in handling such matters. If the items arrive at the port during peak shipping periods, the clearing time might extend. Considering all these factors, the average period for clearing cargo by customs is 6-8 days.

FCL and LCL have different shipping times because of the type of load they consist of. FCL is a shipment made up of a container full of items belonging to one shipper. While LCL is a shipment consisting of a container with cargo from different shippers. The clearance times for FCL are quicker because the items belong to one client and the documents are fewer than LCL where there are different documents for different clients. The destination also affects the transit times because, in LCL, the items will have to be repacked and shipped to their destinations, unlike FCL where there is a single destination. 

Live ornaments and live flowers aren’t allowed into the country. If you want to bring in a pet, certain conditions must be met before importing pets. Fresh fish is restricted and cannot be imported alive. It must be dead. Fresh fruit and vegetables must be accompanied by an official government phytosanitary certificate from the country of origin and origin port stating that the plant has been inspected and is free from pests.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Movers can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to Timor-Leste:





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





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





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

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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