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Affordable Shipping Container to Haiti | Three Movers

Published by Chris Townsend.

Haiti Container Shipping Cost
Haiti Container Shipping Cost

The cost of shipping a container to Haiti isn’t a single amount because many factors affect the shipping cost. The complexity of shipping internationally is based on factors like the size of the cargo and the distance. These are just a few factors to consider in shipping a container there. Three Movers ships containers worldwide and understands the variables surrounding international shipping.

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Factors That Affect The Cost Of Shipping To Haiti

The factors that affect the cost of shipping are numerous, but they can be broken down into five parts:

  • The volume and weight of the Container: Understandably, more items will mean more in cost.
  • The Transportation method used: Freight by air or by sea will have varying effects on the cost of international shipments.
  • Distance: The distance from the initial port to Haiti will affect the cost of shipping. An increase in distance between the two ports comes with a rise in expenses.
  • Destination Port: The laws surrounding import into Haiti, including import taxes and VAT, will affect the cost of shipping.
  • The peak period for shipping to Haiti usually picks up in July and slows down in October. Peak shipping costs are typically different from average shipping costs due to high demand.

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

You have decided to move to Haiti, and you want to ship the contents of your two-bedroom flat to your new home. You wonder what container size you would need to send it all. Three Movers would recommend a 20ft container. This will contain all your belongings if well-packed. If you, however, live in a five-bedroom mansion, a 40ft container would be a better fit for international shipments.

In a situation where the full Container contains only your cargo, the shipping method is called Full Container Load (FCL). What if you don’t have enough stuff to fill the Container. There is no need to pay for a full container then. This type of shipping is called Less Than Container Load (LCL). Your items will share the Container with other shipments from other clients. It is important to note that shipping cost in LCL is calculated in cubic meters.

Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

Is international shipment expensive? FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets, and anything which will require a total container shipping to Haiti of up to 45,000lbs.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

  • LCL $83/CBM
  • Household Goods $735
  • Personal Effects $595

International House Moving Costs

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

  • Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $645
  • 1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $2303
  • 2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $3205
  • 3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $4505

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Haiti via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, SUVs, ATVs, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment, and more.

  • Sedan (Container) $1957
  • SUV (Container) $2056
  • Sedan via RORO $1157
  • SUV via RORO $1257

Understanding Different Types Of Freight Shipping

Although there are four main types of freight shipping, 80% of freight shipping is done by sea. Land and rail freight shipping is used to move goods within the country. At the same time, air freight and sea/ocean freight are the two main methods for getting cargo into the country.

Although freight transportation by sea is the most common, transportation by air is still used. If you want to get sensitive items to Haiti, air freight transportation might be worth considering. It is also a good option if you intend to get your cargo into the country as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that air freight shipping usually incurs higher shipping costs than sea freight transportation.

Additional Costs For Cargo Shipping To Haiti

While budgeting for shipping items to Haiti, planning for additional costs after the initial quotation is essential, these costs include insurance, customs fees, inspection cost, VAT, General Rate Increase (GRI), and delivery times.

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

Whether you want to move from Haiti Panama, Haiti Mexico, Haiti France, Haiti Brazil, Haiti Japan Haiti Taiwan, Haiti Chile, Haiti Spain, Haiti United States, Salt Lake City, or San Antonio, the shipping process is effortless with a commercial invoice. Here is the detail for international or ocean freight shipping with a shipping cargo!

If you are a business exporting goods to Haiti, then one of the most important questions that you have to ask yourself is “How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Haiti?” In short, the answer depends on a lot of variables. Let’s look at some of the variables that will affect the cost of shipping a container to Haiti.

1. Type and size:

The size and type of the product and its weight and volume will all determine how much it costs to ship a container to Haiti. It would be best to keep in mind that there are limits imposed on these factors. You can’t send a container that is too small, nor one that exceeds the weight limit.

2. Location of origin:

The location where your products are produced will affect the cost of shipping a container to Haiti. If you are creating economically in your country, then it makes sense for you to send from there. However, note that there is also a limit on this factor. It does not make sense to pay more than you need to for shipping, so if your location of origin and the destination cannot justify the cost, try looking elsewhere.

3. Location of destination:

The last variable that will affect the cost of shipping a container to Haiti is probably the most crucial one. This is the location to which your products are being sent. Haiti is a complicated place to ship goods into, especially those who do not know their way around the transportation industry. You should expect that there will be specific laws and tariffs that you need to go through to import your goods into Haiti legally. In addition, there are certain additional expenses that you will incur when shipping a container to Haiti. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • The cost of clearing customs at Port-au-Prince
  • The cost of renting an agent on location in Haiti, agents in Haiti can help facilitate the transportation and unloading process for your Container and thus make the process easier and faster.
  • The cost of getting your Container to Haiti can depend on many different factors, but it will be more expensive than shipping domestically. Certain companies specialize in shipping containers across oceans, so you might want to look into them if you have something significant that needs to come into Haiti.
  • You will have to provide your insurance for the items in your Container, as the standard ocean freight companies do not handle this.
  • In Haiti, you will need to declare a CIF (Cost, Insurance, and Freight) value when clearing customs. This can mean that if your goods are insured for more than the stated value, you will need to pay a higher customs fee.
  • If your Container is being shipped with the ferry from Miami, you will need to calculate an additional $100USD for the line handling fee.
  • You will almost definitely have to hire people on location in Haiti to unload and transport your goods, as there are no proper facilities at the port.
  • You will have to pay for your Container to be stored in Haiti while you are waiting to clear customs. There are no accessible storage facilities at Ports in Haiti, so if you leave your Container there without paying, it could get confiscated. This can mean that even if the shipping price was lower than other destinations, it might cost.

What is the cost of shipping one Container to Haiti?

The cost of shipping one Container to Haiti is $2700. This will vary, however, depending upon the size and weight of the items within your Container as well as how far you need to travel to your port. It also should be considered that a container is a single unit and can be booked for more than one shipment.


A “full container load” (FCL) is a term used in the international shipping industry to describe a large and fully enclosed load shipment. These containers are designed to be loaded and unloaded with a crane, have doors on both sides, and contain about 18 standard pallets, which can hold 4 tons each. Containers that carry less than this are typically described as 20 ft or 40 ft but not “full container load.” An FCL can be lifted by a single crane, where two cranes lift intermodal containers. The average size of the cargo is about 2 TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit).


A less than container load (LCL) is an ocean freight cost for goods that fill up one or more 20′ containers. The shipment volume may be anywhere from a few hundred cubic feet to an entire 40′ or 45′ container. LCL shipments are usually items that do not fill a full 20′ container on their own but are small enough to share space with other things.

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 Haiti of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $1553
40 ft Container $1752

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Household Goods $735
Personal Effects $595
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $645
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $2303
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $3205
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $4505

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1957
SUV (Container) $2056
Sedan via RORO $1157
SUV via RORO $1257


What is air freight?

The cost of air freight is significantly more than that of ocean freight. A 40ft container can be shipped via air for around $2000-3000 USD, depending on the volume and weight of your shipment. Air Freight shipments arrive within 5-7 days at their destination. Shipping a container by air is generally not practical for most shipments as the cost is much higher than shipping via sea.

What is land freight?

For cargo that will be offloaded at the foreign port, the freight cost is calculated using a combination of two factors: volume and weight. The formula for calculating cost is to multiply the length of the container times width times height in feet (length x width x height) then divide by 166. For example, if you have a 20-foot container that is 9 feet tall, the volume would be 20x9x9 = 1,080 cubic feet. The cost of shipping a 20-foot container to Guyana would typically range from $850 to CAD 1,100.

Generally, if you ship items by land freight, it is less costly than air transportation due to discounted prices. But while ships don’t take as long to deliver, they can be rough on some items. For example, the motion of the seas can cause small things to shift around and break or even damage other more fragile items unless they are adequately packaged and secured before shipping.

Shipping goods by land is also more susceptible to unforeseen delays than shipping goods by air, resulting in some merchandise ending up taking longer to reach its destination. Some of the most common routes for land freight include Southeast Asia to Europe, the Eastern United States to Western Europe, China, and India to Eastern Canada.

What is sea freight?

Sea freight is the transport of goods by sea, typically on cargo ships, and is the most cost-effective and cheapest way of shipping. Although cargo ship sizes vary greatly, they are usually quite large due to economies of scale. Cargo shipped on smaller vessels (such as bulk carriers or tankers) may also be ocean freight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Important Is It to Get Insurance for My Cargo?

It is not necessary to get cargo insurance. It is, nevertheless, highly advised in order to better safeguard your items from harm. It’s crucial to evaluate the price of insurance against the possible losses and collateral harm that might occur if you didn’t have insurance.

Even if you can show that an ocean carrier is legally accountable, their responsibility is limited to $500.00 USD per package or customary shipment unit, or the actual worth of the goods, whichever is less. Air freight companies, on the other hand, are only responsible for 19 SDR per kilo (about $24.00 USD). The majority of freight is worth significantly more than these rates. You might lose a significant portion of the value of your cargo if you don’t have the right insurance.

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Haiti?

It’s necessary to visit the official website for Haiti’s import laws or rules to find out what documents are required. Not having the required documents might cause severe delays and potentially prohibit your shipment from reaching its destination.

Always try to prepare the necessary documentation before you pack your stuff to minimize delays and ensure that your cargo will arrive at its destination on time. These are some of the most frequent paperwork required when transporting a container internationally:

● Commercial and Proforma Invoices
● Bills of Lading
● Packing List
● Shipper’s Letter of Instructions (SLI)
● Automated Export System (AES) Filing
● Certificate of Origin (CO)
● Incoterms
● Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
● Operational Instructions
● Shipping Under a Letter of Credit

What Is a Bill of Lading?

In the shipping industry, a bill of lading is documentation of the exchanged goods that have been received on board. It’s a legal document that establishes a transportation contract between a shipper and a shipping business. The logistics business delivers this documentation to the shipper (carrier).

A bill of lading specifies the carrier that will transport the goods to their final destination, as well as the terms under which the shipment will be delivered. Transporting bills of lading can be done by land, sea, or air.

Do I Need to Be Present When My Container Is Delivered?

Once the container gets a customs clearance, the shipping firm will transport it to the customer or the agreed delivery location. It’s preferable to be there so you can sign the necessary paperwork right away and tell the moving staff where to put the container.

If you are unable to supervise the procedure, you can appoint someone to do so on your behalf.

You should discuss how you want to receive the goods with the transport business or forwarder ahead of time to avoid any misunderstandings.

What is the Maximum Weight That Can Be Loaded into a Container?

According to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the maximum payload for a standard loaded 40-ft container should be 67,200 lb.

Meanwhile, the unloaded weight of a 20-foot container is 2,300 kg, and it may theoretically be loaded with a maximum weight of 28 tons (25,400kg).

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to Haiti?

A lot of things can’t be shipped to Haiti. If your shipment contains one of the prohibited products, the shipping procedure may take longer than usual or be denied from arriving at its destination. So, before you load your belongings into a container, double-check the import rules for each nation.

For shipment to Haiti, the following products are subject to additional restrictions:

● Acids
● Batteries, Haz
● Bearer Documents
● Bio Products, Haz
● Biological Substance Category B (UN3373)
● Chemicals, Haz
● Computer Printouts
● Corrosives
● Cosmetics, Haz
● Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
● Film, Developed
● Flammables
● Gases
● Ice, Dry
● Ice, Wet
● Infectious Substances
● Liquids, Haz and Non-Haz
● Log and timber products from Liberia
● Magnetized Materials
● Microfilm
● Oxidizers
● Paints, Haz
● Perfume, Haz
● Poisons
● Radioactive material
● Satellites
● Satellite Parts
● Seeds
● Technical Drawings
● Toiletries, Haz

Can I Track My Container While It Is in Transit?

The location of your container could be tracked using a satellite connection. It is also possible to use GPS tracking devices, such as those found in most automobiles.

However, there is a more convenient way of doing it. Several moving companies have their own personal container monitoring systems. These systems allow their clients to keep track of their fleet’s ships’ exact location at all times. You just need to input the tracking number of your shipment to their website to know its location or status.

My Container Is Being Delivered to My Home. How Much Space Is Required?

You’ll need an area that’s the same size as the container’s volume. If you’re unloading a 20-foot container, for instance, you’ll need a space large enough to accommodate ten pallets.

The same idea applies if you are unloading a bigger container, such as the 40ft variant. You need a space that could accommodate twenty standard-size pallets.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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

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

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

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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