Container Shipping Costs: 2019 Rates and Information

Container shipping costs vary greatly from move to move and it can be hard to figure out which container size you need. This page answers all those questions and provides you with international shipping rates and information on what sized shipping container you may need. If you are looking for a removals company, check out our list of the top 10 international removal companies.

Container Shipping Costs

So, below you can find some estimated container shipping costs to various places across the globe. These are based on port-to-port sea-based shipping from London of approximately £38,000 worth of household goods according to

Usually, containers will be either 20ft or 40ft in size, there are different sizes of containers, but most moving companies will use these sizes.

Container Shipping Costs to Europe:

Italy (Venice)£980-£1100£1680-£1400
Spain (Barcelona)£800-£885£1070-£1200
Sweden (Stockholm)£500-£550£660-£730

If you are planning on moving to Europe and are worried about the implications of Brexit, then read our blog on the possible outcomes of Brexit and how to move to Europe after Brexit.

Container Shipping Costs to North America:

U.S. (New York)£1800-£1970£2400-£2600
Canada (Montreal)£1900-£2070£2500-£2700
Mexico (Veracruz)£1500-£1650£2000-£2240

North America is a very popular destination for British expats; if you would like help on moving abroad, our moving abroad page provides advice at every step of your move.

Container Shipping Costs to Australasia:

NZ (Auckland)£1500-£1700£2050-£2300
AUS (Sydney)£1340-£1490£1770-£2000
AUS (Melbourne)£1300-£1500£1800-£1950

Travelling to the other side of the world can be expensive, but there are many ways that you can make this cheaper. Our cheap removals blog has loads of tips which can help you save you money.

Container Shipping Costs to Asia:

Hong Kong£1800-£1950£2300-£2600
Indonesia (Jakarta)£770-£850£1000-£1120
Japan (Tokyo)£1500-£1750£2080-£2300

Moving to Asia may be a big culture shock for most people, so why not read our Shaken in Shanghai blog to find out somebody’s experience on living in an Asian country.

Container Shipping Costs to Africa:

Ghana (Tema)£1000-£1150£1400-£1600
S. Africa (Cape Town)£1300-£1500£1700-£2000

Before moving abroad, you may want to look for a place to store your belongings, why not take a look at our tips on moving your house into storage.

Container Shipping Costs to South America:

Venezuela (P. Cabello)£2100-£2300£2700-£3100
Argentina (B.A.)£770-£870£1050-£1160
Brazil (Rio)£770-£850£990-£1150

When moving to South America, you may want to transfer your money to a bank account in the country you’re moving to. If this is something you’re interested in, then take a look at the top 10 international money transfer companies within the UK.

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Factors that Influence Price

The two main factors of moving containers costs are the volume and distance of your move. You can use our volume calculator to save time when requesting quotes from removal companies. Here are some other factors that can influence the shipping container costs:

  • Mode of Transport
  • Time of your move (Summer is usually more expensive)
  • Departure and Arrival port
  • Additional services – Storage, assembling/disassembling, insurance
  • Type of goods

What size container do you need?

A 20ft container can hold around 30-35 cubic meters, which is anything up to a 4 bedroom house.

What can you fit in a 20 ft container

A 40ft container can hold around 65-75 cubic meters, which is roughly a 4 bedroom house or bigger.

What can you fit in a 40 ft container

If you would like some more information on the sizes of shipping containers, container home plans have a good guide on the dimensions of different sized containers.

Full or Less Container Load:

You may find that you don’t need a full sized container for all of your household items. In this case, you can share a container with another customer. This is known as Less Container Load (LCL), one of the benefits of this is that it can sometimes be cheaper as you’re not paying for a Full Container Load (FCL). For more advice on this, it is best to discuss it with a removal company.

International Container Shipping: Modes of Transportation

There are three ways how containers are shipped across the globe:

  1. Sea: The cheapest option, but also the slowest. Due to the vast number of ports in the world, shipping is usually the most common transportation.
  2. Air: The fastest, but also the most expensive. It will cost around 4 times more than boat on average
  3. Road: Most common way of moving to EU countries or within the UK

There are many variables that need to be considered before you decide what type of transport you will use. So, it is important that you choose the right removal company that can help you decide what is best for you.

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