Cost Of Shipping A Container To Afghanistan

Published on 2021-08-12

Ocean Shipping to Afghanistan has always been our challenge, and people are always looking for ways to make it easy. However, many reliable Ocean shipping services are available at the cheapest shipping rates. But it is still going to take several days to ship the average Ocean freight to Afghanistan.

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

Afghanistan Container Shipping Cost

Calculating the shipping cost to Afghanistan involved in shipping a container to another country is considerably complex. You have to consider the transportation method, size of the container, distance, customs fees, and many more variables. Three Men And A Truck has teams of experts knowledgeable in all the logistics involved, and we ship to Afghanistan. Let us give you an idea of how the whole process works.

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Shipping

There are 5 main factors when it comes to the cost of shipping a container: weight or volume of cargo, the transportation method to use, the distance to travel, the destination port, and the time of the year.

Whether weight or volume is more important to cost will depend on the transportation method you use. For air shipping weight is more important while for sea volume is a bigger factor. In both cases, the number of items will affect the final cost directly.

The time of the year is important because International shipping has seasons. The months between August and October are traditionally considered the peak season. This means prices will be higher, and capacity more limited. If you want a lower price, you should consider shipping at other times.

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

While there is a wide variety of shipping containers you can use, the standard sizes are 20ft and 40ft. A 20ft shipping container traditionally can hold the contents of a three-bedroom house while the 40ft one can handle double of that. You should use a container that better matches the size of your home.

If you have a smaller home you could opt for “Less than Container” (LCL) option. This allows people to share container space to save on costs when they don’t have that many items to ship. On the other hand, if you plan to take your whole house, you can hire Full Container Loads (FCL). Therefore, people who want to take their all belongings can opt full container load/ full container shipping,

Understanding The Different Types Of Freight Shipping

There are 4 different types of freight services to Afghanistan: ocean freight, air freight, truck, and train. The last two are used when your international move doesn’t involve crossing any oceans. For container ships to Afghanistan, you’ll be selecting from air freight or sea freight. The main difference between them is cost and speed. Shipping by sea has a cost that’s around 5 times lower than shipping by air.

The downside is that sea freight has a much longer duration. If you have the time, go for sea freight. If you are in a hurry and don’t mind the extra cost, opt for air transportation.

Additional Shipping Costs

There are a few additional shipping costs that you need to consider:

  • Custom duties
  • Container inspection fees
  • General Rate Increase
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance

Custom duties are inescapable. You will have to pay taxes based on your destination country. The fees for traditional and quarantine-related inspections will depend on the country you are shipping to.

Since Afghanistan is a land-locked country, your container cargo will have to be delivered inland. You could opt for port-to-port, but then you would have to move your belongings from the point of delivery. Door-to-door might be more expensive but it’s far more convenient.

Typical Shipping Prices – What is its price?

The standard shipping rates to Afghanistan from USA is running from 1,100-5,000 dollars.

Since there aren’t any ports of Afghanistan; therefore, the vehicles that get shipped there go by Pakistan using containerized or RORO, i.e., roll-on, roll-off

Time and price get estimated. They vary and depend upon the vehicle’s type along with the season

Price and delivery

Ground transport price saves due to the vehicle’s delivery on the nearby port

Enable ten more days for processing the documents

The price is for a car in an attached container of 20 ft; such a way is the most reliable and secured way of transporting international vehicles. Other things can include in the container for helping you with saving money while moving.

By the roll-on, roll-off technique, it is cheap, along with shipments getting completed in fewer days. You can contact us to get a free RoRo quote

If your intentions are for an extension of your stay in Afghanistan, then you might be considering taking your car along with you. Whether as a student or as an employee because it is a place where having your can proves to be worthy

With all the things happening in Afghanistan, going there for a stay can be challenging. Having a vehicle of your own makes it better to travel freely along with avoiding language barriers and some other issues that people face when they move abroad.

Popular Shipping Destinations

Some of the major cities for container load shipments to Afghanistan are

  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Jalalabad
  • Kandahar
  • Herat

Vehicles that We Transport To Afghanistan

Vehicles we transport to Afghanistan are often cars, but other than that, we also transport motorcycles.

Ship Your Car Afghanistan

There are various ways for shipping available

After you contact the Embassy of Afghanistan for the recent information regarding the shipment of the vehicle from the U.S., consider various exporting/shipping procedures available for you.

The most inexpensive among these is RoRo shipping; this exporting/shipping method requires the vehicle to remain vacant with some exceptions. Just spare tires, a car jack, and floor mats can be inside the car while shipping. The car rolls onto and off the ship.

The different well-known way is the container method; this method allows you, fill the container and vehicle along with other goods and belongings. The container is mainly in two different sizes. They can get shared with others too. In this case, the cost gets splitter.

While air shipping also serves for the shipment of vehicles, this method is more preferable for the landlocked countries, yet it is known to be expensive; therefore, most people don’t afford such shipment.

You are keeping in view that all the ports don’t accept the RoRo method. Ensure that one accomplishes somewhere nearby; therefore, you can retrieve the vehicle when it gets imported or arrives. A port does not hold the car for the rightful owner. You should be present on the day of the vehicle’s arrival.

Process for registering vehicles in Afghanistan

  • Documents needed to ship a vehicle in Afghanistan
  • Reasonable vehicle shipping company Afghanistan
  • Customs clearance
  • Proof of purchase
  • Valid visa
  • Copy of invoice
  • Packing waybill & list

Shipping heavy and oversized cargo and equipment to Afghanistan

Shipping these materials to other countries is not an easy task with nothing; you might want appropriate equipment and materials and haulers. Not forgetting, you have to abide by foreign substance policies that are usually sole for an individual without previous knowledge and understanding. Fortunately, we are here to help.

Most likely, cargo can’t fit in a full container loads of 40ft as it considers to be oversized. Nevertheless, if the load works in a container yet exceed the weight limits for standard size, it is also regarded as heavy equipment. Following are a few examples of oversized and heavy equipment shipped overseas.

  • Agricultural & engineering equipment
  • Heavy vehicles and large trucks
  • Cranes
  • Pile drivers
  • Oversized engines
  • Hydraulic equipment
  • Forklifts, dump trucks, and bulldozers
  • Industrial equipment
  • Motorhomes and RVs
  • Excavators and backhoes
  • Other farm equipment, combines, and tractors

Over here, it gets ensured a secured transport of heavy material from the U.S. to Afghanistan. We also comply with the foreign policies; therefore, cargo is not refuted accessible intonation. Throughout the shipping process, you benefit from guidance to monitor the shipment’s whereabouts by satellite tracking service.

Auto Transport Afghanistan

The shipping options we have are

Depending upon the cargo and the path for carrying out the deliveries, many other shipping options are available. A few among them are safer than the others, while a few are cheaper than others. Our experts help you in deciding but here is more insight.

Lift on, lift-off

With the help of a crane, we can safely lift the cargo onto ships. Once they reach a nearby port in Afghanistan, it gets similarly lifted off the tanker; this service applies mainly to the crated heavy materials and non-op vehicles.

Roll On/Roll Off

Though all the seaports don’t work except shipping cargo with this method, it’s the most inexpensive way of transportation; this shipping method helps the motorized equipment pieces or the vehicle rolls off and onto the ships’ by a ramp.

Container loads Shipping

This way works to charge a little more, but it isn’t accessible for shipping heavy equipment. If the heavy cargo fits in a container, you can request this transportation method. The ceilings and walls of the container give ultimate protection between the cargo’s travels.

Flat Rack Shipping

This procedure uses shown to frame shipping containers. Low and walls, the container cargo is safe for the frame to transport structure with the cargo safe located on the ship to get delivered. Depending on the weather condition, the shipment can get protected and wrapped by plastic sheeting or shrink wrap.

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 Afghanistan of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $1590
40 ft Container $1750

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL $72/CBM
Personal Effects $755
Household Goods $850
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $745
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $2290
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2860
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3450

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1730
SUV (Container) $1810
Sedan via RORO $1050
SUV via RORO $1080

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are the Essential Documents When Shipping to Afghanistan?

When shipping to Afghanistan, it’s required for our carriers, at Three Men And A Truck, to submit documents, such as Bill of Lading, Customs Declaration, Commercial Invoice/Packing List, and Certificate of Origin (CO), to the Afghan customs official. Hence, individuals that need their goods to be moved to Australia should ensure these documents are available before or at the early hours of the shipping day.

What Is a Bill of Lading?

A Bill of Lading, which is denoted as BL or BoL, is a legal document that a carrier company issues to the shipper that explains the type, quantity, and destination of the goods being shipped. The BoL also serves as a shipment receipt when we ship the goods to the intended destination.

I’ve Lost My Bill of Lading, What Now?

If an original Bill of Lading is missing, destroyed, or stolen, then you can’t get a new Bill of Lading unless the original BoL is found or recovered. Nonetheless, if the BoL can’t be found or recovered, several measures are expected to be taken by the shipper, importer, or exporter, to enable shipping without the BoL.

Accordingly, these required measures involve a letter from the shipper, court order, letter of indemnity, bank guarantee, commercial invoice, and packing list. When these documents are provided and thoroughly scrutinized by us, we can ship your products with a BoL.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Permitted to Ship to Afghanistan?

The goods that are prohibited for importation in Afghanistan include batteries, Hazardous and Non-Hazardous bioproducts, chemicals, radioactive substances, communications equipment, communistic materials, non-prescribed drugs, corrosives, films, flammables, foodstuffs, gases, and items offensive to Islam.

Similarly, other restricted items in Afghanistan include plants, poisons, knives, weapons, mineral products, and military equipment.

What Kind of Taxes, Duties, and/or Fees Am I Required to Pay When Shipping to Afghanistan?

The customs taxes and duties in Afghanistan are calculated by the CIF method. Here, the taxes and duties are estimated based on the weight of shipment, value, and product type. The tax-free threshold when shipping to Afghanistan is 5000 AFN. This information indicates that customers will have to pay 20% as an import tax if the declared value of their goods is more than 5000 AFN.

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof and Properly Ventilated?

While some of the containers that you will find are waterproof, not all of them have this attribute. Most of the containers are watertight instead.

Furthermore, our containers are manufactured with vents on the upper aspect of their lateral walls. These vents help to allow adequate ventilation in the containers. Nonetheless, it’s important to check the vents regularly as they are prone to condensation and rusting when they’re placed in cold or wet surroundings.

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

The maximum weight that can be loaded into a container depends on the type of container in question. For a 20 ft container of 33.2 m³, the tare weight is generally about 2,170kg. Also, a 20 ft container has a gross weight of around 67,200 pounds.

However, the tare weight for a 40 ft container of 67.7 m³ is usually about 3,750kg. Additionally, a 40 ft container has a gross weight of about 67,200 pounds.

Hence, you’re expected to choose a container whose capacity suits the weight of your goods.

How Long Does It Take for Afghanistan Customs Service to Clear a Cargo?

The customs clearance procedure in Afghanistan takes about 15-25 days depending on the condition and shipment type. Goods like books require a special letter from the ministry. So, clearance of shipped books requires a couple of weeks. You should keep this in mind when planning your shipment.

How Important Is It to Get Insurance for My Cargo?

Although it’s not compulsory to acquire cargo insurance, it’s highly recommended for you to insure your goods in case of destructive risks. Insuring your goods enables them to be protected from inevitable losses that may arise during the shipping of goods.

Similarly, even though nobody wishes for certain negative unforeseen circumstances, such as robbery and vehicle accidents, they could catch one unexpectedly. So, it’s necessary to insure your cargo.

What’s the Difference Between a Freight Forwarder, a Broker, and an NVOCC?

A freight forwarder is a person or company that specializes in the organization of shipments for people or enterprises to get goods from the producers or distributors. A forwarder doesn’t take part in the moving of the freight. Nonetheless, he’s a logistics expert.

On the other hand, a freight broker is a person that mediates between a shipper and a shipment service provider.

A Non-Vessel-Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) is an individual who provides carrier services under their BoL. An NVOCC is more of an independent agent than a forwarder.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Men And A Truck can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to Afghanistan:

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

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

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

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 Chris@threemenandatruck.net

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