Cost of Shipping A Container To Iceland

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

Iceland Container Shipping Cost
Iceland Container Shipping Cost

There are things that affect the cost of shipping a container to Iceland. The distance between the initial country and the destination country is one of these things. There is the size of the cargo to be shipped to also consider, among other things. Three Men And A Truck ships items to Iceland, and we will help you understand what it entails. 

Factors That Affect The Cost Of Shipping To Iceland

There are five main factors that would affect the cost of shipping a container. These factors are:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: An increase in weight or volume will lead to an increase in cost.
  • The type of transportation used: Transportation of cargo by air is faster, but will increase the cost of shipping when compared to shipping by sea.
  • Distance: The distance between the two countries will affect the cost of shipping. 
  • The destination port: The destination port affects the cost of shipping cargo because port fees can vary. 
  • The peak period for shipping items to Iceland is between July and October, and in very busy years can stretch to December. Shipping during this period can affect the cost of shipping.

Which Size Of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

Knowing the appropriate size of a shipping container that will meet your shipping needs can be confusing. Fortunately for you, we did the math. The contents of a three-bedroom house can fit into a 20ft shipping container, assuming the occupants of the house weren’t hoarders. A 20ft shipping container, alternatively, can contain 50 fridges or 100 washing machines. If you know your intended cargo is more than this estimation, it would be a good idea to look into using a 40ft container.

These estimations assume your items will fill the container. This kind of shipping is called Full Container Load (FCL). There are situations where a person’s cargo doesn’t fill a container. Three Men And A Truck has provisions for that, and it is called Less Than Container Load (LCL). In LCL, shipments from different clients are aggregated into a single container and exported. The cost of shipping in LCL is calculated by cubic meters.

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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 Iceland of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$175
40 ft Container$210

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects$175
Household Goods$240
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$290
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1157
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$1640
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$1970

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$855
SUV (Container)$895
Sedan via RORO$635
SUV via RORO$675

Understanding The Different Types Of Freight Transportation

The primary methods of freight transportation are sea, air, ground, and rail. The first two are the modes of transportation that are most applicable to international shipping. Both sea and air freight transportation are used to export items to Iceland.

The choice of method depends on the kind of item being shipped. If the cargo is made up of household items or a car, shipping by sea is a more suitable option. The cargo is packed and loaded into the container. Then the container is transported by sea, and it arrives at the seaport where it is offloaded, cleared by the authorities, and then sent to the intended destination, usually by road.

There is also the option of freight transportation by air. It can be quicker than sea transportation, but it is usually more expensive. Smaller items, or items that are time-sensitive, will benefit from freight by air.

Additional Shipping Costs

There are usually additional shipping costs when shipping a container anywhere. The additional shipping costs to expect are:

  • Insurance: Insuring items adds to the overall cost of shipping. They are vital in providing much-needed cover for your cargo.
  • Customs fees: Iceland has a fixed Value Added Tax (VAT) of 24% on goods imported into the country. Only food and non-petrol cars are exempted. These are additional shipping costs to keep in mind.
  • Inspection: You might be charged for inspection of the shipped items.
  • General Rate Increase (GRI): This is an adjustment of freight rates across specific trade routes. If the demand for shipping on a route increases, shipping costs might also increase. Shipping costs might also increase if shipping routes have risks attached to them like piracy.
  • Delivery Times: The delivery times can add to shipping costs. If express shipping is required by a client, there will be additional costs.

What’s Next?

 The number of variables to consider when shipping a container can bring anxiety, but there is a way to tackle this task. Contact Three Men And A Truck for a free quote. You can fill the online form or call us at (888) 908-6496

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between Shipping Taxes and Shipping Duties?

Duties are an indirect tax that governments levy based on the number of commodities imported. This aims to keep the rate of reliance on imported commodities under control.

Taxes are government-imposed taxes on things carried into a country (imported). The consumption tax is still in place and must be paid by customs when the goods enter the country, even if they were purchased outside of the country.

The main difference between taxes and duties is that duties are a type of tax levied on things entering or leaving a country, whereas taxes are levied on almost every purchase.

What is a Bill of Lading?

The bill of lading is one of the most crucial documents in international shipping, as it ensures that an exporter is paid and that an importer receives their goods. A bill of lading can be used as a receipt as well as a title document for the shipment.

What Happens if I Lose My Bill of Lading?

Because of the importance of the bill of lading when it comes to shipping, losing it can result in increased workload and expenditures for you. In such circumstances, you must either hunt for a way to locate the original BOL or request a detailed letter from the shipping firm stating that the bill of lading has been lost.

The letter may not always be sufficient to compensate for the missing bill of lading. As a result, you may need to obtain a court order directing the carrier to transfer the items to the owner of the title, as well as an indemnity letter (which should be drafted by a bank or insurance company).

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

Freight forwarders assist their customers with shipping and then go one step further. In addition to moving and storing products, freight forwarders can also store them for their clients. More crucially, the FMCSA has granted freight forwarders nationwide and international operating power. They frequently move freight using their personal bills of lading and assist consumers in booking cargo space directly with the ocean or air carrier.

Brokers must register with the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in order to have brokerage authorization. Freight brokers connect shippers and carriers, and they oversee freight transportation. However, they do not take control of the cargo. While freight brokers can handle foreign shipments, they are usually responsible for shipments that originate and end in the United States.

Customers may count on NVOCC to act as both a carrier and a shipper for them. Essentially, they act as a middleman and do all of the work for shippers. Unlike freight forwarders, NVOCC can create its own bill of lading based on any international standard.

What Type of Goods Am I Not Permitted to Ship to Iceland?

Certain things are prohibited from being shipped into Iceland, as they are in most other nations. Firearms, ammunition, narcotics, and some animals and plants are all prohibited because they harm lives and pose a threat to public order.

What Kind of Taxes, Duties, and/or Fees Do I Have to Pay When Shipping to Iceland?

The Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) is used in Iceland’s customs register. In 2016 and 2017, Iceland abolished taxes on consumer products such as electronics and clothing. However, products imported into Iceland are subject to Value Added Tax (VAT). The regular VAT rate is 24%, however, books foods, magazines, and other commodities are subject to a lower rate of 11% VAT.

What Are the Essential Documents Needed When Shipping to Iceland?

When it comes to international trade, having the correct paperwork is vital. Missing or incorrect paperwork can raise risks, cause delays and additional costs, and even prohibit a deal from being completed. You must know what paperwork is required whether you are importing or exporting.

Even if you hire a freight forwarder or an agency, you are responsible for ensuring that the appropriate documentation is accessible. As a result, major documents such as a bill of lading or airway bill, a commercial invoice or packing list, freight certificate, cargo arrival notice, purchase order, and any other required documents for your goods must be in your possession while shipping your goods to Iceland.

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof and Properly Ventilated?

Although there are some waterproof containers, the main philosophy underlying container construction is to make it water-resistant i.e. built to prevent rain or snow from entering the container (when closed). As a result, the majority of containers are watertight. However, if the container sinks into the ocean or is flooded, it will inevitably absorb water.

Small pressure vents in shipping and storage containers allow the unit to breathe, but they are insufficient to provide adequate ventilation inside the container. As a result, checking to ensure adequate ventilation is essential.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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

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

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

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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