Cost of Shipping a Container to Japan

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

Japan Container Shipping Cost
Japan Container Shipping Cost

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Factors That Affect the Cost Of Shipping

Japan has only two freight options of air and sea as it is an island. The following factors affect the cost of shipping to Japan.

The Volume/Weight Of The Goods

International shipping follows the idea that the more goods you have, the more you will pay. Hence, expect the size of your cargo to affect the cost of transportation.

Type of Transportation

Japan’s air freight is expensive when compared to sea freight. Hence, you pay more when you choose air freight and less when you choose sea freight. It also affects the speed of delivering the cargo. If you are working on a time plan, the air is the best option as it is five times faster than the sea. If time is not an issue you can choose the sea option because it’s cheaper.

The Distance of the Journey

Distance affects every form of transportation that you will choose. The higher the distance from the initial location of your cargo to your destination, the more you will pay.

The Destination Port

Only cargo donated to charities in Japan is exempted from customs duties, tariffs, and other charges. Its duty rates range from 3.2 to 20%, depending on the category of your cargo.

The Time of The Year

It is important to note that there are periods of high demand for shipment services. These periods known as peak seasons tend to affect the price of shipping.

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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Japan

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 Japan of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$735
40 ft Container$855

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Household Goods$430
Personal Effects$385
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$430
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1957
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2303
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$2807

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$1950
SUV (Container)$2030
Sedan via RORO$1634
SUV via RORO$1752

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best For Me?

The general purpose containers of 20ft and 40ft are the commonly used options despite there being several types of them. Your choice of container is important because it ensures the safety of your cargo, but it also affects your budget.

How Big Is A 20ft Container?

A 20ft is 5.8m in length, 2.35m in width, 2.39m in height and carries an estimated payload capacity of 21850kg. It provides a cheap option when your cargo capacity is small or can be contained in a standard single garage.

How Big Is A 40ft Container?

A 40ft container offers more space than a 20ft container. It has the same width and height as a 20ft container but its length is 12.3m, and its estimated payload capacity is 26760kg. It also provides easier and quicker loading time for your cargo.

The Difference Between FCL and LCL

Full cargo load (FCL) allows personal usage of the container for the transportation of your products. This also provides you with a more secure and convenient space for your cargo. However, if you doubt your financial capacity to pay for a full cargo load. You can choose the less than container load (LCL) option, which allows you to share the financial burden and container with other clients.

Additional Shipping Costs

These are also additional charges that should affect your budget in shipping your cargo to Japan. They include:

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

What’s Next?

Getting a quote is the final step in shipping your business or personal cargo to Japan. You can receive it for free by simply completing our web form or calling us at (888) 908-6496.

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Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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

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

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

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.

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