Cost of Shipping a Container to the Philippines

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

Philippines Container Shipping Cost
Philippines Container Shipping Cost

Do you want to send a container out of the nation where you live? If this is the case, you may face some difficulties. Nonetheless, you don’t have to be concerned about it because Three Men And A Truck has you covered. We also handle cargo shipments to other nations throughout the world, including the Philippines.

This guide is designed to inform the general public on the rates at which a container can be carried to the Philippines, as well as the significant factors that impact those rates.

Factors That Affect the Costs of Shipping

Five key elements impact the cost of moving products across national borders. It’s only natural to think about them before delivering your goods, given their unquestionable importance. These criteria include shipment volume/weight, mode of transportation, shipping distance, destination port, and the season.

International shipping costs are determined by the volume/weight of packages as well as the distance traveled. The cost of shipping normally rises as the volume/weight of shipments increases and the transportation distance increases. However, not all modes of transportation incur the same costs; air freight transportation is typically the most expensive. Privately owned destination ports, like government-owned destination ports, tend to charge more.

Furthermore, the peak season in the Philippines, which is the time of year when there is a greater demand for shipments to be transported, usually occurs between August and October each year. Retailers start preparing for back-to-school and the holiday seasons around this time.

During these months, as you might expect, freight prices rise and truck capacity is scarce, forcing shippers to pay higher spot rates.

Which Size of Shipping Container is Most Suitable for Me?

When shipping to the Philippines, you can choose between a 20ft and a 40ft container, depending on the weight and volume of your cargo. A 20-foot container can hold 400 flat-screen televisions or 48,000 bananas, while a 40-foot container can hold twice as much. Despite the fact that a 40-foot container has double the capacity of a 20-foot container, it does not always cost twice as much.

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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 Philippines of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$445
40 ft Container$785

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$46/CBM
Personal Effects$485
Household Goods$650
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$472
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1772
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2375
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3075

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$1175
SUV via RORO$1270
Sedan (Container)$1370
SUV (Container)$1485

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

Transportation and logistics are seen as key drivers of economic growth in the Philippines. The country’s shipping system is multimodal, encompassing both inter and intra-island mobility, and often involves air, sea, and road forms of transportation. However, when it comes to shipping goods, there are two major modes of transportation: air and sea freight transportation. The mode of transportation you choose is determined by your requirements. If you need your items delivered quickly, air freight shipping is the way to go. On the other hand, if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on shipping your cargo, you should consider using sea freight.

Difference Between FCL and LCL

For customers with minimal cargo volumes, we designed a system in which multiple customers can share a container. This is referred to as a “less than container load” (LCL).

Any volume greater than the contents of a one-bedroom apartment will need the usage of a full container. This is called a “Full Container Load” (FCL).

Additional Shipping Costs

Some additional shipping expenses are likely to occur when shipping to international countries. They include:

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

For items valued at less than PHP 10,000 (around 200 USD), the Philippines imposes no tariffs or taxes. For agricultural items, the Philippines’ simple average Most Favored Nation applied tariff rate is 9.8%, and for non-agricultural products, it’s 5.6 percent (US Trade).

What’s Next?

You’ll need a quote to get started now that you’ve learned everything there is to know about shipping a container to the Philippines. We can give you a free, comprehensive quote. Simply complete our web form or call us at (888) 908-6496 to get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to the Philippines?

According to ASEAN Briefing, businesses importing into the Philippines must provide the following documents when their goods arrive:

● Packing list
● Commercial Invoice, Letter of Credit, or any other verifiable commercial document evidencing payment
● Duly endorsed Bill of Lading or Airway Bill or certification by the carrier or agent of the vessel or aircraft
● Import Permit
● Customs Import Declaration
● Certificate of Origin
● Duly notarized Supplemental Declaration on Valuation (SDV)
● Authority to Release Imported Goods (ATRIG)
● Proof of Origin for Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
● Load Port Survey Reports or Discharge Port
● Importers bringing in animals, plants, foodstuff, medicine, or chemicals must obtain a Certificate of Product Registration from the Philippines’ Food and Drug Administration.

For queries related to import requirements, please contact:

Atty. Luis M. Catibayan
Director-in-Charge
Bureau of Import Services
Department of Trade and Industry
Address: 3F Tara Bldg., 389 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Philippines
Tel: (632) 8896-4430
Fax: (632) 8896-4431
Email: bis@dti.gov.ph ph; bis_pntr@dti.gov.ph; bis_ifd@dti.gov.ph

What Is a Bill of Lading?

The Bill of Lading is a document executed by a carrier, such as a railroad or shipping line, acknowledging receipt of goods and embodying an agreement to transport the goods to a stated destination. Such a negotiable document of title, which calls for the delivery of goods, must be distinguished from negotiable commercial paper such as notes and bills of exchange, which call for the money.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to the Philippines?

Philippine law restricts the importation of certain goods for national security, environmental and public health protection, and order and morality, in addition to complying with international treaties and obligations. Prohibited goods include:

● Used clothing and rags
● Toy guns
● Right-hand drive vehicles
● Hazardous waste, even in transit into Philippine territory
● Laundry and industrial detergents containing complex surfactants
● Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
● Used motorcycle parts, except engine
● Live piranha, shrimp, and prawns.

To view the essential details about the prohibited and restricted items in the Philippines, please visit this website.

For a comprehensive list of import commodities and details of regulating agencies, visit the DTI website.

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

Before delivering a container to the Philippines, you must consider a few factors. You have to know in advance some critical information about the following:

● Delivery fees
● Permitting requirements
● Ground conditions
● Clearance space
● 20-ft containers require a straight clearance of 75 feet, while 40-ft containers need a hundred. For its respective width, you will need a minimum of 12 feet of width clearance and 20 feet of overhead clearance.

What’s The Difference Between Shipping Taxes And Shipping Duties?

It’s essential to learn to distinguish between taxes and duties because they often get interchanged.

● Duties. Customs duty is a kind of tax gathered by customs as government revenue and to protect local industries. This includes anti-dumping taxes, trade tariffs, export duties, and excise duties.

● Taxes. Taxes are government fees placed on purchased products entering a country. This includes value-added tax, sales tax, and goods and services tax (GST).

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

The Philippines follows the United Nation’s Standard International Trade Classification (SITC). Import tariffs can range from 0 to 65 percent. Imported goods in sectors that have high domestic production typically incur higher taxes. For non-agricultural goods, tariffs average at 6.7 percent.

The Philippines Tariff Commission has launched a ‘tariff finder’ web portal to help importers, which can be accessed here.

The Philippines Customs apply a value-added tax (VAT) for imported goods at 12 percent. The Philippines’ customs levy no tariff or tax for goods worth less than ₱10,000 (US$200).

How Long Does It Take to Clear Customs in the Philippines?

All imported articles to the Philippines must undergo customs clearance within 30 days after unloading the last package. It would be best if you were ready with the list of required documents to avoid any delays in customs releasing. Take note of special certificates, permits, and clearance for certain commodities like medicine, chemicals, food, plants, and animals.

To avoid any inconveniences, please ensure that you have the required documentation with you.

What Happens If I Lose the Bill of Lading?

The customer wouldn’t obtain a new copy unless the original document was found. You will be required to submit several requirements to receive another copy, such as a letter from the shipper, count order, letter of indemnity, bank guarantee, a commercial invoice, and a packing list.

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

Yes, your presence is required when the container is delivered because your signature must legalize specific documents. You also have to supervise the moving team when the container arrives to check if the goods are damaged.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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

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

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

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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