Cost of Shipping a Container to Russia

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

Russia Container Shipping Cost
Russia Container Shipping Cost

To ascertain the total cost of shipping a container to Russia, you need to know certain factors that normally affect the cost. These factors do lead to variations in shipping costs.

But don’t worry about it, at Three Men And A Truck we have experts who can walk you through the logistics of international shipments.

This write-up is a guide that will explain all the factors that influence the total cost of shipping a container.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

Below are the factors to consider when calculating the cost of shipping a container to Russia:

The Volume/Weight of the Goods

The volume or weight of your cargo determines the kind of shipping you will use. For instance, sea freight deals mostly with the dimension of the goods while air freight deals with the weight of the goods.

Type of Transport

The type of transportation used also determines the cost and how long it will take your goods to arrive at their destination. For example, air freight delivers faster than sea freight but sea freight is cheaper.

The Distance of the Journey

The distance of your shipment also affects shipping costs because shipments of large distances are much more expensive than short-distance moves.

The Destination Port

International shipping comes with customs tariffs and service costs; although they differ from country to country. Russia levied a VAT of 20% on most imported products; some items have only 10% VAT on them.

The Time of the Year

Summer is usually the peak season in Russia. However, it is better to ship your items during spring or autumn (when there are fewer crowds).

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Which Size of Shipping Container Will Work Best for Me?

The 20ft and 40ft containers are the sizes that most customers traditionally use.

How Big is a 20ft Container?

A 20ft container has the space needed to store the contents of a three-bedroom home.

How Big is a 40ft Container?

A 40ft container will store double the contents of a 20ft container. It is profitable for customers with large goods.

The Difference Between FCL and LCL

A “Less Than Container Load” (LCL) is a pattern we created to enable many customers with small volumes of goods to share a container.

A “Full Container Load” (FCL) is when a customer with items exceeding that of a one-bedroom apartment uses an entire container for his/her shipping.

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 Russia of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$460
40 ft Container$655

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$54/CBM
Personal Effects$665
Household Goods$865
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$530
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1645
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2430
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3195

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$740
SUV via RORO$855
Sedan (Container)$1160
SUV (Container)$1230

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

Russia has one of the best transportation networks in the world. The information below will help you towards making a decision regarding the mode of transportation you will use:

Sea Freight

Russia has one of the busiest waterways in the world. In 2004 alone, 53 companies transported about 22.8 million passengers and 136.6 million tons of cargo over Russia’s inland waterways. Suffice to say, this is a great option that a lot of people use. You can save a lot on costs by shipping this way, but it will take significantly more time than other options.

Air Freight

It is the fastest way to ship items to Russia, although it is very expensive. There are over 2,743 airports in Russia, and about 630 have paved runways.

Truck Freight

Russia has a road network of over 933,000km and has highways that connect Moscow to the capitals of neighboring countries. However, road safety in the country is said to be poor.

Train Freight

Russia has one of the best and largest railway networks in the world. It has a track length of over 53,200 miles.

Additional Shipping Costs

Aside from VAT, there are other additional shipping charges you should consider while shipping to Russia. They are:

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

What’s Next?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof and Properly Ventilated?

All containers will be waterproof and come with a product guarantee. They are priced accordingly but are not guaranteed to be light and watertight.

Vents on the upper part of the side walls are manufactured for shipping containers. These might make containers placed inside a wet or cold environment prone to moisture and may accumulate rust, so it would be wise to have your ventilation checked now and then.

Can I Track My Container While in Transit?

You may track your container while it is in transit, and you can use one or all of these ways to do so:

● Personal, up-close monitoring
● GPS asset tracking
● Live Satellite Imagery
● Container Tracking Services
● Automatic Identification System Tracking

To learn more about these tracking ways, click here.

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Russia?

When shipping to Russia, you should be aware of the documentation needed for obtaining a customs declaration.

● Transport documents (CMR, bill of lading, air waybill, or railway waybill)
● Commercial documents (invoice, documents for payment for goods, proforma invoices)
● Contract and its annexes. It is essential to prepare the contract and additional agreements in advance in Word or another text editor, as they will be needed to prepare them in electronic form (formalization). The formalized document is sent simultaneously with the declaration to the customs authority via electronic data exchange.
● Unique contract number. It is necessary to obtain a unique contract number when the amount of the import contract exceeds 3 million ₱ (approx. $ 43000).
● Technical information about the product (catalogs, user manuals, quality certificates, and safety data sheets)
● Country of origin certificate
● Payment orders
● Data on insurance or non-insurance of the cargo. If the shipment was insured at the stage of transportation, one should provide an insurance contract in Word and an insurance policy. If the load was not guaranteed, an information letter should be prepared stating that the cargo was not insured.
● Documents confirming the declared customs value (price list, export declaration of the country of the seller with translation, documents for setting previously released goods under this contract for accounting, and if the delivery is the first under the agreement, then a letter stating that the delivery is the first and you cannot provide such documents.)
● Declaration of conformity

The website of the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation contains the link to the portal for electronic declarations.

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.

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

What’s The Difference Between a Freight Forwarder, a Broker, And An NVOCC?

When shipping your goods to Moldova, ensure that the moving company you are working with is the right fit to support your shipping needs. That’s why Three Men And A Truck is here to guide you as you tap into the distinctive elements between two kinds of partner companies, such as Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCCs) and Freight Forwarders.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) categorizes Freight Forwarders and NVOCCs as Ocean Transportation Intermediaries. They are often viewed as one during transportation procedures because of their similar FMC nature, but there are particular distinctions between the two.

A freight broker is a person that serves as the bridge between the shipping client and a freight transportation provider.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to Russia?

The import and export of goods in Russia are carried out under the unified list of the commodities that are prohibited or restricted for imports into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The list was approved by the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Collegium Resolution No.134, dated August 16, 2012. Additional documents regulating the import and export of goods include the Customs Union Agreement on Licensing Regulations of International Trade dated June 9, 2009, and the RF decree No.1567-р of 23.09.2010.

A current list of these items, and the applicable regulations, can be found at the Eurasian Economic Commission’s website.

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

Tariffs for customs operations are established by the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 863 of 28.12.2004. In 2020, the previously approved rates continued to apply. When submitting a declaration for goods in electronic form, customs duties are paid in the amount of 75% of the established ones.

For information regarding the rates for customs clearance (taking into account 75% for electronic declaration), click here.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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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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