Cost of Shipping a Container to São Tomé and Príncipe

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Sao Tome and Principe?

Sao Tome and Principe Container Shipping Cost
Sao Tome and Principe Container Shipping Cost

If you need to ship a container to São Tomé and Príncipe, or practically anywhere else in the world, Three Men And A Truck is the company you need. We will help you navigate the complicated processes involved in international shipments. We can take care of the documentation, transport, loading of goods, and everything you need for a successful shipping project.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping to São Tomé and Príncipe

When shipping a container to another country, you’ll need to consider the following:

The volume or weight of the items to be shipped: Which of these is more important will depend on whether you ship by air or sea. Sea shipments care more about volume, while air shipments are focused on weight.

The type of transportation used: Transportation of cargo by air is faster, but the cost will be higher in comparison to shipping by sea. A third option is land freight transportation (truck or train)

Distance: Distance is an unavoidable factor. A higher distance between the two locations means more fuel costs.

The destination port: The destination port affects the cost of shipping cargo because port fees can vary. The main shipping port of São Tomé and Príncipe is the Port Sao Tome.

The peak period for shipping items to São Tomé and Príncipe is between August and October. Shipping during this period affects the cost of shipping.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

There are around 16 different options for cargo shipping. However, most people will choose between a 20ft or 40ft container. The contents of a three-bedroom house can fit into a 20ft shipping container. Another way to visualize this is that it can fit around 100 washing machines. For anything bigger, go with a 40ft option.

Furthermore, you’ll have to choose between two types of load modes. If you are using the full size of the container, as most customers do, you’ll go with a Full Container Load option (FCL). Alternatively, if you don’t need the full size of the container you can opt for the Less Than Container Load option (LCL). In this mode, the container size is shared by multiple customers which can help reduce the costs.

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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 Sao Tome and Principe of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$1445
40 ft Container$1660

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to Sao Tome and Principe.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$70/CBM
Personal Effects$745
Household Goods$845
International House Moving Costs

International house moving to Sao Tome and Principe services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$500
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1613
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2415
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3415

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$1060
SUV (Container)$1130
Sedan via RORO$1785
SUV via RORO$1860

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

São Tomé and Príncipe only has access to two forms of freight transportation. You can opt to ship by sea or air. The one to select will depend on what is more important to you: time or cost.

If time is of the essence and the total price isn’t your biggest concern, opt for air freight transportation. This method is significantly faster, but around 5 times more expensive than shipping by sea.

Sea freight transportation might be slower, but it has less of a concern with weight. You can carry heavy items without much worry, but their total volume will factor into the price. One drawback of this option is the duration, as it takes significantly longer than shipping via cargo plane.

Additional Shipping Costs

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

● Insurance: Insuring your cargo is of the essence when it comes to international shipments. Insurance is rated based on the total value of your items, not the quantity or weight.

● Custom fees: São Tomé and Príncipe has different customs categories for items. There’s a 5% import tariff for the first category (e.g., basic products), 10% for the second one (e.g., raw materials), and 20% for the third category (e.g., most foods and cosmetics).

● Inspection: You might be charged for inspection of the shipped items. This will add to the overall cost.

● 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.

● Delivery Times: The delivery times can add to shipping costs. If a client requires express shipping, it will cost extra.

What’s Next?

Now that you know the basics of container shipping the next step is contacting Three Men And A Truck for a free quote. You can fill the web form or call us at (888) 908-6496.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Documents Should I Provide When Shipping to São Tomé and Príncipe?

For shipping to São Tomé and Príncipe to be possible, there are several documents that you’re expected to make available before or at the early hours of the shipping day. The customs officials of São Tomé and Príncipe enforce the submission of significant documents, such as Bill of Lading, Customs Declaration, Commercial Invoice/Packing List, Tax Documents/ Shipping Labels, and Certificate of Origin (CO), by our carriers at Three Men and a Truck. So, these papers should be provided by you at a favorable time.

What Does “Bill of Lading” Mean?

The term “Bill of Lading” is not familiar to people who are new to shipping goods. Nonetheless, this highly-important document doesn’t have a complicated definition.

A Bill of Lading refers to a legal document which states the type, volume or mass, and destined location of the goods. This piece of documentation is significant in the sense that movers are required to submit it to customs officials. It also serves as a shipment receipt when we’ve moved your goods to the agreed location.

Alternatively, the term “Bill of Lading” may be represented as “BoL” or “BL”.

I’ve Misplaced My Bill of Lading. What Should I Do?

As previously explained, a Bill of Lading is a highly-vital piece of documentation. Hence, you’re required to safeguard it at all costs.

A replacement is not provided if an original Bill of Lading is misplaced, damaged, or stolen. So, try as much as possible to find or recover the BoL. However, if you can’t retrieve it, there are several procedures that may enable you to ship without a BoL.

Typically, these alternatives involve you writing a letter explaining what happened and providing a court order, letter of indemnity, bank guarantee, commercial invoice, and packing list. When you’ve provided these documents and they pass our evaluation, then your goods will be shipped to São Tomé and Príncipe without a BoL.

What Are the Prohibited and Restricted Goods When Shipping to São Tomé and Príncipe?

You can’t just ship any type of goods to São Tomé and Príncipe because there are several prohibited and restricted goods. The prohibited goods in São Tomé and Príncipeinclude bioproducts, chemicals, radioactive substances, alcohol, animals, currency, drugs, explosives, firearms, fresh food, plants, and seeds.

Again, the list of restricted goods in São Tomé and Príncipe varies often. Thus, it’s important to check the customs page of the country before deciding to ship any type of goods.

While we don’t ship prohibited goods to São Tomé and Príncipe, we may ship restricted items if you’ve been granted permission to do so and accordingly provided us with the documents verifying this development.

What Customs Taxes and Duties Am I Expected to Pay When Shipping to São Tomé and Príncipe?

The customs officials of São Tomé and Príncipecalculate the taxes and duties shippers are to pay by the CIF method. Additionally, the magnitude of the taxes and duties depends on the quantity of goods, value, and product type.

The tax-free threshold when shipping to São Tomé and Príncipe is 0 USD. On average, the required import tax is 20% in the country. The accepted currency in the country for exchange is the São Tomé and Príncipe dobra (STD).

Do You Employ Waterproof and Properly Ventilated Shipping Containers?

Yes, we make use of waterproof shipping containers. Nonetheless, most of our containers are rather watertight. Watertight containers are equally beneficial because they prevent rain, snow, and precipitation.

Similarly, we make use of well-ventilated shipping containers. This function is made possible by the presence of vents on the superior aspects of our containers ‘ side walls. Consequently, cleaning moist and dirt from the containers frequently when they’re placed in wet or unfavorable places will make them last longer.

What’s the Maximum Weight That a Shipping Container Can Carry?

Two types of shipping containers are commonly used for shipping. These are the 20ft container and 40 ft container. Each of them possesses particular weights which they can’t exceed. So, choose the type of container that can accommodate your goods’ weight.

A 20 ft container of 33.2 cubic meters normally has a tare weight of approximately 2,170kg. It also has a gross weight of about 67,200 pounds.

On the other hand, a 40 ft container of 67.7 cubic meters generally possesses a tare weight of approximately 3,750kg. Nevertheless, it shares the same gross weight of a 20 ft container, which is 67,200 pounds.

How Long Does It Take for Goods to Be Customs Cleared in São Tomé and Príncipe?

The Sao Tome and Principe customs is the official body responsible for clearing the goods entering the country. It typically takes some weeks for imported goods to be cleared by the authority. Still, the efficiency of the process depends on the type of goods and validity of shipping documents.


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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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