Cost of Shipping a Container to Sierra Leone

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone Container Shipping Cost
Sierra Leone Container Shipping Cost

Attempting to figure out all the things that will affect the cost of what you want to ship can be impossible for someone that hasn’t done it before. You might’ve thought of the effect the volume or size of your cargo will have on the shipping cost. There is also the distance to the destination to consider. Three Men And A Truck ships to Sierra Leone and we will help you understand the things you need to know if you intend to send items there.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping toSierra Leone

Some factors will affect the cost of shipping as they are the metrics by which shipping is calculated. They are:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped: If your cargo is heavy, it will be more expensive to ship than if it is lighter. This is particularly true when transporting by plane.
  • The type of transportation used: Although air is quicker in its delivery times, it is more expensive and this must be considered.   
  • Distance: The farther the distance between you and the destination the higher the cost.
  • The destination port: Ports have their own rules and regulations and these rules might incur more costs. 
  • The peak period: The peak shipping time to Sierra Leone is Between May and September. Christmas might extend the peak period to December. Shipping during this period might incur more costs than other times of the year.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

What if you want to ship everything in your three-bedroom flat or your car, or 50 fridges? If you want to ship anything close to this in volume, you will need a 20ft container. If your cargo is more than this, then you should look into using a 40ft container.

There are two types of container loads. There is the Full Container Load (FCL) option which is a container full of a single client’s cargo. Then there is Less Than Container Load (LCL). The container is filled with items from different clients. LCL is measured in 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 Sierra Leone of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$1481
40 ft Container$1681

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$151/CBM
Personal Effects$815
Household Goods$1110
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$715
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1510
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2615
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$4510

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$1210
SUV via RORO$1315
Sedan (Container)$2150
SUV (Container)$2210

Understanding The Different Types of Freight Transportation

Most items are shipped to countries through air, sea, and land. For Sierra Leone, air and sea are the most popular ways through which cargo is brought into the country. Land transportation is used when the cargo is coming from neighboring countries.

If you have large-volume cargo, consider using sea freight. Items like cars, household items, electronics, and food items are usually shipped by sea. It is important to note that shipping by sea might take a while so if you have time-sensitive items don’t use the sea.  

Shipping by air is very suitable for items that you need to arrive quickly or fragile items. Air shipping, although more expensive in comparison to sea transportation, is more suitable for small parcels than sea transportation.  

Additional Shipping Costs

There are always added costs to the main cost of shipping and they are usually factored into the initial estimates. They are:

  • Insurance: You might need insurance and that will add to the shipping cost.
  • Custom fees: Sierra Leone’s import fees range from 15% of the full value of your items. So, your custom fees will depend on what you are shipping.   
  • Inspection: Your shipment might be inspected at the port and this will add to the cost. 
  • General Rate Increase (GRI): If the shipping route is particularly popular or dangerous, the shipping rate might be increased. 
  • Delivery Times: If you need shorter than average delivery times, you might have to pay a premium. 

What’s Next?

 Looking at all these factors and added costs, it is clear that you need professional help. Call Three Men And A Truck for such help at (888) 908-6496 for a free quote.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Maximum Weight That Can Be Loaded into a Container?

The design and quality of the container determine the maximum payload that may be carried. The capacity and measurement information is usually written on the container’s doors and CSC plate.

But to give you an idea, a 20ft container’s cargo capacity is generally 25.000 kg/ 55.126 lb.

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Sierra Leone?

In Sierra Leone, the types of import paperwork required are governed by the government’s normal trade policy and the items being imported. The documentation required for import into Sierra Leone is influenced by the goods being imported, multilateral, bilateral, or unilateral trade agreements, and the Sierra Leone government’s other trade policies.

However, here are the most common required documents for international shipment:

● Commercial and Proforma Invoices
● Bills of Lading
● Packing List
● Shipper’s Letter of Instructions (SLI)
● Automated Export System (AES) Filing
● Certificate of Origin (CO)
● Incoterms
● Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
● Operational Instructions
● Shipping Under a Letter of Credit

What Is a Bill of Lading?

A bill of lading (BOL) is a legally binding document between two parties. It includes all of the necessary shipping information, such as the shippers’ and consignees’ names and contact information. A thorough list of the things being carried is also included in the BOL along with the quantity and weight of the cargo.

The bill of lading will also include any special instructions for the shipment.

Why Do FCL and LCL Shipments Have Different Transit Times?

Once the cargo has been loaded into an FCL shipment, the container will not be opened. It will simply be transported to the agreed-upon location by the shipping company. It may be re-handled at a different port if direct service between sites is unavailable.

Meanwhile, LCL shipments are made up of a variety of shipments from several consignees. Because it contains cargo from many persons or firms, the container will be opened and modified at several ports. LCL goods take longer to arrive than FCL shipments because of this.

How Important Is It to Get Insurance for My Cargo?

Cargo insurance is required to safeguard shipments against inevitable losses during the transportation process.

The safe delivery of cargo is not guaranteed by carriers. While being transported, the containers could be damaged. If this occurs, the carrier’s liability for cargo loss or damage may be waived.

Under maritime law, ocean carriers, in particular, are well-protected. There is no assurance that the ocean carrier will be held liable if your belongings are lost or damaged while being carried by water.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to Sierra Leone?

Each country has its own set of rules and restrictions on international trade.

Check out Sierra Leone’s official website first if you’re transporting cargo there. Doing this will save you time and money by avoiding you from packing items that might cause a delay or raise shipping costs.

Here are some examples of items you can’t carry to Sierra Leone:

● Alcoholic beverages
● Chemicals, Haz and Non-Haz
● Coffee
● Cologne and Perfume, Haz and Non-Haz
● Communications equipment
● Computer components & parts
● Cosmetics, Haz and Non-Haz
● Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
● Foodstuffs
● Phones/modems
● Tea
● Telecommunications equipment

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

It is not always necessary for you to be present on-site. You can easily designate someone to accept and sign the freight delivery documents. However, we highly urge that you be there on the day of delivery so that it may be put in a location that is practical for you.

If nobody is around to supervise the delivery, the shipping company will place your container in the most convenient position.

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

A freight forwarder is a company or individual that, on behalf of the cargo owner, manages the movement of goods from one location to another.

The aim of freight forwarding is to ensure that the cargo is retrieved from the seller and delivered to the buyer at the stated destination, at the agreed cost, and in the same quality as when it was collected from the origin, using the best resources and route possible.

Customs brokers help their customers in removing barriers to global trade. Whether you’re a single individual, a small business, or a huge multinational, customs brokers use their knowledge to assist items in getting through customs in foreign nations. By simplifying the flow of cargo across borders, customs brokers reduce the stress associated with international shipments for their clients.

A non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) is an ocean carrier that conveys goods using its own House Bill of Lading or comparable documents rather than using ocean transportation boats. An NVOCC rents space from another ocean carrier, known as a Vessel Operating Common Carrier (VOCC), which they then sell to their own clients.


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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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