Cost of Shipping a Container to Sri Lanka

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka Container Shipping Cost
Sri Lanka Container Shipping Cost

If you’re planning to ship a container to Sri Lanka, expect some increase in the usual overseas shipping rate. This is a country known for its rich culture and it’s attracting thousands of tourists annually. But you don’t have to worry about that if you pick a reliable moving company.

Three Men And A Truck can streamline your logistics needs. We can deliver your cargo anywhere in the world safe and sound. But how much does it cost to ship a container to this country? Let’s find out!

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Container to Sri Lanka?

Although the shipping cost is directly connected to the weight or volume of the cargo, there are other things to consider. The mode of transportation used, the overall distance traveled, and the end destination is just a few examples.

The most significant factor, however, is the time when you will ship the container.

The months before the holidays and weeks after the Chinese New Year are often the busiest time for the shipping industry across the world. However, in Sri Lanka, the peak season is during the months of April and November. Shipping rates are higher during these times. Therefore, we recommend shipping your container outside of these times to save a few dollars.

Aside from that, the following factors may also have an impact on your delivery costs:

  • Insurance
  • Packing
  • Taxes and Custom fees
  • Inspections
  • General Rate Increase
  • Storage

Adding insurance services to protect your cargo might be considered an extra cost but it is an invaluable one. Shipping containers internationally is a complex process and you don’t want to have to deal with the headache of liability for damages. It’s a no-brainer. Plus, the cost of insurance is based on the value of your items as opposed to their weight or volume.

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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 Sri Lanka of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$655
40 ft Container$795

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$64/CBM
Personal Effects$605
Household Goods$790
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$655
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1455
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2850
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3825

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$835
SUV via RORO$900
Sedan (Container)$1300
SUV (Container)$1425

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me? 

Containers come in a variety of sizes. However, for home and business transportation, 20ft and 40ft containers are the best choices.

Ten standard-size pallets may be stored in a 20-foot container. It can hold the contents of a two-bedroom apartment if you’re moving house.

The capacity of the 40-foot version will be twice of the 20-foot model. But this does not indicate that you should pay extra for the additional space.

You may save money by selecting the type of shipment that best fits your budget.

LCL (less than container load) and FCL (full container load) are the two types of shipments. You and another person or company will divide the price and storage capacity of a container in LCL shipment. Meanwhile, you will be paying for the whole cost of utilizing the container in the FCL.

Different Types of Freight Transportation

You have the choice of transporting your cargo via air, land, or sea. If you’re exporting your container from the United States, you can choose between air and sea freight.

Use sea freight to move your container if you need to save money. However, expect a lengthy shipping procedure. It might take a few days for your cargo to reach its end location.

What’s next?

Now that you know the factors that could affect the cost of shipping a container to Sri Lanka, your next move is to contact us! We’ll give you a free quote then we can start packing your things.

You can call us at (888) 908-6496 or send us an email at info@threemenandatruck.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 certainly designate somebody to receive and sign the freight delivery documents. However, we highly urge that you must 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 arrival, the shipping company will mostly put your container in the most convenient area.

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof and Properly Ventilated?

Yes, there are vents in shipping containers. Shipping containers are airtight due to small pressure-activated vents near the roof and on the sidewalls. These vents are designed to reduce temperature and moisture build-up. These, on the other hand, aren’t always effective in preventing condensation on the roof’s bottom or walls.

Transport containers that are both watertight and waterproof are also available. They are resistant to water and other types of extreme weather. These shipping containers are designed to float if they fall into the water while being transported by sea.

What Types of Goods Am I NOT Allowed to Ship to Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka is one of the world’s most popular export destinations. Although, expect some limits on the importing procedure. If you want to import any of the following items, make sure you follow the shipping criteria to prevent delays and detention at customs:

● Acids
● Batteries, Haz
● Bearer Documents
● Bio Products, Haz
● Books: hardback/paperback non-comm
● Chemicals, Haz and Non-Haz
● Communications equipment
● Compact discs
● Corrosives
● Cosmetics, Haz
● Cotton seeds
● Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association)
● Drugs/Narcotic Substances
● Drugs, Prescription and Non-Prescription
● Films: entertainment
● Firearms
● Flammables
● Gambling devices
● Gases
● Ice, Dry
● Ice, Wet
● Infectious Substances
● Liquids, Haz
● Magnetized Materials
● Military equipment
● Obscene Literature (material ridiculing any religious belief)
● Oxidizers
● Paints, Haz
● Passports
● Perfume, Haz
● Personal Effects
● Phones/modems
● Plant products
● Plants
● Poisons
● Radar equipment
● Radio equipment
● Seeds
● Ship spares
● Tapes, video cassettes
● Telecommunications equipment
● Toiletries, Haz
● Toys

Why Do FCL and LCL Shipments Have Different Transit Times?

One of the reasons FCL shipments arrive faster than LCL shipments is the simplicity of the operation. The FCL’s procedures and routes are straightforward. The shipping crew will not open or update the container once the items have been stored inside. Simply put, your container will just be transported to its end location.

LCL shipment is a more time-consuming and difficult process. The container will be opened and updated in several ports because it contains items from a variety of people. LCL shipments, as a result, arrive later than FLC shipments.

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Sri Lanka?

Knowing what documents to prepare is crucial for a successful import and export process. The government’s trade policy and the type of products being imported all impact the required import documents.

To give you an idea, the following is some of the most commonly necessary documentation for international container transportation:

● 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 Kind of Taxes, Duties, and/or Fees Do I Have to Pay When Shipping to Sri Lanka?

Normally, customs charges must be paid. Items moved internationally from one country to another are subject to fees, charges, and taxes. These fees are added to the shipping charges of the carrier and vary based on the products and location. Each country has its own set of regulations and limitations.

Sri Lanka Customs implemented the WTO’s new Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System in its tariff schedule in November 2017. Currently, there are three import tax bands: 0, 15, and 30%. In general, raw materials account for 0%, intermediate products account for 15%, and completed goods account for 30%. Furthermore, some commodities, such as agricultural products, are subject to either ad valorem or a particular tariff, depending on which is greater. Supplementary import taxes and levies, when combined with tariffs, can amount to 100% or more of the value of various food and consumer items, making them prohibitively expensive to import and sell.

In addition, the Sri Lankan government levies a value-added tax (VAT) on most imported items, ranging from 8% to 15%. The VAT rate for financial services remains at 15%. Tourism-related services are exempt from taxation. An imputed profit margin of 10% is applied to the import price for computing VAT.

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’ contact details information. A thorough list of the things being carried is also included in the BOL. This list will show the quantity and weight of the cargo.

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


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

Afghanistan to Sri Lanka
Albania to Sri Lanka
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Argentina to Sri Lanka
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Cape Verde to Sri Lanka
Central African Rep to Sri Lanka
Chad to Sri Lanka
Chile to Sri Lanka
China to Sri Lanka
Colombia to Sri Lanka
Comoros to Sri Lanka
Congo to Sri Lanka
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Sri Lanka
Costa Rica to Sri Lanka
Croatia to Sri Lanka
Cuba to Sri Lanka
Cyprus to Sri Lanka
Czech Republic to Sri Lanka
Denmark to Sri Lanka
Djibouti to Sri Lanka
Dominica to Sri Lanka
Dominican Republic to Sri Lanka
East Timor to Sri Lanka
Ecuador to Sri Lanka
Egypt to Sri Lanka
El Salvador to Sri Lanka
Equatorial Guinea to Sri Lanka
Eritrea to Sri Lanka
Estonia to Sri Lanka
Ethiopia to Sri Lanka
Fiji to Sri Lanka
Finland to Sri Lanka
France to Sri Lanka
Gabon to Sri Lanka
Gambia to Sri Lanka
Georgia to Sri Lanka
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Ghana to Sri Lanka
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Myanmar, {Burma} to Sri Lanka
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Nepal to Sri Lanka
Netherlands to Sri Lanka
New Zealand to Sri Lanka
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Niger to Sri Lanka
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Norway to Sri Lanka
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Sierra Leone to Sri Lanka
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Sudan to Sri Lanka
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Swaziland to Sri Lanka
Sweden to Sri Lanka
Switzerland, {Eswatini} to Sri Lanka
Syria to Sri Lanka
Taiwan to Sri Lanka
Tajikistan to Sri Lanka
Tanzania to Sri Lanka
Thailand to Sri Lanka
Timor-Leste to Sri Lanka
Togo to Sri Lanka
Tonga to Sri Lanka
Trinidad & Tobago to Sri Lanka
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Turkey to Sri Lanka
Turkmenistan to Sri Lanka
Tuvalu to Sri Lanka
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United Kingdom to Sri Lanka
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Uruguay to Sri Lanka
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Vanuatu to Sri Lanka
Vatican City to Sri Lanka
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Vietnam to Sri Lanka
Yemen to Sri Lanka
Zambia to Sri Lanka
Zimbabwe to Sri Lanka

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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