Cost of Shipping a Container to Turkey

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

Turkey Container Shipping Cost
Turkey Container Shipping Cost

You won’t have problems shipping containers to Turkey. They are one of the world’s most active trade markets. But to ensure that your cargo will arrive on time without spending too much, it’s best to hire a trusted shipping company.

Three Men And A Truck is one of the leading moving firms that offer quality logistic services. We can ship your cargo anywhere in the world, including in Turkey.

But how much does it cost to ship a container overseas?

Moving a 20ft container would be around $2000. However, that price is just an estimate because there are many factors that could affect your total shipping cost.

To help you know more about it, here are the factors that determine your shipping expenses.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

It’s not possible to immediately know your total expense for shipping a container to Turkey. Moving firms calculate your pricing based on different things, like the characteristics of your shipment, location, and the means of transportation you choose.

The moving firm will evaluate your belongings. If you surpass the authorized shipping requirements, you will spend more than the actual rate. The same idea applies to your cargo’s destination. You could pay more if your container covers a lengthy distance.

Also, each mode of transportation charges different rates. The fastest option is usually the most expensive choice.

But aside from those, the following could also affect your cost of shipping:

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

To further reduce your moving cost, make sure to avoid shipping during the peak season. In this period, freight rates are higher than usual, and there could be delays in arrival.

In Turkey, the ports are likely busy from mid-April through September. If you want to keep your moving expenses to a minimum, avoid making a shipment within these months.

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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 Turkey of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$1650
40 ft Container$2150

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects$740
Household Goods$940
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$750
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1660
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2565
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3555

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$1040
SUV via RORO$1230
Sedan (Container)$1650
SUV (Container)$1855

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

The ideal choice is either a 20-foot or 40-foot container. Both of these containers are enough to transport residential and commercial items.

To give you a better picture, a 20ft container can hold the contents from an average-sized apartment. In case you’re moving commercial objects, it can contain about ten pallets.

On the other hand, the 40ft option can store around 20 pallets or 800 flat-screen TVs.

You may transport your stuff using LCL (Less Than Container Load) shipment if your items won’t fill a container. In this option, you will split the container storage and its cost with another person or business.

But if you want to move the container right away, pay its full price and ship it through FCL or Full Container Load.

Different Types of Freight Transportation

Containers are transported by air, land, and sea freight. But since Turkey is the destination of your cargo, you can only choose sea and air transportation.

Air freight is the fastest mode of transportation, but it’s also the most expensive. Sea freight transportation, on the other hand, is the opposite. This type of transportation is slow but cheaper. It would take a couple of days or weeks before your container arrives in Turkey.

What’s next?

Now that you know the factors that could affect the cost of shipping a container to Turkey, 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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Turkey?

Before shipping commodities to Turkey, you must prepare these documents first:

Import Licenses: An importer needs only a tax number to import all, but restricted items, including firearms, hazardous materials, and other products that authorized establishments may import.

Import Documentation. Turkish documentation procedures require that a commercial invoice and lading or airway bill accompany all commercial shipments.
Conformity Compliance (CE Mark). Companies selling to the Turkish market must submit evidence of conformity compliance (CE Mark) either by providing a conformity certificate from a notified body or a manufacturer-issued declaration of conformity.
Commercial Invoice. The commercial invoice must be submitted in triplicate, including the original copy. It must contain a complete description, quantity, unit cost, HS code, delivery method of the goods, and country of origin.
Certificate of Origin. A Certificate of Origin is required by certain foreign countries for tariff purposes, certifying the country of origin of specified goods.
Bill of Lading/Airway Bill. Details in the bill of lading should correspond exactly to those given in other shipping documents.
Proforma Invoices. The pro forma invoice must not be more than six months old at the time of application.
Health Certification. Special health certificates are required for imports of plants, seeds, live animals, and animal products.
Special Import Requirements.
Importation of Precious Metals/Stones
Risk-Based Trade Control System (TAREKS)

For more details regarding the documentation needed before shipping to Turkey, click here.

What Is a Bill of Lading?

Imagine this: you enter a grocery store, pick up several items, and head straight to the cashier area to pay for those items. The cashier suddenly handed you a detailed list of your purchased items. That list is just the same as a Bill of Lading.

What Happens If I Lose the Bill of Lading?

According to Ilo, a notice of loss or damage and the general nature of such loss or damage is given in writing to the carrier or his agent at the port of discharge before or at the time of the removal of the goods into the custody of the person entitled to delivery thereof under the contract of carriage; such removal shall be prima facie evidence of the delivery by the carrier of the goods as described in the Bill of Lading.

How Important Is It to Get Insurance for My Cargo?

In some cases, containers either get lost, destroyed, or even stolen. To make the company pay for such commotion, purchase insurance beforehand. To avoid paying for miscellaneous expenses, ensure that you always have your Bill of Lading with you to save the container against inevitable losses.

Cargo insurance policies enforce the cargo motive. Every cargo policy is created on an “all-risk basis.” The insured client is covered for the possibility of loss or damage except for those risks that are not included in the policy, such as damage or loss brought by willful destruction of the goods by the insured person or the inherent vice of the goods.

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

Upon shipping your commodities to Turkey, you should consider several factors. You must know beforehand some specific details regarding the following:

● Delivery fees
● Permitting requirements
● Ground conditions
● Clearance space

A 20-ft container requires a 75 feet straight clearance, while a 40-ft container needs one hundred. For its particular width, you will need a minimum of 12 feet of width clearance and 20 feet of overhead clearance.

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

There are particular stipulations on the following items when shipping to Turkey. If you plan to send one of the products listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations to avoid delays and holds at customs:

● Alcoholic Beverages
● Antiques
● Artwork
● Coffee
● Computers
● Cosmetics
● Drugs
● Electronic Cigarette or Vaping Product
● Event Tickets
● Food
● Knives
● Labels
● Medical Items
● Medicine
● Mobile Telephones
● Personal Effects
● Pharmaceuticals
● Products Made in Iran
● Telephone Equipment
● Televisions
● Textiles
● Tobacco Products
● Used Goods
● USB Sticks
● Video Cassette Recorders (VCRs)
● Vitamins

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

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turkish Government increased import tariffs on approximately 4,000 products to up to 50% until the end of September 2020, after which taxes are due to decrease, but for many, not back to the prior levels.

Customs surcharges include a value-added tax (VAT) levied on most imported, as well as domestic, goods and services. The importer is responsible for paying VAT. VAT for most agricultural products (basic food) ranges from 1% to 8% and can reach 18% for some processed products.

Both imports and exports are subject to specific border measures in Turkey, including outright prohibitions, licensing, controls and restrictions.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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

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

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

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

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