Cost of Shipping a Container to Tuvalu

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

Tuvalu Container Shipping Cost
Tuvalu Container Shipping Cost

Three Men and a Truck is the company you need if you want to ship to Tuvalu. Shipping internationally is a daunting task, but your friends at Three Men and a Truck are willing to make it easy and smooth for you.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

There are a lot of variables to be considered when thinking about the cost of your shipping, but we will focus on the five most important ones: the volume/weight of the items to be shipped, the distance, the mode of transportation, the destination port, and when you’ll be shipping your items.

You already know that the distance and size of the cargo are two of the biggest cost factors. So, let’s elaborate more on the other factors. The cost of the mode of transportation used depends on whether you will choose to transport via land, sea, or air. Sea freight transportation is one of the more common and cheaper options, whereas the air freight option is faster but more expensive. The use of land transport depends if your destination port is connected by land to your point of departure.

There is one major port in Tuvalu: Funafuti. All overseas shipments arrive at this port and will be passed on to the inter-island cargo service for distribution.

The peak season for shipments is between August to October. It is during this season that people are gearing up for the holidays.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

We could go over the 16 different types of containers available for use, but you will most likely be using two: the 20ft container and the 40ft container.

If you are shipping around the equivalent of 3 bedrooms worth of stuff, the 20ft container is the best choice. You can also ship a car using this container, but it won’t be able to hold anything else. If you’re shipping a vehicle along with other items, the 40ft container is for you.

If you’re worried about not being able to fill a container, the Less Than Cargo Load (LCL) option is your friend. With this option, you’ll be sharing with other customers who availed of this type of loading. If you need to fill a container, the Full Cargo Load (FCL) is the choice for you since it is cost-efficient and ensures that your items are safe and secure.

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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 Tuvalu of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$895
40 ft Container$1240

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$53/CBM
Personal Effects$510
Household Goods$740
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$740
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1370
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$1855
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$2265

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$795
SUV via RORO$855
Sedan (Container)$1160
SUV (Container)$1230

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

You can choose between land, sea, or air as your preferred mode of transportation. However, land transport is only available to destinations reachable by roads. As a beautiful island country in the Pacific, your best choices are either sea or air.

Sea freight transportation is five times cheaper than air freight transportation, but it takes a longer time to reach the port of destination compared to the latter, which can reach the port of destination in a few days.

Additional Shipping Costs

There will be additional shipping costs when shipping internationally. It is normal and expected, but it can differ for each country. They are:

  • Custom duties
  • Container inspection fees
  • VAT
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Insurance
  • Quarantine Fees

Getting insurance for your shipment is highly recommended because it ensures that you are protected in case damages or accidents occur.

What’s Next?

Now that you’re well-informed about the inner workings of shipping internationally especially to countries like Tuvalu, the next step to take will be to contact Three Men and a Truck. We will gladly give you a free quote. You can fill the web form or call us at (888) 908-6496.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is a Bill of Lading?

When a shipment is picked up, the carrier gives the shipper a statement called a bill of lading. It contains all important cargo information, such as pickup and delivery addresses, contact information, tare weight, freight class, special instructions, commodity description, freight dimensions, and shipping numbers.

A bill of lading, which serves as both a receipt and an agreement, is required for every shipment. A BOL that is properly filled out proves that the carrier has received the products as specified and is committed to delivering them to the consignee in pristine condition.

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

What you may and cannot import is governed by the laws of a country. The following items are prohibited from being sent to Tuvalu. Make careful you follow the shipping instructions to avoid delays and detention at customs:

● Counterfeit currency.
● Food unfit for consumption.
● Indecent or obscene media.
● Infected animals and their derivative products.
● Matches containing white or yellow phosphorus.
● Products with misleading or incorrect country of origin labels.
● Opium and utensils intended for the preparation and consumption of opium.
● Goods bearing the Royal Arms of Great Britain without Her Majesty’s authority to use them.
● Shaving brushes manufactured or exported from Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Ceylon, or the Philippines, and all goods packed in the same inner container as such shaving brushes.
● Fictitious stamps and any instrument or materials capable of making fictitious stamps.
● Knives with a spring blade, and solid contraptions made to be gripped in a fist or fitted over fingers made or adapted for injuring a person.
● Imitation firearms calculated to deceive.
● Gaming machines.

Why Do FCL and LCL Shipments Have Different Transit Times?

A container transports goods from a single shipper to a single recipient in a full container load (FCL) transportation. After being loaded at the origin port, the container will stay unaltered until it reaches its intended destination.

In an LCL shipment, a shipping company or groupage operator may mix items from various importers and receivers into a single container that will be carried to multiple locations.

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

A freight forwarder is a business that arranges commercial transportation for the goods of other firms. The freight forwarder is usually in charge of the cargo until it arrives at its final destination.

Customs brokers offer services that make it easier for items to cross international borders and be delivered. They are in charge of knowing all shipping rules and regulations and ensuring that they are obeyed in order to make exporting and importing items simple for anybody or any company.

Container sales, stuffing, and transportation to gateway ports are all part of the NVOCC’s operations. Workers at the NVOCC are in charge of issuing bills of lading and delivering products throughout the world. They collaborate with shipping companies to ensure that a specific number of units are moved each year.

What Happens If I Lose the Bill of Lading?

A misplaced bill of lading could be a big issue since it might prevent your container from reaching its target destination.

You must contact your shipping company if you lose your BoL and seek a replacement.

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

You may be charged a customs fee and an import tax if you transport a shipment from the United States to another country. Since each country is different, make sure to check the Tuvalu government’s website for details on importing products.

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

A 20-foot shipping container can transport cargo weighing up to 30480 kg (67200lbs.) On the other hand, the maximum payload of a 40-foot container is 44,500 pounds (20,185kg).

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof and Properly Ventilated?

Water-resistant shipping containers are common. They are resistant to the effects of rain and other inclement weather.

A container that has been designed to resist corrosion is referred to as a “waterproof container.” Rain has no effect when it falls on the outside of a waterproof container. The contents of this type of container, on the other hand, could be damaged if rain seeps inside.

Watertight containers are also available. Containers that are watertight are made of materials that do not allow water to flow through. Because they can keep water out, watertight containers may be used to carry liquids.

Almost every freight container has a vent. They’re made to allow increased airflow while also minimizing moisture buildup. Vents are often seen on the sides and towards the top of shipping containers.

A 20-foot container has two to ten vents, whereas a 40-foot container has four to twelve vents. The bulk of these vents are 1 inch (2.5cm) square and covered with mesh.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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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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