Cost of Shipping a Container to the United States of America

How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To United States of America?

United States of America Container Shipping Cost
United States of America Container Shipping Cost

Three Men And A Truck, a reputable international moving company that provides effective container-moving services to the United States. Indeed, transporting a container to any foreign country, especially the United States, can be a difficult undertaking for newcomers. As a result, we’ve put up a useful resource that will help anyone interested in shipping a container to the United States understand how the cost of doing so is calculated.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping to the United States

The cost of transporting containers to the United States is influenced by several factors, but five stand out. You must be aware of them before delivering your items because of their relevance. Aspects to consider include the volume or weight of shipments, the mode of transportation, the distance the shipment will travel, the destination port, and the time of year.

The type of transportation to use is determined by the volume or weight of the cargo. The cost of shipping differs depending on whether you ship by air or by water. You can pick between the pricey but quick alternative (air freight) and the slower but less expensive one (sea freight).

In every country’s destination port, customs taxes and service expenditures are unavoidable, but they varied from one to the next. Each country determines the amount of customs and taxes you must pay. The import tax on shipment in the United States will be 10% of the whole value of your items. For example, if the declared value of your shipment is 900 USD, an additional 90.00 USD in taxes must be paid to the destination country’s government in order for the recipient to get a parcel.

The price will also be decided by the time of year when the shipment takes place. During the peak season, which spans from August through October, shippers and retailers are busiest.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

For international shipping of commodities, there are two types of shipping containers typically utilized. These are the 20-foot and 40-foot containers. Normally, a 20-foot container can carry 100 washers and dryers. The 40-foot container can accommodate 200 residential washing machines, which is twice the quantity.

The size of your items will determine which container you use. A fascinating truth regarding shipping container sizes is that the 40-foot container does not always cost twice as much as the 20-foot container.

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Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

Freight transportation is provided by a number of different networks. Trucks transport is the most used freight transportation option in the United States (60 percent), followed by pipelines (18 percent), rail (10 percent), ship (8 percent), and air (0.01 percent ). The rest are made up of other means of transportation such as parcels and intermodal freight, which accounted for around 3% of the total.

You should choose a freight solution based on delivery time and cost. Air freight is the most cost-effective way to deliver goods rapidly, but it is more expensive than sea freight. Sea freight is less expensive, but it is frequently slow. You can save up to 80% of the money you would have spent on air freight by using the sea freight method of transportation.

Additional Shipping Cost

Aside from the main elements that determine the cost of delivering products to the United States, you may have to pay for additional costs, such as:

  • custom duties
  • Container inspection fees
  • General Rate Increase
  • Inland delivery charges
  • Quarantine fees
  • Insurance fees

What’s Next?

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Frequently Asked Questions

I Will Be Shipping To The United States of America. What Documents Will I Be Needing?

If you want to ship internationally, there will be a lot of documents that you will need to acquire. Below is a list of the most essential documentation you will need:

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

Additional documentation is needed if you want to ship certain items, aside from that you might also need special licenses or government permission. Check out the possible documentation you might need if you’re shipping certain products:

• Health Certificate
• Ingredients Certificate
• Inspection Certificate
• Pre-Shipment Inspection certificate
• Phytosanitary Certificate/quarantine certificate
• Radiation Certificate
• Electronic Export Information
• Certificate of Health or Sanitation
• Generic Certificateof Origin
• Dangerous Goods Certificate
• Fisheries Certificate
• Fumigation Certificate
• Halal Certificate
• Dock Receipt and Warehouse Receipt
• ISPM 15 (Wood Packaging) Marking certificate
• Product manual or Product catalog
• Certified Engineer’s Report
• Chartered engineer’s certificate
• Product specification certificate

Is My Bill of Lading Important?

The Bill of Lading is the most important document that you will need to acquire when you’re shipping. It acts as a receipt, title, and contract between the carrier and the shipper. It chronicles everything there is to know about the shipment such as the route of the shipment, the mode of transportation used, and the quantity of the goods.

What Happens If I Lost My Bill of Lading?

If you did happen to lose your Bill of Lading, you must notify the shipper, just in case there are other copies of the bill. It is important to know that you cannot be generated a new bill if there are no extra copies. You and everyone involved in the shipping process will need to go through multiple complicated steps to ensure the delivery of your cargo. If it can be helped, secure your Bill of Lading in a safe place.

What Items Am I Not Allowed Ship to The United States of America?

Prohibited items are goods forbidden by law to enter the country. Here is a list you cannot ship to the US:

• ‘Smoking pipes’ used as drug paraphernalia
• Articles containing dog or cat fur
• Hemp products such as cosmetics, clothing, food, etc. that contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
• Immoral articles (as defined in 19 CFR 12.4) including films, pictures, writings, etc.
• Importation of prescription drugs by an individual U.S. consumer for personal use
• Commercial shipments of live pigs, swine meat, and by-products from the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland)
• Kinder Surprise Eggs (Easter Chocolate Eggs with a toy inside)
• Merchandise from countries under U.S. sanction or embargo
• Merchandise produced by convicts, forced or indentured labor (as defined in 19 CFR 12.42)
• Petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin
• Switchblade/Balisong/gravity/ballistic knives
• Elephant ivory
• Items made of Rhinoceros Horn
• Products made from protected species listed in the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
• White phosphorus matches

Restricted items are those needing special licenses, government permission, and additional documentation. These are:

• Viruses, Serums, Toxins, Anti-Toxins and analogous products
• Domestic Animal Products and Animal Feeding Material
• Products derived from Wild Animals, Birds, and Insects (furs, eggs, plumage, honey, etc.)
• Seeds and non-propagating Agricultural Products
• Non-perishable Foodstuffs (canned goods, etc.)
• Motor vehicles, Boats, and their associated equipment
• Electronic Products
• Cultural Property, including Pre-Columbian monumental or architectural sculpture or mural
• Textiles, Wool, and Fur Products
• Chemical substances (including Fertilizers and Pesticides)
• Medicine, Medical Devices, Cosmetics
• Liquors, Alcohol
• Nuclear/Radioactive Materials

Are There Additional Payments That I Will Be Making When Shipping to the US?

As of May 2019, the United States has one of the highest tariff rates of all developed countries, with a trade-weighted tariff rate of 4.2%. The U.S. applies the harmonized customs system. Tariffs and classification depend on the origin of the products.

I Want To Track My Cargo. How Can I Do That?

You can track your cargo via the cargo tracking system. Using this system, you should be able to know the status of your cargo from anywhere and anytime in the world. With this system, you can also be informed about the port details of your shipment. You will need your container number, bill of lading, booking number, and the shipping line.

Are The Containers Being Used Safe and Well-Ventilated?

Yes. The containers that will be used for your shipment are waterproof and well-ventilated. They are manufactured with ventilation holes on the uppermost portion of the walls and the flooring is made of 5/4” pressure-treated marine plywood made from tropical timber such as keruing, apitong, or bamboo.

How Long Is the Customs Clearing Process in The United States of America?

Customs clearance usually takes less than 24 hours, especially if your documents are complete and there are no more further questions regarding the shipment. Delays may extend the customs clearance process to several days or even weeks.


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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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