Cost of Shipping a Container to Vanuatu

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

Vanuatu Container Shipping Cost
Vanuatu Container Shipping Cost

There are a lot of questions when it comes to being able to ship internationally. Some people don’t even know where to start. Three Men and a Truck is the company you need to call. You will be guided by our team of experts in every step of this complex operation, making sure that your shipment process will be smooth sailing.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

There are a few main factors to consider when shipping internationally. These are:

  • The volume/weight of the items to be shipped: Sea freights take into account the volume of your shipment. The more you want to ship, the more costly it gets. Air freights focus more on weight.

  • The type of transport: Air freight is the fastest option available. However, it is also the most expensive. The sea freight option takes its time to reach the destination, but it is significantly cheaper than the former. For an island country like Vanuatu, this would be the better option.
  • Distance: The farther the shipment will travel from its point of departure, the more costly it’ll get.

  • The destination port: It is possible to have varying port fees. In Vanuatu, there are two major ports that take international shipments: Port Vila and Luganville. There are also smaller ports throughout the island country that can be considered.
  • Peak season: As of 2021, the peak season is between August to October. Shipping within this season will affect the cost of your shipment.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

There are 16 different types of containers to choose from but they are usually used by large businesses and companies. The two most common containers that customers use are the 20ft and the 40ft containers.

The 20ft container can fit about 100 washing machines, or approximately 3 bedrooms’ worth of items, assuming you are not a hoarder. If you are transporting a car, it’ll fit in this container but there won’t be any space left for other items. Just double that and that is the capacity of the 40ft container.

If your items aren’t enough to fill any of the containers, you can always opt for the Less Than Cargo Load option (LCL). With this option, you will be sharing one container with others who chose this mode.

The most cost-efficient option, especially if transporting a bulk of items, is the Full Cargo Load (FCL). You’ll have a whole container to yourself. If you can pack it up fully, this is also safer for your items.

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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 Vanuatu of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$586
40 ft Container$676

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$48/CBM
Personal Effects$543
Household Goods$732
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$455
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1533
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2533
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$3525

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container)$1254
SUV (Container)$1355
Sedan via RORO$554
SUV via RORO$652

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

Shipping to the island country of Vanuatu, you have two modes of transportation available:

  • Air Freight Transportation: Using this mode ensures that your shipment arrives in just a few days in most cases. This is the best option for those customers who are pressed for time.However, this can get pretty expensive especially when you’re shipping heavier items since weight is a critical consideration when it comes to this mode of transportation.
  • Sea Freight Transportation: If you are not in a hurry, this mode of transportation is a good choice. Using a cargo ship is guaranteed to be slow but it is one of the cheaper options. You can also ship heavier items with this mode of transportation without incurring expensive charges.

Additional Shipping Costs

International shipping can have some additional shipping costs. They are:

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

Custom Duty charges vary from country to country. In Vanuatu, rates on imports range from zero to 50%. The higher duty rates are mostly on luxury goods while the rates on basic necessity items ranges from 5% to 15%.

What’s Next?

Shipping to the beautiful island country of Vanuatu will be stress-free once you contact Three Men and a Truck. Get a free quote now! You can fill the web form or call us at (888) 908-6496.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If I Want to Ship to Vanuatu, What Are the Documents I Need?

There will be quite a lot of documents to be needed especially if you are shipping internationally. Check out the list of the most essential documents you will be needing for international shipping:

• Commercial Invoice.
• Packing List.
• Import Customs Declaration.
• Bill of Lading & Sea Waybill.
• Certificates (production, vessel, phytosanitary)
• Arrival Notice.
• Certificate of Origin.
• Importer Security Filing (local customs requirements)
• Letter of Credit.

Certain products or commodities will need additional documentation, special licenses, or government permission. Here is a list of some documentation you might be needing:

• 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 Certificate of 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

Do I Need a Bill of Lading?

The Bill of Lading is the most important document you will have during your shipment process. It serves as the receipt for the transaction, the title for the goods, and the contract between the carrier and the shipper. It details all of the important details about the cargo from the arrival port to the quantity of goods.

What Items Am I Prohibited from Importing to Vanuatu?

It is a common occurrence that every country has a list of prohibited items that you cannot ship to its borders. Vanuatu has its own list of prohibited and restricted items as well. Check out the list below to know which ones you cannot ship into Vanuatu:

• Alcoholic beverages
• Chemicals
• Bearer Documents
• Bio Products
• Chemicals
• Compact Discs
• Cosmetics
• Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association)
• Flammables
• Gases
• Dry Ice
• Wet Ice
• Infectious Substances
• Liquor
• Log and timber products from Liberia (wood-chips, poles, post, fence pickets, sheets, flooring, molding, pallet, tool handles, barrels, crates, tableware/kitchenware, shutters, blinds, cases/boxes/chests for jewelry and silverware, clothes hangers, clothespins, toothpicks, etc.)
• Magnetized Materials
• Oxidizers
• Paints
• Poisons
• Radioactives
• Tapes, Audio
• Toiletries
• Compress Gases: camping gas cylinders, cigarette lighters, all aerosol cans.
• Explosives: ammunition, fireworks, flares, caps.
• Flammable: easily ignited or rapid burning substances- matches, all forms of petrol and burnable oils, solvents, and cleaning liquids.
• Drugs and poisons: all illegal drugs and poisons – some drugs in legal prescription quantities packaged properly are permitted.
• Corrosive Substances such as mercury, bleaches, acids which include battery fluids, stain removing substances.
• Oxidizers or things that react when combined with oxygen- peroxide hair and textile dyes, fiberglass repair kits.

What Are Vanuatu’s Customs Duties/Taxes That I Have to Pay?

The Customs Duty rates on imports range from zero to 50%. The high duty rates are mostly on luxury goods while the rates on basic necessity items such as food and clothing range from 5% to 15%.

Between FCL And LCL, Which One Is Faster?

FCL, or Full Cargo Load, is when one client fills a container. The client is responsible for packing and unpacking all of the items that will be shipped. Once this is sent for shipping, the cargo will go straight to the destination without being reworked at multiple ports. This is the faster one between the two modes of loading.

An LCL involves the consolidation of cargoes from clients who all chose this mode of loading. The shipping company will collect the cargo and will be in charge of the packing and unpacking at the ports they are to be delivered to. An LCL shipment may go through multiple ports and will be reworked through each disembarkation.

If My Cargo Is In-Transit, Can I Still Track It?

You will be able to track your in-transit cargo via the “cargo tracking system”. It can be used from anywhere and anytime in the world. Through this, you can extract information about your shipment such as its destination and where it is currently. To use this, you will need your container number, your Bill of Lading, your booking number, and the shipping line.

How Much Space Will I Need for A Home Delivery?

A 50’ straightway clearance will be needed for the delivery of a 20’ container. For a 40’ container, you will need around 110’ straightway clearance. An overhead clearance of 17’ is also required.

Is Getting an Insurance for My Cargo Required?

It is not required but it is highly recommended to ensure that you are protected throughout the whole process. Even if you refuse to get insurance for your cargo, the container rental company will usually require you to insure their box.

How Long Does It Take for A Shipment toBe Clearedin Vanuatu Customs?

Customs have established a standard cargo clearance processing for goods entering the country:

• Maximum of 3 days for declaration of goods selected for physical examination, tagged as “Red Lane”;
• Maximum of 2 days for declaration of goods selected for documentary examination, tagged as “Yellow Lane”;
• 5 to 10 minutes for declarations directly assessed, tagged as “Green Lane”.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

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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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