Cost of Shipping a Container to Zimbabwe

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

Zimbabwe Container Shipping Cost
Zimbabwe Container Shipping Cost

The cost of shipping a container to Zimbabwe may vary several factors that will affect its cost. Even though Three Men And A Truck team have already sharpened their expertise in the moving and shipping business, the cost doesn’t always have the same range because our clients’ locations are different. We also know that if we adopt the one-size-fits-all mentality, then some of your needs won’t be attended to. And that is why we have multiple options available you can choose from. The details are listed below.

Factors that Affect the Cost of Shipping in Zimbabwe

When shipping a container in Zimbabwe, there are several factors that will affect the cost. This includes:

  • The volume and weight of the container. The more items you fit onto your container, the higher the costs will be. The same applies to its weight.
  • The mode of transportation used. Commonly, there are two ways for you to ship your items. It’s either via sea or air.
  • The distance. The farther you are shipping your container from the destination, the more expensive it will be.
  • The peak period. The busiest period in Zimbabwe is from July to October because their game viewing activities are at their peak. Make sure to plan this months before so you can avoid additional costs.
  • The destination port: Zimbabwe’s main port is located in Chiredzi. The reason why this affects the shipping cost is that there are certain country requirements, restrictions, forms, and certificates you need to be mindful of. Some wildlife products are banned through international conventions governing their trade, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The Government of Zimbabwe requires the following import documentation: a bill of entry plus relevant invoices, shipping documents such as a bill of lading, freight statements, and certificates of origin, especially for products entering from member states of SADC and the PTA.

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me?

There are two most commonly used types of containers: 20 and 40-foot containers. They differ in their storage capacity and appearance.

The amount of load you have will be a factor to consider in determining the cost of your shipment. The good thing is that if the number of goods is less than the container, then you won’t have to worry about the additional cost because you can share it with other customers. This is what we call the Less Than Container Load (LCL) option. On the other hand, if your items can fit a whole container, it is Full Container Load (FCL).

Besides being cheaper when compared to LCL, FCL is more advantageous because your container will be shipped faster, more secure, and you won’t have to worry about the items you fit in it because you have the space all to yourself.

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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 Zimbabwe of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container$1650
40 ft Container$1855

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

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

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL$140/CBM
Personal Effects$855
Household Goods$1350
International House Moving Costs

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

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less)$845
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs)$1740
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs)$2945
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs)$4460

Container Car Shipping

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

Container Car Shipping

Sedan via RORO$1340
SUV via RORO$1575
Sedan (Container)$2340
SUV (Container)$2410

Understanding the Different Types of Freight Transportation

There are two common ways to ship your goods to Zimbabwe; it is either via sea or air.

  • Sea Freight Transportation. If you are not running after a deadline, you will be advised to take this option. The shipping duration is going to be slower compared to the air freight option, yet you can save up to 5x lower the cost.
  • Air Freight Transportation. If the shipping duration matters for you, then we suggest taking this option. Not only will it save your time but it also provides more security for your container. But then the cost will rise up at least 5x higher than that of the sea freight option.

Additional Shipping Costs

As we already mentioned earlier, there are several factors to consider in shipping a container in Zimbabwe. Among are:

  • The volume and weight of the items to be shipped
  • The type of transportation used
  • Distance
  • The destination port
  • The peak period

But that’s not all. You may need to consider other factors due to importing procedures such as:

  • Custom fees
  • Insurance
  • General Rate Increase (GRI)
  • Inland Delivery Charges
  • Quarantine and Container Inspection fees

What’s Next

Now that you’re knowledgeable enough, then you are ready to get a free quote from us so let’s get started by either filling up the form or giving us a call at (888) 908-6496.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which Documents Are Necessary When Shipping to Zimbabwe?

Just like every other country in the world, special attention is given to the documentation process for someone shipping cargo or goods to Zimbabwe. The documentation process requires the shipper to make available important documents such as a bill of lading, certificate of origin, bill of entry, suppliers’ invoices, value declaration form, cargo manifest, insurance statement, agent/importer’s worksheet, packing list, and tax clearance certificate to the authorities in charge of regulating or monitoring shipments into the country.

What is a Bill of Lading?

A bill of lading is one of several documents required for shipping cargo into a country. It is a very important document that ensures that an exporter gets paid and the importer receives his goods as well. The document contains details of the contract of carriage and it is issued by the carrier or mover. Additionally, the document sometimes serves as a receipt for the shipper or importer.

What Happens If I Lose the Bill Of Lading?

If a person loses the bill of lading for his cargo, the person is obliged to get a letter from the mover that clearly states that the bill of lading is lost. However, in some cases where the letter is not sufficient enough, the person should get a letter of indemnity drafted by a bank or insurance company, and a court order.

What Types of Goods Are Not Allowed into Zimbabwe?

Authorities in Zimbabwe do not allow the importation of certain items into the country and this is mostly centered on economic and safety reasons.

For instance, items like harmful drugs, expired drugs, hazardous substances, pornographic materials, bleaching creams, bleaching soaps, and bleaching lotions are not allowed into the country.

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

Taxes and duties are mandatory fees imposed by the government of a country on imported products.

Zimbabwe uses the GATT (General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs) system for their tariffs, and their duties range majorly between 15% and 20%. Import duties, value-added tax, and surtax are the major levies imposed by the government of Zimbabwe on imported goods or cargo.

What’s the Difference Between Shipping Taxes and Shipping Duties?

Shipping duties are tariffs imposed by the government on imported goods, and it’s based on the type of goods you are importing. The major goal of a shipping duty is to reduce dependency on foreign products.

Shipping Taxes on the other hand are levies that the government places on all purchases of goods and services in the country.

Are Shipping Containers Waterproof and Properly Ventilated?

There are few cases whereby a container is built to be waterproofed; however, the majority of shipping containers are built to be water-resistant. In other words, they are built in a way that normal rainfall is kept out of it.

Also, most shipping containers are built with small pressure vents which allows the container to get ventilated. However, ensure that your shipping container is new because old ones may not be well-ventilated.

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

Although the three of them do play important roles in the shipping of cargo into a country, there is a dissimilarity between them.

An NVOCC operation involves sales and transporting of the vessel to gateway ports, while the broker is the middleman handling negotiations between the shipper and the carrier. A freight forwarder only takes charge of all the processes involved in shipping the goods from the manufacturer to the final destination.

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

Generally, the 20ft and 40ft containers are the ones used for international shipping; however, there’s a maximum weight demand for these containers.

The 20ft container is able to accommodate a cargo that is weighing up to 28 tons, while a 40ft container is capable of carrying cargo that is weighing up to 29 tons.

Why Do FCL and LCL Shipments Have Different Transit Times?

The transit time for a “Full Container Load” shipment and a “Less Than Container Load” shipment differ from each other. This is because an entire container is being used by one customer for an FCL shipment, which enables a straightforward transition of goods from the origin to their destination. In contrast, an LCL shipment involves many people sharing the space in one container for their shipments, which tends to give a haphazard route pattern for the goods in the container.

How Important is it to Get Insurance for My Cargo?

It is very important for a shipper to have insurance for his cargo. Aside from the fact that an insurance statement or an insurance cover is one of the most important documents needed by importers, the insurance tends to provide a financial backup for your goods or cargo in case the cargo experiences damages or a shipping accident.


Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

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

Afghanistan to Zimbabwe
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Chad to Zimbabwe
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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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