Container Shipping Prices (2020): Moving Containers from South Africa

Here you can find container shipping prices and other relevant information you need to know when moving your belongings and furniture abroad. If you need an international mover, take a look at our top 10 movers list.

Container Shipping Prices

Moving to20ft Container Cost40ft Container Cost
UKR80,200 – R89,000R114,000 – R126,000
USAR84,000 – R93,000R119,000 – R131,000
NetherlandsR80,000 – R89,000R114,000 – R126,000
UAER54,000 – R60,000R76,000 – R84,000
AustraliaR51,000 – R57,000R73,000 – R80,000
New ZealandR60,000 – R66,000R85,000 – R94,000

Note: These container shipping prices are estimates and only include transport costs for an average 3-bedroom house. Additional services will be extra and ultimately increase the cost of your move.

There are two main factors that affect the cost of shipping a container: distance and volume (m³).

As well as these two reasons, the overall price of a move abroad depends on many other aspects, thus we recommended you have an idea how much an international move costs. The table above shows the average cost of shipping a container to a number of popular destinations.

Container Shipping Prices

The Biggest Factors on Shipping Prices

Other than volume and distance there are three main other factors that international movers use to calculate the cost of a move:

1.      Type of transport

Depending on how the container is shipped will influence the cost. Shipping container by air is the quickest option. However, this comes at a much higher price. The most common option is transporting containers by sea. It’s a lot cheaper but can take months before your belongings arrive at your new home depending on where it is.

2.      Time of your move

The price of shipping containers can go up depending on the time of year. Try avoiding peak times such as holidays to lower the cost of your move.

3.      Departure and Arrival Port

Every port will have customs duties and import taxes on your belongings. These will differ from country to country, so make sure that you’re aware of what you’re expected to pay.

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Lowering the Cost of Container Shipping

To help you save money on your move abroad, below you will find an explanation of what the two most commonly used containers are: 20ft and 40ft.

  • 20ft container can hold around 30 – 35 cubic meters, which is anything up to a 4-bedroom house.
  • 40ft container can hold around 65 – 75 cubic meters, which is roughly a 4-bedroom house or bigger.

Take a look what the different specifications are of different sized of a containers.

20ft Container:

Container shipping prices - 20ft container

40ft Container:

container shipping prices: What can you fit in a 40 ft container?

These are examples of Full Container Loads (FCL), where you will have access to the entire container. However, if you think that you won’t need an entire container, then we suggest finding an international mover that offers Less Container Loads (LCL).

LCL mean you use up only a portion of a container and only pay for the space that you use, so it’s a much more cost-effective way of moving your belongings overseas. Be aware that it will only be worth it if you’re only taking a few items with you as the price per cubic metre is a bit more expensive. Also, you may have to wait a bit longer for your belongings to arrive as the removal company will wait to fill up to container with other people’s belongings before shipping it.

What Next?

We hope that you have found this page informative and that you now know more about container shipping prices. For more information, you may find these pages of interest:

Good luck with your move abroad!