Container Shipping Cost Calculator

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live updates, and proactive issue resolution from providers you can trust.

Live expert support

Our Freight Team is available to help with every step
of the shipment process, from documentation to delivery specifics.

How much does it cost to ship a container?

There are many factors that determine the cost of FCL (full container load) container shipping.

Here are some of the most important ones:

Your shipping route.

A container being sent from Shanghai to Los Angeles, for example, is always going to be less costly to ship than one being sent on a less common route.

The size of your container.

The standard container dimensions are 20 and 40 feet. But there are also other variations, including different sizes and refrigerated units.

 

Supply and demand.

The global freight industry is dictated by basic economics. During the busiest shipping seasons, container rates go up –– sometimes substantially.

 

Below is a port-to-port container shipping rates chart for cost ranges of common international shipping destinations (from Shanghai, China):

 

Destination country20’ Container40’ Container
United States (Los Angeles)$1,117 – $1,234$1,392 – $1539
United States (New York)$1,953 – $2,158$2,437 – $2,694
India (Mumbai)$550 – $1,350$681 – $1,676
United Kingdom (Felixstowe)$565 – $889$1,026 – $1,552
Germany (Bremerhaven)$624 – $859$1,114 – $1,530
Australia (Melbourne)$330 – $900$660 – $1,800

 

You can view live international freight rates, prices and trends, updated daily from the world’s largest freight rate index on the Freightos Baltic Index (FBX).

 

How much does it cost to ship half a container?

Calculating the cost of half a container is not as straightforward as halving the cost of a full container.

That’s because space in an LCL (less-than-container-load) shipment is more expensive per foot than space in a full container.

In fact, every shipment has a tipping point where shipping LCL can become more expensive than a full container!

If you want to ship a 20-foot container instead of a 40-foot container, it’s worth noting that the latter usually costs just 20-25% more than the former.

A trustworthy logistics provider will always inform you when it may be worthwhile to upgrade to a larger container.

What is the capacity of a 20’ container? 40’?

 

A 20-foot container (TEU) measures internally as follows:

  • Length: 19.4 ft (5.9 m)
  • Width: 7.7 ft (2.35 m)
  • Height: 7.9 ft (2.39 m)

The total cubic capacity of a TEU is 1,172 cu ft (33.2 m3) and the payload capacity is 55,126.9 lbs (25,000 kg).

In other words, you can fit between 9-10 standard pallets in a TEU.

A 40-foot container (FEU) measures internally as follows:

  • Length: 39.5 ft (12.03 m)
  • Width: 7.7 ft (2.35 m)
  • Height: 7.9 ft (2.39 m)

The total cubic capacity of an FEU is 2,389 cu ft (67.7 m3) and the payload capacity is 61,200 lbs (27,600 kg).

You can fit between 20-21 standard pallets in an FEU.

How are container shipping rates calculated?

Container shipping rates are determined by the form of the cargo, the mode of transport, the weight of your goods, and the distance and popularity of the delivery destination from the point of origin.

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