THIS ARTICLE WILL HELP YOU GAUGE THE AVERAGE COST OF AN INTERNATIONAL MOVE
LCL ¦ FCL ¦ OCEAN FREIGHT
Hiring a moving company to transport your household goods to another country can be an expensive luxury. It can also be very stressful if you’ve never done it before. There’s a lot to think about – a new culture, a new city and canceling all your existing bills. The last thing you want to worry about is coming across a horrible international moving company. I created this article to help you gauge what to expect in terms of cost.
There are many options when it comes to overseas relocation. You’ll have the choice of a door to door, door to port, port to door or port to port. The best shipping option for you will all depend on your budget and how much work you’re willing to put in. We hope this article on the average cost of an international move helps. Check out this article on the best tools for researching moving companies.
WHAT CAN AFFECT THE AVERAGE COST OF AN INTERNATIONAL MOVE?
Before I go on with the average prices, I want to make clear that these are just estimations. Many factors can affect the cost of your move. First, you will have the option to self-pack or pay for professional packing. You will also have the opportunity to drop your household goods at the port or have them picked up. All of these things can either increase or decrease the rate. To make things easy, the averages below are based on door to door service. The best thing to do is to contact an international moving company and provide them with your details. Remember that all moves are not the same, so there is no way to give you a flat rate without specifics. Check out this article on packing for an international move.
LCL – LESS THAN CONTAINER LOAD (SMALLER MOVE)
LCL moves are consolidated into a container with other household goods that are heading to the same destination. An LCL would be considered anything 500 cubic feet or less. The below are average prices for a full door to door service. Remember that there are factors that can affect the cost.
$ 1400-1650LCL - Door to Door
$ 1500-1800LCL - Door to Door
$ 1700-2100LCL - Door to Door
$ 2100-2600LCL - Door to Door
$ 2700-3500LCL - Door to Door
FCL – FULL CONTAINER LOAD (LARGER MOVE)
If you’re planning on moving a three-plus bedroom home, an FCL ocean freight service will suffice. You will have the option of a 20′,40′ or 40′ HC container. If you’re planning on shipping a car, you can consolidate your household goods and vehicle into one container. Below are the average cost of an international move and these can change based on different factors. We always recommend that you speak with a relocation specialist to get an exact quote.
$ 4500-5500FCL - Door to Door
$ 6000-8500FCL - Door to Door
SERVICES THAT CAN AFFECT YOUR COST
The averages mentioned above are just a general idea of what to expect when moving internationally. Some factors can affect the cost of shipping. We always suggest speaking with an agent to get a detailed breakdown of what you will pay. Check out the different container load sizes.
Packing: you will have the option to pack yourself or paying for professional packing. It can play a significant role in the overall cost of your move. Check out this post about packing for an international move.
Self Loading: If you’re utilizing a container to transport your household goods you can load the container yourself at your door which will reduce the shipping cost.
Service: A port to port or door to port service will be less expensive than a full door to door service, but we would recommend speaking with an agent to make sure this is a good fit for you.
Size: The most critical factor that can affect the average cost of an international move is how much stuff you bring. You can reduce your load size to save money. Check out this article on charities that will pick up your stuff for free.