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Container Shipping from Australia to the USA

Costs, International Removalists and Tips

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Planning to move to the USA? It’s a big deal! You surely have many questions about the process. How much will it cost? What are the best options and companies? Keep reading to find all the answers! 😊

Shipping costs from to
20ft Container
40ft Container

Cost of Shipping a Container from Australia to the USA

On average, shipping costs from Australia to the USA are $6,300 for a 20ft container and $7,000 for a 40ft container.

The cost of sending your belongings overseas will vary depending on many factors, such as the distance, cargo or even seasonality. To give you an overview, we gathered the average prices for the different origins and destinations:

Route20ft Container40fr Container

They are estimates and may change on several factors.

Cheapest Shipping From Australia to the USA

Let’s face it, shipping to the USA can be quite expensive. But there are a few things you can consider to make it cheaper.

To start with, it’s good to know all the options you have. You could do air or sea freight, but what exactly should you decide? We’ve compared them for you to balance your options:

Sea Freight

 Cheaper for large amounts of belongings
 Anything can be stored (from cars to furniture)
 Fewer carbon emissions than other methods
 Reliable and safe

Air Freight

 Cheaper for small items
 The fastest method for shipping
 Limitations on types and quantity of belongings
 High environmental impact

In any case, here are some tips for finding the cheapest shipping rates for container shipping from Australia to the USA:

⚖️ Compare rates from multiple container shipping companies. Start looking with time and check the companies’ services and reviews from other users. You will make sure to find the best deal.

❄️ If you’re not in a rush to ship your stuff, you can always consider shipping during the off-season. Usually rates lower during November to March.

👥 Choose LCL shipping. Also known, as ‘less than container left’, is when different people share a single container. Since you won’t be using the whole space, the prices decrease. Just keep in mind that the shipping times will have to be more flexible since there are other shippers depending on it as well.

And saving money isn’t all about what you can do upfront, but also prevent from possible extra charges. Making sure to pack your belongings carefully will avoid possible damage when in transit. You can also wrap them in recycled packing materials, not only will you be helping the planet but cutting some costs!

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Best Container Shipping Companies in the USA

Doing a recap from the section, we already mentioned the importance of considering different factors such as reputation, services and customer service when choosing a mover. The following companies offer international removals, check them out and make an informed decision!

You can also directly check companies filtering by their name or city on our reviews page down below 👇

Shipping Household Goods and Furniture From Australia to the USA

Thinking about all the stuff you need to bring with you, can be a bit daunting. Once the best method and shipping company are decided, it’s time to prepare your belongings.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship Furniture From Australia to the USA?

Expect to pay around $2,000 to $7,000 to ship furniture to the USA.

Depending on how many items you want to ship, you’ll be able to choose between a 20-foot or 40-foot container and share it with other people or have it entirely for yourself. In either case, you can expect around the following prices:

Container SizeFull Container LoadLess Container Load
20 feet$3,000 – $5,000$1,500 – $2,500
40 feet$4,000 – $7,000$2,000 – $4,000

They are estimates and may change on several factors.

🔢 Estimating the volume of your furniture is key to getting a precise number of your moving costs. Sirelo’s furniture volume calculator will help you discover it fast!

What other things you should take into account?

  1. Prepare your documents and the customs clearance. You’ll need to provide some documents to declare your belongings.
  2. Pack carefully and seal everything well to make sure everything gets to the destination without damage.

Shipping Vehicles From Australia to the USA

The cost to ship a vehicle to the USA can cost you around $3,200.

Shipping a Car From Australia to the USA

When shipping a car overseas, you have two main options. You can choose…

  • 🚗 Roll-on/Roll-off, also known as RORO. This is a great option if you’re on a tight budget, but be aware that the car will be exposed to the outdoors, being less protected.
  • 🚗 A container. More expensive, but it will be protected and sealed.

What Is the Cost of Shipping a Car?

Find the average costs for each method in this table:

Shipping MethodAverage Cost
Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo)$1,500 – $5,000
Container$2,600 – $3,200

They are estimates and may change on several factors.

Motorcycle Shipping From Australia to the USA

Almost following the same process as the car, the motorcycle can be secured in the crate with the RoRo method or you can save it on a container. Since the weight and size of it, it’s smaller, the costs will be lower.

What Is the Cost of Shipping a Motorcycle?

Find the average costs for each method in this table:

Shipping MethodAverage cost
Roll-on/Roll-off (RoRo)$1,500 – $5,000
Container$2,600 – $3,200

They are estimates and may change on several factors.

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Frequently asked questions

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