[Complete guide] A Moving Container Costs

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prix d'un container de déménagement international 2024

Are you concerned about how much it costs to use a container for an international relocation? It can be hard to figure out how much it costs to move by container, but it's important for planning your move. 

In this article, we demystify the prices of international container moves, providing detailed and accurate information to help you navigate this process. This knowledge will enable you to better anticipate your budget and avoid unpleasant surprises.

  • Factors influencing the price of a moving container
  • Our tips for reducing the costs of your move

Factors influencing the price of a moving container

The main factors affecting the cost are the size of the container, distance, type of transport, additional services, and the season. For example, the size of the container can range from 20 to 40 feet (ca. 12 meters), directly impacting the total rate.

Size of container

The size of the container is a key factor. A 20-foot container costs approximately €2,000 to €3,000, while a 40-foot container can range from €4,000 to €5,000. Mr. Dupont, our client, saved 30% by opting for a smaller container for his move from Paris to New York.

Distance and destination

Distance and destination greatly influence costs. A move from France to the United States can cost between €5,000 and €10,000, depending on the exact destination. 

Here is a comparative table of rates for different popular destinations:

Destination20 feet40 feet
New York5 000 €8 500 €
Sydney6 000 €10 000 €
Tokyo7 000 €11 000 €

Type of transport and additional services

Costs also vary depending on the type of transport. Sea freight is generally cheaper than air freight. For example, shipping by boat can cost €3,000 compared to €10,000 by plane.

Additional services, such as insurance and packing, can add 20% to the total cost.

How to calculate the price of a move by container?

To estimate the cost, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the container size.
  2. Calculate the distance.
  3. Select the type of transport.
  4. Add additional services.
SizeDistance (km)TransportAdditional ServicesTotal Cost
20 feet5 000BoatInsurance, Packaging5 000 – 7 000 €
40 feet10 000PlaneInsurance, Packaging15 000 – 20 000 €
You can also send us a quote request for a personalized and detailed estimate.

Tips for reducing the costs of your move

To save money, plan ahead and decide the right season. For example, moving in winter can be 10% cheaper. 

By using our international moving services, you can optimize the volume to transport.

How to find the best moving company?

To find the best mover, compare personalized quotes and check customer reviews. Choose Worldgistic for our expertise and exceptional customer service.

Thanks to Worldgistic, our move went smoothly.

Testifies Christian Dubois, our satisfied client. 

Request a personalized quote now and benefit from our expert advice. You now know how various factors such as the size of the container, distance, type of transport, and additional services influence the total cost of your international container move.

Discover more practical tips and tricks on our website. For more useful information regarding ocean freight, check out our FAQ on maritime freight. You will find detailed answers to all your questions.


Worldgistic is the number one international freight forwarder in Southeast Asia and Europe. With over 15 years of experience and a team of qualified experts, choose Worldgistic!

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