What does Shipping Container Moving refers to?

Shipping container moving refers to transporting a container from an initial point to a final destination, where a shipping container refers to a container used by freight forwarder, that is able to take the effects of cargo handling, storage and shipment.

Factors to consider when Moving Shipping Containers

  • Size of Shipping Container

    Shipping containers typically come in sizes of 20 foot, 40 foot and 45 foot. Larger containers have a larger load capacity and hence have a higher moving cost as compared to the smaller ones. It must be noted that the moving cost of a 40 foot container is almost twice as much as that of a 20 foot container.

  • Delivery Charges

    In the case where shipping containers are locally sourced, it will cost less as compared to when they are internationally sourced due to the delivery charges. This would be determined by the nature of container desired by a company. Asian countries would usually have brand new containers, while the United States would have used ones.

  • Delivery Time

  • Moving containers within local boundaries would require weeks, whereas moving across international borders would take months.

  • Container Insurance

    In the event where containers are lost or damaged, container insurance would entitle companies to get the necessary compensation.

  • Transport License

    Companies that do not have a transport license that permits them to move shipping containers by themselves, should consider hiring shipping container movers.

Processes involved in moving a Shipping Container

The following illustrates the processes involved in moving a shipping container, given the context of shipping products from a factory in country A to a store in country B.

Hiring a Trucking Company

A trucking company would be engaged to move a 40-foot shipping container to country As factory to retrieve the products. Together with orders from other customers, the products will be loaded into the container and it will be secured with a high quality seal. The container will not be opened until it arrives at its designated venue, unless inspection requires to be done by customs authorities.

Choosing a Shipping Port

A freight forwarder is contacted and will proceed to select the most appropriate shipping port for the container to be shipped from. A contracted container shipping company will be made in charge of submitting the required shipment documents to the exporting and importing countries governments. Thereafter, the ship will then head towards country B from the chosen port.

Seeking Clearance Approval

The vessel captain is liable for informing country Bs government a few days prior to the ships arrival, by handing over a report with the information of the ship, crew and cargo, in an attempt to seek custom clearance.


Once clearance is approved, the ship is permitted to enter country Bs port and the unloading of containers will be done. Documentation of each container will be checked by the customs authorities.

Further Transportation on Land

Approved containers will be loaded onto a truck for them to be transported to an import distribution centre. Only then would containers be opened and orders categorised for further shipment. Products will then be transported to the various stores in country B and arrive at the designated store in country B.

Why choose M&P International Freight?


Service Excellence

M&P International Freights places a high value on their clients and aims to achieve service excellence by providing efficient and convenient packaged services to ensure an exceptional freight experience for their clients.

Vast Experience

Throughout the years, M&P has gained vast experience in working with many international clients and is able to guarantee quality services for their valued clients.