How Much Does it Cost to Transport or Move a Shipping Container?

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Moving a container is usually a multi-step process, so there are a lot of factors to consider to get an idea on pricing. If you have an empty container being moved under 200 miles, expect to pay between $600-$1,200 depending on location. Hauling an empty container outside of 200 miles is in most circumstances not recommended, because the cost to move the container will generally exceed the cost to buy another container.

Why?? Most landolls/tiltbeds do not like to travel outside this distance, so hauling an empty container over a couple hundred miles might require cranes and a flatbed. Loaded container pricing however can vary dramatically depending on your physical location, destination, size and weight of the container, accessibility of container, weight distribution and weather conditions to name a few.

An average weight of a container loaded with household goods can vary depending on house size, but on average they are around 20,000-30,000lbs. A three bedroom home can generally be packed into a 40’ container. Pricing for loading and unloading of a container on and off a truck can vary from $1,200-$2,500 depending on your location. If you need a definitive price for budgeting, getting a local crane company to give you a price would be your best bet. But the bottom line is that the size and weight of your container will determine what you are going to pay.

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The transportation of the container can be accomplished by employing a few different methods. More populated areas could have access to trucks that have the ability to load and transport the container simultaneously, negating the need for cranes. That equipment can range from sidelifter, landoll or tilt-bed trailers. Unfortunately, they are not available everywhere though, so if you happen to be in an area without one you may need a crane to load. If cranes are needed, no matter the distance, you will need a flatbed or drop deck trailer for transport.

Container Movers has the largest network of carriers in the country and are experts on moving containers empty or fully loaded. When you move with us, it’s guaranteed that your container is being moved the most efficient and safest way possible.