Shipping Containers Abroad

Container Shipping to Africa from USA
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With 25 + years of experience shipping containers to Africa, you can rest easy knowing we can take care of all the details. As an international container shipping company with shipping lines sailing to all coastal countries in Africa, we can offer expedient shipping for a variety of products, such as consumer and capital goods, food and beverages, industrial supplies and materials, and even automotive vehicles (cars, parts, and engines). On this webpage, you’ll find answers to everything you need to know about shipping a container to Africa, for both the company sending the container and the company receiving the container. We separate ourselves above the competition not just by giving our affordable quotes, but mostly by helping your business streamline the container shipping process to make it as hassle free as possible. How does it work, you ask? The first step involves sending our truck driver with an empty container to wherever your product is located, at which point the container is filled. The truck driver then transports the full container to the appropriate shipping docks for loading onto the ship. For your peace of mind, and your receiver’s, we provide information for tracking your container, if requested.

We have a goal: to help your business expand and streamline its exports and/or imports.

Information For The Exporter (USA Based Companies) –

If your company is shipping a container to Africa with certain types of commodities and goods, you may need a special license. If you indeed need a license, which we can determine for you, we will advise you of this after you fill out the quote form. Simply provide us with the shipment information. And bonus: your company does not have to pay the import duties, which are due when the product arrives to the destination port. Paying import duties falls to the responsibility of the receiver.

The governing body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations for all goods exiting USA — The United States Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — enforces export rules and regulations. However, the CBP often delegates this authority onto other government agencies in regards to certain commodities or goods. Therefore, direct all commodity licensing requirements to the agency in charge. Say, for example, a pharmaceutical company wants to ship a container to Africa. It will need a license to export its prescription drugs before doing so.

You can get full agency information, along with phone numbers and basic commodities/products which may require export licenses, online. Visit the websites of the U.S. Department of Commerce; Bureau of Industry and Security; Department of State; Directorate of Defense Trade Controls; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Office of Foreign Assets Control; or the Bureau of the Census, all of which contain the necessary information from a variety of government agencies with export control responsibilities. If your company is new to international trade importing/exporting containers, check out this link: US Customs & Border Protection – Basic Importing and Exporting.

Most companies who contact us are located in the US with requirements of shipping a container to a customer in Africa.

Information for the Importer (Africa Based Companies) –

To ward off potential import problems down the road, you must be armed with the knowledge about import duties and/or permits. Especially in regards to import compliance, you’ll see that not all African countries have the same import regulations. They may all handle their import processes differently; this is where staying ahead of the game comes in. To get more import duty information for a specific country in Africa, find your country by hovering your cursor over the “Container Shipping” tab. Import duties are reliant on the type of products being imported, so this fluctuates. Typically, the receiver pays for any import duties when at the port of arrival.

If you need to ship a container to Africa and you are a company within an African country, it’s important to get in touch with your Customs Department to nail down exact import duty rates for your particular products. Search for your Customs Department online to obtain the contact information you need and make an inquiry. Your Customs Department will provide you with the information on whether or not a permit is required to import your goods.

Africa companies ask us to handle product pick-up in the US, using one of our containers to ship it to Africa.

Shipping Container Measurements – 20 Foot and 40 Foot

We understand that the shipper and/or buyer may not know what kind of container suits their individual requirements. This is where our extensive experience comes in, helping companies worldwide ship containers to Africa. Take a look at our container dimensions here. This information will be helpful in assisting your shipping department in its decision on choosing a 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC (High Container) container. If you look to your left, you’ll see what we mean by the height difference between a 40ft container and a 40ft HC. We have found that the most common container sizes for our customers are the 20 foot container and the 40 foot HC. In the process of helping many companies, both small and large, export containers from USA to Africa, we can guide you in choosing the appropriate size for your product shipment.

Marine Insurance – Protecting Your Product

Even though damages don’t occur all that often, it’s still wise for the receiving company to protect their purchase from damages that may occur during shipment through marine insurance. This is optional, but provides peace of mind. Because the ship will likely rock a lot while at sea, it makes sense to pack your product securely before loading into the container; this will keep fragile items, such as breakables and electronics, safe. How much insurance will be required? This depends on the value of the product.

It is our strong recommendation that you protect your shipment against loss or damage

Why choose us over the competition?

BBB Accredited

We have a solid track record and are an Accredited Company registered with the Better Business Bureau. Click the BBB image to the left to validate our A+ Accreditation. When shipping a container to Africa, both the sender and receiver should only work with a BBB Accredited business.


FMCWe are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Click the image to the left and Select “Organization Name” and type in “Ship Overseas”. Here is proof of our FMC Certification (also known as a NVOCC License). Never use an international car shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.



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This information was written by Francisco Meza.

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