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iContainers is an online logistics platform optimized to help your business easily access the global trade environment. We digitalize international freight forwarding services to simplify global logistics & facilitate trade.

How much does it cost to ship a container to or from Africa?


Shipping containers to Africa

Shipping a container to Africa can be complicated and confusing. With iContainers, ocean freight was never so transparent. Send full (FCL) or shared (LCL or also known as groupage) containers with the most competitive rates offered by our online quote generator in less than 15 seconds. Using our online platform you can book and track your container without any middlemen.

The most popular shipping routes for transporting containers to Africa

The routes that transport the most goods to Africa by sea are as follows (in TEUs):

RouteWest BoundEast BoundNorth BoundSouth BoundTOTAL
Asia - Mediterranean4,678,0002,061,000--6,739,000
Asia - Middle East3,700,0001,314,000--5,014,000
North Europe/Mediterranean-East Coast South America--795,000885,0001,680,000

Source: Trade Routes - World Shipping Council

A large number of shipping lines operate on the shipping routes that go to Africa. Here is a breakdown of the number of services currently available:

Far East - Mediterranean31
Mediterranean - North America21
Europe - Mid- East/ South Asia40
North America - Mid-East/South Asia10
Far East - Mid-East/South Asia72
South Africa24
West Africa60

Note:Some services might have been counted for more than one route.

Source:Drewry Container Forecaster Q1 & Q2 2013

With our online platform you can access the best prices, in less than 15 seconds, for sending a container to Africa without having to contact shipping lines individually.

Which African ports are specialised in containers?

Of the 100 most important ports for handling containers, 4 are located in Africa:

47East Port Said PortEgypt3036
55DurbanSouth Africa2664
89Alexandria and El-DekheilaEgypt1520

Source: Top 100 ports in the world 2014 - World Shipping Council

Necessary documentation for sending containers to Africa

In this article, we outline what you must do in order to send a container to Africa. For further peace of mind, get in touch with the embassy of the country to which you are thinking of exporting to or contact one of our exportation advisers.

Do not forget that one of the most important formalities is choosing the Incoterm that you would like to apply to your shipment.

Looking for more information?

Unlock seamless shipping solutions with our dedicated freight experts. For personalized assistance and tailored logistics support, reach out to our team today. Your cargo, our commitment – ensuring your shipments reach their destination with precision and reliability.

iContainers is a digital freight forwarder based in Barcelona that assists thousands of companies and families around the globe in moving their merchandise internationally.

Our online freight quoting platform has the latest technology in the sector and simplifies ocean freight, quoting and managing your bookings from the same user area.

We are part of the Agility group, and we work side by side with Shipa Freight to fully cover the demands of our customers.

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