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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Container to Jamaica?

The price to ship a container to Jamaica will depend upon:

  • The country and port of departure
  • The distance your freight will travel
  • The size of the container (20-foot or 40-foot) if you use FCL shipping
  • The volumetric measurement of your cargo if you use LCL shipping
  • The season
  • The demand for freight capacity at the time of shipping
  • The price of fuel at the time of shipping

The above list is not exhaustive, and other factors may be taken into account by any carrier or freight forwarder quoting you for your shipment.

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How much does it cost to ship a 20-foot container?

Be prepared for an average price from $1,500 to $2,500 (USD) if you wish to use an FCL service to ship a 20-foot container to Jamaica.

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How much does it cost to ship a 40-foot container?

To ship a 40-foot container to Jamaica using FCL freight forwarding, expect to pay an average price from $2,500 to $3,000 (USD).

Container Shipping Rates to Jamaica

We’ve provided a table to help you ascertain FCL shipping rates to Jamaica for 40-foot containers, which tend to be the most expensive units to ship, and also for 20-foot containers, which are typically the cheapest. However, the rates stated represent a rough guide only, so even if you are planning to ship from one of the ports in the table, for accurate pricing we recommend that you contact us to request a quote.

Port of Loading
Port of Discharge Container Size FCL Rates From (USD)
Port of Kingston Port Everglades, FL 20-foot $1,400
Port of Kingston Port Everglades, FL 40-foot $1,800
Port of Kingston Miami, FL 20-foot $1,400
Port of Kingston Miami, FL 40-foot $1,800
Port of Kingston Charleston, SC 20-foot $1,500
Port of Kingston Charleston, SC 40-foot $1,900
Port of Montego Bay Charleston, SC 20-foot $1,500
Port of Montego Bay Charleston, SC 40-foot $1,900
Port of Montego Bay New Orleans, LA 20-foot $3,000
Port of Montego Bay New Orleans, LA 40-foot $3,500
Port of Montego Bay Houston, TX 20-foot $2,625
Port of Montego Bay Houston, TX 40-foot $2,750
Port of Montego Bay New York, NY 20-foot $2,250
Port of Montego Bay New York, NY 40-foot $2,375

How Long Does it Take to Ship a Container to Jamaica?

Since it’s possible to ship freight to Jamaica from just about anywhere in the world, there is a huge variation in average transit times for containers shipped to the island’s ports. The distance from port to port, along with carriers’ schedules and routes, are the primary determinants of transit time.

If you are shipping from Asian ports, transit time is likely to be in the range between 25 and 40 days. From European ports, you can expect your cargo to be in transit for anything from 10 to 30 days.

We’ve created a table to give you a slightly more specific idea of average transit times for FCL freight headed to Jamaica from various regions around the world. 

Port of Loading
Port of Discharge Transit Times (Days)
Shanghai (CNSHA) Port of Kingston 30
Hamburg, DE Port of Kingston 25
Santos, BR Port of Kingston 25
Miami, US Port of Kingston 7
Valparaiso, CL Port of Montego Bay 25
Los Angeles, US Port of Montego Bay 15

Jamaica Container Shipping Services

Shipping containerized cargo to Jamaica typically involves two or more modes of transportation. You will probably need road freight services in the country of export, to get your goods to the port of loading. Similarly, you might wish to arrange for your container’s onward transportation from the port of discharge to its final destination.

With our integrated container shipping services for FCL and LCL freight to Jamaica, you can access multimodal transportation from one provider, simplifying the logistics process and ensuring seamless shipping for your cargo.


Ocean Freight

Choose from our full container load (FCL) or less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping services for the ocean leg between your port of loading and the destination port in Jamaica.


Road Freight

Our range of road freight solutions is comprehensive and designed to suit any domestic or international shipping scenario. It includes container drayage, LTL, and FTL road haulage, all managed by experts in overland logistics and available at affordable rates for shippers importing to Jamaica.


Container Shipping for Specific Industries

Are you responsible for shipping in an industry with specialized transportation needs? If so, we’ll be pleased to help. Our freight forwarding teams work with customers in a range of industries that require specialized shipping and goods handling, including the following five verticals:

Ocean Freight to Jamaica 

When you engage Interworld Freight for less-than-container-load (LCL) or full-container-load (FCL) shipping to Jamaica, you’re assured of all key benefits of ocean freight managed by a leading freight forwarder.

We can provide you with a fast, competitive quote for shipping your LCL or FCL freight, arrange all logistics services to meet your port-to-door, door-to-port, port-to-port, or door-to-door shipping requirements, manage the transportation of your goods, and give you real-time visibility of their progress throughout the shipping process.

Choose LCL shipping if the volume of your consignment is likely to be less than 15 cubic meters or five to six pallets. We’ll consolidate your goods with those of other shippers to fill a container, and you will pay only for the space your consignment occupies.

For consignments larger than 15 cubic meters, it might be more economical to use our FCL service. We can arrange shipping in a 20-foot container, or, if your consignment requires more space, in a 40-foot unit. FCL is also a better option if you don’t wish your freight to share a container, even if your consignment is considerably less than a full container load.


Top 5 Americas Container Shipping Routes to Jamaica

We connect Jamaica with all its most important trading partners. Talk to us about importing containerised goods into Jamaica from the following countries:

  • Canada
  • USA
  • Mexico
  • Chile
  • Peru

Top 5 Container Shipping Routes from Jamaica to America

If you have freight that you wish to ship from Jamaica to other countries in North, South, or Central America, we offer the services to meet your needs. Here are some of our top routes from Jamaica to destinations in the Americas.

  • Mexico
  • Canada
  • USA
  • Brazil
  • Argentina

Main ports in Jamaica

Like many smaller countries, there are few container ports in Jamaica, but that’s simply because the island is fairly small. We can ship your containerized freight via the following Jamaican ports.

  • Shipping container to Kingston
  • Shipping container to Montego Bay
  • Shipping container to Port Antonio