Container and Break Bulk Shipping to Nigeria

When it comes to shipping items via ocean freight, there are basically two ways in which one can ship; either via containerization or breakbulk shipping. Containerization, also known as container shipping, is basically shipping items in any size of container. It is a very secure way of shipping items from overseas because the items are sealed right from the port and not opened again till it arrives at its destination. There are different kinds of containers, some of the popular ones being top rack, open top and refrigerated containers. ( which is used for transporting temperature sensitive items) Containerized shipping is also a favorite because there is less turnover time at the port and cranes can easily remove and load containers on the ship at fast speeds. .

How to ship via ocean using Shiptonaija

RORO shipping - is a shipping method whereby the items are drove in and out of the vessel on their own wheels. Examples of items that can be shipped using RORO shipping methods are cars, trucks, tractors, semi-trailers, trailers, etc. RORO shipping is the easiest and most affordable system of shipping cars via ocean from USA to Nigeria. This is important to note that it is not advisable to ship personal effects through RORO ocean shipping from from USA to Nigeria, as the security of the personal items cannot be guaranteed.

 Sample image of RORO ocean shipping of cars

Container shipping - is the act of loading into a container for the purpose of shipping via ocean. There are several sizes of container, in this article, details of the three main sizes that is frequently used in container shipping will be discussed. With Shiptonaija, you can have your items shipped from the USA via ocean freight to various parts of Nigeria in 6-8 weeks.

Container sizes and their maximum weight capacity 

There are several sizes of ocean container shipping, but below are details of the three main sizes that is frequently used in container shipping.

  • ​20’GP=20FT for general use. The maximum weight capacity that is legally allowed for a 20FT container is 20,000kg.
  • ​40’GP=40FT for general use. The maximum weight capacity that is legally allowed for a 40FT container is 20,200kg.
  • ​40’HC=40 feet high cube. The maximum weight capacity that is legally allowed for 40FT high cube container is 26,300kg.

Our containerized car shipping affords you the opportunity to load lots of personal items inside the car without any extra charge, and all items loaded inside your car are 100% secured and insured.

Our high value cars container shipping from USA to Nigeria also comes with special handling and special delivery. For all high valued car container shipping, we will deliver to your doorstep, using a special and professional delivery method without any additional cost.

Breakbulk shipping - Is the system of shipping where items are not put into containers, but are packaged in boxes and bags, and loaded into cargo holds. Normally this method is used when the cargo cannot fit into a container and is typically a shipment of consumer goods. When your ship is going to dock in a port that is not capable of handling containers because they are not deep enough to accommodate larger container ships or don't have cranes that are needed to remove containers from ships, break bulk is the way to go. It is also the go to option for companies who are shipping equipment like windmills, drills and pipes and need to keep these items separated.

Please call us now on Tel: 346 888 SHIP 9JA(+1 713 5976 132) with details of your breakbulk item. We will provide you with the best affordable ocean freight service.

 Sample image of breakbulk

Types of container shipping

Less than container load (LCL)

When you don't have enough cargo for a full container, we offer less-than-container load (LCL) departures between major ports, managing every step to give you visibility throughout the process. Our LCL rates saves you a lot compared to air cargo when time is not critical, can be dispatch from our Houston/Stafford office to locations all over the world, all this done through leading and relaible Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCC).

 Sample image of 40ft container

Full container load (FCL)

Full container load will cost you more, but your car/Items are the only things in the container. The great news is, if you have exotic, expensive or rare vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc. When you want special treatment for your items shipping exclusively is the way to go. In partnership with leading Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers (NVOCC), we have the carrier relationship to offer frequent departures at competitive rates for full container load.

NCL (Non-Containerized Load)

Break Bulk, or NCL is our special product for oversized loads or those that cannot fit inside a container. This service is designed for equipment such as caterpillars, tractors, cranes, heavy trucks and other heavy duty construction equipment. Our partnership with leading NVOCC's ensure that we get you the lowest possible rates through leading shipping lines.

Our Ocean freight rate

 The cost from our Atlanta facility to the port of duty in Tin can Sea Port in Lagos is:

  • ​20 ft Container $4450
  • ​40 ft Container $4950

The cost from our Houston Facility to the port of duty in Tin can Sea Port in Lagos is:

  • ​20 ft Container $4450
  • ​40 ft Container $4900
  • ​Delayed transit time over two months.

 For less than container load (LCL), please get a quote

Awarded Most Reliable Shipping Company (2019-2023)

We are trusted by over 15,000 Nigerians who have used our service happily to ship from the USA to various parts of Nigeria.


Ocean Shipping Process – 2 to 3 Containers Weekly Shipping

Ocean Shipping Process – Once your shipment is paid for, it is booked on the next available shipment. For Ocean, we offer two levels of service.

Priority Ocean Shipping – Customers that pay for priority shipping will have their items loaded first on all shipments. Hence they have their shipment leaving the very week they were paid for. Priority shipments arrive in 6 to 8 weeks after payment.

Standard Ocean Shipping – Customers that pay for standard shipping will have their items loaded before 3 weeks of making payment. Standard shipments arrive in 8 to 11 weeks after payment is made.

Friday Shipment – Shipments that are paid on Monday (after 12 noon), Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (After 12 noon) will leave on Friday.

Our ocean shipping process is quite straight forward and strictly on a first come first serve basis. Despite being on a first come first serve basis, most items will leave the warehouse within 1 to 3 weeks of been received as we ship 2 to 3 containers weekly from the Houston warehouse and 1 container every 1 to 2 weeks from the Atlanta warehouse.

Lagos Warehouse Team - Offloading of Ocean Shipments

Ocean transit time to Nigeria is 5 to 6 weeks. Allow 1 to 2 weeks for clearing, for a total delivery time of 6 to 8 weeks on most shipments.

Our Guarantee to all customers

25% refund on your shipping cost if we delay your shipment beyond the estimated time. This is valid for all air and ocean shipping from the USA to Nigeria but excludes car shipping.

100% refund on your declared value and shipping cost if anything happens to your items. So if after all the measures we have in place, something for any reason happens to your shipment, we will refund you the value declared when you were shipping the items, as well as your full shipping cost.

A Message From Our CEO/Founder

Delays, poor customer service, no information on the status of my shipment, and even sadder is the loss of $25,000 on a car shipping from the USA to Nigeria. That was my first experience when l used a company to ship a car to Nigeria. I later found out this was the norm and set up ShipToNaija with the mission of changing this. We hope that we have been able to improve the service and do hope that you will give us a try with your shipping.

Please watch this video to see our vision for shipping.

Nduka Udeh, CEO of ShipToNaija.