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International Shipping to Barbados from the U.S.A. and Canada

Shipping to Barbados

UBox Worldwide ships to Bridgetown, Barbados


Moving or returning citizens to Barbados - How Ocean Shipping Works

Whether you are moving to Barbados for work, or are a returning citizen, we make shipping to port cities in Barbados easy and worry free.  Our LCL service is warehouse to warehouse.  This means that you deliver to one of our 26 drop off warehouses in the United States or Canada and pick up at the local warehouse in your destination city.  This method of shipping saves you money.  Pick up at your residence and door delivery can sometimes be arranged at additional costs.  UBox Worldwide ships to Barbados via consolidated ocean containers.  This means your shipment will be placed into a container with other cargo, which lowers the cost of shipping. This method of shipping is called "Less than Container Load" shipping or "LCL" for short.

Container Shipping to Barbados from the U.S. and Canada

UBox Worldwide offer full container load service to Barbados at a fraction of the cost of full service movers.  Ocean containers are available in 20' and 40' lengths to fit your household goods and vehicles.  Please email us for more information about shipping containers to Barbados or other Caribbean destinations.

Calculating Rates and Associated Costs for LCL Shipping


Shipping Rates to Barbados start at $9.25 USD per cubic foot with a minimum of $325.

Rates vary by origin and destination cities.  The example above is the rate from Miami warehouse to the Bridgetown warehouse. Sea Freight has a minimum charge per shipment.  This means you must pay the minimum rate for anything that measures less than 35.3 cubic feet.  Weight is not a factor in ocean shipping, but we do would need an accurate weight and measurement, if you would like a truck pick up quote.

For an example, 36 cubic feet  is equal to 12 boxes that are  18" x 18" x 16".  35.3 cubic feet = 1 cubic meter

How to Get a Rate Quote for Ocean Shipping

Ocean shipping rates are based on the cubic volume of the shipment because you are paying for the space your shipment takes up in the container.   So, to get an accurate rate quote you will need to know the L" x W" x H"  of each box.  Multiply the L" x W" x H" and divide by 1728 to get the cubic foot volume of each box and add the sums together for the total cubic volume.

Or use our instant rate quote calculator and it will do the work for you.

Types of Cargo Accepted

All cargo must be boxed, crated or palletized and must be packaged properly in order to be accepted for shipping. We handle personal effects and commercial cargo.  Personal effects are usually considered to be owned by the person that is both the shipper and the consignee.  If you will not be present in Barbados when your shipment arrives, we suggest shipping c/o the person you designate to pick up the shipment on your behalf.  There is usually no duty accessed on personal effects, but it varies by country and individual circumstance, so please check with your local consulate or customs office.


The most cost effective way to ship is to ship loose boxes.  This means that each individual box is measured and handled separately.  The safest way to ship is to palletize and shrinkwrap your entire shipment.  Your boxes will be placed on a heat treated wooden pallet and wrapped in plastic.  Palletizing will increase your ocean freight costs anywhere from 30 - 100%, because the entire shipping package including the pallet is measured from the bottom to the highest point.  It is best to make sure that all of your boxes are the same size and fit evenly on a 48" x 40" pallet in order to keep the cost down.


Marine cargo insurance is available at a cost of $2 per $100 of the packing list value with a minimum $75 . We have had a major change in risk coverage recently. We have been able to obtain "all risk" coverage, meaning coverage for breakage and all other perils provided that your goods are fully packaged and protected . The insurance coverage will fully inspect this requirement before honoring a claim.  A word of caution here...there are other websites stating that steamship carriers offer free  insurance up to $500 per package. Sorry, it isn't so. What they are mistakenly referring to, are the limitations of liability afforded carriers under international maritime law which is $500 per package/freight unit. This means that if the carrier is negligent for a loss, then they are obligated to pay only $500 per unit although the value of the unit may be $10000.  Keyword being "negligence". There are many losses that are not considered negligent, whereby the carrier is not responsible.  These include Acts of God, Heavy Weather, Tsunamis, Stranding, General Average Strikes, Acts of War, improper packaging for export, etc. Bottom line, no matter what you read, there is no free insurance.

Destination Charges

Ocean rates are based upon the cubic space in the ocean container that the cargo occupies with the cost varying, depending upon the country and city destination. Our rate covers warehouse receiving, tallying, loading into container, documentation and ocean transport. These costs are included in your box rate. There will be local destination/delivery charges upon warehouse release per custom of the port. These charges are customarily collected from the consignee at the delivery port but can sometimes be prepaid.  It is also important to understand that customs clearance, duties and taxes, if any, are the obligation of the receiving consignee; however, in most countries it is possible to clear customs yourself and normally duty is not levied on your own used personal effects. We cannot be held responsible for customs entry, but our delivery agent can offer this service at additional cost should you choose. Lastly, minimum charges are standard in the ocean transport industry and warehousing facilities. We attempt to keep these as low as possible and they are indicated in the country rates.

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Example Box Sizes


18" X 18" X 16" (3 cu. feet)
for linens, toys, clothes, etc.


18" x 18" x 24" (4.5 cu. feet)
for electronics blankets, pillows, lampshades etc.