Freight Shipping to Alaska
Alaska. The Last Frontier. The state is home to over 730,000 people, and many of them need goods that are shipped from somewhere else.
At FreightRun, we can find you the best price for freight shipping to Alaska by comparing dozens of industry carriers.
When you're sending Less Than Truckload (LTL) or Full Truckload (FTL) freight to Alaska through Canada, you need to find a reliable carrier. Drivers need valid passports and must be able to handle customs declaration forms.
Carriers also need to adhere to Canadian shipping laws and secure relevant permits.
Most of Alaska is still a rugged frontier. It's easy to send something to Anchorage, and the eastern part of the state has a developed network of highways.
However, towns in the north and west can be joined by miles of gravel road, and not every carrier will brave the elements to reach them. Plus, the weather makes some Alaska freight impossible for over half the year.
How FreightRun Makes Shipping to Alaska Easy
You probably don't want to spend hours comparing rates from many different carriers. Instead, access our network of reliable carriers to compare prices in real-time.
We'll find you the cheapest way to ship to Alaska. With FreightRun, shipping to Alaska is simple:
- Estimate the weight and size of your shipment
- Enter your shipment information into our freight quote calculator
- Receive personalized shipping to Alaska costs
- Choose the one you want and schedule the shipment
If you don't know which type of service you need, reach out to us, and we'll work with you to find the best option.
Shipping a Car to Alaska
So, you're starting a new life in The Last Frontier, but you don't want to leave your ride behind. That's OK.
Vehicle shipping to Alaska isn't necessarily cheap, but it might be cheaper than buying a new car when you get there.
The cost to ship a car to Alaska is usually between $3,000 and $4,000 from most parts of the country.
The cheapest way to ship a car to Alaska is to drive it yourself all the way to Tacoma, Washington, and load it onto a boat at that port. Then, you'll pick it up at the port in Anchorage. This is known as port-to-port shipping.
A boat ride for your car from Tacoma to Anchorage can cost just under $2,000.
If the car must be transported by truck before or after that, costs go up. Car shipping from Alaska to another state is cheaper. You may find that rates cost about a third less for cars coming from The Last Frontier to one of the lower 48 states.
Shipping a Motorcycle to Alaska
Sending your motorcycle to AK is a lot cheaper than sending a car.
Motorcycles can usually fit inside of a wooden crate. Since they are much lighter than cars and take up less space, you pay less.
Generally, you can expect to pay about $1,000 to send your motorcycle in a crate to AK.
Does it cost more to ship to Alaska?
So, how much is shipping to Alaska? Well, it all depends on what you're sending. But, since it's a non-contiguous state separated by another country, it can cost more to ship LTL to Alaska than other states.
Enter your information in our quote calculator, and we'll compare carriers to find the best rate for your shipment.
Does FedEx ship to Alaska?
Yes, FedEx does ship to AK. But the service isn't economical compared to other options unless you need to send a package overnight.
FedEx's overnight service to Alaska is cheaper than its competitors USPS and UPS.
Does UPS ship to Alaska?
Yes, UPS ships to Alaska. UPS is economical for packages between 70 and 150 lbs. In this range, it's cheaper than FedEx and better than USPS because USPS limits shipments to 70 lbs.
After 150 lbs., you should consider shipping LTL. Prices for UPS, FedEx, and USPS shipping to Alaska are all much more expensive than using LTL carriers at that point.
Up to 70 lbs., USPS is your best option. That's because the company charges flat-rate shipping to Alaska based on zones. You'll pay the domestic rate for Zone 7 or 8 depending on your location.
What is the cheapest way to ship household goods to Alaska?
Moving your household items to AK takes planning. One option is to rent a truck and drive it yourself, but you'll have to pay for both distance and gas.
Fuel alone can cost $1,000 or more if you're traveling from a central state. A load of packed boxes from a home can easily reach 200 lbs. and above. At that point, the most economical thing to do is use LTL freight shipping to Alaska.
How much is the cost of a shipping container to Alaska?
If you want to send a container from Seattle to Anchorage, you'll end up paying a few thousand dollars. Most likely, you'll need to pay for the container along with the transport service, and then you can sell the container later.
Now, if you want to send a container load from another one of the lower 48 states, you might find quotes up to $10,000 depending on the distance.
Save Time and Money with FreightRun
Let our technology do the busywork for you. We'll help you choose the right freight class for your goods and then give you a selection of rates that you can book at your convenience.
Head to our freight quote form to get started.