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How Much Does It Cost To Ship To Alaska?

Request an Alaskan shipping quote for your business or personal shipping needs online. Fill out the form below for an estimate of the cost to ship to Alaska.
The cost to ship to Alaska will depend on a few factors, including the weight and dimensions of your shipment, the shipping method you choose, and the origin and destination of your shipment. You can use the form below to get an estimate of the shipping costs for your shipment.

When Is The Best Time of Year to Ship to Western Alaska?

Shipping to Western Alaska presents unique challenges due to its remote location, harsh climate, and limited infrastructure. Understanding the region’s seasonal variations can help you determine the optimal time for your shipping needs.

While summer offers the most reliable window for shipping to Western Alaska, it’s essential to balance the cost and urgency of your shipment. Collaborating with a logistics partner, like Carlile, can ensure timely and cost-effective deliveries, regardless of the season.

Summer (June to August):

This is the most favorable time to ship to Western Alaska. The warmer weather means ice-free ports, making it easier for ships to dock and offload cargo.

Due to the high demand, shipping rates might be slightly elevated during these months. It’s also the peak season for fishing, which can lead to port congestion.

Fall (September to November):

As the temperatures begin to drop, there’s a brief window in early fall where shipping is still viable. The rates might be more competitive compared to the peak summer months.

Late fall sees the onset of freezing temperatures, which can start affecting port operations. It’s crucial to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared for potential delays.

Winter (December to February):

For urgent shipments, air transport is the primary mode during these months. Some communities also use ice roads, which are temporary roads formed over frozen water bodies.

Sea shipments are nearly impossible due to frozen ports. Winter storms can cause significant delays for air transport. Shipping during this time requires meticulous planning and might incur higher costs.

Spring (March to May):

As the ice begins to thaw, there’s a gradual resumption of sea shipments. Late spring can offer a sweet spot of reduced shipping rates before the summer rush.

Early spring still poses challenges with lingering ice, especially in northern parts of Western Alaska. You’ll need to stay updated with port conditions.


What Is Considered a Hazardous Material for Shipping to Alaska?

Certain materials are considered hazardous and cannot be shipped to Alaska without special permits. These materials include:

– Explosives

– Flammable liquids and solids

– Corrosive materials

– Toxic materials

– Radioactive materials

If you’re not sure if your shipment contains any hazardous materials, please contact us and we will be happy to help you determine if your shipment is eligible for shipping to Alaska.

What Does Carlile Transportation Ship to Alaska?

In addition to general commodities and hazardous materials, Carlile ships the following items to Alaska:








-Sporting goods

-And more!

To get started, simply fill out the form and one of our shipping experts will be in touch to help calculate your freight shipping quotes and plan your shipment to Alaska.