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Shipping Containers and the Logistics of International Shipping


International shipping can be a daunting task. There are so many details to handle and one of the most challenging can be the packing and shipping of one’s household goods. Decisions have to be made about what to sell, what to store, and what to ship. Once the items have been sorted, what is the best way to get them overseas?

Using Air Freight for International Shipping

Air freight might seem like an attractive option because it is a faster method of shipment, but there are limits to the weight that can be shipped and the price is substantially higher.

Using Ocean Freight for International Shipping

If ocean freight is your choice, the next decision involves deciding what size of container is needed. You may want to  use pallets for the organization and shipment of your goods.

Full Container Load (FCL) 

Standard shipping options include 20 foot or 40 foot containers. Shipping by FCL means the entire container is filled with one customer’s belongings. This is recommended if one is shipping multiple pallets or a large amount of furniture or household goods. A 20 foot container can hold approximately 10 pallets and a 40 foot container approximately 20 pallets.

Less Than Container Load (LCL)

If your household goods only require one or two pallets, then you will wish to consider sharing container space with other customers. The cost for shipping is based on how much volume your goods require in the shared spaced within the container.  The charges are based on the number of cubic meters that you are shipping.

Contact Pack n Send for Help With Domestic or International Shipping

If you are facing a domestic or international move and need quotes or advice, consider Pack n Send, based in Houston, TX. Contact us for information and support. We professionally wrap and pack your household goods and handle all of the paperwork for easy international shipping around the world.