Sea freight rates & services
The vast majority of household goods and personal effects moved internationally are sent by sea aboard modern containerised vessels. Generally this is the most economical way of forwarding goods. However, there are differing service levels available in this category. In moving goods internationally, like most things, there are usually several options available depending on the level of service provided, the length of time taken for the journey and the reliability and frequency of the ocean carrier.
With this in mind we are able to offer three different shipping methods to get your possessions to your new destination, depending on your volume and budget. The three methods that we use for sea shipments are:
Sea freight shipping methods
Consolidated / groupage shipment
This is when we group clientsâ shipments together to fill a container before loading the container onto a vessel. We build a bulk head between each clientâs shipment in the container, to ensure they are separated during transit. On arrival at the destination, the container is unloaded and each clientâs shipment separated for delivery. Generally this is the most economical way of sending your shipment, as the ocean freight for the whole container is shared and you pay only the portion related to the volume of goods you ship.
Less than a container load
For this method of shipment we build a plywood crate (known as a âliftvanâ) around your goods after packing. The liftvan is then loaded, as is, into a container bound for your new destination country. We would use this method for small volume shipments to destinations that have low traffic and where we cannot arrange a consolidated container for shipment.
Full container load â 20â, 40â, 40â HC, 45â
There are four different types of containers and we will choose the one that best suits your moving requirements. Once we have loaded the container at your residence or as close to your residence as possible, we will seal the container and it will not be opened again until it arrives for customs inspection at its destination.
Container types and sizes
20 Foot Container
40 Foot Container
40 Foot High Cube Container
45 Foot Container
The cubic volume is based on the total space inside a container.Â Please note that the loaded volume will be less due to space taken up in the loading ofÂ irregularly shaped household items.Â This is reflected in the loaded capacity.