International shipping, from moving your household abroad to shipping heavy equipment to start a new business overseas, it pays to know what is going on in the world of shipping. Even if you aren’t directly involved in the shipping business, as a customer of that industry’s services, it pays to know what costs are being passed on to you! Fortunately, while some conditions have been troublesome for a while, other conditions are improving, meaning savings to you.
Shipping conditions haven’t been great for a while now. Conditions refer to everything from weather to political regulations and anything else that creates a less than ideal environment in which to move your cargo abroad. This can also include a serious lack of available truckers, an ongoing problem faced by that sector of the industry. The good news for customers is that rate increases and fuel prices are remaining steady and should remain so for the rest of the year.
So if you are planning a serious move, now is the time. Moving overseas is actually much more affordable than people imagine it might be. There are numerous ways to save on services, such as packing your own things, but crate shipping, packing and unloading services are more affordable than they have been in years, all things considered. But don’t delay too long. If you have a move planned in the next 12 months, you might want to go ahead and arrange the details now.
After all, reports indicate that going into 2016, conditions are probably going to deteriorate, most likely from new regulations for domestic shippers (rail and trucking) in terms of costs and capacity. During difficult times, working with a great logistics company can help you put all the pieces together with the least amount of headache.