International Container Shipping
for Personal Effects and
Household Goods

International Container Shipping
for Personal Effects and
Household Goods

Many clients look to transport personal effects and household goods from the United States for various reasons. Typically, they are in the United States temporarily, want to transport items for family overseas, or want to start a business abroad. Either way, a reliable and experienced freight forwarding company like K International Transport can help! K International Transport can help clients transport personal effects and household goods to all countries in the world. K International Transport can also help ship vehicles abroad.

K International Transport can ship your vehicle, personal effects, and household goods to virtually all ports in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America! Clients often ship automobiles and personal effects such as furniture, clothing, computers, TVs, appliances, and more.

Ship Your Belongings Using a Container or LCL

For clients shipping both an automobile and personal effects or household items overseas, such as furniture and clothing, containers can be used to ship the cargo. To ship a car and personal effects, clients have two options. They can place the personal effects inside the automobile, or, if there are too many items to fit in the car, the items can be loaded in a container. The container will have both the automobile and the personal effects.

For clients looking to transfer only personal effects and household goods, the items can be transferred via container or Less-than-Container Load (LCL). For a very large quantity of personal goods, a 20-ft container may be the best option. However, for clients with less cargo, LCL is an affordable and efficient option. LCL allows multiple people to share a single container. With this option, the goods need to be packed and palletized. Additionally, the client must submit a packing list and include the dimensions and weight of each item.

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Guillaume Bolduc

With FCL container shipping, the client must load the personal effects into the container themselves. Although this includes a bit more work for the shipper, it is a very affordable and economically efficient option. Keep in mind that in order to load the container, a tractor trailer must be able to enter the residential area, there must be sufficient parking and loading space for the truck with the container, the client is responsible for loading the container, and containers come in a chassis, which is about 4 feet above the ground and there is no ramp.

Although international container shipping services can transport many different types of cargo, there are certain prohibitions, especially when shipping from the United States. Typically, United States customs does not allow certain goods to be transported in or out of the country. These include perishable food items, plants, medicines and drugs, goods of very high value, liquids, dangerous goods like weapons and flammable items, live animals, and more. It isn’t always easy to determine whether the cargo can be legally shipped or it breaks United States guidelines. However, K International Transport has years of experience transporting goods overseas and can help clients with the process.

Before the shipping process begins, clients will need to provide several documents to the international shipping company. These documents include photo identification information for both the shipper and the consignee, the original title of the car, prepayment, proof of the commercial value of the automobile, and a signed power of attorney form to allow the freight forwarding company to handle the shipment. After the documents are submitted, the company can schedule the shipment.

Some restrictions and regulations may apply to automobiles being shipped out of the United States. A few common restrictions include tariffs on vintage and classic cars, automobile age restrictions, and cleaning requirements. Clients should also be aware that the automobile will be loaded by the crew in the warehouse. If you choose to ship personal effects with the automobile in a container, the personal effects must be loaded by the shipper and the car will be loaded at the warehouse.
If you cannot move your car to the port of origin in the United States, K International Transport can arrange for door pickup with reputable and reliable inland trucking and transportation services.

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FFor the most convenient, affordable, and reliable international shipping services, contact K International Transport today! As a leading international shipping company, K International Transport can provide cost-effective and reliable services from the United States to virtually all ports in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. We love to ship automobiles of all makes, models, and years, personal effects, and household goods from all port states in the United States, including New York, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, California, and Washington.

For more information, call us at 212-267-6400, or send us an email at You can also reach out to us on Skype at kinternationalny. For an international shipping rate, visit our rate request page for a preliminary shipping quote.