Transporting Personal Effects Overseas with Container Shipping!

Transporting personal effects and household goods from the United States to other countries can be hassle-free and affordable for all clients, regardless of shipping experience. Reliable international shipping companies like K International Transport love to help shippers who want to transport items for family overseas, start a business abroad, or move to another country. No matter what the reason, K International Transport can help clients transport personal effects to virtually all international ports, including those in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.

Some examples of items that clients can transport include furniture, clothing, appliances, electronic equipment, and more!

Clients looking to transfer personal effects and household goods must choose between shipping the items via full container (FCL) or less than container-load (LCL). For a very large quantity of personal goods, a 20ft or 40ft container may be the best option. However, for clients with less cargo, LCL is an affordable and efficient option, because it 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.

There are various different types of containers, which can be larger or smaller and may also be specialized and geared toward a certain type of cargo. Choosing a container that has the right size and specifications is ideal, and can lower the price of the shipment. Reliable international shipping companies like K International Transport can relay this information to their customers to ensure that they get the exact service they need.

A client can elect to transport cargo in a bulk container, which is 20-feet long and preferable for cargo shipped in bulk. However, most clients end up selecting the 20-foot or 40-foot dry freight container, which is the standard general-purpose container. There is also the 40- or 45-foot high cube container. With its 9’6” height, the high cube container is ideal for large, voluminous cargo. Other types of containers include the open-top container, the flat rack, and the platform, all of which are acceptable for heavy or oversized cargo. Generally, the open-top container is meant to make loading easier for taller cargo, the flat rack is for over-width and heavy cargo, and the platform is ideal for extra-length and heavy cargo.

For clients looking to transport an automobile in addition to personal effects, the automobile will have to be shipped by container, along with the other items, rather than roll-on/roll-off (RORO) shipping. This is because with RORO, there cannot be items left inside the car.

Clients should be aware that with FCL and LCL shipping, shippers must load the personal effects into the container themselves. Although this includes a bit more work for the shipper, it is a very affordable 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 help 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, including perishable food items, plants, medicines and drugs, goods of very high value, liquids, hazardous goods like weapons and flammable items, live animals, and more.

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, a signed power of attorney form to allow the freight forwarding company to handle the shipment, a packing list of all items that are being transported, and prepayment in full. After the documents and payments are submitted, K International Transport can schedule the shipment.

For 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 personal effects and household goods from all ports 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 inquiries@kinternational.com. 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.