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Container Shipping For Overseas Relocation

What Is Container Shipping?

Container shipping is how large shipments are sent globally aboard liner ships (known as ocean freight shipping). The ships travel on designated routes, and each container shipment fulfills a specific supply chain. Each day, thousands of containers arrive at seaports carrying cargo from around the world.

Corporations and other large entities that need to transport a large amount of goods overseas prefer international container shipping. Because, it provides them with a safe, relatively easy means of shipping those items. When these organizations need to send products and equipment across the ocean, container shipping tends to be the most cost-effective option. Although this is most commonly used for shipping manufactured goods to market, container shipping companies such as International Sea & Air Shipping also serve customers who need to ship their personal belongings, such as cars and furniture, overseas.

Container shipping is not the fastest way to ship goods overseas, but it is reliable and effective. Loading goods into durable containers that are then loaded directly onto trucks means there is less handling of goods, reducing the risk of damage during shipping. The container shipping method also ensures the most efficient loading of cargo ships, resulting in lower overall shipping costs when compared to other methods of shipping goods overseas.

Container shipping differs from conventional shipping because, instead of boxes and crates, it uses large shipping containers that come in standardized sizes such as:
  • 20-foot (6.09 m)
  • 40-foot (12.18 m)
  • 45-foot (13.7 m)
  • 48-foot (14.6 m)
  • 53-foot (16.15 m)
The containers are loaded by International Sea & Air Shipping, sealed and locked until they are ready for transport. Once the containers arrive at their destination, they can be removed from the liner ships and moved onto trucks and trains - making it the smoothest way to transport your items.

Because the shipping containers are loaded and sealed by International Sea & Air Shipping, the goods are secured and arrive safely at their destination. More than 50 percent of goods shipped around the world are shipped using container shipping services.

International Sea & Air Shipping has contracts with all the major steamship lines, so you can rest assured you will receive the best rate when it comes to ocean freight shipping to all foreign seaports!

About Shipping Containers

The 20-foot and 40-foot containers are the most widely used containers in the shipping industry and have become the industry standard for cargo volume and vessel capacity.

The 20-foot container, referred to as a Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU) became the industry standard reference, so now cargo volume and vessel capacity are commonly measured in TEU. The 40-foot length container - literally 2 TEU - became known as the Forty-Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) and is the most frequently used container today.

Containers are usually made of aluminum or steel. Each container size and type is built according to the same International Organization for Standardization specifications, no matter where the container is made. This will ensure that all the containers can easily be stacked most efficiently atop one another. It also guarantees that trucks, ships, trains and cranes can be built or specially fitted to suit size specifications.

Container Shipping Services

Container shipping services are available for a variety of options, including your personal international move. At International Sea & Air Shipping, we offer full door-to-door service with packing and loading of your goods; or door-to-door and door-to-port service with self-packing and self-loading. Depending on the volume or the weight of your personal belongings, your goods will be shipped in an exclusive 20-foot or 40-foot container - dimensions and capacity will vary based on the cubic footage of your goods.

Listed below are the types of shipping methods:
  • Door-to-door
  • Door-to-port
  • Port-to-door
  • Port-to-port
You can choose the type of service that fits your budget:
  • Full-service packing and loading
  • Partial-service packing and loading
  • Self-pack (loading only)
  • Sell-pack and self-load

Free In-Home Estimate From International Sea & Air Shipping

For the most efficient way to determine the volume of your shipment, schedule your free in-home international moving survey with us as soon as possible.

This on-site survey will allow us to meet with you in-person, view your household, estimate the cubic footage required for your move; and further discuss the details of your relocation, your budget, and your packing and storage options.

As a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), we are able to obtain competitive ocean freight rates and pass them onto our customers.

For more information about container shipping services and rates, contact us at 1-866-788-1090 or fill out our easy estimate form to get started with your international move - we look forward to serving you!

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