Shipping Container Services
Container Moving Services for Overseas Shipping
When it comes to shipping goods overseas, container shipping is the preferred option for many businesses and individuals. Not only is it cost-effective, but it’s also reliable and efficient.
The international shipping process can be complex and daunting. However, with the right container moving services, it can be made much simpler. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of overseas shipping is the type of container you use to transport your goods. At International Sea & Air Shipping, we offer a wide range of container moving services to meet your needs.
Whether you require a full container load or less than a container load, we possess the expertise to safely and efficiently transport your goods.
Container Moving Companies – International Sea & Air 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 number 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, they often find that shipping containers are the most cost-effective option. This method is primarily used for shipping manufactured goods to market, but shipping container movers, such as International Sea & Air Shipping, also cater to customers who need to transport their personal belongings, such as cars and furniture, overseas.
Shipping Container – Secure and Safety
Container shipping is the fastest way to ship goods overseas and it is reliable and effective. Loading goods into durable containers that trucks load directly reduces the risk of damage during shipping by minimizing the handling of goods. The shipping method also ensures the most efficient loading of cargo ships, resulting in lower overall shipping costs when compared to other international moving shipping methods of goods.
Container shipping differs from conventional shipping because, instead of boxes and crates, it uses large shipping containers that come in standardized sizes.
We have 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!
Our team at International Sea & Air Shipping loads the containers, seals them, and locks them until they are ready for transport. Once the containers reach their destination, they can be removed from the liner ships and transferred 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 moving services.
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About Shipping Containers
The shipping industry widely uses the 20-foot and 40-foot containers, which have become the industry standard for cargo volume and vessel capacity. The 20-foot container, known as a Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU), established the industry standard reference, and cargo volume and vessel capacity now commonly measure in TEUs. The 40-foot container, equivalent to 2 TEUs, is known as the Forty-Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU) and is the most frequently used container today.
We are experts at managing complex transportation networks. We can deliver shipments anywhere through our global network. Our freight container moving services can bring those parts together to make managing your supply chain simpler. FCL (Full Container Load) – Our comprehensive NVOCC* services offer frequent departures at competitive rates for full container load (FCL) shipments from major ports worldwide. Whereas for, LCL (Less-Than-Container Load), when you have insufficient volume for a full container, we provide less-than-container load (LCL) service between major ports globally.
Containers are commonly constructed from aluminum or steel. Regardless of their place of manufacture, each container size and type adhere to the same International Organization for Standardization specifications. This standardization facilitates efficient stacking of containers on top of one another and ensures that trucks, ships, trains, and cranes can be designed or modified to accommodate specific size requirements.
Determining container size
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For reference, a 20-foot container (approximately 1,000 cubic feet in space) typically accommodates three to four rooms’ worth of furniture. A 40-foot container (2,000 cubic feet) is typically employed for transporting four to seven rooms’ worth of belongings.
However, if you are shipping household goods equivalent to one to two rooms with furniture, you can always opt for Lift Vans, which are wooden crates. Nonetheless, these crates are still transported via ocean freight.
Types of Containers for International Shipping To Choose From
If you plan for the moving internationally of your belongings and opt for ocean freight (the more economical but time-consuming option), shipping companies will use containers to transport your goods. But what are the different types of ocean freight containers and how do they differ?
The type of container you need will depend on what you plan to ship, whether it’s temperature-controlled, open, sealed, or any other imaginable option in between.
Dry storage container
This is the most common type of container (see photo above), which is used to ship dry materials (dry containers generally come in either 20 or 40 foot options, but 10 foot containers do exist)
Flat rack container
Containers like this can fold their sides into a “flat rack” to accommodate a wide variety of items.
Open top container
Similar to a convertible car, you can remove the convertible top of an open-top container to ship items of extreme height.
Open side container
For easier loading, these types of containers open from the side rather than the front.
Double door container
Open side containers not making loading from the side easy enough, this is where the double door container comes in.
Refrigerated ISO container
This container, used to ship perishable items such as fruits and vegetables over long distances, maintains low temperatures throughout its journey.
In contrast to refrigerated containers, insulated or thermal containers maintain higher temperatures. They help to transport items that don’t necessarily need to be kept cold but do require a temperature-controlled environment.
These vehicle specific containers come with collapsible sides to ensure a snug fit (without damage) for all your international car shipping needs.
In addition to the different overseas container types, there are also a few more options you have when it comes to choosing a container for your household goods.
Sealed, larger steel containers full of items that belong to you and you alone (see also: dry storage containers above)
These containers, also known as Groupage Containers and Partial Container Shipments, are suitable for shipments that are too small to warrant their own container. They are more economical since your belongings will be housed with others, saving you money on overseas shipping costs.
Shipping Methods and Service Types
Container moving 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. Your personal belongings will be shipped in either an exclusive 20-foot or 40-foot container, depending on the volume or weight of your goods. The dimensions and capacity of the container 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
To efficiently determine your shipment’s volume, schedule a free virtual in-home survey with us as soon as possible. During this survey, we’ll meet you in person, assess your household, estimate the required cubic footage for your move, and discuss your relocation details, budget, and packing/storage options.
As a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC), we can obtain competitive shipping rates and pass them onto our customers.
To obtain further information regarding container moving services and rates, please reach out to us at 1 (866) 315-4170 or complete our simple estimate form to initiate your international move. We eagerly await the opportunity to assist you!