Determining your shipment volume is the first thing to do when exporting to France. You'll require either a full container load (FCL) or a shared container (less-than-container load, or LCL), depending on that volume. If you share a container-known as groupage-you will pay only for the space you use, which will lower your shipping costs.
If your shipping volume is at least six standard pallets, you have what's considered a full container load (FCL). A 20-foot container will hold up to 10 standard pallets, while a 40-foot container bears 22 standard pallets. If for any reason you don't want your goods to come into contact with other exporters' merchandise, you'll also want to choose FCL. iContainers provides you with information on rates for the shipment of containers to France; as well as for moving overseas from the US to France. Have a look at this information and contact us if you need further assistance.
For information purposes, please note that there are two types of pallets: Standard (1.2m/47 ¼" X 1m/39 3/8") and Euro (1.2m/47 ¼" X .8m/31 ½".)
It is important to know which pallets you are using and if your cargo is stackable in order to calculate your shipping charge.
If your schedule is tight or your shipment urgent, air freight may be more appropriate for your exports than ocean freight. There are some limitations on air freight in terms of volume and weight; consult the iContainers calculator to help determine your best option.