During a maritime overseas move, your personal belongings are exposed to extreme conditions when being transported out at sea. These include sudden movements and drastic changes in temperature and humidity. Besides properly packing your household goods to protect them from damages, the proper loading of your goods into a shipping container is just as important.
If you’re opting for FCL shipping, you have the entire container space to play with for all of your personal belongings. However, with LCL shipping, given that you’ll be sharing a container with other shippers, we recommended taking extra precaution as you cannot guarantee their proper packing.
Here are some tips for you when loading a container for your international move:
*All blocking, bracing, and packing material need to be heat treated according to the destination country’s regulations.
If you’re taking your car with you, make sure to check for vehicle shipping restrictions in your destination country. We strongly recommend hiring professionals to help with loading your car into the container. If you choose to do it yourself, keep in mind that the responsibility of the car’s condition lies on you.
When loading the car into the container, keep in mind that you will need a crane to load the car as the container will arrive on the truck, which means the base of the container will be around four feet in the air. You may want to consider hiring a flatbed tow truck to help facilitate the loading. If you prefer to do this yourself, we recommend using a ramp, which may be rented from stores like U-haul. Straps to hold down the car and other household goods may be purchased from hardware stores.
Before loading the car, there are certain steps you need to take:
After the car has been loaded, remember to do the following:
For a more visual explanation, you may check out our loading a car into a container infographic.
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"Customs duties play an important role in your international shipment. How they're determined and calculated varies from country to country"
Klaus Lydsal, vice president of operations at iContainers