Ocean freight is the best way to ship heavy or oversized cargo, thanks to the large carrying capacity of shipping vessels. Different shipping containers in various sizes can accommodate oversized ocean freight cargo. The smallest container is 20 feet in height, and the largest that can be offered is 45 feet.
If you are shipping heavy and oversized cargo by sea, we recommend full container load (FCL) shipping to maximize your costs.
Shipping heavy and oversized cargo can get very expensive. But there are ways that you can reduce your costs.
Packaging can enlarge cargo even more, and sometimes, it’s not recommended if you’re trying to save on shipping costs. However, you can adjust your packaging by reducing it, fitting more products into one container, or deflating plastic packaging. These can reduce the space taken up by your cargo and reduce costs accordingly.
If you are a frequent shipper, you can make the most out of your shipping costs by maximizing less frequent orders. For example, consider shipping orders cargo together in bulk instead of shipping weekly. This scheduling tactic will reduce how often your ship and each shipment will cost. However, this may not be a viable choice for time-sensitive shipments.
The different sizes of containers also come with other costs. Moving 40-foot containers, for example, is more expensive than driving a 20-foot unit. Hence, it would help if you were smart about the size of the container you choose.
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