Shipping Freight Overseas In Containers

Shipping containers revolutionized the transportation of goods and machinery around the world. Standardized, protective, and cost-effective, these steel or aluminum boxes stack easily on ocean liners, which follow designated trade routes across vast stretches of water. They support international supply chains and the distribution of manufactured goods on a global scale.

Not only do containers protect their contents in transit, they also have the benefits of cheaper shipping costs and lower duty rates than other modes of cargo. They come in standardized sizes and can be stacked to make maximum use of the storage space on a container ship. They’re locked and sealed for security and protection from the weather. And because they remain locked as they’re moved from land to ship and back again, they reduce handling of the contents which can minimize breakage during transit.

Overseas shipping via containers is a popular option for moving smaller machines, components of larger equipment, and attachments for construction and mining machinery. Read on to learn how FR8Star can help you move freight overseas in these rugged, weatherproof boxes.

Load Options

FR8Star is an outstanding resource not only to help people find qualified land transport companies for their heavy construction and mining equipment, but also experienced freight forwarding companies and non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCCs) to ship that machinery around the globe. If you’re a shipper looking to send containerized equipment to Europe, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, or Australia, FR8Star can help you determine the most cost-efficient option that fits your schedule and other needs. FR8Star’s network of NVOCCs and freight forwarders can help manage the logistics and paperwork of shipping container export.

Some larger machines can be disassembled and put into containers as semi knocked down units (SKDs) of five or fewer components, or as completely knocked down units (CKDs) that are more thoroughly disassembled. Note that as a shipper, you’ll need to arrange for or hire someone to reassemble any dismantled machinery at the destination.

Freight forwarders and NVOCCs charge rates based on how much container space your cargo needs. These are described as full container loads (FCLs) and less-than-container loads (LCLs). You may get a discount for packing the container yourself. Depending upon its destination country, you may need to hire a certified equipment cleaner to prepare the machine, such as to comply with AQIS (Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service) regulations. Because a container must be hoisted on and off the ship with a crane or lift, it’s considered a lift-on/lift-off (LOLO) shipment method.

Types Of Shipping Containers

Most standard shipping containers come in 20- and 40-foot (6.1- and 12.2-meter) lengths. The volume a 20-ft container consumes is referred to as a Twenty-Foot Equivalent Unit (TEU). Two TEUs end to end is called a Forty-Foot Equivalent Unit (FEU). The 40-ft containers are the most commonly used.

Containers are built to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. However, because they’re manufactured in many locations around the world, their dimensions and capacity can vary slightly. A typical 20-ft dry container has a capacity of 1,165 cubic ft (33 cubic m) and is rated to hold a payload of 53,460 pounds (24,250 kilograms). Its interior measures 7.7 ft (2.34 m) wide, 7.5 ft (2.29 m) in height, and 19.4 ft (5.92 m) in length. The more common 40-ft container has a 2,390-cubic ft (67-cubic m) capacity and a 63,500-lb (28,800-kg) payload. Its interior measurements are 7.7 ft (2.35 m) in width by 7.85 ft (2.39 m) in height by 39.5 ft (12.04 m) in length.

There are variations of containers including open-top, high-cubic capacity, and refrigerated (reefer) versions. There are also options that are 10 ft and 45 ft (3.1- or 13.7-m) long. Seaport terminals use specialized machines called reachstackers and straddle carriers from manufacturers such as Kalmar to move, load, unload, and stack containers, sometimes automatically.

Find The Best Overseas Container Transport Option With FR8Star

FR8Star makes it easy to receive free transport estimates and secure firm bids from the freight forwarders and NVOCCs you select. To make your decision easier, the platform lists companies in Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond tiers according to customer feedback and the number of jobs they’ve completed through FR8Star.

FR8Star’s experienced freight forwarders and NVOCCs take care of all of the intricacies of export, including documentation such as invoices, certificates of origin, and bills of lading. They’ll ask you for a power of attorney, a bill of sale or certificate of title, shipper and consignee identification, and a packing list. You will also need to supply the year, make, and model of each machine or component, and of course its dimensions and weight. You’ll also want to make sure that the equipment is insured at every point along its journey.

Your freight forwarder and FR8Star representatives will remain in contact with you throughout your equipment’s journey to resolve any issues and make the process go smoothly. Once the machine arrives at the destination port, it may have to undergo an inspection and/or cleaning. The freight forwarder and FR8Star will ensure that your asset clears customs and is properly delivered.

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