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How To Move Your Personal Or Household Belongings By Freight Shipping

Are you moving to another country or location? Relocating can be a tasking feat even for a skilled multitasking individual.

Fortunately, Zip Logistics can help you plan, get organized, and move your personal or household items and effects to a new location in the United States or internationally.

Sea Freight

This is by far the most commonly used route for transporting personal or household goods to a new location.

It’s multimodal or would use a ground freight or trucker to pick up and then transport cargo straight to the port. This is basically a door-to-port service with customs clearance documents filled out and duly submitted.

For sea freight, you would be provided two options:

Full Container Load (FCL)

A Full Container Load or Full Trailer Load (FTL) is a type of ocean or sea freight service that costs cheaper in comparison to Less than Container Load (LCL).

This is equivalent to a shipment of one person. So the shipper exclusively uses up or occupies the entire capacity of the container without sharing it with anyone else.

As you get exclusive use of the entire container, FCL is deemed more appropriate especially for expensive and highly fragile goods for both export and import.

This also has a faster transport or transit time because there wouldn’t be any need for deconsolidation or consolidation of items which is necessary for LCL.

FCL is recommended for the following:

·         To protect or secure your cargo. Not sharing the container with other shippers would help safeguard your goods and lower risks of damage.

·         To ship goods or belongings that accumulates to more than 10 standard pallets. You get better and way cheaper rates if you ship via FCL than LCL.

  • To fast-track shipment processes. FCL shipments have considerably shorter transit times because it doesn’t have to go through a lot of hubs or processes, unlike LCL shipments.

For shipping motor vehicles via FCL, this would be consolidated with other motor vehicles like cars, heavy equipment, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and the like in multimodal sea freight containers. This also requires registration with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Less than Container Load (LCL)

If you plan to ship small quantities or volume of cargo then it would be better to use LCL.

With this option, you share the container with other shippers and also get to split the fees. It’s basically a consolidated sea freight service for both personal and commercial cargo.

All household items or personal effects must be properly labeled, boxed, and packed upon arrival into the warehouse for easy consolidation. The costs would be based on every 35 cubic feet or one cubic meter.

As your cargo would be mixed or placed together with other LCL shipments, it is recommended to palletize loose boxes for added security. You will be required to present a packing list for shipment of household goods or personal effects.

Air Freight

Compared to sea freight, shipping household belongings via air freight is more expensive. This explains why this is a less common choice when it comes to shipping personal or household belongings (which are not up for sale).

More so, there is a limitation set of the volume or weight of personal goods that can be shipped via this route as of course, a plane isn’t as roomy compared to a shipping container.

On the flip side, air freight has its perks as well. While it may have an expensive price tag and some limits on space, the convenience and speed factors really make this a viable option especially for those who urgently need to ship household items or move to another location following a very tight schedule.

Yes, air freight is the fastest way to move personal cargo overseas or in the United States.

When shipping personal or household goods, the volume of cargo that needs to be transported is crucial to choosing what type of freight shipping suits your needs.

With Zip Logistics, you can count on a highly reliable, certified, and reputable freight forwarder that is also an Accredited International Mover.

With that being said, we can help you with your relocation needs locally and also in moving household or personal belongings internationally.