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Loading your own household goods and personal effects into a container at your home

The member agent can give you a rate for the shipment of a 20 foot or 40 foot container from your home to most port and destination overseas. The way many agents work is that they can include the cost to have our local trucker bring over the empty container to your location. The price will include the drivers waiting time of two hours. However, it will be up to you to arrange for the loading of your goods into the container. The driver does not do that and their price does not include any loading or handling of your goods with this type of quote.

The member agents quote should specify what is included and normally it is just for the transportation of the container once you have loaded your goods into it.

May customers arrange for the loading of their goods themselves or they get some friends to help them. Others hire casual labor for a day but you could also get a local mover or ‘man with a van’ to give you a price to come to your home and handle the loading of your goods into the container. Keep in mind that unpacked furniture will need to be wrapped to avoid damage in transit and you should keep in mind that a marine shipping container gets shipped on the road, rail and on a ship and can be rocked, jolted, shunted and otherwise jostled in transit so you must make sure that the goods you load into the container will not mover about as that will cause damage.

It is always best to use a professional moving firm for the loading and you can check with local movers in your Yellow Pages or local paper since you will only need a small mover for this as the large national van lines can be very expensive.

If you also wish to ship a vehicle such as your car please keep in mind that the container will be delivered to your location on a chassis and the container will be about 48 to 52 inches off the ground. Therefore, it is not possible to drive your car into the container. You will need help with this and you can either have the mover handle that for you as they have ramps etc. for this. Or you can perhaps arrange with a local Gas Station or Service Station that has a ‘rollback trailer’ (Jerr-Dan rollback trailer type tow truck) for them to come over and winch your vehicle on to their trailer and then back it up to the container and get your vehicle onto the container. They would need to secure your vehicle (block and brace) with steel straps as well as disconnect the battery and drain the gas tank (make sure that the gas tank had less then ¼ of a tank).

It is also possible that you could bring your car to one of our terminals for them to load and secure your vehicle into the container. You could also bring over all your goods yourself using a U Haul trailer or whatever means and we would have the terminal load your goods into the container with your vehicle. However, there is a cost for this and as we use commercial terminals it is better to make sure that all or as much of your goods as possible are packed in cartons or boxes and keep any unpacked furniture items to a minimum as these commercial terminals are not well equipped to handle unpacked or wrapped furniture items.

If you use a professional firm to load you goods into the container you have a better coverage for insurance than if you load your goods on your own or using friends. The insurance company will not cover you for your poor packing and loading of the goods when you do it yourself.

International Moving - A helpful primer

First, some basics:
Do you plan to move an entire household (including furniture) or just a smaller quantity of personal effects? Typically, a small family with an average living room, dining room, two bedrooms, kitchen, and misc. cartons for all your books, clothes, dishes, painting, decorations, etc., would be enough to fill one standard twenty ft (20') container-- with a capacity of about 1,000-cubic feet, holding approximately 6,000-lbs worth of household goods. Larger households may require use of a forty ft (40') container--with over 2,000-cuft. Volume capacity, holding approximately 12,000-lbs+ Household Goods. ....

Smaller (ocean) shipments can go via "LCL/less than container load" method, with the shipping cost based on the overall volume of goods being sent A smaller personal effects shipment sent by an adult (one) may average about 60-160-cuft, without a lot of large furniture. What does cubic footage look like? Picture a typical kitchen refrigerator, about 5 feet tall. One average refrigerator takes up about 40-cubic feet of space.

So, if you wanted to figure the general volume for a quantity of cartons you may have, and then ask yourself: "Do I have one, two or three refrigerators worth of space?” Three "fridges" of space, means about 120-cuft. Four, means 160 cuft, and so on. To figure out the cubic footage of any particular item: multiply the height (in inches) times the width (inches) times the depth (inches) of the item, then divide the resulting number by 1728. The result gives you the volume, in cubic feet.

You are welcome to fax or e-mail Cargo International Logistics with a general list of the furniture and items you plan to ship, and we can help you determine the best method to ship, or for greater convenience we can arrange for a pre-move survey of your goods to be packed & shipper overseas

Approximate cubic measurements
Double bed/mattress/box spring = 30 cuft
Double dresser = 40 cu. ft
Chest of drawers = 30 cu. ft
Sofa = 30 cu. ft
Chair = 12 cu. ft
Dining Room table and four chairs = 50 cu. ft
SMALL shipments often go via AIRFREIGHT, and the charge for air-shipment is based on:
The greater of either the actual weight of each item placed on a scale, or the "dimensional" weight which is figured this way: Multiply the three dimensions (H x W x D in inches) then divide the resulting number by 166. IF the resulting amount gives you a figure Higher than the "actual" weight of that item measured on a scale, then you'll be charged for the higher international "DIM" weight.

Picture a piece of Styrofoam, 3 ft by 3 ft by 3 ft. A child can pick it up, and it will weigh perhaps less than five lbs. right? But, when sending via AIRFREIGHT, the international.

"DIM" weight comes to over 280 lbs.

Volume displacement is a big factor in international. Air-shipping. "Know before you go." It's only through years of experience in moving household goods overseas, that one gets to know the "ins and outs" of this business. All the more reason, to talk to someone who's done it literally thousands of times, to destinations all over the world. For personalized attention and care, you have every reason to contact one of our members.

Packing for Export

Moving to a foreign country is one of the most exciting decisions you'll ever make. When you move, you create a whole new lifestyle for you and your family. You open up a world of new cultures. And you discover the wonders of a new environment. Considering all of those changes, it's important to surround yourself with familiar things from home, as they can help make adapting to your new community easier.

Whether you plan to ship your entire household or just a few personal items, we understand how important it is to you that your belongings arrive in a timely manner and in the same condition in which they left. That's why we invest in the people and technology that make a difference to you.

Packing, Padding and Protecting Your Shipment

When it comes to protecting your shipment our level of professionalism is unmatched. The first step in protecting your shipment for the trip is its proper packing.

All packing materials and cartons will be new. All china, glass and crystal will be individually wrapped prior to packing. Cartons will be taped across top, bottom and all sides. All rugs and carpets will be rolled and wrapped. Customer's name, room and contents will be marked on each carton

All items which are not suitable for packing will be padded for transport. These items include furniture items, large bulky pieces and large appliances. These items are paper padded as a standard and where items require additional protection the use of double wrapping and crating is involved. Proper padding requires the following steps:

All furniture will be dismantled, if appropriate all hardware (nuts and bolts) will be placed in plastic bags before being put in the master hardware box.
All furniture will be wrapped in a minimum 3-ply paper pad. Corner pads will be used to provide additional protection.

All paper pad seams will be sealed using export vinyl tape. Skeleton or full crates will be used on awkward or fragile pieces.
Shipping Containers for Every Application

When it comes to shipping your possessions overseas, you can feel confident knowing that they'll be carefully containerized for export. (Note: Depending on your individual circumstances, your shipment may be loaded into containers at your residence or at our warehouse.) Based on the size of your shipment, its handling requirements and destination, there are several types of containers and shipping methods that may be utilized. Rest assured all of them are designed to maximize cost-efficiency and protection. 


Check with your local City Hall to see if you need a permit to have a 20’ or 40’ container positioned at your home or facility. Some trucking companies may require a copy of the permit prior to delivering the container. If you fail to acquire a permit where permits are required, any charges that incur will be billed to you.

When the container arrives at your door, inspect it. Make sure there are no holes in the container BEFORE the driver leaves. Sweep out the container to remove any debris, dirt or dust.

The container comes to your door 4 feet off the ground. There are no ramps or lifts to assist you when loading. You can make your own ramps, rent your own ramps or hire labor to help you load your container.

Packing and loading your container well is the key to minimizing damage during transit. Start at the front of the container (opposite of the container doors) and work your way back. Load all heavy items on the floor and load all light items on top.

There are several ways to secure your items inside the container:

There are rings or loopholes throughout the container located on the container walls near the floor. You can use rope, metal straps, bungee cords, etc. to secure your items.

The walls of the container are corrugated or have grooves. You can use plywood and 4’x4’s to make partitions or to keep things from shifting frontward or backward.

The floor of the container is wood. You can use nail items down to the floor or you can nail wood to the floor to keep things from shifting.

When you are done loading the container we do suggest using 2’x4’s or 4’x4’s to brace the back of the container. The key to a successful load is a tight fitting load. If your items can easily shift, damage is more likely to occur.

BEFORE the driver leaves your premises with your container, make sure to acquire the driver’s signature as proof that the driver has picked your container. Record the container# and seal# for your records.


Packing your boxes well is key to minimizing damage. We have come up with the following tips to help you:

Make sure all fragile items are heavily bubble-wrapped and secured well in the box. Use Styrofoam peanuts, clothing, pillows, etc to provide extra cushion.

Make sure all boxes are packed FULL. If there are voids in the boxes, they can easily collapse which can cause damage.

Make sure your boxes are securely shut using adhesive tape.

Label your boxes with your first and last name, country your shipping to, and the amount of boxes you have (1 of 8).
Do not use printed newspaper to wrap your goods or to fill any voids.

How to Pack

If you prefer to do your own preparatory packing we recommend that you do the following:
Dishes, Glassware and Other Fragile Items
Pack fragile items in small cartons with 3" of crumbled paper on the bottom as a cushion. Each item should be wrapped individually in paper. Place large and/or heavy pieces in bottom of carton. Plates and platters should be packed in upright position around edge of carton, with 2" of paper stuffed in between each item. Place smaller items, such as cups and saucers, toward top of carton. Cartons should never be packed above the top crease.
Pots, Pans and Appliances
Use sturdy cartons. Wrap each item individually, placing heaviest items on the bottom. To secure a minimum amount of shifting during handling and maximize space, pack smaller items wherever possible between larger items.
Large Mirrors, Paintings, Glass Table Tops, etc.
It is recommended that these items should be wrapped and crated. If they are small, wrap well and place along edges of cartons.
Lamps, Lampshades and Bulbs
After removing light bulbs and shades, pack lamp either with your linens and towels, or wrap separately and place in another carton. Lampshades should be wrapped in tissue paper.
Linens, Towels, Drapes and Clothing
Fold and pack neatly into appropriately sized, neat cartons.
Use small cartons and place books with their binding on alternate sides.
Purchasing New Goods To Be Shipped?

All items which you purchase to be shipped with your personal effects can be delivered from the supplier directly to your home or to our warehouse. Please advise us of all purchases we can expect to receive in our warehouse. As a further service, will contact your suppliers to ensure delivery of your purchases before the scheduled shipping date. 

Important Packing Information

Please make sure you do the following:

1) Prepare and itemized list of all goods picks into the cartoon.
2) Place you name and phone number on each cartoon.
3) Provide us with a notify address with a telephone or fax number where you can be reached at destination. 
Shipping Process:
Step 1 – Pick Up and Delivery to Port of Exit
Your pick up day will start with a container arriving to your door.
Less Container Load Shipment Customers (LCL):
When you are packing by yourself there are two options:

When all items are packed, the goods will be picked up at your residence for crating/palletizing, a detailed inventory will be made, and the goods will be delivered to one of our receiving terminals to be consolidated in our consolidated containers for ocean or air freight ;or

After you have completed your packing, you will deliver your goods to one of our receiving terminals for crating or palletizing. Please make sure to have the correct receiving terminal address, a contact person name, and our booking number for your shipment. You will also need to send us a copy of your shipment inventory

Full container Load Shipment Customers (FCL):

If you are packing and / or loading by yourself, there are two options for the container trucking booking:

Live Load – Meaning that you have 2 hours to load the container, an additional $85 per hour after the initial 2 hours free time will be charged.

Drop & Pick – The container is dropped at your house / warehouse, and will be picked up upon request. This is more expensive, but also more convenient

Please take under consideration the following facts:

·     Packing and loading time is estimated as 1 hour per 100 CFT, depending on the amount of packing that needs to be done on site.

·      Self-packing customers must prepare a detailed inventory for customs use.

·     Self-packing customers may ask for our “self packing” instructions. It is free and very useful. You may also call the agents dispatch department, to consult and discuss your special questions.

·     All customers will be asked to fill up the “Marine Insurance Inventory Sheet”. Please make sure to send it back to us prior to your pick up date. Your insurance policy will be not effective without it.

·      Payments for all shipments should be made as soon as possible as Shipping Lines do not allow credit for household goods and personal effects. Also, as part of our door-to-door service, all documents and payments must be sent to our agent at destination as soon as the shipment hit the water. If you are leaving the USA within less then 48 hours after your pick up date, and did not get our final invoice by that time, please make sure to pay the full amount of your shipment as shown on your original price quotation before leaving the USA. The remaining balance, if any, will be invoiced and will be due upon receipt.

·     The only reason for any difference between your price quotation and your final invoice could be for the extra time for the container loading or a change in a less container load shipment volume, or value for insurance. Please make sure to supply your shipping consultant with an accurate list of boxes and / or items to be shipped, or with any change of value for insurance, and plans.

·     It is very important for you to send the agent any contact telephone numbers and e-mail address you may have in the USA, or at your new destination, so they can locate you after you leave your current residence and for the agent to locate you when your shipment arrives at the port of destination.

Step 2 – Arriving to Destination Port and Full Destination Services

By the time your shipment (LCL or FCL) arrives the destination port of entry, our agent already has received an envelope from us that contains all the necessary documentation for preparing the customs clearance process and making the delivery arrangements.

Port to port or door to port customers will receive their Original Bill of Lading documents approximately three to five days after the ship departs from the port of exit. Upon request we will FedEx those documents to your new address overseas. We will also “Express Release” shipments at destination.

First Overseas Contact

Our members agent between five to ten days before the ship enters the port of entry will contact all shippers. At this point, door-to-door service customers will be sent and asked to complete local customs documentation and send it back to our agent to proceed with the customs clearance process. Our door or port-to-port customers will be asked to pick up the “documents” from the shipping line agent to process customs clearance and pull the shipment out of the port by themselves.

 Please note the following extra expenses to be expected at destination:

·     Port fees – All shipments require port fees payment for any port in the world. Every country has its own port fees charges. For example:
In most of the European countries, local port fees will be between $45.00 to $150.00 In Argentine ports fees are approximately $900. In Israel it’s 1.3% of the shipment total Value as declared by the shipper or as valued by the local customs agent. In Saudi Arabia it’s approximately $150.00.

·     Customs Visual Checking – Customs authorities at both the origin and the destination are entitled to perform a visual check of every shipment. This checking is usually random, and there is nothing that can prevent it. Customs inspection may cause extra costs.

·     Cars Customs Clearance - US customs agents inspect every vehicle that is leaving the USA to make sure that the vehicle matches the original clean title. This check up is quoted separately “US Customs Export Title Validation and Clearance” paragraph. The only reason for extra charges for car export customs clearance, will be in case of violating the car loading regulation (that is mentioned on every one of our price quotation sheets), or in case of an unmatched clean title for the vehicle.

·     Terminal Handling and Container Service Charges at Port of Entry – Every shipping line charges for the usage of their port facilities at destination. This pays the unloading of the container off the ship, delivery to the container depot, and processing of the documents to be released our agent. The THC and CSC charges usually included in our price quotation. Please check it with your shipping consultant.


Shippers should expect some small extra charges at destination for shipments.

Things to Avoid:

Avoid Extra Unexpected Charges:

Customers that are delivering their goods to one of our receiving terminals, please make sure that you have the correct terminal address, contact person name and BOOKING NUMBER.

If the agent is arranging the picking up your goods, please make sure to have the Marks & Numbers correctly on every piece of your shipment. 

Make sure to receive our member agents “Packing and Loading” instructions form, it’s very helpful. Call their dispatch department for packing and loading tips. In case of a live load for a full container load, plan your loading very carefully to avoid additional charges.

Make sure that there is enough space for the truck to park at your residence, Check if a special permit needed for trucks to enter the street you live on. Check if there are electric wires that will prevent an eleven feet tall truck to access the street.

Make sure to send a copy of your inventory to the member agent you use right after the container is picked up.

Make sure to have your insurance forms filled up correctly and send it to the memberagent prior to the pick up or loading date. Make sure to pay your final invoice within 48 hours after pick up date. That will allow their system to proceed with export formalities, and to arrange all payments to the shipping line, port authorities, customs brokers and the agent at destination if the shipment booked to door.

Make sure that our member agent dispatch department has your e-mail address, telephone numbers overseas and in the origin country, to enable us reaching you after your pick up date.

Containers Size

LCL - Less than Container Load
FCL - Full Container Load 20 foot, 40 feet and in some cases 45 feet
Consolidation - The grouping together of smaller consignment of good into a large consignment for carriage as a larger unit in order to obtain a reduced rate
NVOCC - Non Vessel Owning Common Carrier
CBF or CFT - Cubic Feet
CBM - Cubic Meter
Cubic Feet to Cubic Meter Multiply by 0.028317
Cubic Meter to Cubic Feet Multiply by 35.314667

After preliminary packing is completed, and your effects have been received at the warehouse, goods are now ready for the final phase of boxing.
All interior space is utilized so that we can provide you with the maximum density factor. You can choose to be present at the agents warehouse during the packing procedure if you wish.

We highly recommended that you be present at the loading time. Sometimes the entire household is loaded next to the house. The cubic feet cost of your shipment is determined by the services provided and the final cubic volume of your shipment.


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