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International Car Shipping Checklist

International Car Shipping Checklist

Car Shipping Checklist for Safe, Affordable Delivery Whether moving or selling your automobile, car shipping gives you an opportunity to transport your car to another location without having to drive it personally. Cars are usually transported by truck or ship (for overseas delivery). Use the car shipping checklist below to ensure a safe delivery for your vehicle. 1. Compare Prices and Quality of Service Before choosing a car shipping service, compare prices and the quality of service offered by various companies. Car transport companies usually require certain information up front before giving a total price. Be sure you can provide the following information before contacting companies. a. desired destination b. type of vehicle (include size and approximate weight) c. desired departure date d. type of service desired such as terminal-to-terminal or door-to-door services To compare quality of service, ask if the company can provide previous customer references and also check with the Better Business Bureau to be sure there are no major complaints against the company. Ask each car transport company to detail the services they provide and the policies that are in place to ensure safe deliveries. While comparing prices, also ask about each company’s required method of payment. Some companies might require a deposit or full payment up front for car shipping, while others might only charge upon delivery. 2. Read the Entire Contract Before signing a car shipping contract, read it thoroughly and be sure you understand every section. The contract will usually include policies concerning transport, any costs you’ll incur if you cancel your shipment, how complaints are handled, etc. Also, many car transport companies...
A Quick Guide to Freight Shipping

A Quick Guide to Freight Shipping

If you need to ship freight using a LTL, or Less-than-Truckload service, there are some facts you should know before getting started. Pricing, packaging, and shipping methods are a bit different with freight shipping. This helpful freight guide will explain these differences. Freight Shipping Prices Freight shipping prices are often determined using a method called “Freight Class” or classification of shipments. There are four freight classifications: density, stowability, ease of handling, and liability. Density is determined by the object’s weight as compared to the space it occupies. This is calculated in pounds per cubic feet. Stowability is how the object will fit into the trailer along with other packages. Its size, weight, and shape are considered to help determine stowability. Ease of handling means how much special care (if any) the package will require. Liability is measured by value per pound, the itemís liability to damage, the package’s tendency to damage other freight items (through spills, explosions, etc.), or if the item is perishable. Freight companies will look at all four factors before determining a price. Packaging for Freight Shipments Freight is usually shipped on pallets with reinforcing shrink wrap. The shrink wrap must overlap and be layered to tightly secure the package. The box or item to be shipped must be well-secured to the pallet before wrapping. Avoid stacking multiple items on top of one another and never allow the freight to overlap the pallet. Also, place cardboard between the object and the pallet to reduce risk of damage. Freight shipping puts lots of strain on items, so adequate packaging should always be a top priority. Packing efficiently...
Shipping Container Tips

Shipping Container Tips

Shipping Container Tips to Ensure a Safe Delivery Shipping products within your national borders or around the world requires careful planning to ensure a safe and prompt delivery. Whether shipping items for your company or for personal reasons, it’s important to choose the right shipping container. The right shipping container can save you time and money as well as protect your goods. Shipping containers come in many shapes and sizes, and should be chosen according to the size, weight, and type of items being shipped. Also consider the sensitivity of your products; liquid, frozen, dry, and solid products all require certain types of shipping containers. Identify Your Company’s Shipping Needs Many containers are designed for specific industrial needs. For example, the flat-rack shipping container or platform container has all sides open and is designed to ship heavy machinery. Containers with an open-top design are made to carry heavy, oversized cargo or bulk cargo items such as grain, coal, steel pellets, or sand. Dry van containers are completely enclosed and weatherproof. They come in various sizes. A side-door container has a rear door and a minimum of one door on the side. The auto rack container is a railroad rolling stock container for shipping automobiles. Tank containers are large, metal containers used to ship liquid goods. There are gas bottles to transport gas, which are shaped like cylinders. A swapbody container had adjustable support legs. Goods that need to be kept frozen or refrigerated can be shipped in containers with refrigeration. Determine how your items should be packaged and delivered for safe keeping and affordability. Also consider how easily and quickly the items...
Easy to Understand Freight Shipping

Easy to Understand Freight Shipping

Easy-to-Understand Freight Shipping Freight shipping has traditionally been underused by the general consumer because most people have no idea how the process works. But, you don’t need to have a truckload of stuff to ship to use a freight carrier to transport your purchases, belongings, or other hard-to-ship items. With this easy-to-understand guide, you’ll learn how freight shipping can benefit you. Shipping a large number of packages can be cost prohibitive via the US Postal Service or UPS (these are called “parcel carriers”). But, if you have a ton of stuff to ship, there is no other way, right? Wrong! Freight shipping is available to people who need to ship a quantity of items too large or too numerous to be shipped cost effectively via a parcel carrier. You can actually “rent” space on a large freight truck and have your package(s) transported anywhere in the world. Freight Shipping Types Think of it this way… A freight carrier owns a fleet of trucks. Each truck is loaded with items from point A that are then delivered to point B. Easy right? But, some shipments don’t fill up some trucks. These are called less than truckload (or LTL) shipments. To make shipping economical, the trucking company doesn’t want to run a truck that isn’t full, so they combine more than one shipment on a truck. The truck then proceeds on a route and unloads each partial shipment at the proper depot. From there, shipments are distributed via other trucks to their destinations. How Freight Shipping Works? Freight shipping works in much the same way that the mail service does, only...
How to choose Shipping Services

How to choose Shipping Services

Shipping Services There is a wide variety of shipping services available today for both domestic and international shipping such as Air, Ocean and Ground freight services. Each has its own policies, shipping methods, pricing, and procedures. Here are a few things to look for when selecting a shipping company to protect your pocketbook and your merchandise or personal belongings. Bonded and Licensed Shipping services that are bonded and licensed can give you peace of mind because their services are guaranteed to meet your requirements satisfactorily or you’ll be reimbursed financially. Being bonded gives the company validity to its claims of good customer service. In addition to being bonded, a shipping company that is licensed by a governing authority (such as an air cargo or maritime cargo authority) has agreed to uphold the values and standards set forth by the governing agent. Therefore, you can be assured that the company is not a fly-by-night shipping service. Shipping services may also be approved as members of certain organizations that can greatly add to their validity. It’s good to note that most popular and well-known parcel shipping services such as UPS, USPS, FedEx, DSL, etc. are bonded and licensed. There are, however, hundreds of other companies that offer freight shipping that may or may not be bonded and licensed. Shipping Requirements, Added Services, and Fees Look for shipping services that have the least shipping requirements (within reason), added value for your money, and reasonable fees. Shipping requirements can vary from one company to the next. To put it simply, some shipping services make it easy to work with them while others make...
Packaging Tips for International Shipping

Packaging Tips for International Shipping

International Shipping Packing Tips Whether you own a business that frequently ships items to other countries or you often mail packages to friends and relatives who live overseas, international shipping can be a real hassle. The actual shipping part is not so difficult, but knowing how to package and prepare items for shipping internationally can be confusing. Each country has its own methods and laws about shipping, and each shipping company has its own way of handling international packages. So we’ve put together some packaging tips to make international shipping easier. Packaging Small Items With very small items, using a padded envelope might be sufficient. Padded envelopes are less bulky and less costly to ship internationally. Small items such as books, videos, CDs, jewelry, photos (in frame), and even small garments can usually fit in padded envelopes. The padding offers extra protection from breakage, and the envelopes are much easier to seal than boxes. Packaging Bulky Items for International Shipping Bulky items should be packaged in sturdy corrugated boxes to ensure safe delivery. The boxes should have no holes, moisture, or weak spots. Use shipping tape – not regular tape – to seal the box from all points. Use double or triple tape layers on the box for reinforcement. If reusing an old box, be sure there are no other labels on the box that might confuse the delivery company workers. With international shipping, packages usually pass through many hands before reaching their destination. The package might be placed on a truck, then a ship or airplane, and then another freight truck for final delivery. Keep this in mind...

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