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Indeed, if you can find someone to share a container with, the cost pervolume will decrease considerably, as small shipments are heavilycopfish wrote:Excaliber, great info. and a person might be able to rent or share shipping cost with someone else. I have done this from Norway to the states before with just a simple ad in the paper. I guess the idea is to get the cost per pound as low as possible by using all the space in the container.
penalised compared to larger volume ones, as it basically takes nearly the same amount of time/work for all the people involved in the shipping process, admin, transport, etc. ( providing you do your own loading/unloading and they just collect and deliver ) for a small item as it does for a full container . . . but you can put an awful lot more stuff in a 40 footer . . .
Not meaning to be nosy, but since you have mentioned Norway, and Norway is a country I am deeply in love with, I was wondering if you
are Norwegian . . .
As far as advice is concerned, a big word of caution about packing theitems.RWS wrote:Excellent advice, Excalibur, particularly concerning the importance of obtaining competing quotations from shippers in part to assure that all necessary components of the move (physical transfer, documentary compliance, etc.) have been covered.
Packing items, especially fragile ones, is a fine art in itself, and notsomething to be understimated, if one wishes to find all the items still in
one piece at the other end.
Whilst this may not be much of a concern in the case of boxes full of books, it is definitely a concern with regard to furniture and anything
made of glass, or similarly fragile materials.
Between the USA and Chile, a container will be banged around very manytimes, not only during loading and unloading from/to the ship, but especially if the ship runs into rough seas during its voyage, and it is vitalthat there are no empty spaces left between boxes and other items whenloading, as they will all fall on top of each other, if they have room to move inside the container. Shipping companies can sell all types of packing materials, from proper boxes to tape, to covers and plastic bubbles, to be wrapped around furniture to protect them from scratches, etc., and also to be used to fill any small gaps, in order to prevent all the various items from moving inside the container.
With a lots of attention and care, even those who have no experience in proper packing, can do a reasonably decent job, especially if no particularly fragile items are involved; any old cartons, papers and old covers/clothes, will also do as a cheap form of gaps filling/cushioning materials, so I recommend a lot of this stuff be put aside and kept handy prior to loading, as it will be very useful indeed to keep everything inside safe, and will save money on packing materials as well.
which, the use of containers as storage spaces.
One interesting info which was mentioned, and which will make everyone living on the Pacific coast happy, is that it is especially easy ( and therefore cheaper ) to find containers on the Pacific coast, due to theenormous amount of containers coming in from China, which are thennot sent back empty, because China does not import as much as it exports, creating a surplus availability, for those who might be interested
in taking advantage of it.
I have also been given a web site for a container company which could be useful, but which I cannot post yet as per forum's rules, but anyone who
wishes to have it, can just PM me and I will provide it.
If you guys have a link that you are not sure about or can not post because of the rules, please PM me and I will post it.
Just let that Nazi forum administrator try and kick me out.
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