For a family moving abroad and trying to keep costs down cheap container shipping via the self-pack route can be the answer, as long as you realise how much effort you will have to put into the organisation and loading yourself.
The first step you should take is to decide what you will get rid of and what you will take with you from your home. Some items, such as electrical equipment like TVs or kitchen white goods like fridges may not be compatible with the power supply in the country to which you are moving and it therefore makes more sense not to take them, but to replace them on arrival.
Bringing along enough furniture and household items to set up house upon arrival, however, helps minimize shopping trips for basic necessities in a new country, and might save money as well. Also decide if shipping a car or buying one abroad is more practical or affordable.
It’s important to have a list of everything being shipped 미국배송대행 as you may be asked for it at the destination port by the customs authorities, each of which will have their own rules and regulations.
It helps to have the guidance of a shipping consultant so that you know what to expect, but also because they can often save you money by accessing commercial rates that shipping companies may not offer to a one-off customer.
They will also be able to guide you through getting all the correct paperwork in order, which must be done before you leave.
Using the self-pack option, however, you will do the bulk of the packing and container loading yourself – remember not to pack any important family or shipping documents in the container. You need to carry them with you at all times while you are in transit.
Being fully packed and have reliable people to help with the loading at the scheduled time is crucial. The container is only left outside your home for a few hours although you can book for longer – at a price.
It is sensible also to check whether equipment like ramps and restraining straps are supplied with the container.
Hopefully you have all the important documents with you and your consultant will have put you in touch with a local agent at the destination port to help you through the formalities. You should also have arrangements in place for getting the container from the port to your new home and for unloading it.