People who have shipped an item anywhere in the world know that costs often vary per shipment, but just how are these costs applied?
Well, international shipping rates have many determining factors and rates of calculation. Below are a few of the ways in which a parcel or freight handling service will calculate these international mailing rates.
1. Weight of shipment - An item's weight will greatly determine the cost of sending it to its target destination. Defining this shipping weight is a rather simple process that combines mass properties with the height of the item. Most shipping services use a scale that automatically determines these factors. Crated items are of course, assessed a bit differently. These items are priced by determining the length, weight and height of the property (L x W x H). In other words, it is worked out by total cubic meters as well as the weight. An individual can also choose to have their shipment placed on a pallet instead of a crate. Pallets are generally calculated based on "load". For example-is it less than a truck load (LTL) or less than a (plastic) container load (LCL). In the end, the manner and method in which you choose to ship an item will depend on what it is and how much you can reasonably spend to ship it.
2. Location and shipping address - international shipping rates are also classified by the destination of the shipment. It may cost far more to ship to Singapore than it would to ship an item to Europe. Again, dimensional weight and height are factored into the overall costs when considering location; however travel difficulty and distance can factor into pricing as well. When considering shipping your item, try to research the location that you intend to ship to so you can understand more about how the international shipping rates are applied.
3. Type of item being shipped - cars, furniture, and other fundamentally large structures will cost more to ship internationally than baggage or clothing. A large portion of this cost will be due to having to crate the items. The cost of crating itself can be expensive, with a shipment as large as a car pricing at $5,000 or more. You could of course, shop around to locate the best deals in international shipping rates, however, when it comes to important properties, like your personal goods or your automobile, it would pay to ship with the best of the best.
Additional costs can be added to international shipping rates depending on if you need certain supplies to help pack your shipment. For instance, if you need boxes or wrapping you can go to a local U-Haul or other type of store that sells packaging materials or even get boxes from your local grocery store.
Know Before You Go
The Internet is an invaluable resource when it comes to investigating your options in regards to freight shipping and international shipping rates. The savvy shipper will utilize the web to find out about his options, carefully planning his budget so he can get his parcels to the appropriate destinations on time, every time.
LCL Shipping Charges per Cubic Meter are calculated by the entire volume of your cargo. Any fraction above 1.0 Cubic Meters is calculated so you may be charged 1.01 Cubic Meters.
Palletized LCL Household Goods and Personal Effects Cargo
It is wise if you have enough cargo for your shipment to be palletized. For example is you have an LCL (less than container load) shipment and you have a lot of boxes or other packed items that might not on their own be suitable for an export overseas shipment it could be a good idea to either palletize these items and shrink wrap them or to have this done by the carriers terminal or an outside party. Individual boxes can get lost or damaged or go astray and by having them palletized would be the safest thing to do.
However, you must keep in mind that often when cargo is on a pallet it can increase the overall size of the shipment and this would needless to say increase the freight costs as the carrier will take the dimensions of the shipment from the bottom of the pallet and they take the extreme dimensions of the shipment. This will often result in the freight costs going up as for most shipment the rates are based on the size / dimensions of the shipment. However, the extra costs might be worth it based on the safety of the shipment and less chance of damage or loss of the cargo in transit.
Regardless of having Cargo Insurance to have less chance of loss or damage where even with the ability to make an insurance claim being these will not alleviate all the red tape with an insurance claim or all the aggravation and the loss of your valuable items. So overall any extra costs due to having your shipment palletized would be worth it.
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