Estimating the cost for container shipping starts is as easy as filling out the
quote form. The hard part would be determining how much space you need or the size
of the container that needs to be shipped. Although our quoting system already provides
a dropdown for you to estimate what you need, you still need to be sure of the size
of the container to be needed for us to provide a more accurate quote.
Getting to Know The Needed Size of Container Shipping
If you are hard up in identifying what size you would need, then you have to consider
the items that you would want to ship first. Will you be bringing everything in
your house or will you be leaving behind a substantial amount of your belongings?
Typically, the choices for containers are either 20 ft. or 40 ft. The question now
is how many will fit into each of them.
If you plan on shipping 1 or 2-bedroom houseful of valuables then you would need
the 20-foot container - as it should be adequate enough to house all your stuff.
On the other hand if you plan to ship 3 to 5 bedroom of goods, then the 40-foot
container is what you will need. Keep in mind that the 20-foot container is also
referred to as 1 TEU with about 1000 cubic feet of usable space. So when you get
a quote saying that it is for 2 TEU, then you would already know that the company
is referring to a 40-foot shipping container.
FCL or LCL container shipping-which is Better?
Aside from the size of container shipping, you also have to consider on whether
you will go for FCL container shipping or an LCL container shipping where FCL stands
for Full Container Load while the LCL stands for Less than Container Load. Here
are some points to consider on which of these two is better:
- Since LCL will not occupy the whole container, you will share
the other space with other shippers making it cheaper than FCL
- FCL gives you more exclusivity as the container is under one
- Consider the size as well as the volume of what you are shipping,
if you will be shipping more than 15 cubic meters of goods then it would be better
to get 1 TEU of FCL. If you will be shipping goods less than that, then it would
be cheaper for you to go for LCL
- Consider the other add-on services such as full service moving,
door to door service, port to port service only and other services that can add
up to the cost of the container shipping.
If you are still having issues deciding what you really need then feel free to fill
out the quotes form or contact one of our shipping consultants for assistance. With
our network of more than 2,500 car and shipping haulers, finding the right company
to handle your large valuables is never a big problem.