INTERNATIONAL MOVING TIPS AND RATES AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FROM USA

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INTERNATIONAL MOVING CHECKLIST AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions Taken From Shippers and International Movers:

 

1. Can any company offer the public Air and Ocean International Moving Services? 

NO. Ocean exports are regulated by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and every company offering ocean international moving services must be licensed by the FMC and have a bond in place.  We are an  NVOCC, Ocean Freight Forwarder and an Indirect Air Carrier ( I.A.C.). Never pay a broker for international moving services from USA .  When it comes to International Shipping your contract and payment should always be with the Ocean Carrier or the Air Carrier and not a Broker.  Air Cargo is regulated by the Transportation Security Administration (T.S.A.), The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) among others.  Air Parcel Express, Inc. (APX) has 3 licenses.  Domestic shipping within the United States of America is regulated in a much different way and brokers are a good idea and form an essential part in the domestic shipping industry.  APX utilizes domestic brokers and owner operators to perform haulage of ocean container and smaller shipments to and from our warehouse and ocean ports or air ports.  APX is licensed to handle the paperwork associated with all regulatory and administrative tasks required to export cargo or import shipments to and from the United States of America and is staffed by professionals dedicated to making sure your cargo moves with efficiency and security from point A to Z according to your specifications. Profile  References  /  Letters of Recommendation

2. Can any company offer Air Cargo Services to the Public?   

No. The TSA and the FAA regulate air cargo in the USA.  APX is fully licensed as an I.A.C. and trained to handle air cargo shipments from any airport in the USA to worldwide destinations.  APX operates all cargo aircrafts from Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas and Miami with feeder routes from all other airports in the USA.  In some cases cargo can be routed directly from the feeder airports provided you meet T.S.A. guidelines.  

 

 

3. How do I receive a MOVING QUOTE?

AUTOMATIC!  The Global MAX Online Shipping Calculators and Quote Generators will give it to you right on your screen.

1) Full Container Load International Moving Calculator (FCL) 

2)  Less Than Container Load International Moving Calculator (LCL)

 3) International AIR CARGO Shipping Calculator    4) Roll on - Roll Off CARS and VANS (RO-RO)

 

Ocean Container Rates FCL International-Shipping From USA to Worldwide

Packing Kits From U-Line  /  Wood Crates    /  Container Loading   /  Warehouse Rates  /  Moving Tips

Ocean Consolidations LCL Shared Space International -Shipping From USA to Worldwide

How What is a Cubic Meter and much does it cost to ship a cubic-meter?  /  Wood Crates  /  Warehouse Rates

USA Terminals For Receiving Cargo For International Shipping Via Ocean Consolidations

 

Air Cargo International-Shipping From USA to Global Destinations

Routing and Main Airports New-York, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles

Motorcycle shipping from USA via air cargo

If you are shipping more than 4  then an ocean container is the cheapest way to ship internationally

Look at the table for shipping cars overseas first RO/RO Table

 

Project Cargo To Worldwide Destinations From USA

Shipping for Oil and Gas Projects, Mining  and Construction Projects in 

Houston Jacksonville Baltimore New-York Miami Los Angeles New Orleans Atlanta Chicago Dallas Detroit

4. How Do I Book My International Move Shipment?

     

BOOK IT ONLINE AFTER YOU RECEIVE AN INSTANT ONLINE QUOTE.  Our online booking system assures we get the right information from you and reduces the possibility of errors.  If you wish we can take your order over the telephone of via fax.

 

FCL Shipping Documents LCL Shipping Document

Air Cargo Shipping Documents  /  RO/RO Document

5. How safe is my cargo and how much time do I have to load my container?  Security Seals

The first 2 hours are free of charge. Every hour thereafter is $100.00 per hour.  If you are loading a car you will need to make your own arrangements with a flat bed tow truck.  They are usually $45.00 per hour and can load a car in less than an hour.

 

 

6. Does APX pickup Household Goods and Personal Effects Shipments?  Do I deliver to APX?

YES:  We can pickup LCL cargo on normal trucks or Lift Gate Trucks.  We can also pickup from your home door or warehouse or storage area.  On the FCL quotes we bring the container to your house and pricing is shown on the FCL service quote as Drayage.  Drayage charges are determined by the distance from the Container Yard or Port to your loading address.   Containers are born either at the port or yard or rail ramp and they must be pulled to you via truck.  You cannot go to the container the container goes to you ... you will have 2hrs free time to load and $100 every hour thereafter or you can chose a drop and pick where the drayage charges are double but you get to keep your container at the loading address for a period of 2 to 4 days..  

 

Note:  90% of all Household Goods are loaded by the shipper at the shippers address (SEE WAREHOUSE RATES). Sometimes we can receive Household Goods and Personal Effects at our stations but in order to receive them all items must be protected, properly packed and marked.  Nothing can be exposed.  We can store LCL cargo for 30 days at no charge.

To save time and money 90% of FULL CONTAINER 20/40 Household Goods shippers load our containers at their home on a Live Load basisLive Load simply means the driver will wait until the container is loaded.  Exposed items can be loaded.  You have 2 hrs free to load and $100 per hour waiting time thereafter.  You can choose to have our container at your loading address for a maximum of 4 days (drop and pick) Double Drayage will apply. Drayage is the term applied to the activity of picking up an empty container at a rail yard or container yard, driving the empty container to the loading address, and returning the container to the delivery rail ramp or port. Double drayage will be the equivalent of going to and from our Container Yard 4 timesThis charge is shown on your quote.  It may be advantageous to go the extra 2 to 3 hours to load on site versus double drayage. Containers can only be spotted 7 days prior to cut-off date as voyages open gates for releasing and receiving containers only 10 to 12  days prior to sailing.  Containers must be at port 2 to 3 days prior to departure.  In the case of cars, containers must be at port minimum 3 days prior to loading.

NOTE: We also recommend the use of manpower to load your container or help you pack.  For this purpose we have selected http://www.laborready.com a NASDAQ Traded Company that provides manpower for packing and loading.  Simply order supplies from U-Line 2 weeks prior to the load date and contract Labor Ready to pack the house 3 days prior to load date and contract them again for the actual load date.

7. How can I pack my Fragile Goods? + What kind of packing is required for International Moving From USA?

Loading Manpower:  We recommend "Laborready" for Manpower Loading of containers or helping you pack your cargo ... you can find the nearest Laborready Office by going to   http://branchlocatorlr.laborready.com/default.aspx

Packing Materials:  We recommend U-Line as the best choice for a wide range of packing supplies Crating and Packing.

We also recommend you look at the destination country regulations  Wood Export Regulations at Country of Destination.  You may not be required to pack in special wood crates or pallets.  If you require more assistance you can find a good resource for approved packing wood at   Pallets Source - Wood Source - Approved Wood Suppliers 

 

8. Do I need to pack everything?

YES if shipping via LCL and No if shipping via FCL, but all furniture for imports to the USA MUST BE PACKED.  You can find moving kits at ULINE

 

9. Do you have any direct phone number that I can talk to you? 

As soon as you receive a quote you will have the telephone number to call us.

 

 

10.  My quote is for 20 foot; do you have anything between 20 and 40 foot No.   Less than a 20 ... YES!  LCL

What is a Cubic Meter?

 

Shipper Worksheet Gives You The Answer To Your Cargo Volume Questions

 

SHIPPING LESS THAN CONTAINER LOADS (LCL)

For security reasons and to adhere to the FMC Rules regarding acceptance of cargo we have implemented protocol for bookings.  You must book your shipment at least 3 working days advance notice.  Once received the operations department at X 116  will e-mail you a booking number within 24 to 72 hours.  The terminal address and other pertinent information such as sailing date and voyage number will be provided then.

To deliver your cargo at our terminals "you must get a booking number first" otherwise the cargo will not be accepted at the dock.  To book the cargo and receive a booking number your must fax or e-mail the shipping forms.

You can ship boxes of any size and weight.  We can palletize, shrink wrap and band them together for $35 to $65.00 per pallet depending on warehouse location in the USA.  We will measure the final pallet and recalculate your charges based on the quote you received online.  All loose cargo consisting of personal effects must be palletized at our station or prior to receiving.

https://www.freight-calculator.com/packing/packinglist.asp The packing list must be received before the shipment departs.  If  pickup or inland portion of your quote was included, please specify the date and time for your pickup on the shipping forms.  We sail to every destination on a weekly basis but there are some exceptions.  If you require our current weekly schedule please request it via email at rates@shipping-worldwide.com

 

 

11. HOW DO I START THE SHIPPING PROCESS and where and when is cargo received?

In order to comply with Federal Maritime Regulations we have to publish a tariff for every shipment we set out to perform prior to cargo or payment acceptance.   Our quotes generate have a yellow link to a form designed for you to fill out shipper and consignee details along with all reference to the quote number.  This form generates a BOOKING REQUEST #  to the operations department.  The operations department will review the request, publish the tariff and send you a BOOKING NUMBER with the receiving days, loading day, vessel name, voyage number, and the arrival day within 24 to 72 hours of your request. You will be given a booking number prior to cargo acceptance or payment of cargo. You will review the Booking Confirmation and we will wait for your approval before we start doing your shipment.  To get a booking number and the address for the warehouse please submit a booking request online.  In most cases you can deliver within 24 hrs of booking receipt. LIST OF TERMINALS

In both LCL and FCL a formal BOOKING CONFIRMATION will be sent to you via e-mail containing the BOOKING NUMBER and confirmation for the delivery of your container FCL or confirmation on the LAST RECEIVING DATE for a LCL booking.  You must place the number on every piece if you are shipping LCL and on any shipping documents you submit such as  Packing List - Invoice

 

12. Is my export Legal?

These two links will help you determine if your export is unlawful. http://www.export.gov/regulation/exp_traderegs_licensing.asp and http://www.export.gov/logistics/exp_docs_forms.asp       

 

SHIPPING PERSONAL EFFECTS / HOUSEHOLD GOODS

 

If you are shipping household goods and personal effects we recommend you contact the consulate office of your country and see if you can obtain a letter of relocation and be advised as to the most current regulations concerning your move. 

 

FCL SHIPPING PROCEDURES

After you get a quote online and submit your booking request we will send you a booking confirmation VIA E-MAIL.  The booking confirmation  will be sent by the FCL Operations Dept x 102 and will confirm the day you have requested for the container to be delivered to the loading address, the sailing date and arrival date along with other pertinent information.

Booked, Filed and Confirmed Quotes will not increase as per FMC rules.

The container will be delivered to your specified address on a chassis about 4 feet off the ground. No ramp is provided.  All of our quotes are for a live load ... meaning the truck will wait for 2 hrs free  $100 per hour waiting time after the initial 2 free hours.  If you desire to have the container left for a period of up to 4 days the drayage charge or delivery to your loading area will double.

NO DOC - NO LOAD

For security reasons and to serve you more efficiently, you must get a booking number first otherwise the cargo will not be accepted at the dock.  As a result of the passage of the Homeland Security Act, US Customs officials are enforcing the requirement that information and other shipping documents be received prior to cargo acceptance or loading on the vessel.  Failure to comply may result in your cargo not loading on intended vessel.  If your cargo is valued over $2500 APX will need to file a Shippers Export Declaration (SED) for you. You must provide the operations department the necessary information to complete the SED in a timely manner, otherwise the cargo will not be loaded on the ship.

Required Documents:

Packing List or Invoice https://www.freight-calculator.com/packing/packinglist.asp
Picture ID.  If the value of your cargo is over $2500.00 USD we need copy by fax or email of your Social Security Number or Passport

 


Vehicle Export Procedure and Declaration Form http://www.shipping-worldwide.com/vehicle-shipping-procedures.html

 

 

LOADING 20 / 40 FOOT CONTAINERS FCL + CARS

MAIN HUB IS LOCATED IN A CLASS "A" FACILITY - SAME BUILDING AS US CUSTOMS AND HOMELAND SECURITY

Loading at APX Warehouse versus

Your Location

 Receiving hours 8am to 4pm M-F

Loading and Packing Tips

If you need manpower  http://www.laborready.com

If you need packing supplies  http://www.uline.com

Packing and Crating Resources + Container Loading Links

Leave the shipping to us.

Note:  Although 90% of all Household Goods are loaded by at the shippers address. Sometimes we can receive Household Goods and Personal Effects at our stations.

In order to receive them all items must be protected, properly packed and marked.  Crating is available at most of of our stations and we palletize all household goods.  If you need manpower go to http://www.laborready.com/ and if you need packing supplies go to http://www.uline.com   leave the shipping to us.

To save time and money 90% of Household Goods shippers load their own container at their home.  Exposed items can be loaded.  You have 2 hrs free and $100 per hour. Drop and pick for a maximum of 4 days can be arranged at double drayage rates.  Containers can only be spotted 7 days prior to sailing as voyages open gates for releasing and receiving containers only 7 days prior to sailing. You can try to load your car using a local flat bed tow truck with straps and braces.

Industrial Shippers normally have dock height loading docks and a live load is sufficient.

Note:  If you are shipping LCL or AIR CARGO ALL warehouse RECEIVING AND LOADING AND STORAGE charges are included with the exception of palletizing or storage over the initial 1 month free period. All household goods must be palletized.  We do not receive exposed un-boxed household goods at our warehouses.  The final palletized dimensions will be used to re-input the values to the Air Cargo or  LCL Calculators

20 Container Loading or Unloading by APX $200.00 Industrial (includes receiving and loading all palletized)

Car Only $150  per car depending on Origin Warehouse maximum 1

Household Goods and Personal Effects Container Receiving and Loading $400

1 Car + Household Goods and Personal Effects  $550

40 Container Loading or Unloading by APX $400.00 Industrial / (includes receiving and loading all palletized)

Cars Only $150 per car depending on Origin Warehouse maximum 2 

HHG only $600

1 Car + HHG  $750

Shrink Wrapping per pallet (includes empty pallet)

$65.00 MINIMUM per pallet and is quoted on your online LCL rates. USA Terminals
Monthly Storage Free LCL Storage 30 days.  After 30 days the storage is calculated  per day at $0.20 per cubic foot with a minimum charge of $25.00 per week.  EXAMPLE:  A large pallet 42" x 48" x 84 inches = 98 cubic feet = $19.60 per day.  Small cargo will be rated at the minimum week rate.
PACKING CRATING Packing and Crating Resources + Container Loading Links
CONTAINER TYPES
We will supply you with a container for shipping purposes only.  It must be returned back to the port once all the cargo is unloaded at final destination.
20' x 8'6" Dry Cargo ISO Containers
 
APX Container Type Length Height Width Door Opening
Exterior Interior Exterior Interior Exterior Interior Height Width
20' DRY FREIGHT 19'10 " 19'4 " 8'6" 7'9 7/8" 8'0" 7'8 " 7'5 5/8" 7'8 "
APX Container Type Tare Weight in pounds Payload in pounds Gross Weight in pounds Cubic Capacity in cubic feet
20' DRY FREIGHT

5,015

47,895

52,910

1,166

 CONTAINERS ARE  WATERTIGHT  WITH GOOD FUNCTIONAL LOCKING DOORS AND GASKETS

40' x 8'6" Dry Cargo ISO Containers
 
FOR SHIPPING RATES CLICK HERE
APX Container Type Length Height Width Door Opening
Exterior Interior Exterior Interior Exterior Interior Height Width
40' DRY FREIGHT 40'0" 39'5 " 8'6" 7'9 7/8" 8'0" 7'8 " 7'5 5/8" 7'8 "
APX Container Type Tare Weight in pounds Payload in pounds Gross Weight in pounds Cubic Capacity in cubic feet
40' DRY FREIGHT 8,377 58,823 67,200 2,377

CONTAINERS ARE  WATERTIGHT  WITH GOOD FUNCTIONAL LOCKING DOORS AND GASKETS

 

Other Notes:

 Booked, filed and confirmed quotes will not increase as per FMC rules

If door to port we confirm online bookings within 24 to 48 hours.

 If door to port we confirm online booking requests in 3 to 7 days for door to door bookings

REMEMBER! You should reserve your container at a minimum of 7 days ahead of time.  To spot the container at your door or dock, please submit online or fax the shipping forms and operations will send you a booking confirmation within 48 to 72 hours.  The booking confirmation will have vessel name, voyage number, loading port, ETD and ETA along with other pertinent information such as destination office and customs broker details.

Thank You! ... We hope to make your shipping an enjoyable experience.

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