Packing your own shipping container is not a practical option for all people moving overseas but if you think you may be up for saving thousands on your international move read on, you may be happy you did.
We were a full service international removalist for many years and offered packing, unpacking, wrapping, cleaning and every possible service to those who are relocating overseas. We offered a great service but very expensive. This full service moving was big business in the 90’s, but then companies started to need to cut costs and services began to be reduced. We started to hear little complaints from people that their cartons weren’t being unpacked, their rubbish wasn’t being removed, thier were additional fees for things they thought were included. It made us realise that the large amounts of money that people pay for international moving services are mostly made up of labour, materials and the overheads that international movers have. When you drill the costs down to ocean freight, transport and administration it can be quite a big savings. Therefore as a tribute to the global downturn we now offer a stripped downed international moving options called “you pack, we ship”.
Is it suitable for you?
- Have access to labour and expertise to pack a container, (this includes family, labour hire or local furniture removal companies),
- Live in a major city or with reasonable access to a port (shipping companies don’t like their containers traveling too far from the port)
- Have the ability to pack your own boxes
- Want to save money and are prepared to do a little more work
If the answer is yes this may be a viable option for you.
Who is it not suitable for?
This service doesn’t suit people who are prepared to pay extra to have their move organised and performed for them. Some people will happily hand over 3-8 thousand additional just to be able to relax and have your cartons pack and your container loaded by a professional company. It also doesn’t suit people who do not have access for a container or have no ability to source a facility with container access. It is also not suitable if you are in a remote location as shipping lines don’t like to send their containers too far from the port, unless you send your goods to a port location.
What is the process?
Our physical involvement in a You Pack We Ship move is fairly limited we are the co-ordinator and cheer leader. We drop the container at the residence with a sideloader, we leave it there for a few days and we collect it, put it on a ship and send it to your desired port. We have a world wide network so we can include destination services or even give you a list of recommended company’s you can get quotes from at the destination port.
Other considerations when you pack your own container
There are a few concerns that most people have when you pack your own container, the first is maintaining the condition of your furniture and effects and the second is making sure the goods are delivered without incident to your destination home and is cleared through customs.
When furniture is packed into any container for shipping it requires protection and appropriate loading so that it is protected during transit. You can use furniture blankets for this, regular blankets, or packing material such as bubble wrap. You can get hourly assistance from a local furniture removalist for around $120 per hour. Usually if you plan everything well, pack your own cartons and wrap your own furniture you can still get a local mover to pack your container and be thousands of dollars ahead on your international move.
Whenever you import something into a country you need to be aware of the restrictions and we can advise you on some of this. Ultimately you are responsible for the contents of the container but we can certainly give advice on where this service is great to and where it may not be such a good idea to.
How do I know what size container I need?
A 20 ft container will hold the basics of a household but not a large family household, but it is a much more manageable piece of equipment then a 40ft container to have at your house. Ask us for our estimated spreadsheet, it is a useful tool that can help you work out the volume of your household goods. A 20ft container will hold about 28 cubic meters of household goods and a 40 ft about 60 cubic meters.
What are the costs.
Of course the costs are going to vary, but for instance a container to New Zealand can be less than $4,000 from door to door service when you pack your own container compared to 6 or 7 for a full service option. We can get a quote for you but it may be the difference between you affording to take everything with you and having to replace it all in your destination country.
What is the first step.
Call Ocean Sky Express /YouFr8
Toll Free: 1800 232 490
Phone: +61 7 3890 6800