How to reduce container shipping cost when moving abroad

Why opt for container shipping?

When moving overseas the first thing you need to decide is which method of shipping you want to use. Shipping everything abroad via air freight is possibly the quickest way to get your goods from location A to B, but probably also the most expensive way. Therefore, a lot of frequent movers choose to ship (the majority of) their goods via sea freight. 

Why opt for container shipping when moving abroad

Some helpful tips to keep the cost of container shipping as low as possible

1. Compare shipping quotes

First thing you need to know is that there are multiple shipping companies operating in international waters. It is important to compare the advantages and disadvantages of different shipping companies instead of going with the first one you can find. A professional moving company can help you find the best option for shipping everything abroad.

2. Consider different container types

In most cases, you have the option to choose for a full or lesser container load. The latter is a shared container, which means your items will be exported together with the items of other individuals or company products/merchandising. The option you choose here may imply a significant difference on your invoice afterwards.

3. Carefully consider everything you take abroad

The cost of container shipping is very much dependent on how much volume you want to take with you. That does not mean that you must sell all the goods that you will not need abroad. You can also consider putting some things in storage or donating some things to charity.

4. Make sure everything is packed according to the country’s specifications

Besides the standard prohibited items list, all countries have their own specifications regarding restricted items. It is always a good idea to investigate this before packing. You can also ask your removal company for advice regarding what and what not to take with you.

5. Make sure everything is clean

You also want to make sure that all your items are entirely clean and free from any kind of woodworms. Some countries may charge you if your container is up for inspection and certain items need more cleaning or a special treatment.

6. Get an international removal insurance

Last but not least: if you want to keep down the costs by not taking an international removal insurance, you might want to reconsider. If anything happens with your goods before, during or after the shipment, you can always call on your insurance. This way, the savings can be well worth it.

Need advice from an international removal company?

Compas International Movers has helped thousands of expats, diplomats and their families with their international removal. Our goal is to make sure the move runs as smoothly as possible. We can help you at any time with the items listed above. Please contact us for more information. 

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