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ottotheboar Mar 4th 2016 1:21 pm

Forty foot container cost USA to UK
 
This are the costs I was given for a forty foot container loading next week due in Southampton on March 27th.
We are around 120 miles from Norfolk VA upon which the inland transport cost is based.
Chassis rental $120

Inland transport to Norfolk VA $775

Documentation $100

Ocean freight to Southampton $924

Low Sulphur fuel surcharge per 40ft container $100

Two hours to load additional time $85 per hour

ldollard Mar 5th 2016 12:51 am

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Damn thats cheap... whats the question lol

quiltman Mar 5th 2016 1:08 am

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What about clearance etc in UK? Delivery to your new property? Unloading?
Check the estimate carefully or you could find the shipping is the cheapest part!
When we moved here in 2013, a 20ft container, packed in UK, furniture stored for 2 months, packed into container and shipped to Cebu cost just on £2000. We then engaged a local friend who runs a shipping company to receive the container, clear customs etc, transport to property and unload. This cost an extra £600 approx. Most of which was customs documentation etc.

ottotheboar Mar 5th 2016 2:55 am

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Originally Posted by ldollard (Post 11886724)
Damn thats cheap... whats the question lol

No question just giving information on current shipping costs as the topic does crop up.

Pulaski Mar 5th 2016 4:47 am

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Originally Posted by quiltman (Post 11886733)
What about clearance etc in UK? Delivery to your new property? Unloading? .....

He's commercial not residential, and based on his previous posts likely cars and/or bikes and parts upto and including motors.

ottotheboar Mar 5th 2016 11:11 am

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Originally Posted by Pulaski (Post 11886804)
He's commercial not residential, and based on his previous posts likely cars and/or bikes and parts upto and including motors.

Correct but the basic costs are the same. I did not include the $300 I paid to have the titles processed by customs.

I pay the UK charges in pounds.

kamrpatel Mar 8th 2016 1:12 pm

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Please can you tell me what is name of the shipping company you have got this quote from.

Thanks.

Bevm Mar 9th 2016 12:41 pm

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I'm wondering if the cost of a 40 foot container is twice that of a 20 foot in the end. This will be UK to Canada, but same amount of goods inside. We used a 20 foot when coming over, but my husband has the idea that things won't be so tightly packed in a 40 foot.

Is a half-full container more liable to shifting and breakage?

Anyone know?

Pulaski Mar 9th 2016 1:07 pm

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Originally Posted by Bevm (Post 11890531)
I'm wondering if the cost of a 40 foot container is twice that of a 20 foot in the end. This will be UK to Canada, but same amount of goods inside. We used a 20 foot when coming over, but my husband has the idea that things won't be so tightly packed in a 40 foot.

Is a half-full container more liable to shifting and breakage?

Anyone know?

A lot of the costs are fixed - admin and customs fees, and handling and delivery of the container. A 20ft "half" container can't be delivered by half a driver driving half a lorry! :lol:

If the container is properly loaded stuff shouldn't move around, much. I have loaded and unloaded many trucks myself and seen the results of loads moving around :eek: .... and been commended by truck drivers and customers for the quality of my loading. :) I would prefer my stuff to be shipped in a tightly-packed 20ft container every time over bouncing around in a half-full 40ft container. :nod:

ottotheboar Mar 9th 2016 4:32 pm

Re: Forty foot container cost USA to UK
 

Originally Posted by Bevm (Post 11890531)
I'm wondering if the cost of a 40 foot container is twice that of a 20 foot in the end. This will be UK to Canada, but same amount of goods inside. We used a 20 foot when coming over, but my husband has the idea that things won't be so tightly packed in a 40 foot.

Is a half-full container more liable to shifting and breakage?

Anyone know?

I agree with Pulaski the savings on a 20 foot container are minimal the port handling is less.
Also in agreement in that a container needs to be tightly packed to minimize movement, the handling on the docks and rough seas can cause a lot of damage in a poorly packed container.

The only time I would use a 20 would be say for engines from the UK where the handling and warehouse charges on one pallet are high as we have no direct less than load shipping to Norfolk our closest port and it will ship via another port.

ottotheboar Mar 25th 2016 4:09 pm

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Left Norfolk VA on the 18th due in Southampton on the 30th quite a fast crossing.

Vadio Mar 27th 2016 8:05 am

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We've always put a 'bulkhead' in a 40' container to minimize movement. Pack the front as tightly as possible, but not too high. Bulkhead about 1/2 way or so; 2nd bulkhead if needed. We used OSB and 2x4s - works a treat.

The first time we did this, the front half had all the household goods, and the back had my 1978 Triumph Spitfire, which was secured with blocks. All arrived in perfect condition. Knock wood, but aside from a little scrape here and there on furniture we've never had any breakage or damage. The key is planning the load and sticking to the plan.

ottotheboar Mar 27th 2016 2:23 pm

Re: Forty foot container cost USA to UK
 

Originally Posted by Vadio (Post 11906362)
We've always put a 'bulkhead' in a 40' container to minimize movement. Pack the front as tightly as possible, but not too high. Bulkhead about 1/2 way or so; 2nd bulkhead if needed. We used OSB and 2x4s - works a treat.

The first time we did this, the front half had all the household goods, and the back had my 1978 Triumph Spitfire, which was secured with blocks. All arrived in perfect condition. Knock wood, but aside from a little scrape here and there on furniture we've never had any breakage or damage. The key is planning the load and sticking to the plan.

I have mentioned this before, ply or any type of manufactured wood is fine but a plain 2x4 must be heat treated and stamped to certify it meets the ISPM 15 specifications. The place we use has a rolling stamp which runs down the whole 2x4 .

ottotheboar Apr 3rd 2016 10:15 pm

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UK charges as follows
Prices in UK Pounds


Terminal handling 135.00
Documentation 45.00
Line security fee 25.00
Customs clearance 51.50
Port security fee 18.50
Port exam fee 37.50
Equipment 6.00
Deferment 35.00
Haulage to W. Midlands 581.63
Agency fee 35.00

Englishmum Apr 5th 2016 4:43 pm

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No-one has included insurance costs!

We have done a few international moves (and will do so again this Summer) all fortunately paid for my my husband's employer and when the shippers ask you for the value of your goods (one guy said to me "you would be surprised at how many containers go overboard at sea") and you give your best estimate, it is alarming at how much the price goes up!

Btw - we have never shipped expensive furniture, paintings, sports equipment etc, just the usual household stuff.


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