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Old Oct 16th 2017, 4:28 pm
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Shipping threads pop up this is a quote I received today for a twenty foot container, we are around 120 miles from Norfolk VA the UK destination is the West Midlands.


Road freight $780
Chassis rental $90
Docs $275
Ocean freight $735
UK Port charges $273
Customs $98
Road freight UK $552


This is the basic rate we load and unload with between one to three hours time to do it.
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Can you clarify a bit? Obviously this is a complete do-it-yourself job. We've had several quotes for Chicago to south of England leaving next month, and all have been around $8k to $8.5k. That's them doing everything.

What am I missing about yours, apart from the obvious that you have to pack it and unpack it?
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Default Re: Twenty foot container cost USA to UK

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Can you clarify a bit? Obviously this is a complete do-it-yourself job. We've had several quotes for Chicago to south of England leaving next month, and all have been around $8k to $8.5k. That's them doing everything.

What am I missing about yours, apart from the obvious that you have to pack it and unpack it?
Considerably more road freight charges at the US end, the labor for loading and unloading, and retail mark-up.

The road freight difference will be quite large, probably $1,000-$1,500, but the charge for labor for loading and unloading will probably be the largest difference.
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Originally Posted by ukmancoll View Post
Can you clarify a bit? Obviously this is a complete do-it-yourself job. We've had several quotes for Chicago to south of England leaving next month, and all have been around $8k to $8.5k. That's them doing everything.

What am I missing about yours, apart from the obvious that you have to pack it and unpack it?
To pack a complete household including fragile items is not a quick or easy task. Also crates / boxes would be included we build or supply our own.
A few people on here have done DIY moves and saved money.
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To pack a complete household including fragile items is not a quick or easy task. Also crates / boxes would be included we build or supply our own.
A few people on here have done DIY moves and saved money.
Yes, it would be a time consuming challenge and a substantial expense to have everything crated up and ready for loading in one hour. But an expense that you do have control of.

If would be nice if there were an option for a 24 hour (or more) loading period. Though I realise that such would increase the cost substantially, possibly as much as doubling the stateside road freight part of the cost. It would be a minor disaster to have the container turn up and you are not ready for it because have not finished packing.

Is insurance additional? I realise that insurance against breakage is probably worthless if you pack yourself but insurance against complete loss or theft has to be worthwhile?

Isn't there bureaucracy about the type of wood that is approved for making crates also? Something to do with biology and pest organisms.
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Yes, it would be a time consuming challenge and a substantial expense to have everything crated up and ready for loading in one hour. But an expense that you do have control of.

If would be nice if there were an option for a 24 hour (or more) loading period. Though I realise that such would increase the cost substantially, possibly as much as doubling the stateside road freight part of the cost. It would be a minor disaster to have the container turn up and you are not ready for it because have not finished packing.

Is insurance additional? I realise that insurance against breakage is probably worthless if you pack yourself but insurance against complete loss or theft has to be worthwhile?

Isn't there bureaucracy about the type of wood that is approved for making crates also? Something to do with biology and pest organisms.
People who build two decks in a container have it dropped off.
Insurance on general loss is not expensive, you are correct against breakage on self pack worthless.
Plywood, chip or particle board is fine and other wood has to be heat treated and stamped ISF 15. It is not expensive as second quality wood is used as it is usually thrown away ay the other end. I forget what we paid.
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