Your personal effects shipping can include a few items such as sending household goods, furniture, gifts, and also excess baggage. There may be various reasons as to why you would need a freight forwarder that offers personal effects shipping to your selected destination; it could be because you’re moving to another country, you need to send gifts to your loved ones, and if you need to send purchases (during your holiday ahead of time so it reaches your destination in time as you will be).
When you have decided to choose the option of shipping personal effects (PE) and household goods (HHG), you can make a shipping quick quote inquiry. An inventory of the personal effects and household goods for shipping and their measurements will be noted to calculate the volume of the shipment. Depending on the shipment volume calculation, the size of the container will be decided – whether FCL (Full Container Load) or LCL (Less than Container Load).
Once you’ve received a base quotation, you need to select which option is best for you which will be the basis of a full quotation to iron out all the finer details in order for you to arrive at a final shipping quotation.
After calculations have been made depending on size and volume of your cargo shipment, you will be able to figure out with the help of your freight forwarder whether there is enough personal effects cargo for a Full Container Load; if there isn’t enough, then you will be classified as LCL (Less than Container Load).
In order to minimise your costs of shipping household goods and personal effects you need to be efficient in packing wisely and wrapping diligently, and thereafter loading your shipping boxes and crates for you to use up all available space in a smart way. Make sure to use proper packing and wrapping items from Styrofoam to bubble wrap, even newspapers will suffice, but make sure anything and everything you want to protect are properly wrapped and packed so that they are not damaged during transport.
One thing to keep in mind is that you need to label all your boxes and crates, and also have an inventory of the items within. By including a packing list in your own records as well as within, it’ll be easier for you to double check contents. Take heed of whatever advice your freight forwarder suggests as it may come in handy. Don’t forget that securing your personal effects is vital for a safe journey.