If there’s one factor that’s revolutionised sea cargo in recent decades, it’s the rise in the use of containers. If you’re getting involved with shipping goods in and out of Australia, you need a thorough knowledge of this method of storage for transport.
Whether you’re importing or exporting huge amounts of cargo or just shipping your personal possessions for a furlough overseas, containers will surely be involved. The question is, how do you get the best deals?
A Complex Affair
It’s important to remember that container transport costs can vary considerably depending on an array of factors. These include the speed with which you want your cargo delivered and the volume of items in relation to the size of the container.
The latter will determine whether you require FCL (full container load) or LCL (less container load). For LCL, you can opt to wait for cargo from another party that will fill the container. This will be the economical option. If you want fast delivery, you’ll have to pay for the whole container.
Container sizes conform to international standards. The most common size is 8x8x20 feet. You can also get specialised containers for various needs. These include insulated, ventilated and refrigerated units.
Australian freight forwarding companies who have excellent relationships and arrangements with shipping and container firms. This way they can choose from the best quotes so that you get the best prices with reputable organisations.
The procedure is very simple. Just prepare information on what and how much you’ll be shipping from where to where and when. Armed with this data, a freight forwarder can provide you with quotes from container shipping companies they work with. They can also match your cargo with another shipment if it’s LCL.
Once you accept a quote, you can either ship your goods to the port or arrange for your freight forwarder to collect and transport. If you cargo is FCL, the container can be delivered to you for packing. For part container loads, you’ll need to pack everything and deliver it to the port for collation onto a pallet.
For all your freight forwarding and container requirements to and from Melbourne, contact IATA accredited cargo agent Atlas Forwarding on (03) 93355225