When your personal possessions are shipped out to sea as part of an overseas maritime transfer, they are subjected to severe circumstances. These include abrupt variations in temperature and humidity. Therefore, apart from carefully packing your home items to avoid damage, the loading of your products into a shipping container is also critical.
If you choose FCL shipping, you will get the full container to yourself to store your personal items. However, because you will be sharing a container with other shippers, we recommend taking additional precautions because you cannot ensure their appropriate packing.
Here are some helpful hints for loading a container for overseas relocation. Large things, such as furniture, should be placed toward the container’s rear. Otherwise, everything should be packed and palletized.
Distribute your cargo’s weight equally over the floor surface. Cover the whole floor space of the container while transporting FCL. If the weight of your cargo is unequal (i.e., some boxes are much heavier than others), utilize bedding* to distribute the weight.
Bear in mind the overall weight of the package. Do not exceed the container’s maximum cargo capacity. As a general rule, the maximum weight for a 20-foot container is 24kg (52,900lbs) and for a 40-foot container is 30,480kg (67,200lbs). Verify the road’s weight restrictions. Consult your travel agent for information on road weight limitations in your destination country. Spread your items out in terms of volume for FCL shipment. You should not stack your cargo on one end of the container and spread it out on the floor on the other. If you do not have enough goods to fill the slot completely, you may fill it with dunnage*.
Arrange dry goods above wet cargo to avoid damage to your dry cargo. Similarly, position heavy goods beneath light ones to avoid crushing, which is especially important when the cargo is subjected to strong sea movements. Ensure that your container is packed as firmly as possible. Straps may be used to secure the goods in place if necessary. Take care not to apply direct pressure on the container’s door. If necessary, use a fence or gate to avoid direct pressure.
All blocking, bracing, and packing material must be heat treated in accordance with the rules of the destination country.
If you’re bringing your automobile, be careful to verify the destination country’s vehicle shipping requirements. We highly advise you to hire specialists to assist you in loading your vehicle into the container. If you opt to perform it yourself, keep in mind that you are ultimately responsible for the vehicle’s condition.
When moving the automobile into the container, bear in mind that you will require a crane to do so because the container will come on a truck, which means the container’s base will be around four feet in the air. Consider renting a flatbed tow truck to assist with loading. If you want to do this yourself, we recommend renting a ramp from a retailer such as U-haul. Hardware stores sell straps to secure automobiles and other home items.
Clean the vehicle thoroughly—this aids in the customs clearance process. Remove any personal devices from the vehicle, including GPS units, stereos, and radio antennae. This contains all vehicle documentation in case they are required for export or import. To save space and avoid damage, fold the side mirrors. Preparation for loading. After loading the automobile, remember to perform the following:
Empty the vehicle of all gas. Disconnect the battery and the alarm system from the vehicle. Lashes should be used to fasten and secure the automobile to prevent it from shifting throughout the ocean freight voyage.