Pack by Owner

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Pack by Owner

Postby Tmarsoun » Sun Jun 05, 2016 7:29 pm

Hi All,

Does anyone have any experience with a International moving company that will allow "pack by owner," purchasing our own container also? We will not have accomodations on the other side for some time, hence the container purchase.


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Re: Pack by Owner

Postby Noone » Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:38 pm

It is very problematic (virtually impossible for an individual) to ship a container that you own. Most forwarders can give you a price for a container that you pack and load yourself, and you can ask them to check with their partner at destination about buying a used ocean container there to store your goods.

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Re: Pack by Owner

Postby JAHaddow » Thu Jun 16, 2016 6:25 pm

I agree with Noone. The issue with purchasing a container is the issue of how you get the container to the ground. With most countries this is a problem. In the US you have to pay a local drayage company to rent a chassis at $25 to $35 a day from the time you pick it up from the company that sells the container and at the port a flip charge to remove the container from the chassis. Then after purchase you must have it certified as ocean worthy unless the company provides that.

The steamship line will charge the same ocean charge plus a shipper owned container surcharge. Next is where you are shipping the container. In countries like Australia they use what is called a side loader which has the ability to lower a container to the ground. Many others don't. You would have to find out from your forwarder to contact their agent in the country you are moving to about the ability to get the container to the ground. Many times it takes a crane and that is expensive.

Overall I think the cost benefit does not make real sense but you would have to do your research.
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