Strangely people are ashamed to bother a shipping company with this type of issue and falsely assume that it is not a service we provide. On the contrary, relocation services actually are quite a big part of our every day job.
Transporting your belongings with a shipping company is definitely cheaper compared to buying extra kilos to transport on the plane.
You can transport your goods using all main transportation methods: road, train, sea and air transportation. The latter is used the least due to its high price, however the method typically depends on the urgency and size/weight of the goods.
In Europe as an example, it makes perfect sense to transport your goods using road transport, however in some occasions sea transport can be quite useful as well. These details will be determined by the freight forwarder whose goal is to provide the best suitable transportation method for your goods.
A tilt-trailer with a capacity of 92m3 has a very reasonable price. Of course, if the overall size of your cargo is nowhere near 92m3, you don’t have to reserve the whole trailer for yourself. You can use LTL shipping (less-than-truckload) which is flexible to provide the exact capacity according to your requirement – be it a small boxes, books or couches and pianos.
The smaller the size the smaller the price. Makes sense, doesn’t it? However, one should never forget the logistics rule of thumb: on the larger scale of transport, the price per unit comes cheaper. So when moving, do not ship packages one by one, rather ship all at a time. Easy right? Let’s move on.
If you want to transport overseas, sea transportation usually makes most sense. Sea transportation uses containers to transport goods. You might want to check the sizes and specifications of the containers. Yet again, you don’t have to reserve the whole container, but only the required capacity. Overseas transportation also includes door-to-door service, so you don’t have to worry about picking your goods up from the port and having the hassle of transporting them to your home. You will get a delivery to your doorstep and just pick them up there. Maybe, the neighbour Joe can give a helping hand with heavier items?!
You might want to know the one difference in transporting private and industrial goods. When transporting industrial goods, there is a carrier’s liability of about 10 EUR per kilo, while the international relocation does not involve it. The reason is fairly simple: it is difficult to determine which object is new, old, used, scratched, broken, etc.
As industrial products are usually always new, then personal belongings are typically used and it is difficult to determine if the object was damaged before or during the shipping process. Luckily there is a solution, a cargo insurance that covers 100% of the risks.
On many occasions people also ask how the goods have to be packed. I’d actually like to say here that the more the merrier, just to be sure that nothing gets broken. Everyday materials can be used: cardboard boxes, bubble wrap to soften the vibration and duct tape to tie it up. The package has to be vibration and friction proof.