In order to save you costs, minimize your hassle and reduce your inconvenience in
moving, we are providing you following tips which should make moving a pleasant experience.
First step is to decide among your family members, the items which you MUST take with you
keeping in mind that each item will cost you some money in moving regardless of size &
Best is to determine if all your items can be boxed because there are lot more choices of
transportation carriers when your items are boxed. Unboxed items such as Furniture etc.
special handling and can only be shipped by using specialized carriers who are lot more
expensive and takes longer transit time due to packing and process.
In the process of packing, you should try using the original boxes in which you bought the
but if you don't have them now, try finding strong boxes (preferably double ply) which
more sturdy and strong. Just so you know, there are boxes available at a reasonable price
quite a few items in your household such as Mattresses, Garments on hanger, Couches &
China & dishes etc.
These boxes (& other packaging material such as Bubble wraps, Tapes etc) can be obtained
from most of the stores selling packaging material listed in yellow pages or from nearest
- Walmart, Office Depot, Office Max, Longs etc.. You can obtain these boxes from us (Air
Seas - minimum order of $200) also, as long as you provide us enough notice to have
delivered to your door.
Once you have the packaging material, start packing items which are important & must be
shipped. Start marking the Box on the boxes after packing and add them to your Packing List.
Never try saving in packing material cost because it plays a big role in safe & sound
transportation of your goods. Actually, this is the only part you do with your own hand in
move because the rest of the portion takes several hands of others while being transported..
Good packing always pays off.
Make a packing list reflecting what you have packed in each box by Box. Don't place
all heavy items in one box i.e. your books should be segregated between few boxes instead of
one box too heavy containing books only. Don't ever pack your valuable items &
such as Jewelry, Certificates, Property titles, currencies, Insurance Policies, Family
book etc. in these boxes because you should carry them with you. Don't ever pack any
goods, perishable item, items which have oil or gas such as Lawn mover etc. because they
special professional packaging. This might delay your shipment &/or cost extra for
transportation, repackaging, storage etc.. Don't pack Pistol, Rifle & their
items which require export license before they can be exported.
Labeling plays an important role in shipping and is part of your responsibility. Each box
MUST have Ship To address and it's number such as Box 1 of 5, Box 2 of 5 etc.. These
should be at two opposite side of each box and so as special labels such as Fragile,
arrow, Too Heavy etc.
Packing List is another important part of your moving because it not only identify the
items in each box but also is needed for insurance, customs clearance etc. A detailed
saves time of everybody until the packages are in the final room at destination.
It is important that you can estimate Number, Weight & Dimensions of your pieces
before you start finding out the expense for shipping &/or packaging. Otherwise it is
to compare price between one transportation carrier to the other. Mostly Household Goods
Personal Effects are charged based on the size of boxes but weight also is checked to find
is higher. When shipping by Sea: - Find cubic feet of your cargo using the following
- L"xW"xH" divide by 1728 = Cubic Feet (cft) When shipping by Air -
(within USA) - Calculate the volume weight of your shipment using the following formula
(density factor of 194 per cubic inch) - L"xW"xH" divide by 194 = Volume
in Lbs International - Calculate the volume weight of your shipment using the following
- (density factor of 166 per cubic inch) - L"xW"xH" divide by 166 =
weight in Lbs
Another component of shipping cost is local pickup transportation from your residence to
our (Air 7 Seas) nearest terminal. If you book a full container, the container comes to your
doorstep, else, arrangements need to be made to take it to the port of loading. If your
small enough to fit in your (or your friend's) vehicle, it might be worth the savings to
our nearest terminal to save pickup charges which start from a minimum of $50.
Shipment loading and unloading is also the responsibility of the shipper unless you asked
us & paying extra to provide this service separately. When using commercial or terminal
with a loading dock, this is not an issue. But for residential pickup and/or delivery this
be considered. In many cases you may want to plan on having friends, relatives, or neighbors
standby to help with the loading and unloading. In some cases additional services such as
may be required, but the additional costs are to be considered. Always remember a "truck
does just what the title implies: drive the truck. The driver is never responsible for
unloading, although under reasonable circumstances he or she may help.
If you plan to load the ocean 20'st / 40'st container by yourself with the help
friends or hired labor, it is best to have the container loaded in such a way that the
totally cover the entire floor space of the container which makes less likely to encounter
Layer your boxes & furniture in such a way that there is minimum movement possible. Of
goes without saying that your stuff needs to be packed to withstand the long journey. Pls
mind that self loading is at your own risk and poorly loaded container damages will be your
responsibility. Also while container is in your possession, it is at your risk & expense
should make sure that neighbor will not have problem and the city's regulations allow
for how long.
Shipments less than 100 Lbs (45kg) costs as much as 100 Lbs. It is better to pay extra to
airline and carry that piece with you as an extra luggage. If your shipment is under 300
suggested to check shipping charges by air to your destination because the difference
sea cost might not be that much.
For your international shipments, customs require proper documentation without which the
shipment can not be shipped/delivered ǆ Dox First, Load Later. There are
upto $1000 for late/not submission of these export documentation. It is
obligation to provide these following documents to us on time. 1. Packing List 2. Value of
goods 3. Personal ID and 4. SLI (Shipper's Letter of Instruction) which contains
required on the Bill of Lading (if by Sea or Truck) / Air Waybill (if by air). If we are not
provided with the appropriate documents in time (at least 48 hours in advance excluding
& holidays), we try to hold the shipment in our warehouse or at port to save you from
penalties & fines but that may cause extra expense to you for storage etc. and it of
delays your shipment. Sometimes, when it is too late to hold the shipment for some reason,
penalty/fine will be to the account of cargo and must be paid before the shipment is
either shipper or consignee.