The idea of shipping containers internationally with vehicles, freight, or household goods may sound complicated, but at Schumacher Cargo it’s our profession. International shipping with a reliable company can actually make the process simple to complete.
We’ve provided a full range of international container shipping and ocean freight services to over 60 destinations for the past 40 years.
In all, we operate from 5 locations across the USA, with our main offices in Los Angeles, Houston and New York, giving clients the best departure options while offering highly competitive ocean container shipping rates.
Below is a quick list of more common shipment types using our container service or air freight. The most common include vehicles and household goods.
Different International Shipping Services:
- International Car Shipping
- Shipping Household Goods
- Motorcycle Shipping
- Boat & Yacht Transport
- Oversized Cargo Shipping
- Air Freight Shipping
International Ocean Freight Shipping
As an international shipping company, we specialize in a wide range of services. Overseas shipping has a variety of options to choose based on the best the needs of the goods. Depending on the type of shipment, there is always an option that will be better suited than another.
For instance, most oversized shipments will use what’s known as a flatrack because a standard ocean cargo container won’t fit. Along with that, there are many specialized international shipping processes for goods.
However, the most used methods are 20 foot and 40 foot containers, both the standard size and high cube.
There are numerous varieties used by freight forwarders but these are common for cargo related to international relocation and shipping. Almost all international shipping companies will use these containers, but they don’t always offer the same services in them.
The next important question would be to ask yourself, which shipping container size is right for my shipment?
That will depend on whether your cargo is only 100 cubic feet of household goods, 3 motorcycles, or a tool chest and a sofa.
How to Ship Cargo Overseas via Container
Regardless of the size of the shipping container, two terms that are quite common in relation to international container shipment are FCL and LCL. These stand for full container load and less container load respectively.
These two terms are used quite frequently by overseas shippers, but you will also hear shared/consolidated container and sole use container.
As we specialize in international relocation and vehicle shipping, we’ll explain what each means in these terms.
The terms themselves are pretty simple. Let’s say we have an international move of a one bedroom apartment with only 250 cubic feet of cargo. It wouldn’t make sense to book an entire 20 foot container and only use a small amount of space.
So to save you money, we fill the container with other shipments bound for the same final destination. We actually specialize in this type of consolidation, which is a more relevant term than LCL. Depending on the commodity, this is a very practical method. This gives your overseas transportation the most value as you only pay for the space you use.
FCL, is the equivalent to our sole use container service. This just means that you’ve booked your own container and can use the space to the fullest. Another benefit of this is that your international shipment will move on the water more quickly. This is because LCL containers need to be full before they leave, while FCL can leave with just your goods.
*Our overseas shipping services are tailored to each individual shipment. We always find the best option for our clients based on their timeframe, destination, and delivery method.
International Air Freight
Air freight doesn’t fall into the ocean freight category, but we also have a dedicated air freight division that specializes overseas air freight shipments.
When shipping overseas, this type of service does cost more. Depending on the specific needs related to time frames and cost trade offs, it is another viable service as it is much quicker than ocean freight. This is the fastest method of international shipping and the price reflects the immediacy.
As part of this service, we also offer door-to-door or port-to-port. This is both for importing cargo into the USA and exporting globally.
The major difference being that the goods will arrive and depart from international airports rather than shipping ports.
In the ever expanding and changing world that we live in, our company’s knowledge and experience keeps us at the top of our industry and allows us to better serve you.