Loading Boats in Containers for Overseas Shipping

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Many people looking to buy a new or used boat are finding that the cost of boats in USA is substantially lower than in their home country (Europe or Australia for example). Other customers in Asia or Middle East find out that the boats available for sale locally are usually very limited in options and they have to turn to search for a boat in USA.

But after they successfully find and purchase the boat they like – another issue is to get it shipped from USA to their home country in Europe, Australia, Middle East, Asia or anywhere else in the world. One of the best and cheapest shipping options is loading boats in containers for overseas shipping. Let’s look at it in more details.

Straight-in Loading
The door opening of any ocean container is 7’8″ wide and 8’5″ high. So as long as the beam of your boat if 7’8″ or less – the boat will fit straight inside the container. The height or the trailer are usually not that important because the height of the boat can be reduced by removing the tower and the windshield and the trailer can be easily disassembled and then reassembled.

Side Loading
Boats that are up to 8’6″ in beam (width) can still be loaded inside the container is they are loaded on the side. IMPORTANT: this type of loading must be done by a professional warehouse that has a lot of the experience in doing this. Not all export packing warehouses in USA know how to do it properly. Our company is currently using the warehouses in New York, Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles and Oakland that loaded boats sideways in the containers before and are fully capable of handling this task.

Loading Boats in Containers

Loading Boats in Containers

There’s a good reason why loading boats in containers for overseas shipping is very popular these days – it saves thousands of dollars in shipping charges for customers. For example: buyers in Australia purchase many used boats in USA. However, because of the distance between these countries – the shipping costs are quite high. Shipping a 24′ long boat on a trailer from Florida to Australia via roll-on roll-off method will cost well over $7,000 USD. Cost of shipping it via flat-tack will be even more expensive – close to $10,000 USD. But with packing this boat inside the container – the total cost of loading and shipping can be reduced to $4,500-$5,000 USD. As you can see it’s quite substantial savings.

If you’re looking to purchase or already purchased a boat is USA and need to ship it to your home country overseas – give us a try and see if we can save you some money by loading boats in containers for overseas shipping.

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