Shipping Cars Overseas: Shared Container Service

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Shipping cars overseas in ocean containers is not new but not a lot of customers have a clear picture how it’s done exactly especially when it comes to shared (or consolidated) container service for international vehicle shipping.

Let me give you a few details how an international car shipping company manages loading and shipping multiple vehicles in a single container thus providing considerable savings on overseas shipping cost.

First of all, we have to use a professional export packing warehouse. A simple cargo handling facility won’t do – loading cars in ocean containers requires special skills and expertise. A lot of companies provide “floor loading” only for vehicles while others are able to lift the cars with the help of ramps or chains thus allowing 3-5 cars to be placed in a single 40′ ocean container.

This is basically how the consolidation container service works with overseas vehicle shipping. A shipping company advertises the car shipping service to an overseas destination (very common are Germany, UK, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Russia) and offers very competitive prices. The company hopes that each week or two it will get the car shipping bookings from a few customers to the same destination. This way the overseas shipping company can pack and ship a 40′ container with 3-4 cars to the same port.

The good thing is that a customer only pays for one spot that his/her vehicle is taking inside the container. In other words the cost of the overseas auto shipping is “shared” among all customers. This way you only pay a fraction of international shipping cost.

The bad thing happens when the international shipper underestimates the traffic and cannot get enough cargo to pack the whole container. Since they quoted you based on the shared container service they cannot afford to ship just your car in single container without losing money. You may have to wait for a few weeks until the international shipper finally collects enough cars to pack the whole container. So there’s always trade-off: cost of shipping for the time of shipping.

Shipping cars overseas in ocean container is a very cost-effective way if you’re shipping to a popular destination and don’t mind waiting in order to save on cost.

We offer shared container shipping to many worldwide destinations. If you’re interested in this service – please, use the contact forms on this site to get in touch.

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