SEA, AIR and ROAD transportation

By SEA:

A steel container is often the best solution for international moves as it allows to ship larger volume at reasonable cost.
The most common containers are:
DC 20' 20 feet / capacity 1,,172 Cubic Feet or 33 cbm.
DC 40' 40 feet / capacity 2,390 Cubic Feet or 66 cbm.
DC 40' High Cube 40 feet / capacity 2,694 Cubic Feet or 76 cbm (It is the same foot step than the 40' but a little bit more than one foot higher).

For smaller volumes (generally less than 355 Cubic Feet or 10 cbm) sharing a container could be an interesting option (LCL Less than Container Load). Transit time is higher for LCL shipments so you will have to decide what is the best option for you.

 

By ROAD:

Generally used for moving between Mexico and the U.S.A. or Canada or Central America.
Trailer capacity:
PUP 29' 28 feet / capacity 1,765 Cubic Feet or 50 m3.
TRAILER 48' 48 feet / 3,000 Cubic Feet or 85 cbm.
TRAILER 53' 53 feet / 3,885 Cubic Feet or 110 cbm.

By AIR:

Reserved for a small volume or when transit time is a major factor. Air shipment is the option for door to door delivery in less than 8 working days in many places in the world.
Both the gross weight and the volume (chargeable weight) are taken into account by the airline company to compute the costs.

The ratio to be used is 1 cbm = > 167 kg (or 35.31 cuft = > 367 lb)
For a package with a volume of 0.50 m3 (17.65 cuft), the chargeable weight will be 0.50 x 167 = 84 kg. (or 185 lb)

If the real weight of this package is 30 kg only (66 lb), you will pay anyway on the chargeable weight basis of 84Kg (or 185 lb). But if the same package has a weight of  120 kg (265 lb), you will be charged according to this real weight of 120 kg (265 lb).
You can easily see that shipping by air light but voluminous items could be very costly.

We always used well-known and reliable shipping companies.
Our agents at destination are trustworthy companies and members of international movers networks.