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Economical Heavy international Freight


#1

Hi again,

Does anyone out there have suggestions for economical freight from
the USA to international destinations (Australia in my case) for heavy
items like tooling etc.

BTW, I read Orchid all the time. It’s fantastic that their is such a
wealth of readily available. A special thanks to all
those who spend their time and effort answering other’s questions.
It’s really appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Brian.


#2

DEPENDS ON THE FREIGHT

USE UPS, AIRBORNE IF TOTAL WEIGHT IS LESS THAN 300 POUNDS AND EACH
BOX IS 70 LBS OR BELOW.

USE A FREIGHT FORWARDER IF TOTAL WEIGHT IS MORE THAN 300 LBS AND IF
EACH BOX IS MORE THAN 70 LBS.

IF BY AIR CONTACT AIRLINES. IF BY SEA CHECK THE PORT CLOSE TO YOU
WHERE YOU HAVE LINES THAT GO TO AUSTRALIA AND ASK THEM FOR A NAME OF
A FREIGHT BROKER. THEY WILL GET YOU THE BEST DEAL. GLAD TO HELP YOU
MORE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS

KENNETH


#3

Brian ocean freight is the only way to go. I found a few years back
that the cost of shipping eight barrels weighing over 6000 lbs from
Brisbane Australia to Oakland, Ca only cost me $500. They charge by
the cubic meter, not weight. Getting the shipment to the dock will
be your expensive part. I don’t have a shipper to recommend, as that
was handled at the shipping end I would look for an international
freight forwarding company. You want to make sure that they handle
any customs documents also.

Don

PS, I’ll look back through my old records and find the shipping company’s
names that were involved in my shipment and get them to you off line.


#4

Brian, when I was getting ready to return to the UK from Australia
(G’day W.A.) a few years ago I looked into the possibility of
shipping my 4WD. Contacted a bunch of freight firms plucked out of
yellow pages. The results of a few phone calls surprised me.

The actual shipping cost in every case was very reasonable, all were
close to A$1000. This was on the basis of “it goes on a ship as and
when space is available and you get about two days notice of arrival
at the other end”. The real downer was with all the extras. Like
having a crate made. Getting it to the shipping Co warehouse inside
the docks. Customs clearance. Some of this you can do yourself if
you don’t mind a lot of waiting around, else you pay an agent to
handle it.

More recently, just two years ago in fact, I worked for a bulk
pigment company, where the rough and ready shipping rule was that you
could send a cubic metre pretty much anywhere, by sea, for US$70, but
there’s still all the other expenses to figure in.

Hop this provides some encouragement, at least.
Kevin (NW England, UK)