Recent shipping of HH Goods experience/reference?
Hi folks, I have been attempting to ship a 20' container to our home on STX for almost a year now and have been met with continual challenges and lack of interest from shipping folks. Just curious if there are any great success stories out there that we can leverage as we rethink this whole process. At this point, I am willing to truck our items in a UHaul to a port of call if need be (nothing fancy, just beds, totes with misc items, lite furniture etc..
Any comparison for shipping the 20' or just starting to send each item one tote at a time?
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If it were me, I'd contact Karen at Paradise Freight and see if they could help.
You can hire Tropical/Crowley to consolidate for you. You can just ship all of your things to them and they will load it in a container for you and ship it down. If you can have things put on pallets and wrapped it makes shipping/loading/unloading a lot easier. I think they give you a window of 30 days to get all of your items to them without being charged storage fees. You can contact them for details. Customercare@tropical.com for Tropical, and 1-800-276-9539 for Crowley. Tropical will be a little more expensive in most cases but they are usually a lot easier to deal with so I use them in almost all cases. (I do logistics for my company so I am constantly shipping all sorts of things)
My understanding from recently shipping a vehicle (which required a 20 ft container) from Atlanta to STX is that most domestic shipping is bid through a central logistics bidding center unless you contract with a specific freight company like ODL for the service.
If you already have the container, you could try an intermodal site like https://www.freightratecentral.com/ to see about either the entire trip or the domestic transfer to Tropical, Paradise, Crowley or Blue Ocean.
2-3 years ago, we packed our 20' container at our home in West FL, hired a company that loaded it onto a flatbed truck, and took it to Crowley in MIA to put on one of their ships to the VI. We provided all necessary paperwork including an inventory of contents for Crowley. The container was shipped to STX within 10 days. It went through customs and we had Bates deliver it to our home.
Somewhere on this VI Moving Center site I listed step by step instructions and what it cost us to do this. I think it was about $8k including the price of the 20 ft container.
My advice is to hire a flatbed to take it to Crowley in MIA and work directly with Crowley on the paperwork.
If you do a forum search you'll find a lot of detailed posts on this topic. We sent 2 forty foot containers about 6 months apart (Atlanta to STT) plus separately shipped a car. We had good luck using Blue Ocean, but Crowley or Paradise are also good choices. This was about 2 1/2 years ago.
One other tip, the difference between shipping a 20 foot container and a 40 foot container for us was only $2K, so made way more sense in our case to us the 40 footers. We were furnishing an entire 5 bedroom home plus all new appliances for 2 kitchens hence 2 forty footers.
You make a good point. Shipping on a 40’ isn’t that much more. But weight can be an issue. 20’s can be loaded to just over 38k lbs. and 40’s to about 43.5k lbs. Weight usually isn’t a big issue with home goods. More so with building materials.