Household Goods Moving FAQ: Can I Ship My Household Goods Overseas?

Moving 5The nice thing about the household moving industry is that it’s a global industry. People move in and out of countries all the time, and even in the United States people are moving to and from both Alaska and Hawaii, as well as the outlying territories that the United States controls (such as Guam). This means that yes, you can ship your household goods overseas, but there are a few things that you should keep in mind when doing so. For starters, international household moving is a much different beast than interstate household moving, and this also includes shipments to Alaska and Hawaii. Most overseas shipments are literally done via a ship, which means that they travel through international waters that are governed and regulated according to a different set of rules. Most people that visit this site are simply shipping to Alaska or Hawaii, which makes it a lot easier for them to get the right information for what they’ll need and what they have to do prior to their move. If you’re moving overseas, make sure to get some free quotes from our stable of reliable household moving companies and get all the information you’ll need straight from the source.

All that being said, you should also be aware that overseas household goods transportation services are a lot more expensive than overseas auto shipping services, and by a wide margin to boot. As you likely know, household goods moving is priced via weight; the more stuff you have to move, generally the more expensive it’s going to be. Prices also take into account the distance you’re traveling, as well as the method needed to move your goods. For instance, in a simple overland, state-to-state move, the main factors in the price will be the distance between pickup and delivery and the total weight of your goods. Other factors such as additional insurance and full-service vs. self-service moving will of course be added in, but those aren’t the two main factors; those are more add-ons to your basic price. With overseas shipping, you still have the distance and the weight, but then there’s also the fact that you can only ship your stuff via a cargo ship, and those rates are vastly different than those that a standard overland transport company would charge.

You should also be prepared to wait longer for pickup and delivery of your goods, while also trying to give your shipper enough time to arrange everything. We recommend booking a household move at least a month in advance, but 6-8 weeks is recommended. Logistically, household goods transportation is much more taxing and hectic than auto transport, and the additional headaches garnered through household goods moving are generally less if there’s more time to prepare everything accordingly. With overseas transportation, transit time is increased because the shipment is multi-faceted: there has to be an overland transport company to actually get your vehicle to the port, then there has to be a contract with the port shipper to move your goods overseas, which brings with it the process of loading your household goods from the truck to the cargo ship, then unloading them at your destination and then getting everything moved to your home via yet another overland household moving company at the delivery location.

Like we said, it’s time-consuming. Is it perfect? Of course not. There are always factors at play that no one expects, inclement weather being a major factor in both overseas and overland household moving. The moving industry is also seasonal, with prices higher in the summer due to higher demand, but also more trucks available because it’s the busy season. Prices tend to fall in the winter months, but then again there are also less trucks on the road, meaning pickup windows may be longer. When you ship can have as large an impact on what you ship and where you ship your household goods. If you’re interested in getting free quotes, make sure to visit our household goods moving quote request form and fill it out; it takes less than two minutes and gets you in contact with some of the best moving companies in the industry today. Also, you can follow that link to read more about the household moving industry, with helpful articles about various topics and several different FAQ pages that answer many questions that customers ask about the industry.

Auto Transport to West Fargo, North Dakota

West Fargo 1West Fargo is a small city located in Cass County, North Dakota; it is currently home to over 25,000 residents. Located just west of Fargo, one of the largest cities in North Dakota, West Fargo is quickly becoming an alternative for people moving to the Fargo area, and not only is the city the fifth-largest by population in North Dakota, it is also one of the fastest-growing cities in the state. Founded in 1926, West Fargo has developed slowly over the years, expanding mainly into the unincorporated areas to the west and north. It is home to a vibrant and active commercial district as well, and despite its size is home to several brand-name restaurants as well as a chamber of commerce that oversees a thriving and expanding business district. Companies such as Applied Industrial Technologies, BNG Technologies, Norse Technologies and Red Chair Solutions either are headquartered or have locations in the city.

West Fargo is most easily accessible from the Interstate Highway System via Interstate 94, which is the main east-west interstate that services the entire state of North Dakota. This makes it easier for shippers to get into and out of West Fargo and Fargo in general, but the problem is that it’s located in North Dakota, which is probably one of the least-popular auto transport locations in the entire country. Isolated, more difficult to access, few major metropolitan areas and extreme winter weather all conspire with each other to make it expensive, time-consuming and not cost effective for auto shippers to run routes to or from North Dakota. This means that anyone looking to actually ship a vehicle to or from the state are going to run into long pickup windows and higher prices. Luckily, there are areas in North Dakota that are easier to ship to than others, and West Fargo is one of those areas. As auto transporters prefer running routes into and out of metropolitan areas, West Fargo – being where it is and surrounded by what it’s surrounded by – is a lot easier for shippers to get to and from.

Because it’s North Dakota, you’re likely not going to see much difference between shipping to West Fargo or to Fargo proper because you’re probably going to be the only person going there, so it’s not like the carrier is going to whine about an extra 20 miles to go through Fargo – he’s going to be going through anyway. It may be easier on your shipper if you meet him in Fargo proper if you’re coming from the east, and west Fargo if you’re shipping from the west (or, if you’re shipping out of Fargo, meet him on the side that you’re going to be going to, because that’s where he’s going to be going, if that makes sense). We recommend talking to an auto shipping representative about shipping to or from West Fargo; who knows, they may know a carrier who’s going that way anyway and can use another car on the truck. You may also end up waiting to move for three weeks, though, so definitely want to talk to a shipper. Don’t be alarmed by price – North Dakota is perhaps the most expensive state in the contiguous U.S. to ship to, barring perhaps Maine. If you need quotes to ship a vehicle, call us at 800-930-7417 or fill out our free online quote request form and get started today.

Why Auto Transport by Rail Isn’t More Popular

Rail Transport 2Like Tamagotchis, pet rocks and disco, auto transportation by rail is a relic of a bygone era. In today’s fast-paced, modern society, trains are just too slow, too unwieldy, and as a result the railroads are slowly phasing out of use. Just like the telegraph and leaded gasoline, the world is moving on from rail transportation, and it’s not looking back. As more and more businesses eschew the comforts of the rails for the benefits of over-the-road logistics services, it’s surprising that there are as many companies that operate along the railroads as there are today, but when you look at an industry like auto shipping, you start to see that the railroads are even less used than by other industries.

Roughly 90% of the over-the-road auto transport companies operating today provide open auto transport services. We’ve talked about some of the advantages of open auto transport before, too. The remaining 10% are all the other ones. They’re the enclosed carriers, the flatbed transport trucks, the rail companies and the specialty shippers. The auto transportation industry has figured out the way that things work best, and it’s been working that way for decades now. Auto transport by rail was once the backbone of the industry, though, make no mistake; at a time when rail transportation was the go-to logistics solution for most people and businesses, everyone shipped their vehicles by rail. Auto transportation by truck was in its infancy, and the railroads were generally a cheaper and safer option. This was especially true for manufacturers; Detroit was the main manufacturing hub, and the rail lines there were some of the busiest in nation. Over the years, though, new advances in security and efficiency have made auto transport by truck the main choice of transport, and the industry has responded in kind. Today, auto transport by rail is all but gone.

Today, auto transport by rail is generally harder to find, with only a select few routes still operating. Most of the routes that still see service on the railroads, at least for individual shippers, are along the east coast, up and down the eastern seaboard through the largest metro areas in the country. Amtrak also provides some car shipping services, generally for customers that are also taking the train, so you can talk to them about that for more information. But on the whole there are few brokers that actually offer auto transport by rail services nowadays, mainly because it’s much more expensive along all but the most heavily-traveled routes, it generally takes longer than shipping via truck, and is restrictive in that you can only go where the tracks are, which means customers will have to pick their vehicles up at the train station as opposed to from a carrier right outside their home. If you fill out our free online quote request form you can get multiple free quotes to ship your vehicle from reputable and dependable brokerages, and you can talk to them about if they ship via rail or not. Most will likely say no, to tell you the truth, but there may be a select few that can get it done if the route and price are right.

The Rise of the Electric Vehicle in the United States

Hyundai Hydrogen 1Not too long ago, the state of California celebrated its 100,000th electric vehicle sold. Around the same time, the United States as a whole announced that 250,000 electric vehicles have been sold nationwide since 2010, when the first full-electric vehicles were made available to the public. Of course, leading the way are Chevrolet and Nissan, with their Volt and Leaf vehicles, respectively. More and more people are starting to turn their heads in regards to electric vehicles, and it’s starting to pay off. California may be the state with the most electric vehicle sales in the country right now, but is that going to last? Doubtful. Not long ago, an independent company called ChargePoint released information regarding the Top-10 cities in the U.S. with the most electric vehicles. Three California cities made that list, including San Francisco at number one, but that means that the other cities are not located in California. This in turn means that electric vehicles are becoming more popular nationwide, and the numbers are starting to add up.

Now, applying electric vehicle technology to a car is one thing, but there likely won’t be any applications to the auto transport industry, or at least not at first. Most industries are resistant to change; after all, if something’s not broke, you probably shouldn’t try to fix t. But given the exorbitant prices for diesel fuel and regular gasoline, auto shippers are looking for any way they can pay less at the pump, and electric vehicle technology seems to be a great way to go. We’ve discussed the issue before, namely the fact that Walmart has its sights set on an all-electric shipping fleet (though right now the entire thing is hardly out of the concept stage at this point). If the United States’ interstate shipping fleets changed from diesel power to electric power, the amount of money saved just on fuel costs would be absolutely staggering, and in an industry such as auto transportation, where every single dime counts, electric vehicle transport trucks could be one of the best things to ever happen to the industry.

Of course, this is all speculation, but what we do know is that the electric vehicle is on the rise in the United States, in a big way, and at this point it doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere. Electric vehicles have wormed their way into the hearts and minds of the American people, and more and more people are turning to electric vehicles to solve their personal transportation problems. Auto shippers will likely climb on board, but anything requiring such an investment in time and money would like to see a more concrete future than something on the horizon, but it’s a great start. You can fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour. It’s fast, free, easy, and if you want you can call us toll-free at 800-930-7417 to speak to one of our live agents who can answer your questions and help you get your free quotes.

Auto Shipping Tips to Akron, Ohio

Akron 1Akron is a city located in north-central Ohio, about an hour or so south of Cleveland. It is the fifth-largest city in the state by population, which sits at just under 12,000 residents, and sits at the center of the Akron Metropolitan Area, which had a population of over 703,000 and spans two counties. Akron is also a part of the larger Cleveland-Akron-Canton Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is home to over 3.5 million residents. Akron is the county seat of Summit County as well, and was founded in 1825. During the early 20th century Akron became a manufacturing powerhouse of northern Ohio, with industries such as stoneware, fishing tackle, farming equipment, matches, toys and rubber products becoming staples of the city’s economy. Unfortunately, deindustrialization during the late 20th century hit Akron hard, and the city fell into a depression that it has only recently begun to emerge from. Akron, however, is emerging as a major player in the information-technology sector; its economy, for years in shambles at the loss of manufacturing, is recovering quickly thanks to new upstart companies in information and technology-related fields, and today Akron is considered one of the top-ten “high-tech havens” in the U.S.

Akron is not the most popular auto shipping destination in the state of Ohio, but it’s located in a fairly populated area, and is relatively easily accessible via the interstate highway system, so it has a few things going for it that can help lower your price. Akron sits about an hour south of Cleveland, and Cleveland can actually be a good alternative if you’re shipping on a budget, need to save some cash, and can afford to drive a bit out of the way. Auto shippers like to run routes into and out of areas that have higher concentrations of potential customers, and Cleveland – which is much larger than Akron in terms of population – is one of the most popular shipping areas in Ohio. Of course, many of the “Rust Belt” cities aren’t as popular in terms of shipping locations as they once were, but many auto transporters still run routes into and out of cities such as Cleveland, Akron and Toledo because there are still quite a few people living in those areas. Akron itself is accessible via I-77, a north-south interstate that runs north to Cleveland, and I-76, an east-west interstate that connects I-71 (northeast-southwest through Columbus, Ohio) and I-80 (east west through Pennsylvania).

When shipping to or from Akron you should keep an eye on the weather reports, as snow tends to fall as early as November and tends to last through the winter and into April. Akron averages over 47 inches of snow per year, with the heaviest snowfalls occurring in December, January and February. Snow can make it difficult for auto shippers to get into and out of certain areas, and even anti-snow measures such as salt and gravel can damage their trucks and cost thousands in repairs. Since auto transport companies prefer more southern routes during the winter months, you will likely see higher prices into and out of Akron during the winter than the summer; not only that, but carrier availability in the area will likely plummet since there won’t be a lot of shippers there during the winter. Many areas of the U.S. tend to see price drops during the winter, as it’s the slow time and carriers take what they can get; however, in Akron and other areas that see a lot of snow, prices can increase due to the lack of popularity and the hazards of winter driving in those areas. If you have questions, or need some advice on shipping your vehicle, call us at 800-930-7417; our live agents are standing by to help you, and you can always fill out our free online quote request form and get multiple free quotes e-mailed to you within about an hour.

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