Monday, September 12, 2011

Container Shipments

I would like to thank my new friend, Tikva Sasson of Aliyah Lift Shipping for lending a hand at When the new site launches, look out for Aliyah Lift Shipping's own section.

What Size Do I Need?   Shipping containers come in three sizes: 20' (1000 cubic feet), 40' (2000 cubic feet) and 40' HC (2400 cubic feet).  

To determine which container fits your needs, you can download the Aliyah Lift Calculator (ALC), which is a spreadsheet filled with many commonly sized items. Simply enter the quantity of each item you are taking, and the volume will change accordingly.   It is important to know that your surveyed volume (in-house, ALC, or over the phone) has a discrepancy of 10%-20%.

If your surveyed volume is close to a full container's volume, you may want to make a list of lower priority items and have them loaded last, or consider a larger container.

Services.  We offer the following origin services when shipping a container:
  • Full Packing and Container Loading
  • Partial Packing and Container Loading
  • Container Loading
  • None of the above - you can elect to pack and load your own container if you choose
All container shipments include delivery to your residence in Israel.

Understanding Your Quote.   Quotes involving "live loading" are given 4 hours to complete the task, and after 4 hours there is an hourly charge. This is designed to be an incentive for the customer to be prepared for the evolution at hand.

Sometimes it is more cost effective to have the container dropped off and picked up later in the day or the next day. If this is the case you may want to check with the local authorities to see if there might be a problem leaving it overnight.   If the container is left overnight, it is imperative to park a vehicle in front of the container to inhibit theft of the containers.
   Additionally, the container's doors should be locked.

Loading Day.   Most container shipments are "live loaded", which means the truck driver stays with the container and waits until the loading is completed.   Assuming everything is prepared and the container is conveniently parked, it takes a three-man crew about 3-4 hours to load a 20' container and a four-man crew about 6-8 hours for a 40' container.

Containers are large and may be difficult to maneuver in a residential neighborhoods or storage facilities.  If you have any concerns that the container will not have easy access to your residence/storage facilities, please let me know ahead of time.  I am not responsible if, on loading day, the truck cannot access your residence/storage facilities.

It is also important to know that the truck bed is approximately 5' off of the ground.   If you are self loading you will need a ramp.

When the loading is complete, the driver will put a "seal" on the back of the container, making it impossible for the truck to be opened without removing the seal.   The seal will stay on the container until it is delivered to your residence, where you should endeavor to witness its removal.


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