INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER SHIPPING

CONTAINER SHIPPING

Our Container Shipping Capabilities and Offerings Include:

Shipping containers have done more to revolutionize freight than anything else since the invention of the steamship. Back in 1956, the first containers shipped between Houston and Newark. The world of shipping hasn’t been the same since. Nothing has done more to ease the shipping business or secure cargo against theft, pilferage, wastage, and loss. Depending on several factors such as size, weight, commodity, and origin/destination ports, Full Container Load (FCL) shipping can be the most economical and safest way to transport your precious goods.

Texas International Freight provides full container shipping (FCL) services to all the major and most of the minor container ports in the world, such as in France, Spain, Egypt, Antofagasta in Chile, Singapore, and Saudi Arabia to name a few. We can offer end-destination delivery to some of the most hidden locations by utilizing our robust network of dependable agencies worldwide.

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Port to Port

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Door to door shipping
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Full Container Loads with weekly, bi-weekly sailings, and monthly sailings

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‘Drop and pick’ or ‘liveload’ options
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Intermodal and land-bridge shipping via rail

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Worldwide Freight Service Capabilities

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Containerization Services (stuffing, loading, lashing, securing, blocking and bracing)

Container Shipping

Texas International Freight can bring the sea shipping container to our customer’s door for loading anywhere in the U.S. Alternatively, we can pick up the cargo on flatbed trucks or dry vans and bring it to be packed and containerized at our export packing facilities. We have export crating and packing facilities near all major ports and railheads, utilizing advanced machinery such as forklifts to safely move your items. We also have worldwide reach for reverse logistics to import your cargo by container from almost anywhere in the world.  We have access to packing and stuffing facilities globally on account of our extensive and professional agency network.

All Types and Sizes of Container Shipping:

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20 ft Standard Containers

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20 ft Open Top Containers
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40 ft Standard Containers
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40 ft Open Top Containers

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40 ft High Cube Containers
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40 ft Flat Track Containers
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45 ft Standard Containers

For overseas destinations, we have professional agents around the world whom we have developed over the years.  These agents are world-class freight forwarders who are regional and national experts in their own countries. Leveraging their services, we are able to receive and deliver foreign container shipping. Our agents are all licensed customs house brokers and shipping container brokers, too.

If you need to buy a shipping container, please contact us. Texas International Freight sells 20 and 40 ft containers that are certified as seaworthy for reasonable prices. Plus, we are happy to deliver them to your door.

A lot of options exist when hiring a freight company to do your container shipping. Texas International Freight looks for the best, most economical, and quickest delivery options according to your container shipping requirements. We have excellent knowledge and relationships with all the major container lines. And we have professional agents all over the world who can book containers on our and our customer’s behalf. This allows us to offer both container shipping for import and export cargo. We have connections to all the major lines that enable us to pass on considerable savings. Contact us for a shipping container overseas quote.

Facts and Fictions in Shipping Sea Containers

While it is true that the shipping container has made worldwide shipping incredibly easy and incredibly cheap, there still exist a number of pitfalls. It’s a very easy thing to say shipping something from point A to point B.  But like so many other things in life, it’s easier said than done.

Online Freight Quotes for Shipping Containers

Companies both in and outside the freight industry are introducing online booking tools. But there are innumerable tiny, little factors one must be aware of. So to use an online tool to book freight correctly – without any aid from a human professional – isn’t recommended.  Those who have tried it only to be disappointed can tell you all the disclaimers and checked “I AGREE” boxes absolve the service provider of any blame. The customer bears all costs.

Efficiencies of Digitalization

No matter how many computer coding is done, cargo still must ship according to the rules of space and time. No digitalization has ever moved a container without the same planes and trains and ships that “old fashioned” freight forwarders use.  Whatever efficiencies online booking has given are inconsequential when compared to the fixed costs of shipping.

Online Booking Must Be Cheaper

Whatever small savings might be had by leveraging software are inconsequential when compared to the extraordinary capital intensive tools of shipping. No matter how you book your freight, we all use the same trucks, planes, and ships. And they all burn the same fuel.

Transparency in the Market

There is a difference between receiving a quote and completing a shipment. Despite the ease of displaying information on a computer screen, it does not necessarily equate to the ease of carrying out the task. It is important not to confuse transparency with a false quote.

A freight expert can guide you through the shipment process better than any computer. Proper shipping is affordable and straightforward, but if done incorrectly, it can lead to significant and unpleasant expenses.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship a Container Overseas?

The cost of shipping a container overseas can vary depending on several factors. Here are some key considerations that influence the cost:

  • Distance: The distance between the origin and destination ports plays a significant role in determining the shipping cost. Longer distances generally incur higher transportation costs.
  • Container Size: The size of the container you choose will affect the shipping cost. Common container sizes include 20-foot and 40-foot containers. Larger containers usually have higher shipping costs compared to smaller ones.
  • Type of Cargo: The nature and characteristics of the cargo being shipped can impact the cost. Certain types of goods may require special handling, storage, or documentation, which can increase the overall shipping expenses. Heavy items, specifically compressors or drill pipes for the oil and gas industry or agricultural machinery or crawler cranes for the construction industry are examples of higher ticket items.
  • Freight Rates: Freight rates are influenced by various factors, including market conditions, fuel prices, and the supply and demand for shipping services. For example, moving heavy items usually utilizes more fuel. Rates may fluctuate over time, so it’s advisable to obtain up-to-date information from shipping providers or freight forwarders.
  • Shipping Route: The specific shipping route taken can impact the cost. Some routes may be more popular and have higher competition among shipping lines, resulting in potentially lower rates. However, less common or specialized routes may involve higher costs due to limited service options.
  • Additional Services: Additional services such as customs clearance, insurance, warehousing, or inland transportation to/from the ports may also affect the overall shipping cost. These services can vary depending on the specific requirements of your shipment.

It’s important to note that providing an exact cost without specific details and current market conditions is not possible. To obtain an accurate quote for shipping a container overseas, please contact us. They can assess your specific shipping needs, consider the aforementioned factors, and provide you with a comprehensive cost estimate based on your requirements.

Remember to compare multiple quotes, evaluate the services offered, and consider the reputation and reliability of the shipping provider before making a decision.

 

Please call 877-489-9184 for more information!