Shipping overseas is not like shipping domestically, or even shipping internationally over land. There are many more points to consider when shipping to a country overseas.
Proper planning and thought about the things you need will ensure your shipments arrive on time and where you need them to end up. It will also help you predict the proper costs to charge for shipping your items overseas. Take a minute to consider some of the things listed below before shipping overseas.
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Last month our industrial packing and crating blog delivered our readers and shipping information researchers with insight into the preparation process for shipping jet-skis. The popularity of that article sparked another piece that answers a commonly posed question for sending recreational vehicles abroad – how to ship an ATV (quad, etc…) overseas. The demand of these all-terrain wheelers in various nations across the world has apt businesses shipping new and refurbished ATVs alike to port cities scattered about the map. With Port Metro Vancouver being the epicenter of exporting in Canada Cratex Group is well versed in the practice and is thus able to provide those of you with interests in shipping ATVs with some helpful advice.
5 Tips to Shipping an ATV Overseas
While often shrouded in grey skies this port has the brightest future of all in Canada
In case you have just now come across our blog, and thus this website, it’s good to know that you’ve stumbled upon the online portal for quite possibly the busiest industrial packing and crating company in Canada. You see, Cratex Group services clients seeking to prepare their products, materials, and various industrial level wares for shipping from the ports of Greater Vancouver BC. The Port Of Vancouver and all surrounding receiving waterways combine to create the busiest port city in the entire country.
The Port of Vancouver itself, annually handles over 70 million tonnes of cargo on average, according to recent updates from Transport Canada. However in 2013 that number skyrocketed to 135 million tonnes. There are many reasons as to why our left coast waterways pack in more traffic than the L.A. 405 at rush hour. A peek at recent Cratex Group articles offers a hint.
A trend is taking place with respect to overseas shipping and dry bulk cargo ships, one that has large scale importers adopting the use of container ships over dry bulk carriers.
By apt definition, a “dry bulk carrier” is a shipping vessel contrary to liquid carriers which are built to transport the likes of oil, chemicals, or liquefied petroleum gas. Dry bulk cargo ships are frequently used for agricultural commodities, traditionally carrying one commodity at a time and often to a capacity that can reach up to 70,000 tons.
While the dry bulk carrier method is certainly efficient for the one way trip, sending the vessel back empty is clearly a waste of space. Very rarely will there be candidate cargo for the return trip that can fill the space of dry bulk carrier design. In a perfect shipping world one would export 70,000 tons of sugar and return with 70,000 tons of corn so that not an ounce of fuel or manpower is wasted. But this is simply not the case.
On numerous occasions within our industrial packing and crating blog we have mentioned the prospect of shipping construction equipment overseas. With Canada being the home to many specialized construction companies and other organizations with architectural projects abroad the global demand for overseas shipping of heavy machinery from our BC ports is on the rise. There are basically three options for shipping such machinery, two of which we will discuss in future posts (thus follow our Cratex Group blog on a regular basis) with the remaining, and most common, discussed here today. We’re talking about roll-on/roll-off shipping.