When we need to ship internationally, we all want to find the best shipping rates. With all the options available, it can feel overwhelming. But a little understanding of how international shipping costs are determined can help you make an informed choice and get the best deal, whether you are sending one parcel or relocating overseas and shipping your furniture.
International shipping quotes are determined by a number of factors, including the size and weight of your shipment, the destination, the shipping method and the cost of fuel. Some of those things are under your control – such as the shipping method that you choose – while others are not. Fuel costs, for example, are beyond the control of individual consumers or shipping companies.
How Do I Calculate Shipping Costs?
To get an accurate shipping quote, you will need to have a fairly accurate idea of what you are sending. If it is a few boxes, you can measure and weigh them once they are packed up. If, however, you are relocating and looking for shipping rates for your furniture and other belongings, you will need to make a list of what you are sending.
When you contact international shipping companies for quotes, asking about your options will help you get the best deal that meets your needs. Here are few things to consider that impact the shipping rates you’ll pay.
· Ask for the cost and shipping times of sending your items by air freight versus surface freight.
· Consider if you need door to door shipping or if you can collect your items at the destination port.
· If you are relocating and shipping furniture, etc., would it benefit you to break your items into two shipments? You could send larger items by surface and smaller boxes of clothing, etc. by air, for example.
It can help to talk to a few different international shipping companies to make sure you are picking one that fits your budget and offers the service and customer support you need.