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How to Ship Your Belongings Yourself

If you are moving internationally, long distance domestically, or have timing complications related to your move, you may want to consider shipping your belongings rather than using a simple moving service. When items are to be shipped, they must be packed and prepared more securely than if they were just traveling across town. Once they arrive at their destination, you can pick them up or have them delivered at your convenience, instead of having to meet your moving truck at the house on moving day. There are some specific requirements to be aware of, and there are also a few things you can do to minimize the costs of a shipping job.

Packing Your Container

The primary factor in your shipping cost is the size of your container. Your goal should be to engage the smallest container possible but be aware that if all your items do not fit in the container you choose, you will have to pay very high fees for the additional items or else leave them behind. If an agent from a moving company has the opportunity to look at your load ahead of time, he can advise you on what size container you are likely to need.

Paying professional movers to pack all of your items into boxes and load them into your container is the best way to make sure that they are well protected for the trip. However, you can save money by doing the packing yourself and simply pay for loading. You can even prepare furniture for shipping yourself, as long as you are careful to observe all laws and procedures applicable to your move.

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Shipping Regulations

Other countries and even some states within the U.S. impose restrictions on what type of items may not be transported across borders. Plants are the most well known of these, as they often bear insects and diseases that easily spread and can be disastrous to foreign crops. Shipping companies also refuse to carry objects and liquids that are flammable or explosive ammunition, lighter fluid, candles, gasoline, and paint thinner are some of the more common prohibited items. Ask your agent to tell you what regulations you must respect given your destination and any other countries or states your load will pass through.

As always, back up all files stored on computers, protect and clearly label any fragile items, and confirm the full insurance coverage of your entire load.

Joe Webster
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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A-1 Auto Transport is a disclosed agent for the following shipping companies:

Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
Intl Cargo
45 Campus drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
Merco Air & Ocean Cargo, Inc.
6 Fir Way
Cooper City, FL 33026
NO. 021869F
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