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Moving Abroad: Should You Use Full Containers or Less Than Full Containers?

 When you are moving abroad, you have many things to decide on and to think about. Where you will move, what items you will take and which you will leave behind, who will pack your items and how you will have them shipped. The list may seem daunting. Having an experienced international moving company to help you is the easiest way to make sure that all of your bases are covered with the least amount of stress possible. An international moving company will inventory your belongings and estimate the cost for you, helping you determine things like how to best move your items and the benefits of full containers or less than full containers to help keep costs down.

What are Full Containers?

In shipping overseas, two options are available. You can choose a full container load (known as FCL) or a Less than Container Load (LCL). Full Containers will carry only your personal items. If you have a great deal less than the amount that would fill a full container, you might choose the LCL option.

Factors to Consider When Deciding Between FCL or LCL

Full container loads tend to cost more than less than full container loads, but a couple of advantages exist for using FCL rather than LCL.
1. Security and Safety – Full container loads contain only your items.
2. Simpler Customs Experience – With other parties involved, improper items or paperwork are more likely. Customs officials might choose to release your items without delay. If irregularities exist with the other parties, they might detain the entire shipment until everything is sorted out.

AW Transportation Takes Care of Your International Move from Door to Door

If you have decided to make an international move within the next few months, now is the time to contact AW Transportation to make plans. We have the knowledge and experience to make your move as stress free as possible. We will help you with all of the details, from deciding between full containers or less than full containers to packing up your belongings safely, and we have a great deal of information to share about international destinations. Contact us today to get a free quote and learn how we can help you.