Hermes can handle Full Container Loads (FCL) to almost any country in the
1. CONTAINERS (dimensions, specs.):
A. On our web pages there are pictures of containers
with their exact specs. Listed, but please keep in mind that containers
are 4 and 1/2 feet off the ground and don't come with platforms,
lift gates or ramps. A 20 ft. standard container when filled to
capacity with personal effects will hold up to 1000 cuft. / 6000
lbs., a 40 ft. standard container 2000 cuft. / 12000 lbs.
ORIGIN NEEDS: Now that you have an idea on the trucking it's time
to decide how you are going to pack/load the container.
B. In matching the container size to your volume,
we would recommend that you make out a detailed inventory list which
will be used by Customs, insurance purposes and for Hermes. This
list helps us determine the volume and weight of the shipment and
to make the best recommendations for your shipment. A general rule
of thumb is that 1 and 2 bedroom apartments will have anywhere from
300 cuft. to 1000 cuft. and will need a 20 ft. container while 3
and 4 bedroom houses will have between 1100 cuft. and 2000 cuft.
and will require a 40 ft. container.
C. Now that you are aware of what a container looks
like and it's sizes, let's discuss "drayage" or the details
of trucking the container to your door. First, the trucker is only
a driver. He is paid to drive. He can't assist you in any other
way. Secondly you must take into account the local zoning ordinances
and laws pertaining to fire, police, EMS, garbage pickup and no
parking zones. Next you must take into account the physical conditions
of the road, driveways and the trucker has total discretion on this.
D. The trucking term that we used in your rate
"live load" is an important term because when the trucker
shows up he will expect you to have everything planned out ahead
of time, staged, and ready to go within a 3-hour time limit. If
you run over the 3-hour limit you will be assessed an hourly overtime
fee for trucking.
A. The first step is to use cheap labor to pack
and load your container. Many of these people haven't been trained
in container packing. However, if you are looking for somebody to
just load the freight into the container, then using this type of
labor is fine. Just remember to make sure they are fully licensed
B. The second is loading the container by yourself
during the 3-hour time limit for a live load. It sounds hard but
many of our former clients chose this option because it best suited
their needs and budget. These people planned ahead had everything
prepacked, staged and ready to go when the trucker showed up so
that everything went according to plan.
C. Drop and pick option is a great option for those
people who are doing their own packing/loading and need additional
time to do so. The trucker drops off the container on a set date
and will come back 3 to 5 days later and pick it up and bring it
directly to the port. There is an extra charge for trucking for
this service and it should be a double price. This process is known
as a double pick too.
D. If you are doing your own packing or subbing
it out to a local mover, please realize that loading a container
is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. You have to visualize
the concept of linear space and realize that once you get the right
pieces in first everything else will fit together.
AUTOS AND CONTAINERS: Regarding the shipping of an auto, the shipper
must have the actual title to the auto along with a lien release form from
the creditor allowing you to ship the auto overseas. When shipping an auto
abroad the shipper has to do the following :-To load the auto by yourself.
For your information, putting an auto into a container is easy and is recommended
to the novice shipper. You need also : -To rent a flatbed truck with a tilt-back
so that the auto will be picked up and slid into the container with the
front end of the car facing the back of the container. -The gas line must
be completely drained, and the vehicle's engine should be run until completely
empty.-Battery disconnected battery cables tied up with electrical tape.-Wheels
blocked and properly chocked.
PERSONAL EFFECTS/AUTO TOGETHER IN A CONTAINER: Whether your auto
will be professionally loaded or you will make your own arrangements to
load the auto yourself, you must keep the following in mind when mixing
personal effects and the auto:
A. Personal effects go in first, followed by the
bulk heading (building of a wall) of the auto, and lastly the auto.
INSURANCE: We work with the insurance brokerage firm named Ramon.
Ramon insurance specializes in marine cargo insurance and can provide you
with a number of different insurance plans.
B. Keep in mind the dimensions and linear space
of the container, e.g. with a 20 ft. container you can load up to
200 cuft. of personal effects followed by the auto.C. With the 40
ft. container up to 1100 cuft. followed by the auto.
A. All Risks Policy: This policy is provided for
personal effects and/or autos. The rate that we charge is 3% of
the value insured ($30.00 for every $1000.00 of insurance). This
is an all inclusive policy that provides full protection for your
freight while it is in transit. In addition to major damages, it
provides coverage for scratches, dings, dents etc.
PURCHASING A CONTAINER: If you need to buy a container, you need
also a seaworthy certificate to ship your container overseas.
B. Named Perils/FPA: This type of policy is sold
at 1.5% of the value insured ($ 15.00 for every $1000.00).This policy
covers damage to you freight that results in total loss such as
fire, theft, container washed out to sea, container dropped at the
terminal and customs inspection at the US port of call that results
in total damage.
C. The minimum insurance premium amount is $ 30.00.
DUTIES AND CUSTOMS CLEARANCE:
A. Duties: The general rule when shipping out of
the US is that there will not be a duty on used personal effects
that are over a year old and the shipper has no intention of reselling
anything that is inside the container to the general public. However
with shippers who are returning to their native country or who have
purchased items that are less than 1 year old it is best to check
with the consulate of the country that the shipper is planning on
shipping to, please check before shipping, please go to: www.embassy.org.
B. Customs Clearance: For most countries shippers
can contact the consulate of the country of the country they are
shipping to and obtain the proper forms which are to be filled out
and submitted to Customs. In some countries like the UK you can
literally download the C-3 form and mail it in to Customs, but for
other countries like Greece , Italy or France you may have to physically
go to the port to clear the container.
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