China Overseas Moving Companies
The country of China is home to eight of the largest shipping ports in the world. If you are moving overseas from China, these ports will make it easy for you to connect to ports anywhere around the world. The one you choose to work with will be up to you. You can consider proximity, convenience, shipping routes, and price to decide what works best for your needs.
The biggest port is not always going to be the best option. China is home to many container shipping ports, both large and small. What follows is a list of some of the busiest container ports in China:
- The Port of Shanghai is the busiest port in the world, ideally located where the Yangtze and Huangpu Rivers meet the sea.
- The Port of Shenzen is actually a collection of several ports, situated on the East and West sides of the Kowloon Peninsula.
- The Port of Dalian is located at the end of Liaodong peninsula, across the border from the enigmatic and unpredictable North Korea in Northeastern China.
- The Port of Guangzhou is actually an inland port with direct access to the sea by virtue of its location at the intersection of three major Chinese rivers.
Selecting a Container
You will be able to choose between a 12-meter or 6-meter container for shipping your household goods. If you want a container to yourself, you will select a Full Container Load (FCL). For smaller shipments, you could choose to share a container with other customers with a Less than Container Load (LCL). The LCL option has advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that you will save money by only paying for the cargo space that you need. One disadvantage is that your container could take several weeks longer to arrive if it has to stop at additional ports to accommodate the needs of your container-mates.
Preparing your Paperwork
One of the most daunting tasks involved in an international move is preparing paperwork. International import regulations can be quite complex, and you will need to complete the required paperwork with accuracy and attention to detail. From your comprehensive packing inventory to your customs declaration forms, getting it right is important.
Also, while you might be tempted to stow all of this paper in your checked luggage, we cannot stress how important it is to hand carry your documents with you. Losing your luggage can cause you so much trouble and stress that it is simply not worth it. Make sure your vital documents and customs paperwork are with you, in your carry-on luggage, at all times.
Budgeting for an Overseas Move
Instant online quotes can give you broad international moving estimates that are of limited value when planning your budget. That’s because these quotes are based only on where you are moving from and moving to, and not on all the other factors that go into a pricing quote. For example, one website says that moving a full container from Shanghai to Cape Town, South Africa can cost anywhere between ¥49,000 – ¥79,800. The estimate they offer for a move to London is ¥63,500 – ¥85,200.
If you want a more reliable price quote that is customized for your needs and situation, working with an overseas moving company like Three Men and a Truck is the best choice. When you contact us, we collect information from you about when you’d like to move, how you’d like to move, what you’d like to move, and where, using this information to provide a customized shipping quote you can count on. To learn more about all of the services we provide at Three Men and a Truck, contact us today.