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Using Self-Pack Shipping Containers for Moving Overseas

Self-Pack Shipping Containers for Moving Overseas from Australia

If you’re moving overseas from Australia and looking for a new home, you’re more than likely going to be relocating a lot of your possessions. This article will outline the main differences between using self-pack shipping containers vs a professional moving company.

Preparing to move overseas

Relocating or moving overseas is a big change. One of the first things that you’ll need to consider is how many of your belongings you are going to take with you. Many people choose to use a self-pack shipping container when they move overseas because it can be affordable and convenient. There are some things that you need to know, however, that might help you decide if it’s right for you or if other options are better suited to your situation.

Because they allow you to load all of your belongings directly into the shipping container, self-pack containers can be incredibly convenient and cost-effective. The packing process can take place over multiple days or even weeks, giving you much more flexibility. Furthermore, you have full control over the packing process without worrying about possible loss or damage by removalists.

The main downside to using a self-pack shipping container is almost the same; you are responsible for loading and unloading the container yourself. As anyone who has moved house before will know; this can be quite a lot of work. The shipping container self pack method also means self unpack!

Professional moving companies, on the other hand, will come in and take control of the entire process. Of course, this comes at a considerable cost. If you are on a budget, or just want to save yourself expense, the self-pack container is the way to go.

Invest in the right self-pack moving overseas shipping container

When moving a family, the sheer size and weight of most furniture and appliances can be overwhelming. Choosing the right container is important for getting your belongings to their new destination in prime condition.

First of all – the size. The majority of shipping containers come in 20-foot and 40-foot sizes. These are designed to match the trucks, ships, cranes, and other infrastructure of international freight shipping. A 20-ft shipping container is typically large enough to fit the contents of a standard 3 bedroom house. There are more unusual container sizes. If you want to know more, read our article on shipping container sizes and types.

The most important thing to watch for when purchasing a moving overseas shipping container is the condition of the container. Older containers, if they have sustained too many impacts during their lifetime, may no longer be weatherproof or seaworthy. The last thing you want is to turn up at your new home and open a container full of mouldy or water-damaged belongings. This is also one of the reasons we recommend marine freight insurance.

If you are not certain, don’t worry. At SPLS we can help you purchase a suitable container and arrange the freight to your destination.

How to pack a container for overseas

As with any form of moving, it is important to properly pack your belongings to prevent damage during transport. This is perhaps even more necessary for moving overseas shipping due to the length of the voyage and any ship motion due to weather along the way. Additionally, boxes and items added to the container need to be stacked or secured so that they don’t shift in transit.

Lastly, everything should be well-labeled to facilitate unpacking at the other end of the journey. We always recommend having a last on/first off box that contains the essentials you want to access quickly.

If you’re not sure where to start, we have a number of articles with excellent packing tips and guidelines.

Final Word

Moving overseas is a big undertaking, but with the right planning and execution, it can be a relatively smooth process.

Contact us to help purchase a shipping container and arrange freight transportation to your new destination.