Moving back to the States from the UK and looking for the cheapest way to ship stuff that we won't immediately need to have on our arrival. Since the move is from London to Miami sea freight seems like the best option. We also have some fragile and oddly-shaped art that we'd like to have handled separately (and carefully). I've looked around for quotes from sea cargo specialists, but would appreciate any suggestions for ideas I may have overlooked. [more inside]
My things are moving cross-country at the end of the month, to a friend's house that will be my new address. I, however, am travelling overseas for a couple months between moving and getting there. Advice on shipping stuff affordably with a minimum of inconvenience to my friend is welcome, snowflakes inside. [more inside]
Wifey and I sell on Etsy, and we're getting into small pieces of furniture -- but they're not "small" by UPS and USPS standards; the post office won't even take them for being too big, and UPS wants $200+ based on size. Do any of you know how best to ship a piece of furniture, delivered to a person's front door? [more inside]
There's a Harbor Freight near me, and it's filled with bargains! But I expect that a lot of the stuff is junk. What are the good values at HF, and what should I avoid? I don't like buying disposable tools (or anything, if I can help it), even if it's cheap; I'd rather pay for quality than just buy garbage, but I'm sure some of their stuff is a good deal. I've heard good things about their pneumatic brad nailer ($20 or so), for example.
I'm moving soon (UK Home Office and God willing) from the US to England. I will be there for roughly 3 years, give or take, and am hoping that I can have a portion of my substantial amount of books there with me. Previous suggestions on shipping indicate USPS M-bags as the go-to choice, but USPS no longer offers anything but air service on media bags, pushing the cost to around $175 for 44 lbs. This is more than I want to spend. Ideas? [more inside]
I have a tall, concrete bird bath that I need to get moved or shipped. It probably weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300 pounds. It will need to get from Duluth, MN to Portland, OR. What is the best option here? Do we call a moving company there and try and get it to hitch a ride? Hire a college student on a road trip? [more inside]
I think this situation is crazy, but maybe it's par for the course. [more inside]
What's the cheapest way to get a large box from San Francisco to Halifax, NS? [more inside]
What is the cheapest way to send bulky items from the Dominican Republic to the U.S.? Time isn't important. [more inside]
How do I ship my ex-fiancee's stuff across the country? [more inside]
Recommendations for interesting/inspiring lectures on the topic of freight transport, and logistics? [more inside]
I lived in LA several years ago and still have a storage locker there filled with my old stuff. Most of it is in moving boxes, but there's also a table in bubble-wrap. I want to move it all to a storage locker in Brooklyn, New York. (1) I want to do this the cheapest way possible. I don't care how long it takes to get from Point A to Point B. (2) I checked out the UPS and Fedex Freight sites but they're *extremely* confusing. (3) I am only going to be in LA for THREE DAYS to arrange this so I need some method that can be concluded quickly. (4) I am leaving for LA TONIGHT! My thanks in advance to all you MeFiers for this very-last-minute question. :)
UPS Ground question: where do the packages go on the weekend? If a package is going cross-country (4-5 business days, say from Thursday to the following Wednesday), what happens at "quitting time" on Friday? Does the semi go to the nearest depot and wait til Monday AM? Just curious how the whole thing works.
Have you ever shipped a car to Hawaii? From Long Beach. Boating advice requested. [more inside]
I am sitting here drinking coffee from a Crate & Barrel jumbo mug (ie reasonably specialist item), made in China. What journey did it take from its origin in China to get to my kitchen? I'm particularly interested here in how freight & distribution of specialist items works - ie if you're shipping rice, I'm guessing you just fill an ISO container with rice and send it off, but if you've got lots of weird little things, how is the contents, packing, count, destination etc of a container determined?
Transporting-Cars-Filter: My brother is working on the mines in Western Australia and would like to get his jeep or scooter transported from Gold Coast to Perth / Karratha. Any idea how to do this as cheaply as possible? Brother has heard that rail freight is a less expensive option. [more inside]
What's the most reliable and inexpensive way of freighting to Addis Ababa from Europe? I am sending books to a library & they obviously weigh a lot. [more inside]
AskInternationalFreightFilter: How can I find the best way to ship a bunch of heavy big boxes from San Diego to Norway. [more inside]
How do I go about finding a local freight pickup/delivery service in the Boston area? [more inside]
What is the cheapest way to ship a package from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan to Portland, OR? [more inside]
(Freighter experts) Does the world-wide shipping industry have hidden (or open) subsidies? [more inside]
FreightTrainFilter: Living near train tracks in Greensboro, NC, I've noticed that there's an increase in the amount of double-stacked trailers that you would normally see being hauled by rigs on the interstate. Is this related simply to fuel costs, or are there other factors at work? [more inside]
I need to find a freight forwarder that can arrange all of the details for door-to-door shipping of a 20' x 8'6" ISO standard cargo container from the west coast of the USA to Pakistan. [more inside]
Is there an easy and relatively inexpensive way to ship a pallet of furniture and household goods halfway across the country? [more inside]
How much would I pay for a 20' shipping container from Tema, Ghana to New York? I know there are a lot of variables that will affect the answer, so I'm looking for a very rough estimate or range. Any information as to what variables are likely to affect the cost significantly would be so very helpful. Thank you!
moving from chicago to london: recommend a cost-effective storage/shipping company, please... [more inside]
Shipping furniture halfway across the country. I haven't the foggiest.... [more inside]
What is the best (and cheapest) way to ship a large box of souvenirs from Hong Kong or Bangkok to Los Angeles? [more inside]
What's the cheapest (but safe) way to ship several heavy boxes from the UK to Canada? [more inside]
MovingFilter - Alright, Mefi, one last time. In about 24 hours, we need to load up our car with our worldy possesions and ship the rest for our move cross country. How best to ship about a dozen boxes of a standard size? [more inside]
I'd like to ship somewhat-heavy, somewhat-awkward packages from Toronto to various U.S. addresses, and I've had no luck shipping them via the big name carriers. I know there have to be companies that specialize in door-to-door shipment of heavy packages, but I'm at a loss as to what I should be looking for. [more inside]
My Mom is selling her house, moving to a new place and given me an ultimatum. She says I have one year to get my crap from her or it is no longer mine. As a result, I need to ship a large, antique, wooden cabinet 2,000+ miles. It probably weighs about 100 lbs. How can this be accomplished for a reasonable cost? What is a reasonable cost for this type of job? How do you protect the piece of furniture during shipping? Are there any companies you have worked with and recommend?
I have the opportunity to acquire some nice furniture from my folks, stuff I'd (as a student) could never afford. I don't know how to drive, nor do I have friends who would help with this. I'm looking for people who shipped things like 45lbs office chairs and large wooden desks to recommend a freight carrier that will pick up in boston and drop off in baltimore. Or even suggest a moving company. Basically, I know what to look for, I just want anecdotes and recommendations on the best (read: cheapest, I can wait a week so long as it gets here cheap) way to do this. As far as budget goes, I'd like to not spend more than $200 and if I can do it for $100 I'll be ecstatic.
Any advice on shipping a single piece of rather unwieldy furniture across the country? [More inside, of course.] [more inside]