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How To Choose Which Company I Should Use For Shipping Of Appliances

Jun 2, 2008
Selecting which international shipping company to use when transporting appliances is a difficult choice but your most important one to make. Armed with the correct information, you will find that your decision making is made much easier.

Generally, shipping of appliances is divided into large appliances and small appliances. Large appliances being your fridges, ovens, washing machines, televisions and the like, and your small appliances being things like microwaves, toasters, kettles and dvd players.

Any international shipping company will charge you according to the following factors:

* Item weight
* Item dimensions
* Distance item is to be shipped
* Whether or not it needs to be packaged by them
* Whether or not there will be door to door service or other personalised service

These factors are all taken into account before a final figure is reached, so the more you can do yourself, the cheaper it will be for you.

Packaging items yourself is definitely a cheaper option, but if you are unsure of how to do it properly, it might be better to allow your international shipping company to do it for you to avoid it arriving broken at your destination.

If you are packaging them yourself, it is important to ensure that the appliances are well protected with padded layers and boxed as tight as possible to avoid any breakage.

With major appliances, there are certain specifications that need to be met before the items can be shipped. For example, your fridge must have been unplugged for at least 24 hours before it is shipped, some companies specify that shelves and racks be removed. Make sure you clear these details with your international shipping company before getting your items packaged up.

With smaller appliances, it is easy to package them yourself and would probably be best to box them up after wrapping them in protective or padded layers.

You will need to decide which method of shipping is best for you and your needs:

* eight shipping mainly for shipping commercial items, but available to public as well. This is definitely the cheaper option.
* hite glove moving or Movers door to door personalised service that handles everything from packaging your appliances to offloading them at your destination. This would be your more expensive option.

Your international shipping company will more than likely require that you have insurance on the items to be shipped, although not all of them do. Your insurance figure is calculated according to the item being shipped and the mode of transport that will be used to ship it.

There are some appliances that will not be insured by certain brokers, like plasma screens as they are already of an extremely delicate nature.

Consult your chosen international shipping company for more information, as each one will have different principles.
About the Author
Nir Dotan is a writer and promoter of Omega Shipping services, and
Omega Shipping Local as well as International Moving.
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