Household Goods Shipping
One might think a shipment of household goods is just like any other international shipment.
You would be correct in part since a regular shipment of commercial goods will typically be loaded in an ocean container as would a shipment of household goods. Both shipments will undergo export Customs Formalities and at destination be cleared through Customs…but at that point, an international shipment of household goods is a totally different “animal.”
Household goods must first be packed and wrapped to protect them. When done by professional packers they will use the best available packing material such as high quality bubble wrap, 9 layer paper blankets, bi-wall cartons, etc. to hopefully prevent any damage. Your packing crew will know to fill every space in every box so there is no motion when the box is shaken – motion causes damage.
Professional packers will load your container so that all the heavy items, like books, are on the lower level and lighter items like toys, blankets and sweaters are on loaded on top. Like well packed boxes that allow no motion when shaken, so should a container be tightly loaded so there is no motion. An empty space in the container should be filled with an empty box marked “empty.” If there are not enough household goods to fill the entire container, the goods should be packed to the top of the container and then a wall or bulkhead is built to prevent any movement of the boxes.
The bulkhead should be braced with 2 x 4s which are nailed into the floor of the container.
After clearing Customs the container will be delivered to the owner’s new home where the numbered seal placed on the container after packing, will be broken. The intact numbered seal confirms the integrity of the container and is proof nothing inside the container has been touched while en route.