Understanding Overseas Transport


Overseas transportation is a lot like standard overland transport throughout the United States, except for the fact that it’s only a single part of the actual journey and that the actual overseas part is fraught with peril. Seriously, we’re not kidding; thankfully we in this country have regulations preventing things like this from happening, but that doesn’t mean that those weather conditions are only out to get the Russians (remember, the Cold War is over). Even if your goods are secured under the deck in the cargo hold, hurricanes and typhoons are still things that overseas shippers have to contend with.

When shipping overseas, your freight or automobile will be picked up by a transport company with the necessary equipment to fulfill your needs and shipped west, to the port in Tacoma (for shipments to Alaska) or Long Beach (for shipments to Hawaii).

There are several different overseas shipping companies out there that specialize in maritime transportation services. Maritime shipping companies handle the giant cargo ships that actually move your goods over the water, and they don’t just ship vehicles.

Oftentimes your freight or automobile is being shipped with hundreds of other peoples orders. From vehicles, food, electronics, furniture, supply and generally anything else you could think of.

When your order is shipped overseas, generally it is shipped in giant containers that are either secured to the deck of the cargo ship or secured under the deck. Some companies will secure their vehicles & other commodities in the open under the deck, but those are rare (and priced much differently).

Most vehicles are shipped in giant 43′ shipping containers. This affects your price, but typically it’s standard regardless of where you’re shipping, as overseas transporters have specific prices for specific routes (i.e. shipping to Anchorage from Tacoma will be the same price every time, but will be different than the price from Long Beach to Honolulu, because of different distances).

Overseas shipping is a long process; from port to port takes anywhere from 10-14 days depending on the shipping company and the ship date, and most overseas transport ships only run routes twice a week.

This means that if you miss the boat the last time around, you’re going to have to wait until the next cargo ship shows up. Luckily, you won’t need to wait with your order; your shipper will pick it up at the pickup location and deliver it to the port, where the port shipper will take temporary custody of it and make sure it gets loaded and is stored properly while waiting for an overseas shipping barge of theirs to be ready to load.

This is a brief and basic explanation of the overseas shipping process. We will cover more on this topic in future articles with literature, videos & FAQ’s. If you find yourself in need of shipping overseas and find yourself overwhelmed, call (800) 790-5325 & speak with a representative from our maritime shipping department. We are here from 9am-9pm, Monday-Saturday to answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Millennium Transport Corp. has built healthy relations with some of the largest maritime shipping companies in both Tacoma, WA & Long Beach, CA. Sending close to a dozen orders of commodity & automobiles to the ports weekly. We have a dedicated department that specifically handles our clients needs to ship overseas & have built personal working relations with agents who represent these companies.


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