International ocean shipping is the most economical way to ship your freight overseas, and Crate Pros can provide you multiple turn-key options to safely and reliably via ocean shipping to the destination country of your choice. While there are over 14 different types of ocean shipping containers ranging from flatracks for oversized freight to refrigerated ISO (reefer) containers, the type of container we most frequently used is a dry container. Dry shipping containers come primarily in 20 and 40-foot lengths and do have available options for tall freight (high cube containers) and freight that is most easily loaded from the top of the container (open-top containers).
Booking your International Ocean Freight Shipment with Crate Pros
To help us obtain the most competitive shipping quote for your international ocean export freight, we will need the following information:
- Dimensions, weight, commodity, and value of each item or group of items
- Pick-up zip code and type of address (residence, business, or business with a dock/forklift)
- Destination city, country, and postal code (if available) and type of address (residence, business, or business with a dock/forklift)
- Requested timing
- Documentation if available (packing list, commercial invoice, etc.)
Depending on the volume of freight you are shipping, we will price either less than container load (LCL) or a full container load (FCL). Generally speaking, if your freight will take up more than half of a 20-foot container’s volume, it is likely more economical to book the entire container. Often times our customers are able to save on overall shipping costs by booking a full container because it sometimes reduces the amount of packaging and crating required compared to an LCL shipment that generally needs to be crated because is co-packed with numerous other shipments in the same container.
How long will it take to get my International Ocean Shipping quote?
Assuming you have provided all the requested information listed above through a call to our office or by clicking the “Get A Quote” button below, international ocean shipping quotes from door to port can usually be obtained within 24-hours. Door to door quotes often take 48-72 hours due to the in-country quoting coordination that needs to occur at the destination.
For the following destinations, Crate Pros offers 2-hour quote responses between the hours of 8AM-4:30PM CST: Australia, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philipines, Spain, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.