If you are planning to ship your belongings across the country or the world, you may be considering the best way to pack them. While you may think that using a removal truck makes the most sense, many removals and shipping agents will also offer the option of using shipping containers. Below is a guide to 3 benefits of using a shipping container to transport your things.
Loading a removal truck can present several problems. For example, many moving trucks require a ramp or lift to transport items from ground level to truck height. Using a ramp or lift can make it difficult to load large or heavy objects and can create a trip hazard. Because the entrance to a shipping container is at ground level, you can quickly load your belongings no matter what size and shape they are.
Because of the difficulty of loading a truck within a relatively short time period, many homeowners will hire professional removal contractors to lend a hand. This additional help can increase the cost of your move. You will probably also have hire contractors to help you unload at the other end which will further increase your cost.
A benefit of using a shipping container is that it can be dropped off at your property in advance, so you have as much time as you need to load it. This means you will not need to hire any additional help unless you are feeling lazy. On moving day, the transport and shipping company will send a truck around to collect the shipping container and your belongings will be on their way.
Increased Safety and Security
If you opt to use a truck to transport your belongings, it is likely that at some point the boxes and items you have loaded will need to be transferred by hand from the original truck to another truck, train or ship. This transfer places your objects at increased risk of damage, caused by them being dropped or crushed accidentally, or loss.
However, because shipping containers are built to match a universal size, they can be easily transferred from a truck onto a train or container ship and vice-versa. Your items will not be unpacked or moved until the container reaches its destination.
If you would like to know more about the benefit of using a shipping container to transport your belongings, contact a professional transport company, such as SCF, today. Their staff will be happy to discuss your requirements before recommending the best method of transportation.