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How to Ship Furniture Overseas

Shipping furniture overseas is possible, but may be expensive. It requires special handling, packaging, and shipping. When shipping your furniture overseas, make sure to find a qualified transporter with international experience to handle your goods.

If you decide to ship your furniture overseas, you will probably be sharing a sea container. This is referred to as a Less than Container Load (LCL) shipment. When you ship your furniture as LCL cargo, your furniture will be handled multiple times and needs to be crated.

The easiest way to get multiple quotes from an array of transporters is by creating a listing on Qualified, experienced international brokers and transporters will see your load and bid. You will evaluate the bids of different transporters and choose the option that works best for your budget, level of service desired, insurance coverage, and time frame.

Always compare the cost of sea freight versus airfreight. Airfreight is usually more expensive but can be quicker and more convenient. Shipping by air freight may be the best option for small, fragile pieces.

Whether you ship by air or by sea, shipping furniture internationally is complicated. Consult an experienced freight forwarder for specific advice on how best to ship your furniture as freight. These professionals can guide you through the international furniture shipping process and help you find the best price.

Save money on international furniture shipping:

  • Compare quotes from multiple companies
  • If you are not in a rush, choose sea freight over air freight
  • Ask your freight forwarder if you can share a container with somebody else
  • Choose the right insurance coverage
  • Arrange drop off and pick up from the shipper’s depot