International Shipping Container

Moving Labor for Sea Containers

If you're moving internationally then you will probably be working with an international shipping company that specializes in exporting household goods. Chances are you will be utilizing a 20' or 40' sea container or a combination of the two sizes (See Container Specifications). Packing and loading these containers is a daunting task and requires a great deal of expertise to correctly utilize the available space and secure the items. The most important thing to remember is that your household goods will be shipped thousands of miles over sea and land. During the trip the container will be handled by cranes and trucks designed to move freight, not necessarily household goods. To ensure that your items arrive safely a great deal of care will be taken to pack and load the entire shipment properly.

Whether you are loading or unloading your sea container, it is important to be aware that you will usually have a "live" move. This means that the driver will wait while the container is loaded or unloaded and you usually have only two hours to complete this process.

Overseas Shipping Container

Packing and loading a container for international relocation is not a quick process. Unlike a local move that can often be completed in a few hours, international containers require greater care and caution, especially regarding packing, padding and wrapping. Every move is different, however, we have outlined some historic data for completion times of international containers below.

Need packing materials for your international container pack and load? Purchase them online from our moving supply store or we can provide them for you on your moving day.

Moving Tips for Loading and Unloading International Containers

Loading and unloading an international container is much different than a moving truck or storage container. Let's review some of the most important international container moving tips:

Moving Labor to Load and Unload
Loading and unloading a sea container is difficult. Hire moving labor help for loading and unloading to make sure it gets done right! Start by requesting a quote for moving labor.
Live Load/Unload
Nearly all international containers will be a "live" load or unload. This means that the container will remain on the truck and the driver will wait while your household items are loaded or unloaded. Most shipping companies will only allow two hours for this process before they begin charging additional fees. It is imperative that you have enough moving labor help scheduled to complete your move as quickly as possible. [Related: Live Load FAQ | Request a Moving Labor Quote]
Be prepared!
Most people do not understand how much work is involved to load or unload an international container. Considering the time constraints and that a ramp is rarely provided, you should never hire less than three movers for an international container. Depending on the size and type of move (e.g. load or unload), it's in your best interest to hire more movers than less.
What if I have heavy items?
We have a heavy iems policy specifically for international containers.
Do I need to rent a ramp?
You are strongly encouraged to rent a loading ramp for your container. [Related: Loading Ramp FAQ]
Can you load my vehicle?
We cannot, but a local towing company can. [Related: Vehicle Loading FAQ]