If you are planning on shipping your household goods in a container to South America, your first consideration should be to find the right container freight company. There are many international container shipping companies, but not all of them operate in the same way or with the same degree of integrity.
What is the company's reputation for customer service? Are they oriented towards large corporate clients or are they like a good moving company that deals with household goods every day? Does the company regularly ship to South America? Your container to South America will require special handling after it arrives at the container port. Does the company have the right contacts in the city where your personal goods eventually will go?
Once you have determined that your container to South America is in the hands of a reputable container freight company with extensive experience in shipping household goods to your South American location, it's a good idea to take the time to look for one or two more container shipping quotes. Most container freight companies will be able to give you the service you need, but their prices will vary.
Take extra care to check each of your container shipping estimates against each other. Is anything left out of one that makes it cheaper than another? What about the insurance? Sometimes the amount of insurance a container freight company offers is not adequate. In the event that something happens to your container to South America, you want to know that it has adequate insurance coverage.
Also be sure to check the companies' credentials. Naturally, every company you contact is going to tell you that they are the best. Instead of taking their word for it, look them up online. Check consumer advocate sites, blogs and other sources and see if complaints have been made about the company. It is unlikely that the company will not be licensed with the Maritime Commission, but check anyway. When you are dealing with companies online, there is nothing to stop a fraudulent company from creating a website. Whatever you do, don't trust the testimonials you read on their website. They could have made them up themselves. Check independent and government sources to make sure they are who they say they are.
Don't wait until the last minute to make your container shipping plans. Shipping a container to South America is not as easy as buying a plane ticket. There are many steps along the way. If you rush, you may leave out important steps or even find that your container will not arrive at its destination until long after you have. Plan ahead.
To recap the major points of this article:
1) Plan ahead
2) Compare container freight companies
3) Choose your container freight company carefully
Once you have followed these simple steps, you can relax, knowing that your container to South America is in good hands and will arrive at its destination on time and intact.