Wood crates are a great way and an ideal way to ship items overseas, due to their durability and strength in ensuring protection for your items. Wooden crates also ensure that your products will not be tampered with during transportation. Wood crates are also reuseable so it will help you save money on your international shipping costs.
So, how much does it cost to ship a crate overseas?
There are many variables to keep in mind to determine how much it will cost to ship a crate overseas. Shipping crate costs depend on their size, weight, material, origin, destination, freight type and more. The dimensions (length, width, height) of your crate determine the costs of shipping your crate, so be sure to pack efficiently. The total weight including the crate will also be a factor in determining the price you will have to pay per crate. Another factor that comes into play when determining costs is the pick up and delivery location, for example, if you are not shipping dock to dock then expect higher fees for additional services. Cost also depends on the distance as well, typically, the further your crate needs to travel the higher the costs. Lastly, the type of service you select for your freight will contribute to the total shipping costs. All these factors will determine the cost of your crate when shipped overseas.
Generally, it costs about $50-$100 to send small items using crates and larger items can cost several hundred dollars, however, prices vary with shipping company and duties for overseas shipments. Duties you may need to pay are dependent upon the gross weight and value of the item you are shipping overseas. Shipping crate costs that range from fragile items that might cost 3-7% of their total product costs, while others can require an 8-10% cost of their total product costs. Shipping costs can also change based on whether you are shipping as a registered business or as an independent.
Requirement for overseas shipping
First, what you need is to make sure that your wood crate is in compliance with the international shipping requirements. Every country has its own requirements; however, most countries do require all wood crates to carry an ISPM 15 stamp. An ISPM 15 stamp, also known as a bug stamp, certifies that the wood used to make the crate is heat treated and free of insects, pests, and fungus. The purpose of the ISPM 15 stamp is to ensure that the wood crate does not contaminate other cargo en route. Without the ISPM 15 stamp, your packages will be returned, which will lead to costly delays.
Not only do you need to know how much it costs to ship a crate overseas, but you need to know what documents that you will need to ship a crate overseas as well. There are important documents, as well, that are needed when shipping goods overseas, such as:
- Commercial Invoice
- Bill of lading
- Packing List
- Export/Import customs declaration
- Certificate of Origin
- Arrival Notice
- Letter of Credit
- Commercial Invoice
Now that you are aware of all the factors that determine your cost to ship a wood crate overseas, pack light, pack tight, and Good Luck!