This information can save you a significant amount of money -- you might want to consider getting a cup of coffee or whatever -- this may take a little while.
If you understood more about how to order a mix of products that utilizes cargo space more effectively; more about cargo rates and how they work; more about how containers actually move along in their travels; andmore about how (and where) to buy appropriate insurance for your order; and finally, how to handle your order once it reaches your port ...
...then not only would your life (the part that is involved with ordering from someplace like Indonesia) be less stressful, but actually you would save a helluva a lot of money (you do want to keep the profit in your pocket, don't you?)
It'sinteresting -- Indonesia Export only has two types of customers: 20' and 40' container buyers -- whose orders run approximately $7,000.00-$12,000.00 and $12,000.00-$30,000.00 respectively.
At this time, about 60% of our customers order full 20' containers and our remaining customers buy 40' & 40' High Cube containers. These customers already understand the great savings in freight costs and the otheradded advantages of using containers (though it still may be useful for you container buyers to read on)...
...however, I'm really trying to talk to new customers who may know very little about moving a shipment around the world.
The first thing you need to know is that there are 5 ways cargo can move from here to you:
1. LCL Sea Cargo (less than a container - charged per cubicmeter)
2. 20' Container (30 cubic meters)
3. 40' Container (60 cubic meters)
4. 40' High Cube Container (72 cubic meters)
5. Air Cargo
LCL & Full Containers
We will not ship an LCL order (less than a container load), but it would be good for you to understand why we won't do that. (Basically the worst & most expensive way to go because shipping companieshate handling loose crates and charge a fortune for doing so).
Shipping via LCL means that your products are packed into paper cartons and then we build wooden crates around the cartons.
Your crates are then moved to our cargo company; official government documentation is completed; the shipment is then trucked to the port of Surabaya, Java (which is the closest international shipping portto Bali.)
Since your LCL shipment is just a few wooden crates and doesn't fill a container, then it must wait at the port while the shipping company "consolidates" your order with other small orders going in the same direction. (Specifically, that means your crates sit there [inside/outside?] while the shipping company waits for enough orders to combine with yours and fill a container -- usualwaiting time: 2-4 weeks -- then "X" number transit days on the water to you.)
First major disadvantage: as you'll see below in the cargo rate example I've given you, LCL is much more expensive per cubic meter than a container.
Second major disadvantage: while in a sealed 20' or 40' container, you get the full use of the cubic meters inside that container -- with LCL wooden crates you loseabout 25% of the useable space due to the wood crate and lack of flexibility when packing large products. That means you're actually paying 25% more just in lost space (remember that, please).
Third major disadvantage: because LCL shipments always have to be consolidated, the transit time is usually double that of a sealed container -- for example, a container to the West Coast of the USAtakes about 30 days, while an LCL order to the same port more likely will take 45-60 days.
Final major disadvantage: your wooden crates are manhandled in a variety of places. From our warehouse to the truck; from the truck to the cargo company; from the cargo company to the port; from the port to the ship; from the ship to your port; and from your port to your front door. (We happen to be...