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What information is necessary in order to estimate transportation costs?

When estimating shipment costs, please provide as much of the following information as you can:

– Origin and destination
– Service level
– Description of goods, new or used
– Number and kind of pieces (e.g., wooden boxes, pallets, units)
– Can the pieces be stacked?
– Individual dimensions (length x width x height)
– Individual gross weight
– Any special handling instructions
– Hazardous cargo information, if applicable
– Approximate value of shipment
– Approximate shipping and delivery date
– Ready time/close time
– Can the shipment be broken down for transportation?

See our Request for Quotation page, or contact us with your inquiry.

What are the inside dimensions of a sea container?

Depending on the manufacturer, the inside dimensions will vary slightly. Therefore, we offer an indication of the minimum inside dimensions. Actual dimensions will be determined by the container used.

– 20′ standard: 19’3″ L x 7’7″ W x 7’8″ H; door opening: 7’6″ W x 7’5″ H
– 40′ standard: 39’4″ L x 7’7″ W x 7’8″ H; door opening: 7’6″ W x 7’5″ H

For other equipment, please contact us for the information.

How much cargo weight can be loaded into a sea container?

Distribution of cargo weight per axle is a key component in determining your weight limits. The weight of the cargo—plus the weight of the container, chassis, and tractor—must not exceed U.S. Department of Transportation axle weight limits for transport over U.S. roads and highways. Since the chassis, container, and tractor weights will vary each time, consider the following estimated maximum cargo weight for containers that will travel on U.S. roads:

– 20′ standard container cargo weight not to exceed about 40,000 lbs.
– 40′ standard container cargo weight not to exceed about 45,000 lbs.

What are some of the various methods and equipment available to load cargo for international shipping?

– LCL (less than container load)
– Export crating and palletizing
– Shrink-wrap
– FCL (full container load)
– 20′ and 40′ standard general-purpose container
– 40′-high cube container
– 45′ standard general-purpose container (limited trade lanes only)
– 20′ bulk container
– 20′ ventilated container
– 20′ and 40′ open-top container
– 20′ and 40′ platform
– 20′ and 40′ flatbed
– 20′ and 40′ open-top container
– Temperature-controlled containers
– Tank containers
– Loose cargo, i.e., “breakbulk”
– Ro-Ro cargo, e.g., rolling stock, drivable or towable units

We have hazardous materials. Is Estes Forwarding Worldwide certified to handle dangerous goods?

Yes, Estes Forwarding Worldwide is fully certified to offer hazardous cargoes to carriers. Please contact us with your inquiry.

EFW is registered with PHMSA (pipeline and hazardous materials safety administration).

Our company purchases products from overseas suppliers. Can you provide the shipping costs?

Yes, Estes Forwarding Worldwide is able to research the best method and service options to handle the transportation from just about anywhere in the world! Please contact us to discuss your situation.

Our company is new to international shipments. What type of documentation is necessary?

All international shipments move through their journey by the use of various shipping documents. The actual documents needed depend on the payment from the buyer to seller, as well as the country of origin and destination. Some destination countries require special stamps and signature by country consulates. Documents that may be required for international deliveries include, but are not limited to:

– Commercial invoice
– Certificate of origin
– Inland bill of lading
– Ocean bill of lading or airway bill
– Packing list(s)
– Mill certificate
– Phytosanitary certificate
– Dock receipt
– Hazardous cargo/dangerous goods certificate
– Cargo insurance certificate or declaration
– U.S. export declaration
– U.S. customs entry documents
– Bank drafts
– Carrier certificates
– Free Trade Agreement certificates

Contact Estes Forwarding Worldwide to help you with documentation preparation and requirements.

What are INCO terms?

INCO terms refer to International Commercial Terms and are a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce. “INCO” terms are international rules that are accepted by governments, legal authorities and practitioners worldwide for the interpretation of the most commonly used terms in international trade. They either reduce or remove altogether uncertainties arising from differing interpretations of such terms in different countries. More information can be found at the ICC website. Your EFW account representative can work with you and provide some guidance regarding which term is best for your shipments according to the extent of responsibility desired

Should we let our supplier/buyer handle the transportation arrangements?

The one who arranges the transportation is in control of the routing and costs. If the proper handling of the transportation of your equipment is important to you, you may want to take charge of these arrangements. We are at your service to assist you in this task. Please contact us for a free consultation.

What are the benefits to our company for using Estes Forwarding Worldwide?

Estes Forwarding Worldwide offers you a wide range of transportation solutions. Our leverage of the Estes Express Line ground network offers a service and value proposition that is hard to beat.

Our 11 offices nationwide offer local representation, multimodal services and a world-class customer experience.

Our corporate team supports this network with finance, inside sales, pricing and 24-hour customer service.

With growth of more than 300 percent in the last three years, many customers already know what you will come to appreciate.

EFW—focused on the customer.

Is Estes Forwarding Worldwide registered to handle U.S. government shipments?

– EFW is an approved carrier for both the Department of Defense (DOD) and General Services Administration (GSA).
– EFW SCAC codes are EFWW for ground shipments and EAIR for air shipments.
– EFW has full EDI capabilities, and we currently support the Global Transportation Network (GTN) for worldwide tracking and visibility.
– EFW has up-to-date registration in both CCR and ORCA.

How long has Estes Forwarding Worldwide been in business?

Established in 2003, Estes Forwarding Worldwide is well positioned to provide you with intelligent customer service from concept to completion of transporting industrial equipment worldwide.

What happens if our cargo is lost or damaged?

Estes Forwarding Worldwide’s Open Cargo Policy provides our clients with warehouse-to-warehouse insurance coverage during the transportation process. We strive to utilize superior transportation services to minimize the chance of damaged or lost cargo.

What geographic areas do you handle?

EFW is a worldwide freight forwarder. Our global network partners are in every major trade land and origin/destination market. This network, coupled with our domestic footprint, provides a strong distribution structure for both our export and import customers.

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