Ocean rates are based upon the cubic space in the ocean container that the cargo occupies with the cost varying, depending upon the country and city destination.
Our rate covers warehouse receiving, tallying, loading into container, documentation and ocean transport. These costs are included in your box rate; however, there will be local destination/delivery charges upon warehouse release per custom of the port. This charge can either be prepaid or collected upon delivery. It is also important to understand that customs clearance, duties and taxes, if any, are the obligation of the receiving consignee; however, in most countries it is possible to clear customs yourself and normally duty is not levied on your own used personal effects. We cannot be held responsible for customs entry, but our delivery agent can offer this service should you choose.
Lastly, minimum charges are standard in the ocean transport industry and warehousing facilities. We attempt to keep these as low as possible and they are indicated in the country rates.
"In 1998, I had a bad experience with a well-known US moving company for my overseas move to Australia. They quoted a price of $5000 after a complete walk-through of our (small) house. They would not provide us with any formula for cost calculations, and avoided answering the question by making it seem extremely complicated.
After the walk-through, we reduced the amount of furniture and personal goods that were going overseas. After the movers had our stuff hostage, they re-quoted the price at $8000. Although we complained, they refused to budge, and we did not have enough time to demand our stuff back and find another company.
For my next international move, I did some research on the web and found Ubox Worldwide. What attracted me to Ubox was their simple formula for cost calculations: each destination country has a simple cubic footage cost. After I packed, I was able to accurately estimate my moving cost. After my stuff was picked up and measured by Ubox, there were no surprises! I am confident that they charged me very fairly.
I now know that "rogue" moving companies - such as the first one I dealt with - are unfortunately common in the industry. Ubox Worldwide provides fair and personalized service and they're a pleasure to deal with. Give them your business and they will do the right thing by you."