On Wed, 3 Feb 2010 09:11:36 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
When I needed to send personal possessions to a friend who had moved
to Geneva, I made a lot of phone calls, but i could have just gone to
the airport, door to door at the freight terminal to find someone who
flew there. They took all the boxes, put tthem on a 6'x6' pallette
and wrapped them in saran wrap. They would even have picked all 31
boxes up for 10 dollars, they said.
Later when I wanted to do something similar I went to hair port, but
after 9-11, the only way to ship was by going through fed-ex or UPS or
the post office, or be a company with an ongoing relationship. No
driving up to an intenational air shipper anymore.
I think semis with flatbeds run about $2.50 per loaded mile but I
could be way off. Livestock haulers get around $3.00, I guess.
I'd want an enclosed trailer for the million dollar tractor though.
There is a million dollar tractor here:
http://tinyurl.com/yj9cj6f The article is over 5 years old.
When I worked overseas 20 years ago, our supply guy told me
that the company was charged shipping per container no matter
how much it weighed or what, besides hazardous material, was
in it. I imagine that after trucking the tractor to an Eastern
port, it could be loaded into a container for a sea voyage. In
fact, it could be shipped all the way in a container, truck to
cargo ship without exposure to the elements. A 20' container
shipped from The US to The UK would probably cost a few thousand
dollars. This is a guess based on a little web searching.
re: "GI's send cars across the pond all the time."
I had a GI friend whose orders were taking him from CA to NY. They
would pay for his plane ticket and ship his household belongings, but
they wouldn't ship his car.
He put the numbers together and showed them that it would be cheaper
to let him move himself. They accepted his numbers and authorized the
He rented a fairly large truck, filled his car to max, loaded the car
*into the truck* and then packed the rest of his household belongings
In the end, the Army paid to move everything.
Suspect driving the truck containing the tractor from US to UK will
prove interesting in this case... :)
Cost me (well, actually seller as was part of the deal) $800 to ship a
12000# 40-ft boom lift from Chicago area to SW KS about 6 years ago.
How much difference for the less weight and assuming also split load no
clue altho I'd thing fuel surcharges now vs then would probably make up
a chunk of it anyway...
Also no real clue about the cost of overseas. If don't care how long it
takes, probably not terribly expensive but if spent kind of $$ already
OP implies, probably going to want to make sure it goes in a protected
manner (which equates to $$)...
WAG of $2-5K range...
On Tue, 02 Feb 2010 19:03:14 -0700, nefletch wrote:
I still need to do things the other direction, and bring a bunch of
stuff over from the UK - I talked to a few shipping companies and they
all wanted about $3000 for it (but that included pickup at the storage
site in the UK and drop-off to where I wanted in the US). This wasn't for
a huge amount of stuff, maybe 1/3 of a 40' shipping container, but there
are lots of heavy things.
I suspect there might be easier routes if moving a single item such as a
(I'd heard before that some companies go by weight, others by volume - but
when I looked around it seemed to all be done on weight alone these days)
This is a local guy I met (Las Vegas). It is his business that he
built from scratch.
Not to be mistaken for Bangladeshi movers.
"Ocean Cargo" - figure the port?
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