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Feeling at a loss about where to start
and what to ask regarding moving overseas?

JAMINCO offers valuable guidance and support

First, some basics:

Do you plan to move an entire household (including furniture) or just a smaller quantity of personal effects?

20ft Container Typically, a small family with an average living room, dining room, two bedrooms, kitchen, and misc. cartons for all your books, clothes, dishes, painting, decorations, etc., would be enough to fill one standard twenty ft (20') container-- with a capacity of about 1,000-cubic feet, holding approximately 6,000-lbs worth of household goods.

40ft Container Larger households may require use of a forty ft (40') container--with over 2,000-cuft. volume capacity, holding approximately 12,000-lbs+ Household Goods. ....

Smaller (ocean) shipments can go via "LCL/less than containerload" method, with the shipping cost based on the overall volume of goods being sent

A smaller personal effects shipment sent by an adult (one) may average about 60-160-cuft, without a lot of large furniture.

What does cubic footage look like?

Fridge Picture a typical kitchen refrigerator, about 5 feet tall.
One average refrigerator takes up about 40-cubic feet of space.

So, if you wanted to figure the general volume for a quantity of cartons you may have, then ask yourself:

"Do I have one, two or three refrigerators worth of space?"
Three "fridges" of space, means about 120-cuft.

Four, means 160-cuft, and so on.

To figure out the cubic footage of any particular item:

multiply the height (in inches) times the width (inches) times the depth (inches) of the item, then divide the resulting number by 1728.

The result gives you the volume, in cubic feet.

Cubic Feet

You are welcome to fax or e-mail JAMINCO with a general list of the furniture and items you plan to ship, and we can help you determine the best method to ship, or for greater convenience we can arrange for a pre-move survey of your goods to be packed & shipped overseas

Approximate cubic measurements

Double bed/mattress/box spring 30 cuft
Double dresser 40 cuft
Chest of drawers 30 cuft
Sofa 30 cuft
Chair 12 cuft
Dining Room table and four chairs 50 cuft

SMALL shipments often go via AIRFREIGHT, and the charge for air-shipment is based on:

The greater of either the actual weight of each item placed on a scale, or the "dimensional" weight

Which is figured this way:

Multiply the three dimensions (H x W x D in inches) then divide the resulting number by 166.

IF the resulting amount gives you a figure Higher than the "actual" weight of that item measured on a scale, then you'll be charged for the higher international "DIM" weight. Why?

Picture a piece of styrofoam, 3 ft by 3 ft by 3 ft. A child can pick it up, and it will weigh perhaps less than five lbs., right? But, when sending via AIRFREIGHT, the international. "DIM" weight comes to over 280-lbs.


Volume displacement is a big factor in international. air-shipping.

"Know before you go."

It's only through years of experience in moving household goods overseas, that one gets to know the "ins and outs" of this business.

All the more reason, to talk to someone who's done it literally thousands of times, to destinations all over the world.

For personalized attention and care, you have every reason to contact:


the "Overseas Moving Specialists".

Visit our linked websites for further information, and be sure to e-mail JAMINCO with details about your own upcoming move, so we can be of good help. ....

Thank you! .....

Louis Lawrence
President, Jaminco

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