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Full Container Load (FCL)

We at International Movers Network, Inc. have the expertise to meet all your shipping needs.

International Movers Network, Inc. ships full load containers of household goods(HHG) and refrigerated full load containers.

We can also ship special equipment such as flatracks and open tops, subject to availability.

International Movers Network, Inc. full container load services helps you move your goods The following services are included:

  • Wrapping your furniture’s (if requested by the customer), using only new and the latest available international packing materials to achieve maximum protection for overseas shipping.
  • Disassemble furniture (if requested by the customer).
  • Full packing service (if requested by the customer) including labor and materials.
  • Prepare packing list of the goods with each parcel numbered. A copy will be left with the customer.
  • Arrive with container to address of origin.
  • Load goods and car (if required) into a container.
  • Transport the shipment (container) to the port of exit.
  • Export Documents, Terminal Handling Charges and Port Fees at origin.
  • Sea freight (shipping) to the port of destination, Fuel surcharge (BAF).
  • Custom clearance aboard.
  • Deliver the container to the final address.
  • Unloading the shipment by professional movers (if requested by the customer), set up furniture, and boxes according to the customer’s directions.
  • Pick up packing materials (if requested by the customer) on the same day of delivery. Return an empty container to port of entry.


International Movers Network, Inc. offers 20'STD, 40'STD and 40'HC ocean freight containers.  There are other types of ocean containers used in the international ocean freight industry, including 45' High Cube, Open Tops and Flat Racks sizes of 20' and 40'. However, as a rule, these types of sea freight containers are subject to equipment availability from Steam Ship Lines (direct ocean freight carriers and international ocean freight transportation companies). In certain circumstances, supplies are limited. In that case, if you are shipping regular cargo by sea, we recommend planning your international ocean freight shipment by using one of these three types of multimodal sea freight containers below:


Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 19'-5'' x 7'-8'' x 7'-9' 1/2'' (5.919 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m)

Cubic Capacity: 1,165 cubic ft (33.0 cbm) before loading

40' STANDARD MULTIMODAL SEA FREIGHT CONTAINER Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 39'-6 1/2''x 7'-8'' x 7'-9 1/2'' (12.051 m x 2.340 m x 2.380 m)
Cubic Capacity: 2,377 cubic ft (67.3 cbm) before loading
40' HIGH CUBE MULTIMODAL SEA FREIGHT CONTAINER Interior Dimensions (L x W x H): 39'-6 1/2'' x 7'-8 1/4''x 8'-9 1/2'' (12.056 m x 2.347 m x 2.684 m)
Cubic Capacity: 2,684 cubic ft (76.0 cbm) before loading
*Payload weight exceeds over-the-road legal limits in US and Canada. Recommended maximum ocean freight containers payload for the US and Canada is 35,000 lbs per 20' and 42,000 lbs per 40'.



  1.  'LIVE LOAD' – An International Movers Network, Inc. trucker will deliver an ocean freight container to your location and wait while you load, secure and seal the container for the international shipment. Free loading time may vary from one to two hours.
  2.  'DROP AND PICK' - The International Movers Network, Inc. trucking company's driver will deliver and leave the ocean freight container at your location for several days. Then he will return to pick up the loaded, secured and sealed sea freight container. 'Drop and pick' has the advantage that the shipper can take their time loading and securing goods in the sea freight container.
  3.  'IN A WAREHOUSE QUALITY LOADING' - (do not confuse with a service from an International Movers Network, Inc.) means that the shipper self-delivers loose cargo to an International Movers Network, Inc. company warehouse or to a loading dock of the company,which specializes in quality loading of cargo into sea freight containers for international shipments. Once goods are received and accepted by the shipping warehouse, goods will be loaded and secured in the ocean freight container. Then the container will be delivered to port of exit or rail terminal.

Shipper Owned Containers

When you book an Full Container Load ocean freight shipment and request an ocean freight container delivery for the load, you "rent" the container from the ocean freight carrier (direct international shipping company). Container "Rent" charges are included in the international ocean freight rate. However, the shipper should always remember that after the container is released at the destination and left, the carrier's Container Yard (CY) to be unloaded at the consignee's facility, it must be returned to the ocean freight carrier's Container Yard within a certain time frame. Otherwise container late charges may apply on the ocean freight.

If your destination facility is far away from the international ocean freight carrier's Container Yard, then you should pay attention to possible charges on container retention.

For example, upon your cargo release at the destination seaport (Container Yard) your sea freight container might continue to travel by rail thousands of miles away from the Container Yard in bond or not. Then the empty sea freight container must be returned to the ocean carrier's Container Yard.

In this situation, in order to avoid sea freight container late charges and eliminate expenses related to the container return, the only option is using Shipper Owned Containers (S.O.C), i.e. a "One Way" sea freight container.

Shipper Owned Containers (S.O.C) You buy a container for the international ocean freight shipment at origin. Then the sea freight container is your property, and you are not obligated to return it. After it is emptied you may sell it, use it for storage, or recycle it, or destroy it.

There are a lot of dealers in every country around the world that sell new and used multimodal sea freight containers. Consider Shipper Owned Containers for  your shipment.

However, before purchasing a container for your international ocean freight shipment you should consider:

Why do you need S.O.C? Consider a reload imported and released by customs cargo from your sea freight container to a trailer or in another container obtained at the destination.

If you still need a S.O.C then think about:

  • Does the rate offered cost-effective for S.O.C?
  • Does the international ocean carrier require a sea freight container condition survey before the container is loaded?
  • Consider a crane used for lifting your ocean freight container on/from chassis or flatbed. Most container delivery trailers are designed to slide containers off to the ground and cannot handle the weight of a loaded sea freight container.
  • Do not overload the sea freight container. Consider road weight and port crane limitations.
  • Do you have insurance of the type that will cover you in the event that ocean freight container failure damages the cargo of others or the vessel? Most likely your insurance will cover your cargo, but not the damage you do to other cargo or vessels.  Insurance must be purchased by the customer.
  • The Shipper-Owned-Container may send a negative message to Customs. Customs knows that "Shipper-Owned-Containers" may mean a one way trip; it can often mean junk or even hazardous cargo and the container might have been purchased at the end of its service life.


Shipper's responsibilities on commodity and export and import shipping documents submitted to an ocean freight international shipment

With respect to dealing with a freight forwarder, shipper should have a clear understanding that he/she is responsible for describing the shipped goods and their legality and have sufficient shipping documents submitted for an international shipment.

Carrier's ocean freight bill of lading, the final document that acts as a title for shipped goods, as a rule states 'SHIPPER'S LOAD AND COUNT' and 'SAID BY SHIPPER TO CONTAIN'. That means that the international ocean carrier (and a freight forwarder who represents this carrier) is not responsible for information provided by the shipper on his shipped goods.

A freight forwarder should advise the shipper of the complexity of international shipment procedures. However, it is the shipper's responsibility to provide all necessary documents related to his international shipment that will be required by origin and destination country officials.

Below is the list of commonly used documents required to be submitted to an international shipment by sea:


A. Ocean freight bill of lading– Ocean Carrier's transport document. Shows cargo routing, consignor, consignee, cargo description, etc. The title of shipping goods.

B.1. For commercial international ocean freight shipment commercial invoice. Complete description of commodity being shipped.

B.2. For shipping household goods and personal belongings overseas – Valued Packing List An inventory list with the value assigned to each item being shipped.

Note: Some couriers require preform commercial invoices for personal international shipments as well. However, having a complete Valued Packing List submitted at origin, upon destination, custom request, makes it easier to transfer your Valued Packing List in the form of preform commercial invoice.

United States Customs requires all Commercial Invoices (and Valued Packing Lists) be in English and show:

  • Value of cargo in U.S. Dollars (exchange rate = date of export);
  • Shipper’s full name and address (M.I.D.- Manufacturer’s identification);
  • Consignee full name and address;
  • Detailed description of cargo/freight;
  • Quantity of cargo shipped;
  • Weight of cargo shipped;
  • Cargo's Country of Origin


  • Packing List in ocean freight- Breakdown description: pieces, weights and packing materials. (Examples - Wood Pallets, Skids, Crates, Boxes, Dunnage, Straw Packing, etc.)
  • Fumigation Certificate- Certification that the cargo and packing materials were fumigated and is free of infestation after the cargo had been containerized.
  • Special Documents- Dependent on commodity and country of origin.
    • Visa
    • Quota
    • Visa/Quota
    • Certificate of Origin
    • North American Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin (N.A.F.T.A.)
    • Packing Declaration
    • Dangerous Goods Declaration - hazardous materials
    • Fish and Wildlife Declaration
    • Consular Legalized documents
    • F.D.A.
    • U.S.D.A.
    • Anti-Dumping