Whether you're planning a move to Luxembourg from overseas or need to move your stuff across Europe, unraveling the ins and outs of international shipping can be tricky, not to mention costly if you don't do it right.
Logistics company Eurosender has successfully helped people ship everything from entire households to beloved musical instruments by land and sea, from door to door. Here they outline how to ship anything to or from Luxembourg while offering up some important tips on how to make your move as smooth as possible.
First things first: Nail down dimensions. If you're moving take stock of all of your personal belongings and household items to determine what is essential and what is replaceable then get out your tape measure!
As you're deciding what stays and goes, factor in the cost of buying certain items in Luxembourg, where electronics and clothes tend to be on the pricier side, versus the cost of shipping them.
Once you know what you want to ship abroad and how much space you need -- maybe you can’t part with your beloved bedroom set, or on the contrary, want to send just a few boxes of clothes or books -- it'll be easier to choose the right shipping service.
The most important things is to ensure that your package does not exceed the weight and dimension restrictions for your type of shipment. If you exceed the weight limit, there's a chance your package may not reach its final destination.
If you're traveling light and just want to send a few boxes or suitcases, standard shipping (roughly 10 boxes max) is the way to go. You should get your things in 5-7 working days or if you opt for express shipping 24 hours (in Europe) or 48 hours (global).
Standard shipping dimensions are as follows:
If you’ll be moving bulkier household items such as furniture or oversized oddly shaped items, you’ll need to send your belongings via freight transport on palettes.
When choosing this option you'll need to be able to provide the exact dimensions length, width, and height (in cm) and weight (in kg) to your carrier.
Larger items can be sent individually but if items weigh more than 50 kilograms, they'll need to be placed on a non-skid, sturdy pallet for easier handling (see packing tips below).
Anyone who plans to move the majority of their home or belongings from within Europe to the Luxemburg can do so via van delivery service in Europe, which can be used for moving any type of large shipment from a motorcycle to a few boxes.
If you need to transport a lot of boxes or larger items, this can be the most cost-effective option, because you don't pay for each package individually (and you do not necessarily need to follow the packing guidelines, as you would with individual shipments sent through standard or any other type of service).
Delivery time for dedicated vehicles throughout Europe is an estimated 24-48 hours. Van sizes are:
Proper packing helps to better ensure that your shipment arrives safe and sound without any issues along the way:
If your items are too bulky for standard shipping, you'll need to send them via freight. Larger items can be sent individually in a box (apply the same rules for packing) but items weighing more than 50 kilograms should be placed on a non-skid, sturdy pallet for easier handling.
Your pallet may be handled multiple times. To prevent damage, make sure to:
When using a van, make sure to prepare all your packages on the ground floor when the van arrives. Extra assistance may cost an added fee though the driver typically comes with the price.
Not all your items need to be packed for van services. However, fragile items should be packed. Make sure to pack your items following best packing practices laid out above, using sturdy boxes that are well labeled, and padding your shipments.
No matter what you plan to ship, getting insurance is a must for financial protection in the unlikely event of loss or damage to your shipment. Many logistics companies will insure all items and additional insurance can be bought via their services.
If you end up filing a claim, it’s important to note that the declared value of the package, or the shipping insurance value, is the maximum coverage. You will only be reimbursed when the provider or carrier conducts an investigation and sets the value of the losses.
Which kind of insurance will depend on which shipping service you use:
Standard shipping: if you plan to ship your items, you will need to buy insurance for each package. You can normally purchase the insurance through your logistics provider or the shipment company.
Freight shipping: Freight shipments are insured according to the provisions of the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR Convention). Your insurance will apply to the entire package, and you can purchase it through a third-party company, a logistics provider or the carrier.
Shipping costs will vary depending on a variety of factors, from package measurements, shipment type, weight, location, and more. Once you've determined these variables, then a carrier can calculate a price on your shipment.
Do you need to ship something to or from Luxembourg from overseas or across Europe? Eurosender offers customized services and individual logistics solutions help you find the most cost-effective way to move any parcel or shipment. To calculate the cost of your move visit their convenient online price calculator.
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