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When preparing for your big move from the USA to India, probably the greatest of your concerns is to relocate all your belongings. While for a lot of goods like your car, relocation isn’t the best option, but for the rest finding an economical and reliable shipping option is crucial. There are primarily two ways you can ship your possessions to India - air freight and ocean freight.
Usually, Ocean shipments take somewhere between 35-45 days for Full Container Load shipments(explained further in the article) and 45-65 days door-to-door shipment based on the place of origin/destination, ocean transit times, amount of inland transportation required, consolidation, deconsolidation and several other unforeseen and foreseen factors.
Air freight takes about 10-15 days door-2-door taking into account the flight schedule, road transportation and customs clearance.
Ocean freight charges depend on the origin/destination ports and:
Goods shipped by air freight are charged per pound (lb.) or per kilogram (kg.) depending on the destination.
If you are considering shipping your goods through ocean freight, understanding the difference between FCL and LCL shipments is essential:
In an FCL cargo, All the goods in the said container are owned by a single shipper. For example, if you'd like to ship all of your furniture, electronics, utensils, clothes, books, crockery, etc. together, FCL is a suggested option.
The most common sizes of FCL containers that are available include:
For shipping goods that accommodate a 2 BHK flat, a 20 ft container is usually enough. It can accommodate items like books, clothes, TV, rugs, furniture, home decor products, Stuff like pillows, curtains, etc.
A 40’ container can accommodate items from a 3-4 BHK or an independent stuff like couches, beds, in addition to the regular necessities mentioned above can be shipped in a 40’ container.
You also have the option of a 40' Hi Cube Container that is like the standard 40’ container, except it offers 1 feet extra height, which enhances the container’s loading volume.
An LCL cargo is the suggested option if you want to ship only limited goods that don’t require booking an individual container for yourself. You can simply book a consolidator to ship your goods along with those of other shippers. The transit time in this route of shipment, however, is longer compared to FCL shipment.
The shipping charges for moving your belongings from USA to India depend on a lot of factors.Here are some to consider:
Make sure you do a thorough research with respect to the shipping companies before zeroing in on one. Some reliable companies that ship fro USA to include:
If you are moving to India permanently you can import your belongings free of custom duty and taxes if:
Your belongings (except clothing, jewellery, toiletries) will be subject to custom duty and taxes in case the above mentioned terms are not met.
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