Legend International Transport offers a full range of international moving services options for our customers. However, many of our customers request help in designing an international move that fits specific budget requirements. Our experienced sales consultants can offer a number of solutions for our customers willing to do some of the work themselves to reduce the overall costs for the international move.
Our customers can pack all of their household goods and personal effects using the packing instructions shown below. Additional information about packing can be found in our Helpful Links page. In addition, our customers can choose to have our local agent’s wrap their furniture for their international move, but pack their own boxes. Both options help reduce the total costs for packing. Please note that customers selecting the self-pack option may only obtain Total Loss Marine Insurance for their shipment.
Loading the Container:
Customers with a full 20 or 40 container can load their own containers with help from local labor (or helpful friends). Our experienced sales consultants will discuss the contents of the container with each customer and will give detailed instructions on the best way to load the container.
Loading your Automobile:
For our customers who are moving their family automobile, we can give detailed instructions to a local tow truck operator for loading the car into the container. Arranging for this service yourself helps reduce the overall costs for your international move.
HELPFUL PACKING INSTRUCTIONS
Materials Needed for your International Move:
- Boxes of different sizes. These can be purchased in an office supply or moving supply store.
- Waterproof markers
- Removable blank stickers. These can be purchased at any office supply store and will be used to place inventory numbers on furniture and boxes.
- An inventory form which your sales consultant can provide you by e-mail or fax.
- Wrapping paper (Helpful tip: newspaper can transfer ink to your contents. Clean wrapping paper can be purchased at an office supply or moving supply company. 1-2 large rolls should be enough for your packing needs
- Corrugated cardboard for wrapping furniture and protecting furniture.
- Old sheets, towels and blankets for wrapping furniture. [Helpful tip: if you do not have a supply yourself, these can be purchased inexpensively at thrift stores.
- Strapping Tape 1.5″ – 2″ wide.
Please ask your sales consultant about our “do-it-yourself” packing kit available at a small charge for our customers selecting the “self packing” option.
Helpful Tips for your Inventory:
- A complete inventory will be required for your shipment.
- Each box and piece of furniture must be marked with a number (removable stickers are the best) and listed on an inventory.
- The contents of boxes should read “kitchen supplies”, “books”, “clothes” etc. on the inventory.
- Boxes packed by our customers should also be labeled “PBO” (packed by owner).
Our self- packing kit includes an inventory form and removal stickers to make this process easier.
Helpful Tips for Packing Boxes:
- Make sure the contents of all boxes are carefully wrapped.
- Seal the seams of all boxes with strapping tape.
- Pack similar items together.
- Try to distribute weight evenly amongst boxes.
- Pack heavy items in small boxes. Tape the bottoms well.
- Make sure your boxes are strong enough to support the weight of other boxes being stacked on top of them.
- Label your boxes as you pack them with where they belong in your new home.
Helpful Tips for Furniture:
- Furniture should be wrapped with corrugated cardboard and/or old sheets, blankets and/or towels.
- Pay particular attention to delicate areas such as the tops of furniture and legs.
- Bookshelves should be removed and wrapped separately.
- Dresser, desk, cabinet drawers should be emptied and the contents should be boxed separately. This makes moving the piece easier, and is required for custom clearance at port of destination.
- Glass shelves and tops should be wrapped with plastic bubble wrap.
There are 3 methods for a Self-Pack Shipping:
We deliver a container to your door; driver waits 2 hours free while loading, an hourly charge after the second hour.
We deliver container to your door and drop for 2 or 3 days (or a weekend) to load and secure your goods in the container. When you are finished we pick up the full container and return it to the shipping terminal.
You can deliver your goods and vehicle to our terminal. Once your goods are received, they will be loaded and secured in the container and delivered to the shipping terminal.
If you do not have access to a dock or warehouse please note that container sits on a chassis 4ft high off the ground. When loading a container on a public road, please check with local police and your city if permit is required.
Please also check on adequate turning space for the driver.
Take as much time as you need to pack your items. Once packed, call us and we will come back and pick up your loaded containers. We can offer Storage prior to loading of your goods into containers until you’re ready to move into your new location. Please note that a packing or inventory list is required.
TIPS TO HELP YOU LOAD YOUR OWN CONTAINER
- Check with your local City Hall to see if you need a permit to have a 20 or 40 container positioned at your home or facility. Some trucking companies may require a copy of the permit prior to delivering the container. If you fail to acquire a permit where permits are required, any charges that incur will be billed to you.
- When the container arrives at your door, inspect it. Make sure there are no holes in the container BEFORE the driver leaves. Sweep out the container to remove any debris, dirt or dust.
- The container comes to your door 4 feet off the ground. There are no ramps or lifts to assist you when loading. You can make your own ramps, rent your own ramps or hire labor to help you load your container.
- Packing and loading your container well is the key to minimizing damage during transit. Start at the front of the container (opposite of the container doors) and work your way back. Load all heavy items on the floor and load all light items on top.
- There are several ways to secure your items inside the container. There are rings or loopholes throughout the container located on the container walls near the floor. You can use rope, metal straps, bungee cords, etc. to secure your items.
- The walls of the container are corrugated or have grooves. You can use plywood and 4’x4’s to make partitions or to keep things from shifting frontward or backward.
- The floor of the container is wood. You can use nail items down to the floor or you can nail wood to the floor to keep things from shifting.
When you are done loading the container we do suggest using 2×4`s or 4×4`s to brace the back of the container. The key to a successful load is a tight fitting load. If your items can easily shift, damage is more likely to occur.
BEFORE the driver leaves your premises with your container, make sure to acquire the driver’s signature as proof that the driver has picked your container. Record the container# and seal# for your records.