Originally Posted by stephen.stallebrass
How do you find these almost full containers?
Goods move in abundance ,, the volume is significant. They ship households to electronics,, to dry squid,, all sorts of dry and wet cargo to all over the world. A Large forwarder ex Korea such as Korea Express, with offices in USA and Europe has the kind of LCL volume that gets filled up fairly quick. Ships leave Korea-China-Japan for USA and Europe daily ,, some 3 - 4 at a time.
There are over 7 major carriers such as China Container Line, OOCL, Mitsui, NYK, Han Jin, Maersk etc ,, leaving and arriving the Asian ports non stop.
Other exotic destinations are possible i.e., Korea - Mexico, Korea Peru or Chile ,, since we have a strong FTA with both,, volume is huge.
A good forwarder at both ends will not mix up your bill of ladding with a ton of fish.
It's always transit time vs cost vs your budget.
I have moved personal goods this way for years. As well as having worked for a shipping company, for some 10 years. Sea-Land, London and Nedlloyd Korea.
Look for a large ocean forwarder ,, such as Schenkers, Danzas, Panalpina, Korea Express , Nippon Express ,, with big consolidation powers. Or use Ro-Ro carriers such as Wilhelmsen or Eukor, where you can negotiate own rates.
It is USD 1,000 for ocean vs USD 4,500 for air freight.