What Are My Options for Moving a Moderate Amount of Household Goods From Hawaii to the Mainland?

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There are a number of options for moving household goods from Hawaii to the mainland and these depend on the weight and quantity of goods. The first option is to use door to door moving services which cover the entire moving process including packing and unpacking, container loading and unloading, and land and ocean freight. The second option is to make use of only the port to port shipping services. These include less than container load (LCL) shipping and full container load (FCL) shipping. The third option would be to use the United States Postal Service, depending on what you are moving. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages.

Door to Door Moving Services

Door to door moving companies offer services covering the entire moving process from start to finish. They take responsibility for liaising with all of the companies needed, including the origin movers, trucking companies, port agents, ocean carriers, and destination movers. This is the simple option for customers looking to move household goods from Hawaii to the mainland. The main disadvantages of the door to door option are a longer process than if the customers were to organize the process themselves, and additional charges for the labor required for packing and unpacking, loading and unloading and delivering the goods.

Port to Port Shipping Services

There are also companies which offer port to port shipping services. This option requires the customer to organize the packing and unpacking of goods and their delivery to and from the ports themselves. Customers can choose from ‘Less than Container Load’ (LCL) and ‘Full Container Load’ (FCL) shipping. The LCL option is suitable for customers shipping goods that cannot fill a 20 or 40 foot sea freight container. The benefit of this option is that sharing a container can reduce the cost. The FCL option is suitable only for customers shipping goods that can fill a 20 or 40 foot sea freight container. The main advantage of using port to port shipping services only is that customers can save costs. Customers who pack and self deliver their goods to the origin port can save on the labor and inland trucking charges. It may also be a faster process.

United States Postal Service (USPS)

There is also the option of moving household goods using the United States Postal Service (USPS). The disadvantage of this option is that it is limited to packages weighing less than 70lbs. USPS offers express mail and priority mail services and parcel post services. The express mail service costs from $22.2 to $271.5 depending on the weight and is delivered overnight to most locations, as of December 2010. The priority mail service costs from $5.55 to $111.5 depending on the weight and is delivered in one to three days. The parcel post service costs from $4.90 to $69.19, as of December 2010, depending on the weight and is delivered in two to eight days. Deliveries from Hawaii to the mainland may take slightly longer for all of these services.

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