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Hello folks ...
Specifically this question is geared towards folks who have recently moved from US to DUbai and shippped household goods from the US to Dubai in a 20ft (or 40 ft ) container..
here is my situation. the agent in the US came to home and gave an estimate of 8000$ to pack and ship the stuff from US port to dubai... ($1.38 per lb rate)..
the actual weight finally was 3000 lb totaling to 4400$ (at the above $1.38/lb) rate...

yet he charged me 7800 saying that above the weight x $/lb rate there is a flat fee for shipping a 20ft container which makes if 4400$ + flat fee = 7800$..

is the agent trying to RIP ME OFF?? really. is there such a flat fee?
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There is normally a fixed minimum rate based on container size. So a 20 ft would be cheaper than a 40ft. Although some places may let you do 1/2 a container. If you think about it, it makes sense because the container takes the same space full of empty so they need to charge for the space.

I would expect someone to have told you the cost breakdown in advance. If he said by weight than it should be by weight. Otherwise they should have explained in their estimate the minimum cost. I would hope you got a written estimate before someone came to your house and started boxing things up.

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Wow u got really taken... I shipped a 20ft container from Houston to dubai for about 2800$ in it I had my car and a bunch of other household items... Took a couple months to get here and when it did I paid about 1000$ for tax and registration for my car and about 200$ to have all my stuff delivered to my place... 7800 is way way way too much... I used maersk!!

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Wow u got really taken... I shipped a 20ft container from Houston to dubai for about 2800$ in it I had my car and a bunch of other household items... Took a couple months to get here and when it did I paid about 1000$ for tax and registration for my car and about 200$ to have all my stuff delivered to my place... 7800 is way way way too much... I used maersk!!

I had 5 different estimates all in the same range
your figure is unbelievable?
are we compare apple to apple?

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I can try to find the name of the company I used in the US but I know the shipping line was maersk... I did however pack all of my own stuff into the container.
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I can try to find the name of the company I used in the US but I know the shipping line was maersk... I did however pack all of my own stuff into the container.

there you go... secret sauce: packed my own....
thats the difference...cheers
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Persianfromtexas can you tell me the steps on shipping to dubai i would like to bring my car over here in a 20 foot container.

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Following this thread. I have had quite a few quotes and they are all over, so I was thinking of sending the cars through a different carrier than the furniture.

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Persianfromtexas can you tell me how you did it and what company I have stuff in Houston and I also need to bring it to dubai

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Hi there,

Maersk are a SHIPPING LINE. They own the boats that go from port to port. They will supply you with an empty container for you to pack and load.

The company you have received your quotation from will be a freight forwarder and/or international remover. They will be booking the container through a shipping line (which could be Maersk, or any of the other lines around the world) but will be charging you an additional fee for them to pack your goods and load them into a container (and then unload/unpack in Dubai).

I am not sure how US pricing compares to the UK, but the price paid seems a little high, even for a full packing and unpacking service.

I guess it's too late now, but for anyone stumbling across this in future, it's very important that your mover gives you a detailed quotation stating exactly what their price INCLUDES and EXCLUDES. It is entirely common for certain items to be excluded from a move quote, but it should always be very obvious what these are and the company should be able to provide estimates of what those charges might be if they occur.

If they have based their price on a certain volume or weight, then this too should be clearly stated right next to the price.

If any of the above aren't in your movers quote then alarm bells should be ringing, no matter what the price quoted.

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