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Hello,

Does anyone have any recommendations for a shipping company?

I need to ship one pallet of stuff (four big rubbermaid containers) from either Marseille or Nice to Canada.

Any ideas?

I'm totally stuck, and have no idea where to start. (I can't speak French.)

Thanks!
 

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Hello,

Does anyone have any recommendations for a shipping company?

I need to ship one pallet of stuff (four big rubbermaid containers) from either Marseille or Nice to Canada.

Any ideas?

I'm totally stuck, and have no idea where to start. (I can't speak French.)

Thanks!
Send me the exact dimensions + weights and a brief description of the contents and I'll grab some quotes for you.
 

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Send me the exact dimensions + weights and a brief description of the contents and I'll grab some quotes for you.
Thanks very much! (Sorry for the delay with my reply -- I was out of the country for a bit.)

The pallet is 1 cubic meter in size. (There are four rubbermaid containers -- each one is 100cm X 50cm X 40cm. They are stacked on top of a wood pallet.)

I'm not sure of the exact weight (I don't have a scale), but it is probably around 100kg.

The contents are personal effects. (Mostly cloths, a few pots and pans, books, etc. Basically, we are moving back to Canada, and this is the stuff we want to take back with us that won't fit into our suitcases.)

I can bring the pallet to anywhere in Nice or Marsaille.

Thanks again for your help!

(BTW - I need to have this done by middle of February. Sorry for the urgency. I hope that it is still possible for you to help me?)
 

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personal effects

Personal effects can be shipped easily

1- prepare detailed inventory (with estimated value price), copy of passport, copy of legitimate residence in Canada or future assignment (letter of appointment)

2- Contact a transport company such as Schencker or AGS or many others such as Lafarge, google it

3- obtain quotations for estimated volume (in fact a ration volume/weight) and insist on "groupage" to obtain cheaper prices. Groupage means your consignment will travel in a larger container with other people goods or personal effects (instead of solo in your own container). Asking for quote for air freight vs sea freight might be interesting. if you are not in a rush, take sea freight.

4- seal you plastic containers, and off load your consignment at the company or ask for home collection if you cannot deliver, but this might increase the price. You might need to be present for customs inspection and seal you plastic containers after.

good luck
 
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As Gallus says, plus:

- Have the details to hand, EXACT package size (L x W x H) + gross weight.
- Most shipping firms will have an English speaker these days.
- Don't sound totally clueless or they'll up the price.
- Make sure that each one you ring for a quote knows you are shopping around for a competitive price.
- Do ring at least half a dozen different firms. Rates vary. I would ring about ten myself, to get a good idea of the market price.
 

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Thanks Frogblogger

I have also noticed that home delivery in the destination country can severely increase the shipment price: these guys may want to charge for clearing of goods (customs), handling, storage, and haulage (delivery). It might not come cheap Sometime international shipping only is even cheaper than delivery at home.

my suggestions
- ask where the final destination will be: Quebec, Vancouver, Toronto,
- and ask for a quote with separate cost for delivery to each of your contacts

According to where you stay (close or not from port of entry in Canada for your consignment), you could either ask a friend or a family member to help you with a van to fetch your consignment directly at the warehouse, upon arrival (in some cases there is a basic charge for storage for at least a day, but you'd prefer saving on storage cost as well)
 

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Thanks! This is very good info to have.

The only part I'm having difficulty with is finding the name/phone of the shipping or transport companies.

Most of them seem to advertise only in French, so I'm fairly limited with regard to google. I've searched in English, but the results show international moving companies that charge a fortune. 2000 euro for 1m3? I don't think so. :)

So far I've only been able to get one quote that is "reasonable". They want 395 Euro. I must bring the pallet to Marseille.

If you know of any name/phone for a company I could call.. that would be great! (Or if you can create the google query in French for me and then post the link, I can look up each company and call to see if they speak English.)

Thanks again!

BTW - I have access to a truck in Vancouver, Canada, so it's no problem to go to the port and pick up the pallet when it arrives. I can also bring the pallet directly anywhere in Nice or Marseille for delivery.
 

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I'm sorry about not responding sooner, our website was down and took out our email access with it.

Since you've made plenty of progress since my last post, here is some information to help things along . I cannot post links yet (too junior a member) but if you Google "Shipping Companies Port Marseille", you will get the info you need to expand your possibilities.

It is a detailed list (complete with links) of shipping companies out of Port Marseille.
 

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Excellent. Thanks very much. I will do search on google and go from there.

BTW - I happen to own a hosting company, so if you're looking for high quality hosting,just let me know. (link removed)

Thanks again!
 

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Hi hstraf......


I have no sufficient idea on this. But I well known a site which offer best shipping service with a range of delivery time frames, cost and insurance cover. They have specialises in Pallet Shipping within the UK, Europe and 33 countries.
 
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