This is what a container looks like...
while being loaded at a warehouse loading dock.
This is what a partially filled container looks like, on the inside.
Here's a messy container.
Here's a container "Dun-Right",
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Put a car in a box?
Here's a sample question and answer, concerning shipping a vehicle to West Africa from a US interior point.
----- Question -----
From: "customer x"
Cc: "customer y"
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2002 7:57 AM
Subject: need estimate for shipping a car
Could you tell me what it what cost to ship a 2002 Buick Rendezvous from Le Mars Iowa to Cotonou Benin Republic (west Africa)?
----- Answer -----
Greetings. We can arrange this for you.
Often, going into Cotonou, when dealing with new cars, we would containerize it.
You could attempt to do this yourself, which would mean we would "spot" a 20-ft container at your origin location/door, preferrably at a warehouse loading dock that is level to the height of the container.
The vehicle would have to be properly "chocked/blocked/braced" inside the container, gas drained and batteries disconnected, with front of car facing the container door opening.
This would be for your account. Or, we can make arrrangements at a receiving warehouse to handle this for you. (the loading).
I've found the at some US interior points, warehousemen might not be as familiar with loading cars into containers, as we find at our major port areas, like Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, LA etc.
Often people would bring the car to one of the major the US East Coast ports, where we have several qualified warehouses to receive and load vehicles into containers.
Loading near to the port eliminates the need to truck the container all the way to your Iowa door, then back to the port, which is at a cost.
The car could also go a different way, via "RORO" service... see: www.sefco-export.com/roro1.htm but West Africa is an area where its usually better to have it containerized.
We can work out a rate for what your preference may be. Pls advise so we can come back to you with a formal rate/confirmation.
If you want then to proceed, please printout our instructions form:
Fill it in with your c/o contact info overseas, etc., and send back with a copy of our quote with your min $ 750 deposit, balance to be paid by time of sailing.
Usually there are weekly departures. Looking for your feedback. Thanks + best regards, Sefco Export Management Company, Inc. www.sefco-export.com
Note: please be aware of accessorial fees, for services such as export clearance of original car titles. Learn more about this: www.sefco-export.com/purchase.htm#accessorial Are you ready to go?
Please go to: www.sefco-export.com/toproceed.htm