Final volume can differ from the estimate. Why?

Final volume can differ from the estimate. Why?

1.  Changing, unclear priorities.  NO:  lists presented in advance to the movers, labels on the goods,  separation of goods by priority.

2.   Disorganized, loose, or unusual items.

3.  One spouse/partner is responsible for some portion of making the prioritized lists, supervising the estimate, directing and/or supervising one day of the move, directing/supervising another day of the move— and the other spouse/partner is responsible for other portions.   Inadequate communication and review of the survey.

4.   GUARANTEED:   the way to (almost) guarantee a discrepancy between estimated and actual volume is to trust the packers advice/information about volume.    DO NOT rely on any information they give you–that includes but is not limited to volume, rights, timing, pricing, customs, or reassembly.   If you have any questions or instructions about those subjects, communicate ONLY with the Kef offices in Jerusalem.   If you cannot reach us, it is ok to speak to the Managing Director of our local agent, but reconfirm the information and instructions in writing with our office in Jerusalem.    The more care and attention you put into creating prioritized lists before pickup, the more accurate your volume will be.

5.  LCLs –shared container loads.   The smaller the shipment, the larger the apparent (%) deviation.


Lift Vans are crates that are not built to the size of goods.    Though crates provide the best security against breakage and loss, they are the least efficient use of space.  If goods do not fit well, there is more unused space than on pallets.

Your forwarder might have crates of  75 or 150 cubic feet, though 200 is most common (inside measurements  are 84” W, 84” H, 45″ D).    Depending on the forwarder, crates may be standard procedure or by special order.

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Estimators estimate volume;   movers pack and load.  Movers are unreliable about volume.  Neither movers nor estimators are reliable about pricing, timing, customs, or reassembly.

Exceeding container capacity.      If you are close to or over a volume limit, consider going to the next larger container.    The only way to ship overflow is by making a separate, shared container shipment–usually more expensive than getting a larger container in the first place. 


Less than 600 cubic feet LCL (Less than Container Load)
600- 800 cubic feet COMPARE difference in cost of LCL and 20’ FCL container
800- 1,000 cubic feet 20’ FCL container
1,000- 1,200 cubic feet Prioritize and reduce load to fit 20’ FCL container or jump to a 40’ container
 1,200 cubic feet to 2,000 cubic feet 40’ FCL container
 2,000- 2,200 cubic feet 40’ HIGH FCL container
Above 2,200 cubic feet Prioritize and reduce load to fit  40’ HIGH container, or ship as LCL & FCL


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