1. CONTAINERS (dimensions, specs.):
1. A 20 ft. standard container when filled to capacity with personal effects holds up to 1000 cu ft. / 6000 lbs., while a 40 ft. standard container holds up to 2000 cu ft. / 12,000 lbs.
2. In matching the container size to your volume, we recommend that you make a detailed inventory list to be used by Customs, for insurance purposes and for Hermes recordkeeping. This list helps us determine the volume and weight of the shipment and allows us to make the best recommendations for your individual shipment. A general rule of thumb is that 1 and 2 bedroom apartments will take up anywhere from 300-1000 cu ft. and require a 20 ft. container while 3 and 4 bedroom homes will take up between 1100-2000 cu ft. and require a 40 ft. container.
3. After determining the size of the container needed for your shipment, “drayage” or the details of trucking the container to your door, is an important factor to consider. First, the trucker is only a driver. He is paid to drive and can’t assist you in any other way, such as packing or loading. Secondly, you must take into account the local zoning ordinances and laws pertaining to fire, police, EMS, garbage pickup and no-parking zones. Finally, you must take into account the physical conditions of the road/driveways. The trucker has total discretion on this matter.
4. The trucking term, “live load,” that we use in your rate is important because when the trucker shows up, he will expect you to have everything planned out, staged and ready to go within a 3-hour time limit. In the event you run over the 3-hour limit, you will be assessed an hourly overtime trucking fee.