Planning Your Move

UniGroup Worldwide will select the most effective container for your move based on your specific needs as well as the weight and volume of your personal effects.


  • Constructed of plywood with a 2-inch by 4-inch wooden frame
  • Skids are attached to the bottom of the container so it can be handled by a forklift.
  • Usually lined with water-resistant paper and may be caulked as necessary to keep your goods dry.
  • Steel straps are placed around the outside to secure the lift van.
  • Standard sizes are 185 to 210 cubic feet. Other sizes can be built to hold bulky items
  • Generally used if total shipment weighs less than 500 pounds. Shipments weighing 2,000 to 4,000 pounds are based on current pricing conditions.
  • Can be used for storage as well as transportation, which prevents additional handling 
  • Preferred when the destination country lacks the capacity to handle steamship containers

Steamship Containers

  • Constructed of steel and resemble motor freight trailers
  • Twenty-foot containers hold approximately 1,100 cubic feet while 40-foot units hold about 2,200 cubic feet
  • Can hold more than a single lift-van and are used for large or bulky shipments. To effectively use a steamship container, a minimum of 700 cubic feet (approximately 4,000 pounds) is suggested
  • May not be available for shipping to some foreign countries
  • Provided by ocean carriers and may not be utilized for storage purposes
  • Due to their construction, allow for best protection of a shipment compared to other containers
  • Can result in lower transportation charges if the minimum requirement for weight and volume are met

Air Freight Containers

  • Constructed of triple-layered waxed corrugated cardboard, they range in size from 18 to 96 cubic feet. Larger containers are fitted with skids for ease in moving with a forklift.  
  • Restricted to certain dimensional specifications in order to pass through aircraft cargo doors


Transportation Methods  

After your goods are packed your shipment will begin its movement coordinated and managed with the watchful eyes of UniGroup Worldwide. Your shipment may be moved by rail or motor freight to the port of exit. It will then be shipped via air or ocean to the destination port.

Motor Carrier

  • Provides unlimited access to most geographical areas throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world
  • Used to transport steamship containers, lift vans and full trailer overload cargo
  • Provides expedited pickup when necessary


  • Capable of transporting more goods in certain trade lanes by stacking steamship containers over long distances  
  • More cost effective than a motor freight carrier 
  • Frequently used to transport steamship containers to and from an ocean port to inland locations


  • Most common way to transport shipments internationally  
  • Typically is significantly less expensive than air freight  
  • Normally comprises the longest leg of a move, in terms of distance and time spent in transit
  • Most cost efficient means of transporting large shipments, greater than 600 cubic feet or 3,000 pounds

Air Freight

  • Reduces transit time; used to send time-sensitive items  
  • Recommended for certain countries, depending on the nature of the shipment and final destination.
  • Ideal for smaller shipments  
  • Cost is based on cubic size and destination

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