Choosing the appropriate shipping services option is important and a skill that EDI International Freight Management Pty Ltd has honed over the years. Generally speaking, if the cargo unit fits within the walls of a shipping container then look to utilise a dedicated container or even better, a shared container. The internal dimensions of a 40’ container are approximately 12.0 metres long, 2.3 metres wide and 2.8 metres high, also considering door opening restrictions.

EDI is packing multiple regular shared 40’ container units ex Los Angeles to BNE, SYD, MEL every week on fixed weekly sailings on direct services only. A more reliable, faster or cheaper way of getting your automotive or marine cargo to Australia doesn’t exist and we are working with California’s biggest automotive exporter and pooling resources and routings to combine for superbly utilised consolidations of cars, bikes, boats, jet skis, mowers, parts etc.

This smart consolidating and superb buying is further enhanced by our joint pioneering of the rollout of the “R-RAK” metal racking system to Australia, a safe and secure way of getting cargo double stacked inside a container using an easy block and tackle method of hoisting and lowering. This eliminates the possible collapse of wooden packaging, is more environmentally friendly and creates more space inside for ensuring 4 cars to a container. Click on the link “Unique Metal Racking” to your left now and read more about this state of the art re-usable product now available.

With this unique system in place, it enables us to ship a standard motor vehicle which attributes to 25% of a full container cost based on 4 cars being able to fit. 4WD utilities and similar vehicles that take up half of a container are costed as such if their size does not allow a load above. Motor bikes are a lesser unit cost again and parts are charged per cubic metre. Talk to us about any unusual shapes and we can tailor a special rate that works loosely around this simple concept.

There are some notable variations to the “what fits in a container” where we can cradle on an angle marine craft of just over 2.5 metres wide and still have them fit. We also have the ability to pack up to 2.8 metre wide marine units into containers on their side. Larger units like trailers, RV’s and fifth wheelers can be cost effectively loaded onto “flat rack” open sided units, pay an over-width surcharge and still be ahead of the lesser reliable ro/ro options that also have longer transhipment transits and can get overbooked at times. From the west coast we find most cargo can be shipped on the unit costed regular fixed weekly direct sailing, however where not possible or if cheaper, efficient transhipment ro/ro car carrier services do exist.

Freight and units originating from east coast can be efficiently transported to California at a reasonable cost to be placed in the weekly direct sailing shared containers services from west coast or be considered to be shipped by ro/ro from an east coast port – talk to us about cost and service comparisons, considering inland haul costs from nominated pick up point, overall ocean freight and destination cost comparisons. For units originating from Canada, sometimes it works to bring units out via our Californian gateway, however if border costs prohibit, we have reliable shipping options from the Great Lakes hubs and also from the west coast gateway port of Vancouver.


ship-blueJapan by comparison is a trade-lane that has traditionally always been serviced by ro/ro car carrier services and EXW process and FOB costs in Japan and very competitive per cubic metre ocean freight rates available make container services not viable. Different ro/ro car carrier services come and go but currently we find the shipping terms offered by NYK represent the best choice and a fast, regular and reliable service to multiple destinations.

UK and Europe have multiple service options available. The North Sea, Baltic region and Southampton in the UK are serviced by regular, direct and reliable ro/ro car carrier services at reasonable unit and per cubic metre rates. There are also shared container services from greater London where 4 cars can be placed into a 40’ container and the costs then become very attractive versus ro/ro costs and London is an easy destination for pulling vehicles from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Europe especially as the UK regularly services eastern Europe with car carriers and trucks come back to London empty so back-loading rates are very attractive. Alternative container consolidations are feasible and recommended from Switzerland, Austria, Southern Germany and Czech Republic.

New Zealand also has a regular, reliable and affordable ro/ro service. EDI also works with operators in Auckland also offering 4 cars into a 40’ container again making for competitive set rates against car carrier ro/ro services which enjoying the security of containerised services.

When shipping, fuel tanks must be near empty, however with airfreight, some airlines stipulate that tanks actually be drained and the batteries disconnected. Certain airline carriers are better suited to handling vehicles and bikes and their rates reflect their ability to cooperate. One must consider that most vehicles will due to their cargo density be charged on their volumetric weight and not the actual weight. With a density formula in worldwide airline language of 1 cbm = 167kg the volumetric weight only slightly exceeds the actual weight by approx. 20% but this is often overlooked.

Ask us about specific options to get you the right solution on your alternative load point enquiries. Through all these trade-lanes managed we can offer electronic visibility viewed via ediTRACK.

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