PACKING SYSTEM

Shipping statues is a serious task and we ask for your understanding concerning the cost of this important service. Size, weight, fragility and care in packaging all have to be carefully considered in order to get a treasured work of art to you safely, and efficiently. Many of our offerings come to you directly from the warehouses or statuaries, minimizing the handling and risk for damage. Our goal is to get your statue to you without damage; therefore, extra attention must be paid to packaging and shipping of statuary not ordinarily found in shipping of other goods.

The first thing you need to know is that there are 5 ways cargo can move from here to you:

1. LCL Sea Cargo (less than a container - charged per cubic meter)
2. 20' Container (30 cubic meters)
3. 40' Container (60 cubic meters)
4. 40' High Cube Container (72 cubic meters)
5. Air Cargo

LCL & Full Containers
We will not ship an LCL order (less than a container load), but it would be good for you to understand why we won't do that. (Basically the worst & most expensive way to go because shipping companies hate handling loose crates and charge a fortune for doing so).
Shipping via LCL means that your products are packed into paper cartons and then we build wooden crates around the cartons.

Your crates are then moved to our cargo company; official government documentation is completed; the shipment is then trucked to the port of Surabaya, Java (which is the closest international shipping port to Bali.)

Since your LCL shipment is just a few wooden crates and doesn't fill a container, then it must wait at the port while the shipping company "consolidates" your order with other small orders going in the same direction. (Specifically, that means your crates sit there [inside/outside?] while the shipping company waits for enough orders to combine with yours and fill a container -- usual waiting time: 2-4 weeks -- then "X" number transit days on the water to you.)

First major disadvantage: as you'll see below in the cargo rate example I've given you, LCL is much more expensive per cubic meter than a container.

Second major disadvantage: while in a sealed 20' or 40' container, you get the full use of the cubic meters inside that container -- with LCL wooden crates you lose about 25% of the useable space due to the wood crate and lack of flexibility when packing large products. That means you're actually paying 25% more just in lost space (remember that, please).

Third major disadvantage: because LCL shipments always have to be consolidated, the transit time is usually double that of a sealed container -- for example, a container to the West Coast of the USA takes about 30 days, while an LCL order to the same port more likely will take 45-60 days.

Final major disadvantage: your wooden crates are manhandled in a variety of places. From our warehouse to the truck; from the truck to the cargo company; from the cargo company to the port; from the port to the ship; from the ship to your port; and from your port to your front door. (We happen to be wonderful packers and rarely have breakage, but let's face it, that's just not the best way to ship things -- how would you move ceramics safely in wooden LCL crates?)

Before I go any further, let me put an example of cargo costs in front of you to make what I'm saying super, ultra clear.


 
   
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