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How Much Does It Cost To Ship Your Belongings?

December 17th, 2013 - 8:29 AM

Find out your shipping costs

Whether you’re moving a house full of belongings or just enough for one small container, U-Pack Moving has shipping options to meet your needs. As you know, shipping costs vary based on location and how much you’re moving, but it’s easy to calculate the price with an online U-Pack quote. You’ll be able to see the price instantly.   

If you ship often—maybe you’re military, you’ve moved a lot with your job, or you buy or sell used household goods—you may notice that U-Pack works a little differently than “traditional” shipping companies. Rather than charging based on the weight of your shipment, when you do a household goods shipment with U-Pack, the cost is determined by the space your belongings occupy in the trailer, or the number of containers you use. The minimum is 5 linear feet of the trailer or 1 ReloCube.

U-Pack is able to offer low shipping rates, flexible pick-up and delivery options, and fast delivery times through our primary transportation provider, ABF Freight System.

U-Pack Shipping Options

You have two equipment options with U-Pack: a Trailer move or a ReloCube move. 

The trailer measures 28’ x 8’ x 9’ (LWH), and you have the ability to use all of the space, or just what you need. It comes equipped with a ramp for loading and unloading, and a secure divider wall, that we call a bulkhead. Your U-Pack quote includes the cost for a specific linear footage, based on your shipment size, and a per-foot adjustment rate that you can add or subtract if you need more or less space. The Room-by-Room Space Estimator is a helpful tool for calculating how much space your shipment will require.

The ReloCube is a weatherproof, steel container measuring 6’ x 7’ x 8’. You can reserve as many as you think you’ll need, and pay only for those you use. These sit flat on the ground to make loading and unloading even more convenient, and they fit easily into a standard-size parking space. Cubes are equipped with logistics posts throughout the interior to make tying down and securing your shipment easy. Once loaded, simply place your lock on it, keep the key, and let us know you’re ready for pick up. ReloCubes are an effective way to keep shipping costs low.   

How does shipping with U-Pack work?

Unlike commercial shipments, U-Pack used household goods shipments do not require crating or palletizing. Instead, you can pack and load your belongings how you see fit, secure them, then, if you use the trailer, install and lock the bulkhead. If there is remaining trailer space, ABF will load commercial goods that are moving in the same direction. Your belongings are neither unloaded nor transferred; they remain secured behind the bulkhead wall until you take delivery at the destination.  

The trailer or Cube(s) can be delivered to your location for loading and unloading, or you can save by doing a terminal-to-terminal move. And if you need quick delivery, U-Pack has you covered! Transit times average 2-5 day transit times. If you need it even faster, you can also add U-Pack Guaranteed to your shipment and pinpoint the exact day of arrival. It’s the simple, hassle-free way to ship your belongings.

To get a better idea of how U-Pack shipping works, take a look at this video.

Why use U-Pack to ship your belongings?

Low Cost
Earlier I mentioned ABF—the primary transportation provider of U-Pack. It’s through this efficient network of terminals across the nation that we’re able to offer long-distance shipping rates that compare to truck rental in many locations. There are no additional charges for things like fuel, taxes, tolls or the driver. It’s just one, all inclusive price.

Flexible options
U-Pack offers the option to choose the equipment type that fits your needs, and you only pay for the space you use. You can also manage your costs by choosing between door-to-door delivery, terminal-to-terminal delivery or a hybrid. If you’re not ready for immediate delivery, you can also store your belongings on a monthly basis.  

Safe shipping
ABF is recognized throughout the country as one of the safest carriers in the industry—and not transferring or unloading your belongings helps, too! Studies show that the more times your belongings are handled, the more likely they are to sustain damage.

Fast transit times
Many traditional shipping companies take weeks (and sometimes months) to deliver. U-Pack transit times average just 2-5 business days. When you need it there quickly, go U-Pack!

Top-notch customer service
There are several areas where U-Pack shines, but one of the most important is our reputation for excellent customer service. When you call U-Pack, you’ll speak with experienced moving consultants who are trained to help you through the entire process—from figuring out the cost to ship your belongings, to planning moving day logistics. We’re ready to help every step of the way.  

Commercial shipping

U-Pack is great for shipping household goods, but if you need help moving commercial freight, ABF can help! Check out www.abfs.com for your business and commercial shipping needs.

Manage Your Shipping Costs with U-Pack!

With the ability to move both large and small shipments across the country, and the option of delivery right to the door, picking up at a local service center, or storage, U-Pack is the clear leader in household goods shipping. We understand you want your belongings shipped fast, safe, and affordably. Check out the cost to ship your belongings with a free moving quote.

Have questions about shipping your household goods? Leave a comment or call us at 800-413-4799. We're happy to help!