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Shipping Household Goods to Alaska

August 25th, 2015 - 12:21 PM

Shipping furniture to Alaska

Shipping your household goods to Alaska doesn’t have to be a complicated, expensive, or a long process. Why? Because U-Pack® makes it easy, affordable, and quick. Whether you need to ship your entire house, a few rooms, or a couple pieces of furniture, many customers find U-Pack to be the best and cheapest way to move their household goods to Alaska.

shipping household goods to Alaska

How it works: shipping to Alaska with U-Pack​

When you ship with U-Pack, your items are moved directly to Alaska – no detour through Canada required. Here’s how it works:

  • We deliver an ocean container, ReloCube, or trailer to your home
  • You load
  • We drive your shipment to Tacoma, WA
  • It’ll be put on a ship to sail to Alaska
  • Once it arrives, we deliver, and you unload (or unload our service center)

Because U-Pack takes care of the transportation, you can travel to Alaska your way, be it by boat, plane or car (we hear the Alaska Highway is beautiful during the spring and summer). And, because U-Pack ships directly there, you don’t have to worry about abiding by Canadian customs regulations or enduring longer transit times.

Shipping household goods to Alaska fast​

Speaking of transit times, U-Pack is much faster than most Alaska shipping companies. On average, it takes 10-14 business days to ship – compare that to 4-6 weeks it could take full-service movers. U-Pack ships from Tacoma twice per week, so you don’t have to wait days on end for your shipment to set sail.

Get a free shipping quote to see your price and estimated shipping time.

Equipment options for Alaska shipping​

U-Pack offers three options for shipping household goods to Alaska:

  • The trailer: The 28 ft. trailer is ideal for small or large shipments because you only pay for space you use (there’s a 5 ft. space minimum). If you have leftover space in the trailer, U-Pack fills it with commercial, palletized goods also going to Alaska. This saves you money because you don’t have to pay for the entire trailer (a secure divider wall separates household goods and commercial goods). Customers use trailers for door-to-door shipping to most locations in Alaska.
  • The ocean container: The 40 ft. ocean container is ideal for shipping a larger amount of household goods (like a 4+ bedroom home). With this option, you pay by the container – not by how much space you use within it. Customers use ocean containers for locations where the trailer can’t go door-to-door.
  • The ReloCube: If you’re shipping a small amount of items, the 6’x 7’ x 8’ ReloCube is ideal. You can reserve as many Cubes as you’d like and only pay for the ones you fill. Customers use ReloCubes for shipments to Anchorage and specific areas in southeast Alaska. Customers unload at the service center and take their items to their final destination.

Which option is best for your household goods shipment? Well, that depends on how much you’re shipping. You can see which option is best with a free quote, or by calling 800-413-4799 to discuss your shipment with an Alaska moving consultant.

The cheapest way to ship your house to Alaska

Let’s talk price. While shipping to Alaska will likely cost more than shipping in the lower 48 (because it’s so far away), there are ways to make it more affordable. U-Pack prices are very competitive with truck rental (when you factor in the cost of gas). For that reason, it might make more sense to ship with U-Pack. Why drive a rental and pay for gas when you could let U-Pack drive and not pay for gas?

Get a free moving quote today to see how much U-Pack will cost for your shipment. You can also get a quote by calling 800-413-4799.

Shipping household goods with a PCS to Alaska

If you’re in the military and want to do a DITY move to Alaska, U-Pack can help. We ship to Fort Greely, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Eielson AFB, Fort Wainwright, and even to areas off-base. Learn more about PCSing to Alaska with U-Pack in this blog post.

Alaska shipping with storage

If you need to store your shipment, U-Pack offers two options: store at the service center closest to your origin or store at our service center in Tacoma. If you store in Tacoma, we’ll ship your items to you whenever you’re ready. Typically, it takes 5-7 days for shipments to travel from Tacoma to Alaska.

More Alaska shipping-related information

If you have a few pieces of furniture, a few boxes, a vehicle, firearms/ammo, there are ways to ship those items to Alaska, too (plus, a way to ship your furry little friend)!

  • A few boxes or pieces of furniture: It might be more cost-effective to ship with U-Pack (and pay the 5 ft. trailer minimum or pay for one Cube) than to try to find a company that doesn’t have a minimum weight policy for shipping. Read our blog post on moving a small load long distance to learn more about shipping a few items.
  • Your car and pet: Because U-Pack doesn’t ship vehicles, we recommend uShip for all auto relocation services. We also recommend uShip for shipping your pet to Alaska.
  • Firearms and ammo: If you own guns and ammunition, you won’t be able to pack them with your other household goods in the U-Pack equipment (they’re on the Do Not Ship list). For shipping guns to Alaska, we recommend talking to your local gun shop or checking with the TSA on their rules for transporting firearms.

Have more Alaska shipping questions?

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