What are Transshipments?

What is a “transshipment” and
why you need to know about it?

Transshipments are similar to switching planes on a very long flight.  Containers are unloaded from one vessel at a hub-port and later loaded onto a second vessel for the last leg of the journey.

Transshipments are essential because a shipping line cannot cover all ports around the world with a single vessel.  Services are segregated into routes and hub-ports are used for transshipments.

Sailings from the US to Israel may have transshipment delays.  The time delay may be as short as a few days or up to three or four weeks.

Transshipment delays may result from port congestion, missing the connecting vessel or a number of other possibilities.

Obviously, we at Aliyah Lift Shipping have no control over these delays, nor can we predict when a shipment will arrive in Israel.  It’s a matter of watch, wait and see.

In our situation, one vessel sails from North America to Europe and a second vessel sails the Mediterranian dropping off and picking up.

Here is the current general trend in transshipments :

  • Zim : Miami to Israel has a transshipment in Valencia, Spain and the delay may be up to a couple weeks.
  • MSC : New York to Israel has a transshipment in Gioia Tauro, Italy and the delay may be four/five days or up to three/four weeks.  (Shipment originating inland like Denver, Chicago, Detroit, etc. are almost always routed through New York.)

Our most popular sailing, Zim’s New York to Ashdod route, does not have a transshipment and is currently at 24 days.

 

 

Shipping Volume vs. Home Size Equation

When you consider factors like the volume of a shipment, the cost of shipping them to Israel, along with expense/budget and size of new the new home in Israel, it can get pretty confusing nailing down a good aliyah shipping plan.

Fortunately, I have developed an equation to help.

My casual research has shown that a 20′ container will fill a 125 square meter home in Israel without feeling cramped or tight and a 40′ container will fill a 250 square meter home.  (To convert square meters to square feet simply multiply square meters by 11.)

It is assumed the container is filled with a normal mixture of boxes and furniture.

Here’s the math…

Shipping Volume / 8 = Square Meter Home

 

For example, your surveyed volume is 675 cubic feet.  Doing the math, 675 / 8 = 84

So, shipping 675 cubic feet of furniture and boxes will appropriately outfit an 84 square meter home.

 

Or, if you know the size of your home in Israel, then you can determine how much to ship with this handy equation :

Square Meter Home x 8 = Shipping Volume

 

For example, you know your new home in Israel is 175 square meter.  Doing the math, 175 x 8 = 1400

So, a 175 square meter Israeli home can reasonably accommodate 1400 cubic feet of furniture and boxes.

Remember, this is not hard science, but rather an equation to get a general understanding of the relationship between shipping volume and home sizes in Israel.

Hopefully, by using these equations, we can help you ship the right amount to your new home in Israel!

Confused by math?  Don’t worry, just give us a call at 305-653-1032 and we can help you out, step by step.

 

 

Changes at the Israeli Customs Authority

With Israel’s increased information sharing technology olim no longer have to “open their file with customs”.

Following recent changes in the Customs Authority there is no need to open a Customs file as it is opened automatically by the Customs Authority when you are registered as an Oleh Chadash.

The file is under your Teudat Zehut number.