Declutter Your Home the KonMari Way

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If you are not familiar with Marie Kondo and her KonMari method of decluttering, then now is the time!

In Marie Kondo’s Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” she showcases families with hoarding or clutter issues and teaches them, step-by-step, the KonMari way to declutter and take control of their spaces.  The results are astounding and people seem much happier.

Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is hugely popular with over 13,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.5-star rating.

The process is very simple.  You evaluate your household goods [in the following order : clothes > books > papers > miscellaneous (kitchen, bathroom, garage/basement, etc.) > sentimental items], item-by-item, and determine if the item “sparks joy” in you, or if it’s wanted to your life going forward.  Only the joy-sparked items are kept and the rest are given or thrown away.

When making aliyah the “joy-sparking” system should be extended to furniture as well.

Enjoy the Netflix trailer below.

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.

Just Married!

Mazal Tov!  Mazal Tov!

Here’s the latest couple we were able to help with our Chuppah & Aliyah program.

“Shipping a container overseas is no small task and our situation was complicated by the fact that we had to ship our things from Canada but were not living there anymore. What could have been a very stressful move was made a breeze thanks to Aliyah Lift Shipping.  Yitzhak explained the entire process very clearly and was always available to answer all the questions we had.  He also gave us regular updates on the progress of our shipment.  The companies he chose to work with in Canada and upon arrival in Israel were both very professional and competent.  The cost of the shipment was clearly laid out from the beginning – the contract states very clearly what’s included in the price and what’s not, so you know exactly what to expect.  No hidden fees and no unpleasant surprise.  We highly recommend Aliyah Lift Shipping!”

 

Container Port Storage

With a standard 20′ or 40′ container shipment you are only allowed 4 days of free storage at the port in Israel, however, most deliveries are completed in 5-7 days….

What’s this mean, what does it cost and who’s to blame? 

Unfortunately, it means there will be a few days of storage to pay for.  We advise in our proposals to budget $150 for a 20′ container and $250 for a 40′ container for the few days of port storage.

Nobody’s to blame, it’s just a matter of procedures and timing.

For example, if a container arrives on Tuesday (or later in the week) it’s highly probable delivery will be the next week since it’s not possible to complete the required administrative / operational procedures (like Israeli Custom review) by Wednesday before noon to set up a delivery on Thursday.  Friday and Shabbat are days off.

However, if the container arrives on Sunday or Monday, then it’s very likely the delivery will be that week.

Everybody in the system is working hard to deliver container shipments ASAP, that’s for sure!

(FYI, the ports charge for storage on Shabbat, holidays and even Yom Kippur.)

 

Maple Syrup in Israel

A couple years ago we helped some great olim (and personal friends) launch their dream of selling maple syrup in Israel.  You can find delicious recipes and how to order your own maple syrup here > Maple Syrup in Israel

Here’s a few pictures from today’s delivery.

Two super-protected pallets of delicious maple syrup.

Since the delivery truck didn’t come with a pallet jack and lift-gate all the boxes had to be hand unloaded.

And all this took place under the watchful eye of this handsome fellow.

 

Bonus!  Bonus! Bonus!

Here’s one of our favorite recipes for Real Maple Syrup.

Sauteed Maple Syrup Apples

The tart apples and sweet, rich maple flavor are a great combination – what a treat!

Chuppah & Aliyah

We are very excited to present our second awesome couple in the Chuppah & Aliyah program — Zachary & Stefanie Leighton.

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Our experience with Aliyah Lift shippers, especially with Yitzhak Sasson, was great.  He was available to answer all of our questions and address our concerns on the phone and even through WhatsApp, anytime.

Moving anything, especially new wedding gifts overseas can be a bit nerve racking but we were well taken care of and knew we would be in good hands with the company.

We had a last minute add on to our shipment which almost doubled the size and Yitzhak took care of the details without any hesitation.
Overall a great experience, thank you for getting our belongings here safely.
It was a pleasure and honor to work with the Leightons, and to be part of their aliyah.  Hatzlacha rabba!
wedding-zla

Untanneh Tokef & Shipping

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You might wonder…

What does the famous prayer Untanneh Tokef  have to do with shipping?

 

The idea struck me earlier this year, that shipping is a lot like the very moving part of Untanneh Tokef.  Just like in Untanneh Tokef  there’s a list of circumstances effecting man and his future, shipping too can have other-then-anticipated results.

So, with this in mind, I thought to myself, “who will have damages and who will not, who will have issues with timing and who will not, who will have delivery problems (like long haul carry / goods that can’t fit in an elevator) and who will not, and who will have completely unforeseen experiences while others have a smooth move from door to door.

The painful part about this speculation was that all our customers are really great people and I want them to have only the best experience.  I understand that G-d is in complete control of our shipments, and that everything is for the best, but still….

The good news is, since the beginning of the year we shipped about 37,000 cubic feet of goods with very, very minimal damages.  Summer shipments went out weekly or biweekly and the little bumps in the road were smoothed out as they came along.

Overall, we are very, very happy and grateful for this years shipments and to be part of so many wonderful people’s lives.

May we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life!

 

 

Damages & Marine Insurance

broken-chair

No doubt.

Many years ago during a delivery, one of the crew members opened up the cardboard wrappings around a leather office chair and he accidentally made a long cut in the leather with his box-cutter knife.

There was no dispute or doubt — he cut the chair with his knife.  It was clear as day and everybody knew it — but in the end, he was not responsible for his carelessness.

Thank God this incident didn’t happen to one of our customers, but it did happen, and it was the first dose of ‘cold water in the face’ that I encountered in the shipping industry.

Not only that…

Not only is the delivery agent was not responsible for their actions/mistakes, but the packing agent and port workers too are 100% exempt from restitution for any damages that occur by their actions.

It’s for this reason, and others, that marine insurance is available.

If a client elects to pass on marine insurance and there are damages, then there is nothing to be done — there is no recourse or compensation.

The Bright Side

On the bright side, these stories of carelessness are vary, vary rare, but damages do occur.

What’s items are most commonly damaged?

Since I only know what I’ve been told the list might be skewed, but it seems wood furniture has the highest rate of damage, and glass items – but less then you might expect.

Of the reported damages, most often it’s large or long pieces of furniture that are very heavy or difficult to maneuver and IKEA / ready-to-assemble furniture.   Most damages are relatively insignificant like rubs, scrapes or scratches and it’s very rare that a solid, hearty piece of furniture gets broken.