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Break Bulk Services

break bulk cargoContainer shipping is typically the most cost-effective and efficient method of ocean freight forwarding, but what if the goods you need to ship don’t fit in a standard shipping container? In this case, you may need to move your cargo using break bulk shipping.

Break bulk transportation involves moving large cargo in smaller units, such as pallets, barrels, drums, boxes, or bags. It was the most common method of ocean freight transportation before the rise of large container ships. While typically more labor intensive than full container load (FCL) and less than container load (LCL) shipping, it is often still the best shipping choice when products are too large, heavy, or awkwardly shaped to fit in a standard container, or if the products need to be transported to a minimally-developed port that can’t accommodate container ships.

If you have break bulk cargo, let Global Shipping Services facilitate the move from beginning to end. With our years of experience and extensive professional network in the project cargo forwarding industry, we know how to transport your shipment safely and at the lowest possible cost to you.

Break Bulk Features & Benefits

Break bulk shipping is still used more frequently than you might think, especially in fields that need to move large or heavy goods, such as the petrochemical, oil and gas, energy, marine, and mining industries. Types of goods that are commonly transported in a break bulk shipment include timber, steel slabs, paper pulp, heavy machinery, and project cargo (such as power generating equipment and refinery equipment). Below are a few of the benefits of this shipping method:

  • It Allows Heavy Industry & Power Generation Businesses to Move Their Equipment: Some equipment, such as windmills and large drills, can only be transported using break bulk.
  • It Allows Goods to Enter Minimally-Developed Ports: Some smaller ports cannot accommodate large container ships or tankers, and in these cases, it may be necessary to use a smaller ship designed to carry broken down cargo.
  • It Makes It Easier to Keep Goods Separated: If your goods need to be delivered to their final destination in separate units, it may make more sense to utilize break bulk than to combine them in a container and separate them later.

Why Choose Global Shipping for Break Bulk Services?

Break bulk requires more third party handling than containerized cargo, and if you’re shipping your goods this way, you need to make sure you’re working with a freight forwarding company you can rely on. With over 10 years in the shipping industry and a history of handling challenging project cargo, Global Shipping Services has the experience necessary to facilitate your cargo transportation.

We oversee the entire shipping process, from loading the cargo to delivering it directly to its final destination. We can also provide inland transportation using flatbed trucks or even barges. And no matter how complex your move, we’ll communicate with you throughout the transportation process so that you always know where your cargo is and how it’s being handled.

While this shipping method is known for being more expensive than container shipping services, we will work with our extensive network of freight forwarding professionals to negotiate the best prices available.

Contact Global Shipping Services Today

Contact Global Shipping Services by filling out our online form or calling one of our locations to have us handle your break bulk shipping. Let us know if you have any questions about how to best move your cargo. We’ll work with you to make the transportation process as effortless as possible.

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"We have complicated international shipping requirements and tight schedules to maintain, GSS has always gone above and beyond to meet these requirements and ensure we have the information needed to keep things running smoothly"

Cameron Kehm
Director, International Operations, OSG Lightering LLC

"In my 16 years of service to industry, I would highly recommend this company as a reliable broker and shipping company to cover any logistics scenario that could arise with professionalism, attention to detail & accuracy. Our representation has been nothing but superb from Global whether a simple shipment is brokered through customs or multiple containers are negotiated to our project sites direct from Germany this company delivers on time at competitive rates every time."

David Zinke
Senior Project Engineer, Geda USA Elevator & Material Lift Company

"Presmer has been working with Global Shipping for over 3 years now and the service they provide is excellent. They go above and beyond the call of duty to ease your shipment hassles. They take the frustration out of the process with their knowledge and relationships. Forever grateful."

Annsley Popov
Founder, Presmer

"This company truly puts the customer first. They are always ahead of issues and their follow-up and communications with us has been exemplary. They made what used to be a horrific part of our work, something that is now almost effortless.
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President, Superior Building Supplies


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