Trade between Lithuania and the USA is small but growing. I.C.E. Transport has a forwarding office in Vilnius, Lithuania. We've put together this shipping spotlight to summarize the type and volume of goods moving between the two countries.
There are no special heavy shipping rates on container vessels. Ask a steamship line for a quote, and it doesn’t matter if you’re filling a container with 5,000 lbs. or 55,000 lbs. The per-container ocean rate is the same.
But some heavy loads can’t be shipped in containers. And the total cost of transportation includes rates for other services besides the ocean crossing.
Say you need to move the machines from three shuttered US factories into a facility overseas. Or you’re providing several huge components needed to build an offshore oil rig. When you transport those items, that shipment is called heavy lift project cargo.
Project cargo might require multiple containers, it’s often heavier and bigger than the average ocean shipment, and it poses some special challenges:
Poland is a popular source of goods for US companies. The quality of Polish-made products is high, and shipping from Poland has become easier since that country joined the EU and upgraded its transportation infrastructure.
Many buyers look to Poland as a source of well-made goods at attractive prices. Of course, when you source from overseas, you have to consider the length of transit along with the cost of the product and the transportation.
Since 2015, U.S. imports of Polish goods have grown an average of 10% per year. Companies now recognize that they can buy high-quality products in Poland for less than the cost of similar goods sourced in Western Europe. The average shipping time from Poland to East Coast ports in the U.S. is 20 days.
When the item you ship is too tall or wide for a regular shipping container, that’s called out of gauge, or oversize, cargo.
Just as out of gauge freight doesn’t fit neatly into a box, out of gauge transport doesn’t fit into a simple process. This kind of international shipping comes with complicated challenges. So it takes special skill and experience to manage a successful transit.
Ocean is the cheapest way to transport cargo from the US to Poland, or vice versa. But for some shipments, “cheap” won’t do.
Say you’re shipping a sensitive product that can’t withstand three weeks on the ocean in summer or winter temperatures. Or say it’s crucial to deliver that product in just a few days. That’s when air freight provides the best solution.