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IFW provides a wide variety of services for cargo that cannot be transported in a container due to its size/weight. We provide packing, reinforcement, storage, loading and lashing on board, stowage services as well as any other service that may be necessary depending on the type of cargo.

It is cargo that cannot be transported in a container, due to its size, weight or both, but needs special modes of transport, maritime and road, designed only and exclusively to meet safety requirements and ensure efficient operation.

For this type of container, the limit in terms of weight is around 26-28 tons. What sets the limits for this type of equipment is its width. Depending on the way of loading/unloading the cargo, acceptable Open Top container dimensions vary. These are limited by the upper rails that are 2.2-metre wide, which limits any cargo exceeding this width. OT container operations are performed if loading of the cargo is carried out through the door and its width does not exceed the limit on the upper part of the container.

For this type of container, limits vary among different shipping companies, as some companies have reinforced containers capable of bearing more weight than the standard. However, these limits usually state the capacity of the cranes in the ports of origin / transhipment / destination. An acceptable range can vary between 35-50 tons.

There are limitations when shipping your cargo in a container. These limitations include size, weight and content. The internal dimensions of a 20ft container are approximately 5.9-metre long x 2.35-metre wide x 2.39-metre high. The difference for a 40ft container would be the length, which can accommodate up to 12 meters. The weight limit of a 20ft container is approx. 25 tons whilst a 40ft container can withstand up to 27 tons.

  1. Container ships with special equipment options such as Flat Rack and Open Top containers. In addition, for cargo that exceeds 35-40 tons in weight, there is also the BREAKBULK option on Flat Racks with on-board lashing once the cargo is stowed on Flat Racks.
  2. Multipurpose/Breakbulk boats with own resources or port cranes.
  3. Ro-Ro vessels, on Mafi trailers (in case of static cargo) or any other wheeled modes (for wheeled cargo).
  1. Origin and destination
  2. Type of cargo
  3. Packing list with number of units and unit weight
  4. Type of packaging: in a box, pallet, cradle?
  5. Technical diagrams of the equipment with identified lifting points
  6. In case of wheeled or self-propelled cargo, please inform so.

This will depend on the type of vessel that will be used as well as the type of equipment that will be required, but IFW will seek the solution that best suits customer requirements, on a case-by-case basis.

A quote consists of different concepts (freight, surcharges, local expenses). This calculation may vary. Cargo can be charged by its gross weight (Terminal tax, PNS, Documentation, Dispatch ….) or by the chargeable weight (Freight, Surcharges, Collection).

We have different options, from express service (more expensive) that can be arranged to dispatch cargo to a destination airport within 24-48 hours to a regular/consolidated service, which takes longer to be arranged at destination, but it is cheaper. This will always depend on shipping urgency.

Fuel (FSC): A surcharge that depends on fuel prices

IRC: Surcharge charged at airports for security reasons.

THC (Terminal tax): Charged for using Terminal facilities

PNS (National Safety Plan): It is the rate charged according to the National Air Safety Plan. This rate may vary depending on whether it comes from a Known or Unknown Carrier (costs vary, being higher for cargoes shipped by an Unknown Carrier)

Handling: It is the cost for handling cargo

Documentation: Amount charged for the issuance of an Air Waybill.

Collection: The invoiced cost for collection of cargo from the customer facilities to the airport

Dispatch: The cost for performing Export Dispatch processes

Because of shipping urgency as well as a fast and safe service. Depending on the cargo dimensions, you can use a Passenger Service (more frequent and different options) or Freighter Service (less frequent and more expensive).

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