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F.A.Q. For partial moves LCL (Less than Container Load)

1. What is the definition of LCL Shipments?
LCL stands for Less than Container Load, which is a shipment that is not large enough to fill a standard container. These types of shipments will be transported inside an ocean container, along with other shipments being shipped to the same destination.
2. How does CMS Shipping quote LCL consolidated shipments?
Our tariff is based on a rate per CBM (cubic meter).
3. How does CMS Shipping calculate the CBM?
In order to obtain the cubic meter of any object, you need to have three dimensions: length, width and height, in either inches or centimeters. 

Example in inches: 
48” x 40” x 60” = 115,200 ÷ by 1728 = 66.67 ÷ by 35.3145 = 1.89 CBM
Example in centimeters: 
0.80 cm x 0.96 cm x 1.78 cm = 1.37 CBM. 
4. How can I determine the total volume that I will have prior to my goods arriving to CMS Shipping´s warehouse?
  1. If you decide to ship your belongings on wooden pallets, we can give you an estimation based on the individual dimensions of each of your boxes, trunks, suitcases or whichever type of package that you may be using.
  2. If you decide to ship your belongings in a wooden crate, we will need the exact dimensions (length x width x height) to be able to quote you on the exact requested volume.
  3. We can provide an electronic volume calculator that will allow you to calculate all your belongings.  To obtain your volume calculator please click here.
5. How will CMS Shipping transport our goods?

We will place your belongings on either wooden pallets wrapped with plastic, or we can tailor make a wooden crate to the size that you require.

  • Wooden fumigated pallets are 48” x 40” x 8” (length x width x height). Once we have loaded your belongings on the pallet, we will measure the entire pallet to obtain the total volume in CBM.
  • Wooden fumigated crates are made to measure and are more costly than wooden pallets, but can minimize theft, extra handling and damage.

Empty Wooden Pallet

Complete Wooden Pallet

Wooden Crate







6. Does CMS Shipping offer local pick-up services and how do you base your tariff?
Yes we do, and our tariff is based on a rate per CBM (cubic meter). We provide one man and the truck. Additional charges will apply if an extra man is needed and also if we need to bring a truck with a hydraulic lift.
7. Does CMS Shipping have knowledge of customs regulations for every country around the world?
Yes we do, but we recommend consulting with your local embassy or consulate.
8. Does CMS Shipping offer marine insurance and how much does it cost?
Yes we do, and the rate is a small percentage of the total value that you declare.
Does CMS Shipping offer packaging services and how do you base your tariff?
Yes we do, and the rate is based per cubic meter
9. Where can I buy my own packaging supplies?
We have a good network of packaging suppliers that are open to the public. Call us to find out the one nearest your area.
10. How much time do I need to call CMS Shipping in advance to schedule my pick up?
Preferably 48 hours in advance, but if necessary we could manage 24 hours prior as well.
11. How long does the entire process take from the time of pick up until the end of the transaction?
Three days if we don’t have to build a wooden crate and five days if we do.
12. Can I track my shipment on-line?
Yes you can, 24/7 via our web site www.cmsshipping.ca A user name and password will be issued so you will be able to log in from any computer around the world.
13. What are the methods of payment that CMS Shipping accepts?
  • Cash
  • Money orders or bank drafts
  • Major credit cards
    (fees of 1.79 to 3% will apply, depending of the origin of the credit card)
  • Debit card payments (fees of 1.9% will apply)
  • Direct Deposits at any TD Bank across Canada
  • Wire transfers (a $ 25.00 fee will apply)
  • e-Transfers
14. What documents will I obtain from CMS Shipping from the beginning of the transaction until the end?
  • An official booking confirmation outlining all the details of the shipment (booking number, quantity, volume, vessel name, voyage number, departure/arrival dates, transshipment port and shipping line)
  • An original CMS Shipping invoice detailing all services provided (stamped Paid in Full)
  • Original Bill of Lading (official document to be able to claim your goods abroad)
  • An official insurance policy (if applicable) detailing all the terms and conditions, as well as the name of their agents abroad in case of any claims.
15. Can CMS Shipping help us with the destination services and what are they?

Yes, we can do a door-to-door complete move worldwide depending on your needs. The services abroad that we offer are the following:

  • Customs clearance
  • Door delivery
  • Unpacking or uncrating and debris removal