Shipping and Removals in Houston
Expats shipping goods to Houston will be hard-pressed to find another city as convenient when it comes to importing household items.
The Port of Houston is the largest (foreign) tonnage port in the US, and the seventh-largest container port. It’s been operating for decades, handles all types of cargo, and is well-known for its commitment to secure and efficient service. Furthermore, it services all counties in the Greater Houston metropolitan area.
Even if expats don’t decide to ship by sea, Houston claims two airports in close proximity – George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Air freight is generally more expensive than shipping by sea, but transport time is less and it is a good way to bring the bare necessities across without too much hassle.
An impressive assortment of shipping service providers, many with international connections, are located in Houston. It is highly recommended that expats shipping goods to Houston by sea utilise one of these reputable companies, as industry experts are familiar with customs logistics and requirements, and can often offer door-to-door services.
Generally it is best to get quotes from a number of service providers, as prices can vary substantially. Costs are usually based on minimum weights (in pounds) or the number of cubic feet of materials being shipped; however, fees for extra services are numerous and can be tacked on quite easily – be mindful of this last point.