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Old 01-29-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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I have some household goods that I need to ship to Homer from Charleston, SC. Probably around 500 lbs (mostly boxes but a few pieces of furniture). Does anyone have any idea on where to start? I can't seem to fill in the correct search terms to find companies that do this type of shipping (as part of a larger shipment).

I also read somewhere about possibly adding the belongings on with someone who is already moving to Alaska which might be an option considering Charleston and Anchorage are both military towns. However I have no idea where to look for those people.
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Old 01-29-2017, 09:44 PM
 
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I use Sampson to ship seafood down and supplies and equipment up. Says this on their site:

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Door to Door Less than Truckload (LTL)
Samson Tug and Barge can arrange to pick up less-than-truckload shipments whether it is from across town, or across country, and delivery to the customer's door in most ports is included in the ocean rate. We can ship any size package, large or small.

Regularly Scheduled Barge Service

Doesn't look like they dock in Homer, but they go to Seward, and they've got trucks.
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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Lynden Freight. Give them a call. They have freight pickup and forwarding terminals around the lower 48.

Trucking to Alaska, Freight Service to Alaska | Lynden Transport
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Old 01-29-2017, 10:32 PM
 
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Can you mail the boxes? 500 lbs isn't that much weight. And I'm pretty sure you can mail cheaper than freight as long as you can mail the stuff. BTW, we mailed 33 totes/boxes up from GA, and each package weighed around 50 lbs, with quite a few weighing over 60.
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Interior Alaska
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FedEx Ground and Express (air) service weight limits-out at 150#, where FedEx Freight service begins. I would also compare shipping via "mail" type services with LTL + barge.

Charleston to Homer is a heck of a long way to go LTL, and part of what often makes LTL the cheapest route is that one driver (the guy who bid the least) will take the freight from one leg to another, say Charleston to Atlanta, then drop it there until the next (cheap) guy picks it up to take it to it's next destination, maybe OK City, and so on. The route is not usually the shortest route, just the cheapest. Each time you move freight it introduces an opportunity for things to get broken or damaged. Your things often have to get offloaded, then reloaded again just to get someone else's freight off the truck.

I wouldn't move something I truly cared about LTL unless I had packaged it myself, had overseen the packaging, and/or personally knew the carrier. My dad built me some "bombproof" crates for a few family heirlooms. They added a lot of weight, but after moving back and forth across the country several times, they're unharmed.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:03 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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I also read somewhere about possibly adding the belongings on with someone who is already moving to Alaska which might be an option considering Charleston and Anchorage are both military towns. However I have no idea where to look for those people.

Military moves are paid for by the military. There are rules about shipping other people's belongings. Rules that could cost a military member their career.
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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We are shipping a few pieces of furniture and boxes but it's going to be more than 500lbs. There are three options that we felt are realistic for us - u haul, Upack or moving company. Have you looked into any of these? We are not far from you in Sc. Do a search for Upack and you can get a quote. It's not cheap regardless of the method. We have appts for estimates from mayflower and united in a couple of weeks but they said the minimum was 1000 lbs around 50 boxes for $3500. We are also moving during peak season so demand drives prices up. ��
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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We are shipping a few pieces of furniture and boxes but it's going to be more than 500lbs. There are three options that we felt are realistic for us - u haul, Upack or moving company. Have you looked into any of these? We are not far from you in Sc. Do a search for Upack and you can get a quote. It's not cheap regardless of the method. We have appts for estimates from mayflower and united in a couple of weeks but they said the minimum was 1000 lbs around 50 boxes for $3500. We are also moving during peak season so demand drives prices up. ��
I posted a link on who to call. It came out to about a $1.00 a pound on Lynden Freight when I moved my daughter from Anchorage to Oklahoma City. $2650 for 2500 pounds. But I opted for curbside delivery instead of terminal pickup thus the extra cost. They ship both ways, north and south and they have terminal space across the lower 48. It doesn't hurt to call.
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I will look into it, thanks. I assumed we were stuck to just those options. We are estimating we'll have between 5-8,000 lbs because while we are drastically shedding household items there are those items we are not willing to part with.
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