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Old 01-14-2012, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Acworth, GA
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Hello,

I left Portland (Oregon) and moved to the Atlanta area with only what would fit in my car. I left 25 boxes of varying sizes and weight in a storage unit back in Portland, intending to have them shipped to me once I bought a house. I'll hopefully be closing on a house soon, and am trying to find a way to have those boxes shipped to me. Some sort of company that will load and transport them either to my new house, or a terminal / storage facility nearby where I can pick them up. So far all I am coming up with are moving companies that charge a hefty minimum of $2500 and up. All I have is a 5x5x10 storage unit less than half-full, and I have a list of every box dimension and weight (light, medium, heavy). I think I need some sort of transport or freight company [not some guy with extra space in his truck - I need licensed / bonded / insured / verifiable], who will also load & unload. If you have dealt with a similar situation, and / or have a usable suggestion, I would appreciate your reply.

Thank you.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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Barring something like FedEx or UPS, I would look into LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) companies. That is, in fact, their purpose: shipping stuff that is more than your typical package shipment, but less than what requires a dedicated truck. I also believe that they load and unload to a degree. My company uses LTL all the time, but since I don't deal in shipping, I can't give any actual recommendations for companies.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:21 PM
 
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If you've got someone in Portland who can get them to a shipping store, I'd say USPS or UPS would be the cheapest solution, unless they're larger than the maximum dimensions or weights allowable. We shipped about 30 boxes of stuff from Las Vegas to Atlanta when my mother-in-law passed away, and the cost ranged from $25-50/box depending on weight.
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Acworth, GA
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Barring something like FedEx or UPS, I would look into LTL (Less-Than-Truckload) companies. That is, in fact, their purpose: shipping stuff that is more than your typical package shipment, but less than what requires a dedicated truck. I also believe that they load and unload to a degree. My company uses LTL all the time, but since I don't deal in shipping, I can't give any actual recommendations for companies.
Hi Sami - thank you - I didn't know the proper "term" to search - sounds like LTL might be a good option, and probably about the same as sending individually via USPS / UPS (plus I have a guy who can help load them in Portland for me / open the unit etc). Much obliged!
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Old 01-17-2012, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Acworth, GA
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If you've got someone in Portland who can get them to a shipping store, I'd say USPS or UPS would be the cheapest solution, unless they're larger than the maximum dimensions or weights allowable. We shipped about 30 boxes of stuff from Las Vegas to Atlanta when my mother-in-law passed away, and the cost ranged from $25-50/box depending on weight.
Hi BobKovacs - I do have a guy who can help load onto a truck or whatnot, but not bring them to a UPS or USPS place for me. I think some of my boxes will be just too expensive to ship via those carriers anyway - records, CD's, books, lots of photos etc I couldn't bear to part with. I'm going to check out the LTL option mentioned previously - thank you for your reply!
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Old 01-24-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Walton County, GA
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