Breakbulk cargo is defined as general cargo or goods that do not fit in or utilize standard shipping containers or cargo bins. Instead, breakbulk cargo is transported individually, oftentimes on a skid or pallet or in a crate.
In the early days of shipping, ocean-going cargo was most commonly breakbulk. However, with the increased use of more efficient and secure shipping containers in the late 1960s, it is now generally reserved for cargo that is too heavy or large to fit in a container. Though an effective method of shipping oversized cargo, breakbulk shipping is more time-intensive than container shipping because each piece must be loaded and unloaded individually, oftentimes with special equipment.
Benefits of Breakbulk Shipping
The main benefit of shipping in this manner is the ability to move oversized, over-weight items that wouldn’t otherwise fit into a container or cargo bin. Simply getting these large items from point A to point B via such a service is a big plus for many shippers.
But there are other benefits, too. In some cases, breakbulk can be an affordable way to ship such large cargo — since the item will not have to be dismantled to ship. This same benefit applies in terms of speed. When you reduce the time spent in deconstruction and re-construction, the item will be ready for dispatch upon arrival much more quickly.
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Ships that are used for breakbulk shipping are often outfitted with special cranes and other pieces of equipment to accommodate such loads. It’s true that attempting to ship oversized and heavy items is more difficult than more standardized cargo but with the right shipping and logistics companies in place to help, you will be able to ship your items safely.
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