You need specialized and reliable break bulk shipping if it’s your business to move non-containerized cargo. Using container shipping companies that offer break bulk services as a sideline will only increase your chances of problems, delays and lost freight.
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The name “break bulk” comes from the fact that the “bulk” of the cargo must “break”, or be separated, when the goods are transferred from one transportation mode to another, such as on a shipping dock, where each item of cargo must be off-loaded from a cargo ship and on-loaded to rail cars or trucks.
Generally speaking, break bulk cargo is anything that cannot be containerized, and that must be loaded individually (not in bulk – like oil and wheat), including cartons and pallets of goods. Break bulk also includes large equipment and machinery, cargo that has special handling requirements or oddly shaped items. While break-bulk refers to the shipping method and not the actual material being shipped, many items are almost always shipped as break bulk cargo:
Comparing Break Bulk Shipping to Container Shipping
Compared to containerized shipments, the main issue you face in transporting break bulk loads is the number of times each item must be handled.
Containers usually travel from point of origin to final destination without their contents ever being handled. Conversely, break bulk cargoes are handled at each break-in-bulk point, or the points at which the shipments are transferred from one mode of transportation to another.
Increased handling results in increased costs due to requirements for additional equipment, personnel and longer shipping times. In addition, break bulk shipments have a higher risk of damage, spoilage and losses due to theft.