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Oversized Shipping to Alaska

oversize shipping to Alaska

What is the Best Way to Ship Oversized Items to Alaska?

Offshore Express has dedicated the last 25 years to providing swift, quality, and reliable shipping services to Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. During the e-commerce boom of the late 1990s, ordering online became possible from virtually any location and the industry exploded. The issue that became increasingly clear was that most companies were unable or unwilling to ship products to Alaska, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. Offshore Express stepped in to meet that need in 1998, completing thousands of successful deliveries with the highest quality white-glove service. 

Why Do Some Companies Refuse to Ship Large Items to Alaska? 

One of the most frustrating experiences for consumers and business owners is finding the perfect items online, only to check out and see a disclaimer that reads, “Shipping unavailable to AK.” With modern-day technology, and the numerous shipping methods that have evolved since the turn of the century, why is it that many companies still refuse to ship products to Alaska? 

Cost of Shipping to Alaska 

It’s no secret that inflation, international conflict, and the rising cost of gas in 2022 have affected shipping rates worldwide. This has prompted more and more companies to restructure their shipping policies. Unfortunately in most cases, the first states to be cut off are Alaska and Hawaii, even if the company previously offered to ship to those locations. 

Although Alaska has been a part of the United States since 1959, it sits northwest of Canada, over 1500 miles from the US border in Washington. This means that oversized deliveries can only be made by air or sea transport. In some scenarios, the cost of shipping to Alaska can be greater than the cost of the actual item. Even in cases where the consumer is willing to pay the extra for shipping, many eCommerce companies choose to avoid the hassle entirely. 

Offshore Express has centered its entire business model around creating cost-effective and accessible delivery options to Alaska by air as well as by sea. We even offer overnight shipping by air, white glove delivery to your door, furniture placement, and assembly as well. Click here to learn more and get a custom shipping quote to Alaska. 

Should I Ship My Items to Alaska By Air or Sea?

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a shipping method. The most important question is simple: how big is the shipment? 

Air freight is one of the fastest ways to transport products to Alaska. Offshore Express offers overnight and express shipping options straight to your door. However, there are a few restrictions. Pallets or packages with heights built over 106 inches and/or oversize widths of 64 inches will not fit into the airplane doors. In cases where your item exceeds these dimensions, sea freight is your best option. 

Although transportation by sea may not be as fast as air shipping, we offer some of the most time-efficient delivery options by sea to Alaska in the industry. Our state-of-the-art cargo ships depart from Washington and your items can be delivered to their destination within 7-14 days. 

There is virtually no item that we can’t ship by sea. From 400-pound dining sets to 800-pound couches, we ensure swift delivery curbside and even offer in-home placement and installation. Yes, this includes apartments with stairs! When it doesn’t seem possible, Offshore Express will make it happen. 

Call us today at (906) 729-0999 for more information on shipping to Alaska, or click here for a custom quote! We look forward to serving you. 

What are the Benefits of Air Freight Shipping?

Since 1998, Offshore Express has taken pride in providing the highest level of white-glove delivery to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and Puerto Rico. We believe that shipping shouldn’t be a hassle. Our team works tirelessly to ensure a swift and safe arrival of all products, and takes pride in delivering where most companies won’t. Air freight shipping is one of the best ways to make sure your goods are delivered without any delay, hangups, or hassle – especially in those hard to reach destinations. 

Air Freight vs. Sea Shipping 

Shipping your items via air freight is hands down the swiftest and most reliable way to transport your goods to their final destination.

Modern day cargo ships have been used to transport products internationally since 1951. They changed the way we buy, sell, and ship goods for the better. However, since the early 2000’s e-commerce boom, online transitions are up 800% and have become a part of daily life for over 82% of the world population. Taking into account the exponential increase of demand for products, and with overnight shipping becoming more of an expected standard rather than a luxury, it’s important to choose a competitive shipping method that ensures a swift arrival. 

Although air freight rates tend to cost more than sea shipping, the benefits far outweigh the minimal savings. 

Time Efficiency 

On average, our air freight takes approximately 2-7 days while sea shipping with Offshore Express can take anywhere from 14-18 days (the industry average for other shipping companies is anywhere from 20-45 days by sea). When choosing a shipping company and method, it’s essential to take into account the urgency in which your goods need to be delivered, as well as the opportunity cost of an unforeseeable delay by sea.

At Offshore Express, we offer both air and sea shipping to accommodate any and all products, timelines and budgets. We even offer overnight air freight services! Click here to learn more about our white-glove delivery services and locations. 

Assured Express Delivery 

Whether you’re shipping by air or sea with Offshore Express, we do everything in our power to make sure your items arrive on time. The one thing we can’t control is Mother Nature. When storms or severe weather strike, cargo ship captains must resort to alternate routes for the safety of the crew, and their cargo. This can cause delays in delivery ranging from days to weeks depending on the severity of the storm. When you choose air freight to ship your goods, the risk of delay is minimal since flights only take a few hours as opposed to weeks. 

How to Choose the Right Air Freight Carrier

Just as you would do your research when choosing a lawyer, doctor, or specialist, it is equally as important to do a background check on your freight logistics partner. Here are some important points to consider when choosing a carrier: 

  • Years in business 
  • Proven track record of successful deliveries 
  • Licenses and certifications 
  • Transparent pricing 
  • Responsive customer service 

For nearly 25 years, Offshore Express has strived for excellence in every aspect of business. We have completed thousands of successful deliveries with white-glove service and expedited delivery at extremely competitive prices. Your satisfaction is our highest priority. We offer around-the-clock customer service and tracking so you can rest assured whether your items are shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, or Puerto Rico, they’ll arrive in pristine condition in record time. 

Have more questions? Visit our website and check out our shipping services FAQ page, or click here for a custom quote! By air or by sea, Offshore Express is here for you every step of the way. 

Why Offshore is Best for Customers and Shipping Companies

OffShore Express Your White Glove Delivery Service Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii & Puerto Rico

Shipping is one of the most critical industries in the United States of America. The shipping industry plays a vital role in our lives and our economy. That’s why it’s essential to know freight shipping and offshore ship storage facts. 

 

First of all, if you buy something online, you have to pay for it. Isn’t that the same as a retail store? You’ll also have to pay for shipping whenever you buy things online. Fortunately, Offshore Express and others are available to ensure your goods arrive safely at their destination. 

 

But sometimes things happen while they are on their way to you: 

  • They get lost or get damaged in transit
  • The products break or need replacing
  • The goods get damaged before they reach their destination
  • Some items require more than one payment before they arrive intact
  • Packaging needs to be replaced when an item has been damaged during transport
  • There may even be delays due to customs issues or problems at customs
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These are just a few of the problems you can run into when sending goods across borders like this. As a result, being proactive is key to packing and handling freight – not only will it make sure your goods get to their destination in great shape, but it will also keep shipping costs down for both your business and your customers. 

 

Giving your customers enough time to prepare their orders is important because a lot depends on them. If you rush them into buying, they are likely to look for cheaper alternatives (like online shopping). 

 

Taking this into consideration, there are certain actions that businesses should take when shipping products: 

– Ensure deliveries are always made on time by using effective delivery services – Order enough food items, so customers still have options even if delayed 

– Set up pick-up times with an adequate amount of time between each pick-up

 – Use fast service companies such as Offshore Express when possible 

– Increase tracking information so customers can follow their packages’ progress over time 

– Keep careful track of packages being delivered via regular employees rather than door-to-door postal service providers

 

You may not have been aware of all these steps, but if you were, you might want to consider them.

Why Choose Offshore Express?

Our white-glove delivery service handles Alaska, Guam, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico shipments. 

 

Whatever you sell, we can deliver! Fast, secure, and reliable delivery options are available by air and ocean. All items are carefully packed inside custom protective crates to prevent damage during transit. Orders are delivered at your convenience.