Volume Estimates

In most cases, we will send a professional surveyor to your house to conduct a on-site volume estimate/survey.

  The first estimate/survey is without charge;  additional surveys are $125 each.    The estimate is only as good as your communication with the surveyor.   It is YOUR DECLARATION of what you plan to ship.   You must do whatever is necessary to make sure that it represents your intentions accurately.    The best ways to accomplish that are: 

A.  Before the estimator comes, create prioritized lists of goods-- 1st priority, #2,  #3, and DNS (do not ship)--and send a copy to Kef and the surveyor.

B.  Put labels on the goods, to identify them as Priority 1, 2, 3, or DNS.

C.    Review each section of the volume estimate with the surveyor.   Check it against your lists for clarity, accuracy, and completeness.

D.    Whether or not you are asked to sign a copy of the survey, copy/photograph it and ask for an email copy.

E.  Be clear if your estimate is Net or Gross.   Net is actual measurement--a 1.5 cubic foot box is counted as 1.5 cubic feet!    Gross is billable volume after packing/palletizing/crating--the usable space taken by goods.   Packing can increase the volume by 1.15 to 1.20.   Crating/palletizing can increase it again by those factors, depending on how goods fit standard pallets and crates.

F.   Well in advance of the pickup, notify Kef and the packers (in writing, please), if you want to limit your volume.  We can't always do that precisely--unless we show up with a pre-measured crate/container--but it will give us a target.

IMPORTANT NOTE for shared and exclusive containers:   Your contract is for an estimated--and minimum billable--volume and includes the rate for shipping more.

The amount of furniture is the main factor which affects the volume of your shipment.  Boxes of household goods also add up, but not as quickly as furniture.

Shipments under 500 cubic feet, more than 25 miles away from the packers, or in self-storage may have no on-site volume estimate.   See the Chart of Volumes

Factors that make for less accurate volume estimates: 

a. LCLs --shared container loads--and smaller shipments.   The smaller the shipment, the larger the deviation.

b.  Changing, unclear priorities--no advance lists.

c.  No labels or separation.     Disorganized, loose, or unusual items.

d.  One spouse supervises the estimate, the other the packing.  Inadequate communication and review of the survey.

Delicate goods need isolation,  often leaving empty space above and around them.

Lift Vans are crates that are not built to the size of goods.    Though crates provide the best security against breakage and loss, they are the least efficient use of space.  If goods do not fit well, there is more unused space than on pallets.

Your forwarder might have crates of  75, 150, 200, 220 or 250 cubic feet, though 200 is most common.  Inside measurements of a standard crate are 84” W, 84” H, 45" D. Externally in meters:  2.2m W x 2.2m H x 1.2m D.  Depending on the forwarder, crates may be standard procedure or by special order.

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Important note. Estimators estimate volume;   movers pack and load.  Movers are unreliable about volume.  Neither movers nor estimators are reliable about pricing, timing, customs, or reassembly.

Exceeding container capacity.      If you are close to or over a volume limit, consider going to the next larger container.    The only way to ship overflow is by making a separate, shared container shipment--usually more expensive than getting a larger container in the first place. 



Less than 600 cubic feet LCL (Less than Container Load)
600- 800 cubic feet COMPARE difference in cost                   of LCL and 20’ FCL container
800- 1,000 cubic feet 20’ FCL container
1,000- 1,200 cubic feet Prioritize and reduce load to fit 20’ FCL container or jump to a 40’ container
 1,200 cubic feet to 2,000 cubic feet 40’ FCL container
 2,000- 2,200 cubic feet 40’ HIGH FCL container
Above 2,200 cubic feet Prioritize and reduce load to fit  40’ HIGH container, or ship as LCL & FCL


This agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Israel. The courts in the District of Jerusalem, Israel, have sole and exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.