Household Goods Storage
Kef can arrange storage before and after shipping. Please request it well in advance.
Storage---Self, Port, and Commercial
Self-storage-- Billing is for usable space occupied--usually by the room, whether or not the room is full. If you are to be allowed access, your marine insurance will end, though you can purchase insurance for fire and burgary. If you are not to have access, marine insurance is free for the first 30 days after arrival and can be extended.
Commercial storage-- No key. Limited access. Billed by usable space, not by room. Twice the price of self-storage, but up to 30% less billable volume. Important for high value goods, or where you want access without giving up your marine insurance.
Port Storage-- LCL (less than container load) shipments have 28 days free at port
For less than a container, the costs are:
Storage at Port After First Free 28 Days
|~$2.50/day per 2200 lbs or part thereof|
|$0.30/cubic foot/month, minimum $80/month|
Full container storage
Leaving the goods in the original container quickly becomes expensive, since you pay both container rental and port storage. See container storage costs
Storage in a shipping container
After clearing, contents are transferred to an empty 40' container in a guarded area. For the contents of a 40' container, it is less expensive than commercial storage, avoids triple handling (unload into storage, reload from storage, unloading at delivery), since the container is used for delivery, and allows marine insurance to remain intact (for free for 2 months after arrival in the country) and to be extended. Costs are:
|Trucking of 40' Container to Storage||
|Transfer of Goods from Original Container to Other Container with Some Sorting||
|Storage per Month||
|Access to Container to Take Goods Out/ Each time||
If you do not pay the above expenses for trucking and transfer, you will use up any delivery included in your original contract.
You can store part and deliver part of your shipment. Well before the packers arrive, sort, label, and divide the parts of the shipment. Label with destination, and make separate packing lists for each destination.
Shipping after Storage
Once you give instructions to ship, your shipment may not go out immediately. If an LCL (less than a container load), there could be a wait of some weeks before the container is full enough to merit shipping even to the point of incurring storage charges. Stored container loads pose other challenges. If instructions are to take everything, and the volume estimate was high or low by more than 5%, as they often are, you could be stuck with goods that won't fit or unused space in your container. Also date and time of loading from storage has a greater risk of surprise delays. If you packed delicates, packers must inspect, repack as necessary, and not mark those boxes as PBO—packed by owner.
Shipping documents and information are often late and inaccurate, and the shipments themselves can be early or late. Delays also result from congestion of vessels, trucks, and delivery teams, and missed connections. If your documents are not fully prepared and presented well in advance of the shipment's arrival or you cannot accept delivery when available, there could be expensive delays.
Do what you need to do ASAP—whether opening a file at Customs (for import shipments with rights), supplying documents, or making payments. Expect some days of port storage charges and container rental.
Storage at foreign (US, Canada, etc.) warehouse
|$0.45-0.55/cubic foot/month, $120/month minimum. Billed per final shipping volume from first date of arrival of goods in the warehouse. For container, add double handling $0.75/cubic foot|
Marine, Air, and Storage Insurance for Shipping to Israel and Moving from Israel
Marine insurance is always for replacement value in similar condition at destination. See below for a list of suggested multiples to get from value at origin to value in Israel.
Extensions: You are covered for 30 days at the shipper’s warehouse at origin and 30 days at an approved warehouse at destination. To extend either, you must give notice and pay for the extension before the expiry date. The cost of extension is $2.70 per $1,000 per month, and neither the insurance company or Kef will extend without your timely request and payment.
Storage which is not in the port: If goods go to self-storage with key and access, your marine insurance ends, and it is worthwhile purchasing insurance from the warehouse. If goods remain in the port, go to commercial storage or self-storage with no key or access, marine insurance can be extended, and there is no need to buy insurance from the warehouse. If you have a key and/or access to your goods, your marine insurance ends
|Storage insurance in a self-storage warehouse with access permitted. Fire and Burglary only.||
$17 per $1000/month
Containers arriving in Haifa and sent by rail to Ashdod get 2 days of free storage once there. Shipments arriving in Haifa to be cleared and delivered from there are given 4 days. It can still take a week to clear through customs and deliver a container, even without special problems, though often it is quicker. Storage and other delay-related fees are yours to pay.
Goods in storage can be moved by Kef or its agent without notice of any kind.