automobile shipping

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, ports in the Los Angeles area have posted unexpectedly strong growth in the end of 2010. Usually, cargo shipping begins to decline towards the end of a calendar year, and shipping has been hit particularly hard as a result of the recession and related crises, but this past November, the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports – already the busiest marine shipping facilities in the nation – actually saw a double-digit increase in traffic.

In Los Angeles, outbound shipping increased by 14 percent that month, and imports went up by 12%. Overall, business increased by an impressive 17% compared to last year. The numbers were even better in Long Beach, which saw imports rise by a fifth in November of 2010 relative to the same period of last year, and exports went up by a whopping 25 percent. To say that this is welcome news would be an understatement – the shipping industry is responsible for over half a million jobs in the L.A.-Long Beach region, and any protracted slump may have devastating consequences on the regional workforce.

There are a number of competing explanations for this surge, but one way or another, it almost certainly comes down to increased retail consumption in the holiday season. The New York Times reported stronger-than-expected consumer activity at the end of the year, as people eager to put the Great Recession behind them splurged on themselves and their loved ones. Since consumption is the great engine behind the American economy, the colorful package under the Christmas tree ends up being a present for the California auto transport and maritime shipping industries as well.

Most people highly underestimate the amount of work which goes into a stress free automobile transportation experience. It is true that the actual picking up and dropping off of your vehicle really doesn’t involve a whole lot of effort on your part. However, many people don’t realize the importance of the steps leading up to the actual pick up of your vehicle. In today’s age, the vehicle transportation industry has evolved into an exceptionally competitive industry. One major reason for this is due to the amount of exposure which can be achieved by utilizing the internet as a business marketing tool. This brings us to our first step of major importance: doing your homework.

One of the most important steps you can take is to look around and research the various companies whose services are available to you. Check to see if they are accredited, experienced, and reliable. Oh, and not to mention affordable. Also, communicate all the specifics regarding your vehicle you can think of, to the company. These factors are important to ensure your vehicle will be picked up and dropped off without any problems arising. Examples of information which should be conveyed include width, height, weight, ground clearance, and any other special circumstances which you feel may be key. Also, let the company know the physical distance between your vehicle and the street, as the transporter vessels are large, and may not be able to get to your car. If your car is not in running condition, let the company know. You may still be able to have it transported, however the extra manpower could effect the prices which have been discussed.

One of the biggest reasons this information is important is also due to the fact that there are two different types of transport options. Enclosed transport deals with a truck that is able to completely encase your vehicle. These trucks are generally more expensive, and also harder to schedule, as they cannot pack on as many vehicles. Usually, classic cars, or those vehicles with custom paint jobs use enclosed transporters to protect against factors such as nature, weather and vandalism. On the other hand, open air transporters are not enclosed on all four sides. These trucks are not an uncommon sight on the highway and generally less expensive and easier to arrange appointments with. The walls on these trucks are not there, making the vehicle vulnerable to the elements as well as (in very RARE occasions) acts of vandalism.

So to recap, research and communication are key elements to ensuring a successful, stress free transport experience. Universal Auto Transporters use a network containing reasonably priced, experienced, and reliable transport companies. Both the transporters and the staff associates exhibit an unparalleled level of customer service. Check out Universal Auto Transporters to receive 5 Free quotes today! You can also contact them and receive your quotes over the phone!