Exporting Tools and Policies - LCL/CL Freight Information

Any order totaling $5,000 or more will be shipped free of freight charges to most U.S. domestic ports. If the order does not meet the $5,000 minimum, due to variables connected with international shipping, Allied Wire & Cable will be able to supply only an estimated freight cost at the time of order to the requested domestic port. If the order does not meet the $5,000 minimum to qualify for the free freight option, the true cost can be supplied only at the actual time of shipment.

All customers have the ability to supply a carrier of choice. If you choose to supply a carrier, Allied Wire & Cable can prepare your shipment for pickup or ship to your freight forwarder or port of your choice.

Step 1: Calculate Your Dims

  • Until the order is packaged for shipment, Allied Wire & Cable can only estimate its dimensions. Use our Reel Capacity Calculator to determine the approximate reel size for each wire or cable you are ordering. Enter the outside diameter (OD) of your wire or cable in the field provided to view multiple length/reel/weight options in imperial (U.S. standard) and metric values.
  • Knowing reel sizes will help with the next step which is figuring out what box size it will fit in as well as ship method.

Formula to Figure out Freight Costs


Step 2: Determine Shipment Size

  • Use Allied Wire & Cable’s packaging chart (see Boxes to Pallets Ratio) to figure out what size box your reel will fit into and the number of boxes you will need for your total shipment.
  • Reels that are too big to fit in a box will need to ship on their own or in a stackable method as shown in Allied Wire & Cable’s “How We Ship” section.

Step 3: Decide on and Select Incoterms

  • Select Incoterms to determine financial responsibility and transfer of risk.

Step 4: Classify Commodity being Shipped


Step 5: Determine Shipping Method for Freight Shipments

Freight shipments are usually larger shipments of multiple packages or larger single items that are secured to a pallet. Common international carriers such as FedEx, UPS and DHL to handle these shipments as well as freight forwarders specializing in international freight shipments such as Concordia, DSV, Green Worldwide and Kuehne + Nagel.

  • Multiple services—including air, ocean, limited expedited—are available.
  • Door to port of import is preferred, enabling expedited quote times.
  • Door to port of export is optimal, offering domestic freight quotes and the fastest quote returns.

Step 6: Determine Cost for Freight Shipments

Freight shipments:

  • Premium asset-based carrier air freight: UPS, FedEx or DHL
  • Freight Forwarders: Concordia, DSV, Green Worldwide and Kuehne + Nagel

Contact for rate quote with shipment data:

  • Origin, destination, dims, commodity value and HTS code(s).

Select service required:

  • Standard, expedited or priority.

Step 7: Prepare Documentation

  • The final destination will determine what documentation is required.
  • AES filing is required for all international shipments totaling more than $2,500 (excluding Canada).
  • Examples of standard documentation:
    • Packing slip
    • Commercial invoice
    • NAFTA or applicable trade agreement form
    • Electronic export information - AES/EIN required for all International shipments totaling more than $2,500 (excluding Canada).
    • Country of Origin (CoO)
    • Bill of Lading (BOL)
  • Customs Brokerage:
    • If you do not have a designated customs broker, the shipping process will be extended. Allied Wire & Cable can provide customer brokerage; however, additional costs will apply.

Step 8: Schedule shipment

  • Contact selected carrier and arrange for shipment to be picked up.

Exporting Tools and Policies - Parcel Shipping & Cost Information

Shipping Method

Parcel shipments are usually smaller shipments consisting of one or more packages not on a pallet. Common carriers for international parcel shipments include FedEx, UPS and DHL.

  • Individual boxes, and reels must weigh less than 150 pounds (68 kilograms).
  • Multiple services—including standard, expedited and overnight—are available.
  • Same-day pickup is usually available.
  • Door-to-door service.
  • Allied Wire & Cable offers 15 percent off FedEx list rates.

Determine Cost

Parcel shipments: door to door

  • Visit carrier website (UPS, FedEx or DHL) and enter the following shipment data: origin, destination, dims, commodity value and HTS code(s). Select the service desired: standard, expedited or priority.

Boxes to Pallets Ratio

  Pallet A
48 x 42 x 48
Pallet B
48 x 42 x 60
Box Size Configuration Total Boxes Configuration Total Boxes
8" x 8" x 9" 4 x 5 x 4 80 4 x 5 x 5 100
12" x 12" x 11" 3 x 3 x 4 36 3 x 3 x 5 45
14" x 14" x 13" 3 x 3 x 3 27 3 x 3 x 4 36
16" x 16" x 16" 2 x 3 x 2 12 2 x 3 x 3 18


  Box Size  
Reel Size 8" x 8" x 9" 12" x 12" x 11" 14" x 14" x 13" 16" x 16" x 16"  
6 x 2 4 12 25 40 Reels per box
6 x 4 2 8 10 20
6 x 6 1 4 10 14
10 x 4   2 3 6
10 x 6   1 2 3
BETTY   1 1 1