What is Ocean Freight Break Bulk?
Break bulk are goods stowed on board the ship in individually counted units rather than in shipping containers.
The term break bulk (break-bulk, breakbulk) can also be referred to as general cargo and comes from the phrase, “breaking bulk,” meaning the initiation of removing a portion of a ship’s cargo.
Batches of breakbulk goods are typically packed in smaller containers like bags, boxes, cartons, crates, drums, or barrels. Click below to talk with an expert:
What are some examples of goods that are shipped breakbulk?
There are many types of goods that are shipped breakbulk. Break-bulk are goods that are stowed as individually counted “bulk” units rather than stored in shipping containers. Break bulk goods include:
- Bagged cargo (covered for moisture protection)
- Baled Goods
- Corrugated boxes
- Wooden containers/crates
- Paper reels
- Motor vehicles (learn more about automotive shipping here)
- Steel girders