International shipping using ocean freight services from International Shipping Companies (Freight Forwarders, NVOCC, VOCC) Vs. International Moving Companies

This topic is suggested for first-time shippers involved in international shipping of ocean freight from or to the USA.

IMPORTANT: Do not confuse ocean freight services offered by an international shipping company (Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs, VOCCs) with ocean freight services provided by an international moving companies.

International shipping services offered by international moving companies most of the time being used for international shipping of household goods or personal effects. It is commonly used for relocations overseas as well.

Services offered by international shipping companies (Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs, VOCCs) aside from international shipping of commercial cargo can also be used for international shipping of household goods or personal effects.

If you are involved in an international shipping of shipping of household goods or personal effects or moving overseas, you should always compare international shipping services form international moving companies VS. using international shipping companies (Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs, VOCCs) by considering:

  • Reliability
  • Convenience
  • Price

A. USING SERVICES FROM INTERNATIONAL MOVING COMPANIES

International shipping of sea freight from or to the USA, international moving companies are always required to be licensed or be able to furnish you with a proof of license of international shipping company (Freight Forwarder, NVOCC, VOCC) that will be used for your international ocean freight shipment on the international moving companies behalf. Using services on international shipping of ocean freight offered by unlicensed international moving companies (rogue movers) may result in unanticipated problems and unexpected expenses. 

DO NOT USE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OCEAN FRIGHT SERVICE OFFERED BY ROGUE MOVERS! 

If you intend using a service form an international moving company, unlike an international shipping company (Freight Forwarder, NVOCC or VOCC), besides of international ocean freight, international moving companies will take responsibilities on packing and loading of your shipping goods. However, it will can be very pricey. Services from international moving companies are quite expensive. It is great for relocations overseas if your employer pays for that.

If you use an international moving company for your international shipping, then we suggest obtaining a complete ocean freight price quote in advance. Unsure that the total ocean freight shipping cost in the quote from an international moving company is separated by:

  • Cost for packing and labeling;
  • Domestic inland transportation of your international ocean freight to a seaport at origin;
  • Customs formalities at origin and the origin THC (Terminal Handling Charges);
  • The actual international shipping ocean freight price;
  • Cost of recovery of your international ocean freight at the destination (Customs, THC, Cargo release etc);
  • Cost of delivery of your ocean freight "to door" of your consignee (recipient).

Also we suggest finding in advance a level on liability of the international moving company on your international ocean freight shipment or its ability to insure your shipping goods.

B. USING SERVICES FROM AN INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OCEAN FREIGHT COMPANIES (FREIGHT FORWARDERS, NVOCCs, VOCCs).

International shipping ocean freight companies (Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs, VOCCs) are always required to be licensed on providing ocean freight services.

The advantage of using service offered by international ocean freight shipping companies VS. international moving companies is the much lower in shipping cost on your international ocean freight shipment. However, if you involve an international shipping ocean freight company in your international shipping,  unlike with an international moving company YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE ON PROPER PACKING AND LABELING OF YOUR SHIPPED GOODS.

Compare typical shipping cost FOB on your international ocean freight with an international shipping ocean freight company against shipping cost from an international moving company:

  • Cost for packing and labeling – NOT INCLUDED
  •  Inland transportation of your ocean freight to a seaport at origin – DEPENDING ON SERVICE REQUESTED
  •  Customs formalities at origin and the origin THC (Terminal Handling Charges) - INCLUDED
  • Actual international ocean freight price - INCLUDED
  • Cost of recovery of your international ocean freight at the destination (Customs, THC, Cargo release etc) – NOT INCLUDED
  • Cost of delivery of your export or import "to door" of your consignee (recipient) - NOT INCLUDED

In general this means that with international ocean freight shipping companies INTERNATIONAL SHIPPERS ARE HELD RESPONSIBLE ON PACKING AND RECOVERY OF THEIR CARGO AT THE DESTINATION AFTER GOODS WILL BE ENTERED IN COMMERCE ZONE OF DESTINATION COUNTRY. In order to give you a better idea how it works, we suggest reading about general procedures in international shipping of sea freight shipments on the example of international shipping of LCL shipments. You may also find useful browsing FAQ and references sections of our website to become more familiar with international shipping of ocean freight from or to the USA using different sea freight services offered by international shipping companies.

 

REGARDING THE RECOVERY OF INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FREIGHT AT DESTINATIONS: Most of the time international ocean freight shipping companies are not involved in cargo recoveries at destinations. However the international ocean freight bill of lading should show complete international ocean freight carrier's destination agent contact information. The international ocean freight carrier's destination agent should guide the consignee (recipient of goods) in complexity of destination country formalities on the import or export cargo recovery. The consignee may also conduct delivery business with the international ocean freight carrier's destination agent directly. Otherwise he/she may pick up recovered international ocean freight or use any local cartage company on the delivery. I.e. unlike with international moving companies, with international transportation ocean freight companies has NO additional costs on top of actual price of recovery of international ocean freight shipments.

C. DOING BUSINESS WITH A.M.I.D. ("AMERICAN MULTIMODAL INTERNATIONAL DELIVERIES") - AMID Logistics, LLC

AMID Logistics, LLC is the U.S. OTI, i.e. licensed and bonded U.S. Ocean Transportation Intermediary - Freight Forwarder. We understand that an international ocean freight shipment is a significant event for first-time international shippers and may be stressful, even in the best of circumstances.

However, using our online ocean freight shipping system, wide library of shipping references and affordable ocean freight rates from reliable ocean freight carriers, we believe that even an inexperienced first-time shipper should obtain the whole picture of his/her perspective international ocean freight shipment and predict the total shipping cost.

The Recap:

I. BEFORE YOU BEGIN CONSIDERING YOUR INTERNATIONAL OCEAN FREIGHT SHIPMENT, WE SUGGEST YOU ANSWER TO YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND READ LINKS RELATED TO YOUR ANSWERS: 

  1. Is that a commercial international ocean freight shipment or are you shipping personal goods (not for sale) oversea?
  2. Is that an EXPORT from U.S. or IMPORT to the USA?
  3. What type of international ocean freight service do you require?
    - LCL (Less than Container load). I.e. shipping boxed, crated or/and palletized cargo by sea.
    - FCL (Full Container Load). I.e. shipping entire sea freight containers (20’, 40’ or 40HC).
    - International shipping cars from U.S. in containers or Ro-Ro.

You may also refer to the variety of payment options to pay for our international shipping services. Read about our cancellation and return policy as well.

We also strongly recommend you to get through topics in the upper menu of each page of our website: FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), REFERENCES and DOCUMENTS.

II. Obtain an instant international ocean freight price quote online in the upper HOW MUCH menu by selecting a proper sea freight service for your shipment.

After obtaining an international ocean freight price quote in our website and reading FAQ, REFERENCES and DOCUMENTS, all your questions should be answered and you are prepared to your international ocean freight shipment.

However, if you will still have questions on your international ocean freight shipment, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We speak English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

III. Proceed to booking your international ocean freight shipment online and get it shipped to the destination from convenience of your office or home PC. 

 

 

 
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