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Recap on Shipping Cargo from the USA using International Sea Freight Service.

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Attention Household Goods international shippers on shipping from the USA overseas:

When shipping goods from the USA by the sea do not confuse ocean freight services offered by an international shipping company (U.S. Freight Forwarders, NVOCCs, VOCCs) with ocean freight services provided by international moving companies. First-time international shippers should read this link to better understand the difference and avoid typical confusions on shipping freight from the USA overseas before being involved in an international shipment. 

A. International shipping services offered by International Moving Companies on shipping cargo from USA most of the time used for international shipping of household goods or personal effects. It is commonly used for relocations overseas as well.

B. Household goods or personal effects international shippers typically can use services offered by international shipping companies (U.S. Freight Forwarders,  NVOCC, VOCC) on shipping freight from the USA as well. Particularly on shipping from the USA LCL freight. I.e. shipping from the USA goods in boxes, crates, and pallets.

If you are going to be involving in international shipping household goods or personal effects from the USA or moving overseas, you should always compare international shipping services offered by international moving companies VS. shipping cargo from the USA by international shipping companies considering:

  • Reliability
  • Convenience
  • Price

A. Service by INTERNATIONAL MOVING COMPANIES on shipping goods from the USA overseas.

International moving companies are always required to be licensed on international shipping freight from the USA. Otherwise, they should be able to provide a proof of license of an international shipping company (Freight Forwarder, NVOCC, VOCC) that they are intending to use on shipping freight from the USA overseas. Using services on international shipping cargo from the USA overseas without the license (rogue movers) may result in legal problems and unexpected expenses during shipping your freight from the U.S.

DO NOT USE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING SERVICE ON SHIPPING CARGO FROM USA OFFERED BY ROGUE MOVERS!! 

If you intend using an international moving company on shipping cargo from the USA, then unlike an international shipping company, besides of ocean freight, the international moving companies will take responsibilities on packing and loading of your shipping goods. However, the costs of using internationally moving companies on shipping freight from the USA are quite expensive. It is great if your employer pays for that. Otherwise, you may consider an alternative, which is shipping cargo from the USA with an international shipping company

If you use an international moving company on your international shipping from the USA, then you should see in the quote the total price separated by:

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

Also, we suggest finding in advance a level on the liability of the international moving company during shipping freight from the USA or their ability to ensure your shipping goods with a marine cargo insurance provider.

B. Service by INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING COMPANIES on shipping freight from USA (FREIGHT FORWARDERS, NVOCCs, VOCCs).

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

The advantage of using service offered by international freight shipping companies VS. international moving companies is the much lower shipping cost. However, if you are going to involving an international shipping company in shipping cargo from the USA, then unlike with an international moving company YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE ON PROPER PACKING AND LABELING OF YOUR SHIPPED GOODS AS WELL AS ON DESTINATION CHARGES.

Compare typical shipping cost and responsibilities on shipping freight from the USA with an international shipping company Vs shipping with an international moving company. With an international shipping company:

  • Cost for packing and labeling – NOT INCLUDED
  • Inland transportation to the ocean freight terminal in the U.S. – DEPENDING ON SERVICE REQUESTED
  • Customs formalities at the origin and the origin THC (Terminal Handling Charges) - INCLUDED
  • Actual international ocean freight - INCLUDED
  • Cost of recovery of your goods at the destination (Customs, THC, Cargo release, etc) – NOT INCLUDED
  • Cost of delivery of your goods "to the door" of your consignee (recipient) - NOT INCLUDED

In order to give you a better idea on charges breakdown, you may refer to this sample on shipping cargo from the USA using sea freight LCL service. You may also find helpful to read FAQ and references in our website to become more familiar with shipping freight from USA procedures.

RECOVERY OF CARGO AT DESTINATIONS: Most of the time international ocean freight shipping companies are not involved in cargo recoveries at destinations. However, your ocean freight bill of lading has to provide complete international ocean freight carrier's destination agent contact information. The agent should guide your consignee (recipient of goods) in the complexity of destination country formalities on cargo recovery. The consignee may also conduct a delivery business with the destination agent directly. Otherwise, he/she may pick up recovered goods at the destination freight terminal OR use any local cartage company on the delivery.

C. Doing business with AMID Logistics ("AMERICAN MULTIMODAL INTERNATIONAL DELIVERIES") on shipping cargo from the USA.

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 maybe looks complicated and stressful. Using our online ocean freight shipping system, a wide library of shipping references and affordable prices on shipping freight from the USA by reliable carriers, we believe that even inexperienced first-time shippers should obtain the whole picture on their perspective international sea freight shipment and predict the total shipping cost.

 

THE RECAP:

I. BEFORE YOU BEGIN SHIPPING FREIGHT FROM USA, WE SUGGEST YOU ASK  AND ANSWER TO YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS BY READING LINKS IN OUR WEBSITE RELATED TO THE ANSWERS: 

  1. Is that a commercial international ocean freight shipment or are you shipping personal goods (not for sale) overseas?
  2. Is that an EXPORT from U.S. or IMPORT to the USA?
  3. What type of international ocean freight service do you actually need?
    - 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 the 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 recommend you to get through topics in the upper menu of our website: FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), REFERENCES and DOCUMENTS.

II. Obtain an instant price quote on shipping freight from the USA in our website by selecting proper sea freight service on your shipment.

After obtaining an international ocean freight price quote on our website and reading FAQ, REFERENCES, and DOCUMENTS, all your questions should be answered and you should feel prepared for your international sea freight shipment.

However, if you still have questions on shipping cargo from the USA overseas by sea, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

III. Book your international ocean freight shipment online via obtained quote and have your goods shipped to the destination from the convenience of your office or home PC. 

 

Shipping freight from the USA by country. Some special requirements and limitations.

Importing and exporting can be simple or full of regulation It all depends on a commodity that you ship and what country you are shipping to. As soon as shipping goods reached the destination country, neither U.S. Freight Forwarders nor carriers will be able to assist you in your cargo recovery in the country.
 
Before you ship freight from the USA you may need to check with U.S. Customs and Border Protection for basic exporting procedures. Refer to the U.S. CBP website. You may also want to check for updates from Intertek.com.
 
Below are some most common requirements and limitations listed by a country that we face in our practice. However, the information does not cover all countries and/or regulations. To avoid possible problems with your cargo recovery at the destination, particularly if you ship a specific commodity, you should contact your destination country’s officials or a customs broker in the country in advance.

Shipping from the USA to ALGERIA: Shipping freight from the USA to Algeria requires to be covered by a Letter of Credit. Find more about shipping to Algeria in respect of Letter of Credit in this link. Also, a Certificat de contrôle de qualité is required for all exports to Algeria.

Shipping from the USA to AUSTRALIA: Australian shipments are restricted on wood packing. Find more about shipping freight from the USA to Australia in respect of ISPM15 regulations in this link.

Shipping from the USA of Used Capital Machinery to BANGLADESH: Exports of second-hand capital machinery to Bangladesh may require an Inspection Certificate for Customs clearance.

Shipping from the USA to BOTSWANA: Exports to Botswana must comply with the requirements of the Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) Import Inspections Regulations (SIIR) to Standards Programme for in order for the goods to clear customs.

Shipping from the USA to BRAZIL: Shipping freight from the USA to Brazil requires NCM number and CNPJ. Find more about shipping to Brazil in respect of NCM number and CNPJ in this link.

Shipping from the USA to CAMEROON: Programme d’Evaluation de la Conformité Avant Embarquement (PECAE) for Exports to Cameroon.

Shipping from the USA to CHINA: Shipping freight from the USA to China required consignee's TAX ID# or consignee’s USCI#. Find more about shipping to China in respect of TAX ID# or consignee's USCI# in this link.

Shipping from the USA to COLUMBIA: Shipping cargo to Columbia requires NIT number (Colombian business tax number).

Shipping from the USA to/via EGYPT: According to new security regulations all shipments that go to/or transshipped via EGYPT and SPAIN require a copy of consignee passport (or visa). Find more about shipping freight from the USA to/via Egypt in this linkShipments also must be approved by GOEIC to issue the mandatory Certificate of Inspection for exports of Regulated Products to Egypt.

Shipping from the USA to ETHIOPIA: Certificate of Conformity is mandatory.
 
Shipping from the USA to GABON: Trading with Gabon need to comply with the requirements of the Gabon government's office, Agence Gabonaise de Normalisation (AGANOR) Conformity Assessment Programme called PROGEC in order for their goods to clear customs.

Shipping from the USA to ISRAEL: Shipping freight from the USA to Israel required consignee's VAT (TAX Number). Find more about shipping to Israel regulations in this link.

Shipping from the USA to ITALY: Shipping to Italy household goods or personal effects is subject to Italian Government restrictions and regulations. If shipping to Italy household goods or personal effects, then contact your local Italian Consulate in advance. Find more in this link.

Shipping from the USA IVORY COAST: The Government of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has introduced a Verification of Conformity programme for all exports to the country.
 
Shipping from the USA to KENYA: To assure Kenyan consumers of the safety and quality of the imported goods they buy, and to protect Kenyan manufacturers from unfair competition, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), a statutory organisation of the government of Kenya, has implemented guidelines called the Pre-Export Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme for exports to Kenya.
 
Shipping from the USA to KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Industry of the State of Kuwait (PAI) implemented specific guidelines to verify the conformity of all 'Regulated Products' that are exported to Kuwait.' These guidelines are diligently enforced and form the Kuwait Conformity Assurance Scheme (KUCAS). Exports to Kuwait of these products 'Regulated Products' require a Technical Evaluation Report (TER) and a Technical Inspection Report (TIR) to clear customs.
 
Shipping from the USA to MOZAMBIQUE: Regulated goods (known as the Positive List) may be subject to pre-shipment inspection in the country of export before they are allowed into Mozambique. Goods on the Positive List have to comply with these regulations and must be accompanied by a Documento Unico Certificado (DUC).

Shipping from the USA to NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand shipments are restricted on wood packing. Find more about shipping freight from the USA to Australia in respect of ISPM15 regulations in this link.

Shipping from the USA to NIGERIA: Shipping freight from the USA to Nigeria requires 'M Form' prior departing. Find more about shipping to Nigeria in respect of 'M Form' providing in this link. The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has implemented a strict set of guidelines for exports to Nigeria called the Standards Organisation of Nigeria Conformity Assessment Programme (SONCAP).

Shipping from the USA to QATAR: Exports to Qatar of vehicle spare parts, tires and some electrical products require a mandatory Certificate of Conformity for Customs clearance. The Government of the State of Qatar, through the Qatar Ministry of Business and Trade – Department of Consumer Protection and the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QGOSM), has issued a set of strict rules regulating the import and sale of Vehicle Spare Parts and Vehicle Tyres.

Shipping from the USA to RUSSIA, BELARUS, KAZAKHSTAN, ARMENIA, and KYRGYZSTAN: Compliance to Customs Union Technical Regulations is required when exporting to the Eurasian Economic Union - EAEU (former Customs Union). Member states are: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and Kyrgyzstan. GOST certification systems for individual member states are being gradually replaced by certification to the Customs Union Technical Regulations (CUTR).

Shipping from the USA to TANZANIA: To assure Tanzanian consumers of the safety and quality of imported goods they buy, and to protect Tanzanian manufacturers from unfair competition, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS), a statutory organization of the government of Tanzania , implemented guidelines called the Pre-Shipment Verification of Conformity (PVoC) to Standards Programme.

Shipping from the USA to SAUDI ARABIA: When shipping freight from the USA to Saudi Arabia, every package, carton, and the box must be permanently marked stating the Country of Origin. Find more about shipping to Saudi Arabia in respect of Country of Origin marking in this linkFor all exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a Conformity Assessment Programme has been implemented. All products require a Certificate of Conformity also referred to as a SASO CoC to enable them to be cleared through Saudi Customs.

Shipping from the USA to SOUTH AFRICA: Shipping freight from the USA to South Africa is under certain restrictions. Find more about shipping to South Africa's restrictions in this link.

Shipping from the USA to/via SPAIN: According to new security regulations all shipments that go to/or transshipped via EGYPT and SPAIN require a copy of consignee passport (or visa). Find more about shipping freight from the USA to/via Spain in this link.

Shipping from the USA to UGANDA: Require a Certificate of Conformity for products regulated under the Uganda Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards Programme (PVoC).

Shipping from the USA to THE UNITED KINGDOM: Shipping freight from the USA to the UK requires ToR1 filing prior departing. Exempts from filing ToR1 are commercial (B2B) shipments and shipment to the UK consigned to UK citizens. If a shipment to the UK consigned to a UK citizen, then a copy of consignee's UK passport must be provided before shipment will depart from the country of origin. Find more about shipping to the UNITED KINGDOM in respect of ToR1 filing in this link

Shipping from the USA to VIETNAMAll export shipments to destinations in Vietnam require HS code and Consignee Tax ID to be included in all export documentation. Failure to provide this information will delay cargo from loading.

You may also want to check for updates from Intertek.com

 

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