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The website is a platform that offers international shipping services. The platform supports LCL sea freight, allowing users to ship boxes, crates, and pallets overseas from the USA. The website provides a real-time online sea freight price calculator that enables users to calculate international shipping costs. It works perfectly for international shipping, both commercial and household goods.

I. Let's say you are considering an international cargo delivery, whether commercial or personal goods.

We ask, "How large is your cargo?"

You say, "It appears too big and heavy to ship as a parcel but not large enough to require an entire container."

We then ask, "How soon does it need to reach its destination?"

You say, "It's not particularly urgent. It can be transported by sea."

"Can you pack everything appropriately for international transportation?"

"Yes, I am capable of doing so."

In this case, the best option for you would be to ship it as a Less than Container Load (LCL). This method is more comprehensive, cost-effective, and risk-free than other international cargo transportation modes.


II. Let's discuss your experience in international cargo transportation.

If you have previous experience as an exporter, you are likely familiar with the procedures for international LCL freight, which are similar across carriers. The key differentiating factors lie in the price and quality of service. Therefore, before initiating your business with us, please familiarize yourself with our step-by-step guide on managing LCL freight using our online freight calculator.

For those new to international trade or shipping household goods and personal belongings and seeking information on sending goods from the USA overseas, the FAQ, references, and documents sections are designed to address queries and provide the necessary guidance.

You may need help understanding the intricacies of shipping a quote large cargo abroad. In that case, it's worth taking 20-30 minutes to familiarize yourself with the most common issues when shipping internationally from the United States. Armed with this information, you'll be better prepared for your venture no matter which shipping company you finally choose.

In conclusion, whether you are an experienced exporter or a novice, we aim to provide you with the highest service and support. By familiarizing yourself with our resources and understanding the challenges associated with international cargo transportation, you can confidently embark on your shipping journey.


III. Why Choose AMID Logistics for Your Shipping Needs?

When considering your options for shipping LCL freight from the U.S. overseas, you may wonder what sets AMID Logistics apart from other companies. While we may not claim to be extraordinary, we take pride in offering our valued customers convenience, reliability, and competitive pricing.

One of the key advantages of choosing AMID Logistics is our user-friendly online freight calculator. This powerful tool allows you to explore different scenarios for your international cargo transportation, all from the comfort of your office or home. Available 24/7, it ensures that you can quickly assess the costs and logistics involved in your shipment no matter where you are.

At AMID Logistics, we value the feedback we receive from our customers. Their satisfaction is a testament to our commitment to providing the best support for all your international transportation needs. Whether you are involved in the global trade market, shipping personal belongings abroad, or relocating from the United States overseas, we are here to assist you every step.

In addition to our exceptional service, we take pride in offering fair and competitive prices. Our rates are among the lowest in the industry, ensuring you receive the best value for your money. With our transparent online cost calculator, you can easily calculate the cost of your international cargo transportation without negotiating.

Choose AMID Logistics for a seamless and reliable shipping experience. We are dedicated to meeting your needs and exceeding your expectations. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you with your international shipping requirements.



1. Unlike many countries worldwide,  the United States enforces federal law mandating that all ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs) possess valid licenses and bonds. Engaging in international transportation from the U.S. through unlicensed OTI companies, which disguise themselves as legitimate, can result in many issues and high costs when delivering cargo from the USA to foreign destinations. It is crucial to avoid any dealings with rogue movers.

2. While most cargo shipments from the USA to overseas locations arrive at their destinations intact and without any losses, it is essential to note that the liabilities of ocean freight carriers are limited in the event of damage or loss. These carriers are only liable for up to $500 per customary shipping unit and cannot exceed $1500 for the entire shipment. Therefore, it is advisable to consider insuring valuable cargo to safeguard against potential financial losses.

3. When shipping goods internationally, whether for commercial or personal purposes, it is essential to be aware of destination charges, also known as local charges. These charges are incurred at the destination and are separate from freight charges. Suppose you are shipping cargo from the USA to foreign countries. In that case, it is prudent to determine who will bear the responsibility for these expenses, whether the shipper or the consignee.

Below is an outline of the payment structure for international multimodal cargo transportation using Less than Container Load, specifically concerning ocean freight originating from the United States:

  • Cost for packing and labeling – NOT INCLUDED.
  • U.S. domestic ground transportation to an ocean freight terminal (CFS) – DEPENDING ON SERVICE REQUESTED
  • Customs formalities* at the origin and the origin THC (Terminal Handling Charges) - INCLUDED
  • The actual international ocean freight - INCLUDED
  • Cost of recovery of goods at the destination (Customs, THC, Cargo release, etc.) – NOT INCLUDED.
  • Cost of delivery of goods "to the door" of the consignee (cargo recipient) - NOT INCLUDED.

*Unless subject to special U.S. export regulation.

We recommend perusing our website's FAQs and references to enhance your experience with international shipping from the USA. This information will make the process more predictable and alleviate unnecessary stress.

4. Paying attention to the arrival notice for your shipment is crucial! Typically, carriers' destination agents act as well as customs brokers. Their primary objective is to get your goods released to you as soon as possible. It is imperative to follow their instructions diligently, pay the applicable destination charges, and promptly take possession of your released goods.

Please be aware that import recoveries at destinations are time-sensitive. The sooner you initiate the necessary procedures, the less likely you will encounter deadline penalties such as storage fees, demurrage charges, or Customs penalties.

We strive to provide a professional and seamless shipping experience and are here to assist you every step of the way.


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 the commodity you ship and the country you are shipping to. As soon as shipping goods reach the destination country, neither U.S. Freight Forwarders nor carriers can assist you in your cargo recovery in the country. Before you ship freight from the U.S. overseas, always check out with your destination country for special import requirements or limitations.
Also, 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
Below are some of the most common requirements and limitations listed by a country that we face in our practice. However, the information does not cover all countries and regulations. Once again, please: To avoid possible problems with your cargo recovery at the destination, mainly if you ship a specific commodity, you should contact your destination country's officials or a customs broker in advance.
Shipping from the USA to AFRICA. A waiver is required for shipping goods to or through Central and Western African countries.
The waiver, or CTN (Cargo Tracking Note), must be filed before a shipment enters Central and Western Africa's commerce zone. The waiver contains details of the exporter or importer, shipment value, the method and type of shipping, freight cost, the vessel's name, etc.
There are known to us countries that require a waiver: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Democratic Republic Congo, Equatorial, Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Togo.
Before you ship to Africa, ask about waivers at your country's Consulate in the U.S. or search for a company that supports and generates waivers or CTN (Cargo Tracking Notes).

Shipping from the USA to ALGERIA: Shipping freight from the USA to Algeria must be covered by a Letter of Credit. Find more about shipping to Algeria regarding the 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 to wood packing. Find more about shipping freight from the USA to Australia regarding 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 Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) Import Inspections Regulations (SIIR) to Standards Programme for the goods to clear customs.

Shipping from the USA to BRAZIL: 1. Brazil requires CNPJ numbers (Brazilian Tax ID) for both shipper and consignee.

2. Shipping freight from the USA to Brazil requires an NCM Code (not an HS Code, as in other counties). For used personal effects, the suggested NCM is 9797. Otherwise, search NCM code at - 

3. The Wooden Clause is mandatory for Shipments routed to Brazil. The below Wooden Clause sample for reference:

For Skid / Pallet / Crate (anything that can be made of wood):
-Wooden Packing: Processed Wood; or
-Wooden Packing: Treated and Certified (the materials have been treated and fumigated and include a Certificate); or
-Wooden Packing: Not Treated and not Certified (the materials have not been treated nor fumigated and do not include a Certificate); or:

-Wooden Packing: Not Applicable (when packing material is not wooden).
EXAMPLE: WOOD PACKING TREATED TO ISPM15 SPECIFICATIONS; Wooden package: treated and certified
IF NOT WOOD (any other package type): Bill must show "WOODEN PACKING: NOT APPLICABLE."

4. The express release is not allowed for shipping to Brazil. There are only two release terms for that destination - release originals at the origin or release at the destination.

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

NIF and PR number: Every importer to Cameroon must apply for the NIF (Numero d'Indifcation Fiscale) number. With this unique NIF number, the importer can obtain a transaction number starting with PRxxxx. This PR number differs for every shipment and must be mentioned in the BESC document.

Without the PR number, shipments will not be accepted in Cameroon, and BESC documents cannot be validated. 

Shipping from the USA to CHINA: Shipping freight from the USA to China requires the consignee's TAX ID# or consignee's USCI# (Unified Social Credit Code Identifier). The Unified Social Credit Code Identifier is an 18-digit number (sometimes including letters), unique for every Chinese company. It's mandatory for all enterprises and other organization types in Mainland China. The code states that the business has been registered and verified with the Chinese government to operate legally. Find more about shipping to China regarding TAX ID# or consignee's USCI# in this link.

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

Shipping from the USA to/via ECUADOR: PERSONAL EFFECTS RESTRICTIONS: No commercial invoice is needed, but a packing list is insufficient. For customs clearance, the consignee will need a consumerized list (packing list certified by the Ecuadorian Consulate) and must be able to prove (with a copy of passport) that the consignee has been out of the country for at least a year. The agent will only deliver documents when the shipment arrives at the port. Additional procedures such as customs and transport MUST be done by the consignee.

Shipping from the USA to/via EGYPT: ACID# REQUIRED. Since July 1st, 2021, a 9-digit ACID# (Advanced Cargo Information identification number) has been required for all inbound shipments to Egypt. The Egyptian importer or a customs broker acting on behalf of the importer may access the online e-portal ( to request the issuance of the ACID number for a particular shipment. The ACID# must be generated no later than 48 hours before the cargo departs from the USA.

According to new security regulations, all shipments that go to/or are transshipped via EGYPT and SPAIN require a copy of the consignee's passport (or visa). Find more about shipping freight from the USA to/via Egypt in this link. Shipments 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 needs to comply with the requirements of the Gabon government's office, Agence Gabonaise de Normalisation (AGANOR) Conformity Assessment Programme called PROJECT for their goods to clear customs.

Shipping from the USA to INDIA: All shipments to India must include the following information:

1. Import and Export code (IEC) of importer.
2. GST identification no. (GST NO.) of importer.
3. Official email ID of Importer (to be used for correspondence by shipping lines and customs).
4. PAN Number of Notify.
5. 6 Digit International HS (Harmonized) code.
6. Cargo Value.

Shipping from the USA to INDONESIA: For all PERSONAL EFFECTS to Indonesia, in order to clear customs without paying Tax and duty, the consignee must submit a packaging list to the Embassy of Indonesia, which must get stamped by the Embassy.

Effective 7/16/2007, the Indonesian government requires specific commodity descriptions for the following:

Spare parts, Auto parts: Gear, Nut, Doll, Chain, Chamsall, etc
Electronic parts, Electric parts: Diode, Transistor, LED, IC, cable, PCO, etc.
Foodstuff: Noodle, Candy, Tea, Coffee, etc
Stationery: Books, Pencil, Pen, Ink, etc
Household: Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Chair, etc
Chemical product, chemicals: Dyestuff, Surlactant, Soap, etc
Fabrics, textiles: Jeans, T-shirts, underwear, socks, hat, etc
Tools: Screwdriver, hammer, saw, drill, etc.

Shipping from the USA to ISRAEL: Shipping freight from the USA to Israel requires the consignee's VAT (TAX-Number). Find more about shipping to Israel regulations at 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 household goods or personal goods to Italy, contact your local Italian Consulate in advance. Find more at 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 program 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 organization 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' 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 MOROCCO: Effective March 2019, all exports to Morocco must bear the newly implemented ICE (Common Company Identifier) number of the importer (consignee) on the accompanying documents.
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 being allowed into Mozambique. Goods on the Positive List must comply with these regulations and be accompanied by a Documento Unico Certificado (DUC).

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

Shipping from the USA to NIGERIA: Shipping freight from the USA to Nigeria requires an 'M Form' before departing. Find more about shipping to Nigeria regarding the 'M Form' provided in this link.

To qualify and be cleared as personal effects, the receiver must have stayed outside Nigeria for at least nine months with a valid passport. All the shipping items must not be commercial.

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 PERU: The Peruvian Customs require the Peruvian Tax ID number (known as RUC) of the consignee to be included in the Bill of Lading for shipments to Peru.

Shipping from the USA to QATAR: Qatar requires a Certificate of Origin. Read more about Shipping to Qatar.

Also, exports to Qatar of vehicle spare parts, tires, and some electrical products require a mandatory Certificate of Conformity for Customs clearance. Through the Qatar Ministry of Business and Trade – Department of Consumer Protection and the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QGOSM), the Government of the State of Qatar 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 with 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 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 box must be permanently marked, stating the Country of Origin. Find more about shipping to Saudi Arabia in respect of the Country of Origin marked in this link. A Conformity Assessment Program has been implemented for all exports to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. All products require a Certificate of Conformity, also called an SASO CoC, 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.

1) Non-Commercial Personal Effects must be prepaid to the client's door.
2) Rates will be quoted on a case-by-case basis.
3) Customs Requirements:
A) Original passport needed AT DESTINATION at least 14 days before
the arrival of the vessel; B) Importer is required to complete the customs
DA304 & P1160 in triplicate in the Presence of SA customs officers
presenting the passport in original; C) An inventory stating the value of
goods are required. 4) Additional documents: A) Marriage certificate - if a
foreigner is married to a SA Citizen; B) immigration permit - original
required is not endorsed in passport; C) An SABC TV license is required if
importing television - obtain one on arrival; D) Goods packed in wood must
have a fumigation certificate for wood packaging. An instruction that no
Charitable/Second-Hand cargo is accepted for shipment without prior
approval from the SA agent.

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 are transshipped via EGYPT and SPAIN require a copy of the consignee's 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 before departing. Exempts from filing ToR1 are commercial (B2B) shipments and shipments to the UK consigned to UK citizens. If a load to the UK is consigned to a UK citizen, a copy of the consignee's UK passport must be provided before the shipment departs from the country of origin. Find more about shipping to the UNITED KINGDOM regarding ToR1 filing in this link.

Consignee EORI# required. This new requirement goes into effect for all shipments arriving after January 1st, 2021, in the UK. All shipments require the EORI number.

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

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