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Shipping Household Goods from the USA

If you are a first-time international shipper, we'd suggest you begin by reading this article about shipping household goods from the USA.

Do not confuse international shipping services.

Shipping from the U.S. of household goods or personal items means international transportation of goods that are not for sale but for personal use.

Shipping from the USA freight LCL means international deliveries of cargo in boxes or crates by sea. LCL cargo is a cost-effective way to ship from the U.S. a relatively large cargo that does not fill an entire 20 or 40-foot sea freight container. With LCL, international shippers share the container with other shippers. They do not pay the shipping cost of the entire container's transportation, but only for the space that their goods occupy in the container. Currently, we DO NOT offer shipping from the U.S. household goods and personal belongings in entire containers.

Yes, you can ship household goods and personal belongings using LCL freight. However, please do not confuse shipping goods from the USA LCL with parcel services or shipping household goods overseas with international moving companies.

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Shipping freight LCL Vs. international parcel services

If you are sending from the U.S. abroad not heavy and a small volume cargo, let say, less than 0.2-0.3 cubic meter, then shipping such kind of goods should be better with an international parcel service like USPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. 

When you consider shipping goods LCL, please keep in mind that all LCL shipments are subject to:

Minimum charge: LCL freight rates are typically calculated by volume, not by weight. The shipping volume is calculated in cubic meters or cubic feet. In LCL freight shipping, most of the time (but not always), the minimum is one cubic meter (approximately 35 cubic feet). That means if you ship a cargo of volume less than one cubic meter, you will pay for the shipping of one cubic meter anyway.

For example, the LCL freight rate from New York, NY to London, United Kingdom, including surcharges, is US$47 per cubic meter w/m, US$47 minimum. That means if you're shipping cargo of volume less than one cubic meter, you'll pay US$47 anyway.

One cubic meter is a relatively large volume. For example, shipping cargo of volume of one cubic meter is equal to international delivery of about 12 medium shipping boxes 18"x18"x16" (3 cubic feet each).

W/M in international cargo transportation means "weight or measurement, whichever is greater." W/M calculations depend on the mode of cargo transportation.

If an international multimodal shipment includes two or more modes of transportation, freight rates w/m calculate separately for each mode of transportation.

For example, if you ship items from the U.S. overseas and request a pickup (collection) of cargo "at your door," then the cost of tucking of cargo from "your door" to an ocean freight carrier terminal within the USA and the cost of ocean freight will be calculated separately. Prices in the calculations will depend on the w/m standard used in each mode of transportation.

Destination charges: Also called "local charges," All imports, regardless of the destination country, are subject to destination charges. These charges occur after the cargo has arrived at the destination. Destination charges are not considered freight charges and are not included in the cost of cargo transportation.

If you ship a small parcel abroad as a gift, the parcel recipient may not notice the destination charges. This is because the charges are included in the shipping cost you paid in the US, and it does not exceed the minimum. However, depending on the type of goods, the value, and the country of destination, the recipient of your parcel may be asked to pay a fee to get the parcels. We will discuss the destination charges below.


Shipping freight LCL Vs. international moving companies

We serve customers who ship personal items from the U.S. abroad for 20 years. Most of these customers are grateful for our service and pass our business to friends and relatives. Sometimes they remember us and return to ship again. You can read the reviews of our customers.

However, unlike exporting commercial cargo, customers who send from the USA personal belongings, especially inexperienced first-time international shippers, sometimes confuse shipping cargo LCL with moving household goods overseas with international moving companies.

To avoid such confusion and prevent unfounded complaints, we wrote an article about delivering personal items from the U.S. abroad. We published one at the top of each web page on our website. This article should explain the difference between shipping personal goods LCL and movings overseas with international moving companies. This article also contains answers to the most frequently asked questions that we continuously hear from such clients.

Please read this article. It should take about 15-20 minutes of your time. However, after the reading, you should be prepared to ship your goods from the U.S. overseas, no matter which international cargo transportation company you will choose for the shipping.

Over here, we just to remind you that unlike shipping with an international moving company, when transporting goods from the United States directly with an ocean freight carrier, all your goods have to be properly packed for international transportation. You should pay attention to the wood-packing restrictions applicable to all freight shipping from the U.S. abroad during packaging. It is also known as ISPM15 regulations. If shipping cargo to Oceania, particularly deliver goods from the U.S. to Australia or New Zealand, pay special attention to the cargo fumigation, also known as BSMB (Brown Marmorated Stink Bug spread prevention).


Customs duty as a part of destination charges in shipping household goods from the USA

customs in international shipping seafreight

It doesn't matter whether you deliver household goods from the U.S. with the help of an international moving company, or transporting goods abroad LCL, or just cross the border between countries with things in the trunk of your car, there is always some kind of charges that arise in the country of destination.

As a rule, household goods and personal belongings shipping from the U.S., which are not for sale, may enter most countries without or with insignificant customs duties. However, such goods must be consistent with destination countries' regulations relating to household and personal goods imports. Such regulations can be quite complex.

If you are sending household goods or personal belongings from the U.S. overseas, then to avoid "surprises" at the time of recovery your importing goods at the destination, we suggest that, before you begin your international shipping, consult with the consulate of your destination country in the U.S. Ask them about special rules, restrictions or duties and taxes that may arise upon the arrival of your belongings in your destination country.

See if you can get a letter of relocation from the USA at the consulate or a letter that customs duty exceptions are granted in your international shipping. You should have such a letter before initiating your international shipping from the U.S. Having these documents in advance should be extremely useful at the time of recovery for your importing goods to the destination.

Also, you may contact a customs broker licensed in your destination country. Do it before making any arrangements in your international shipping. Most likely, you will be asked to pay a fee. However, if you are uncertain, then it should worth your money and time.

However, please understand that customs duty is just a part of destination charges that occur when exporting from the USA goods is entering commerce zones of destination countries. You may find details about destination charges in international cargo transportation from the USA LCL in our website's FAQ section or read it in the article.


Unaccompanied baggage in respect of shipping household goods from the USA

In respect of the international transportation of household goods from the USA, unaccompanied baggage means shipping a portion of luggage that cannot be taken with a passenger and travels to the destination separately, which is required to be used immediately upon arrival at the destination. That means you're traveling, and some goods follow you, like international shipping organized in the country where you resided before you left that country. With AMID Logistics, you can get an instant price quote and manage the shipping of unaccompanied baggage regardless of your location in the world.

International cargo transportation LCL can comply with the status of unaccompanied baggage. Import recoveries that comply with the status are always less complicated and cost-effective with destination countries' customs.  

If you ship from the USA unaccompanied baggage, you will always be asked for a detailed, valued packing list. With AMID Logistics, you can submit this essential shipping document online.

Customs. International shipping of ocean freight.

If you are traveling to your destination country by air, boat, train, or car, then at the time of arrival, you should announce your unaccompanied luggage while crossing the border of the destination country.

Fill out a customs declaration on board of aircraft, boat, train, or at a customs window. State in the declaration that unaccompanied baggage follows after you by sea. Attach to the declaration a copy of your valued packing list and the essential information on your international sea freight shipment obtained in your dock receipt: ocean freight carrier's booking number, the origin, destination, vessel, voyage, etc. Please keep a copy of the declaration and use it when you clear your unaccompanied baggage with the destination country customs.


"CONSIGNER = CONSIGNEE" rule in international shipping household goods from the USA

Rules in international shipping of ocean freight

If you are moving overseas, i.e., you ship personal belongings to yourself, then at the time of booking your shipment and filling international shipping documents, we suggest you follow this "Cosigner = Consignee" rule:

The consigner (the shipper) and the consignee (the cargo recipient) should be the same name. There should be no variation, even in spelling. You may provide any different contact information on your ocean freight bill of lading as the notify party, but the consigner's consignee's full names should be the same.

If you use an international moving company in your international shipping, then remind the international moving company about this rule. Check shipping documents prepared on your behalf by the international moving company. Pay extreme attention to the information stated in your sea freight bill of lading, which is the final document in your international shipping and acts as "the title" for your shipping goods.

Following this "Cosigner = Consignee" regulation should help you avoiding possible problems when you recover your importing goods with the destination customs. In other words, by following this rule, you may save time and money with destination customs and avoid your international ocean freight bill of lading amendments (if you will need it).


Food and animals products in respect of international cargo transportation from the USA

No food in international shipping of seafreight

*NO FOOD STUFF, WINE & DRUGS*. Shipping from the USA any food including wine and drugs (any edible item) including edible animal byproducts, supplements, etc., is subject to detailed regulations. Violations of these regulations can result in detention, confiscation, or destruction of cargo, as well as fines and criminal charges. Shipper/consignee is held responsible for providing proper documents and permits. Any costs that may arise due to violation of these regulations are on account of the shipper/consignee.

Food and vegetables, wine, drugs, or animal products should NOT be shipped as a part of personal effects or household goods international sea freight shipment. We strongly suggest avoiding shipping such kinds of products. Even a small quantity of food added to your shipping goods may lead to big problems as at a time of departure, your household goods from the USA, as well as with your destination country's customs. 

Shipping from the USA cargo that includes vegetables or animal products may require additional shipping documents like a Phytosanitary certificate, Veterinary certificate, etc.

If you wish to ship from USA such kind of products anyway, then we'd strongly suggest you contact a local Consulate or Embassy of the country where the goods will be sent to before you are involved in international shipping from the U.S. Ask them about your country's special import regulations on such kind of products. Ensure that you have obtained all necessary documents and certificates in advance before the shipping.
Neither international freight forwarders nor ocean freight carriers will be held responsible for delays and/or additional costs that may arise due to failure to provide proper documentation in your international shipping from the USA. Professional international moving companies should be aware of this as well.


Other restricted commodities in shipping personal belongings from the USA

Simply put, when packing goods for delivery from the U.S. overseas LCL, do not add items that are prohibited for shipping abroad at your local USPS post office. Stay away from shipping:

If you are not confident that some of your goods are legal for international shipping from the USA abroad, do not put your entire shipment at risk. Leave it. Do not ship.


No live plants or animals to the international shipping from the USA

Shipping from the U.S. overseas of animals and live plants is prohibited and will not be accepted for transportation unless there is no International Special Commodities contract.

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