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International Shipping Via Ocean

International Shipping Via Ocean

In this guide, you will get an overview and instructions on how to arrange for the successful shipment of ocean freight.

How to send international shipments via ocean

Forwarding goods via ocean is the most cost-effective way to get your cargo from one side of the world to the other. While this mode of shipment takes longer than air cargo, and delivery dates fluctuate 2-3 days in either direction, many find that this mode of transport is much more efficient when transporting non-time critical goods.


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How to transport from a foreign factory to a warehouse abroad

Pack The Goods:  
When shipping to overseas locations, many shippers don’t realize the conditions that their cargo goes through in the process. Here are some things to look out for:

  • Put all of your goods in safe, reliable, and secure packaging for the type of commodity you’re shipping.
  • Use strong, rigid boxes with flaps intact.
  • Remove all unnecessary materials from the boxes- previous labels, hazardous materials, etc.
  • Wrap fragile goods in bubble wrap, cushioning; fill the box with foam peanuts.
  • Use strong tape designed for shipping.
  • Use sturdy pallets made of wood
  • Use steel or poly strapping.
  • Label each box and pallet in your shipment.


Deal with Export Customs:
Once your goods are packed and ready, you must file paperwork and pay documentation fees to prepare them for export. When this happens, the goods are picked up from the warehouse or factory and taken to a shipping warehouse, where they are consolidated into shipping containers.


Load Shipping Containers

Once the goods are at the shipping warehouse, they are packed into shipping containers. The dimensions for these are: 
8’ T 8’ W and 20’ or 40’ long.

  • The standardized nature of these containers allows for them to be easily loaded and unloaded, and depending on the size of your goods, they may be consolidated in a container with the goods of other shippers/entities.
  • Once the container is full, it is sealed and delivered to a bonded warehouse for export.


Load Containers Onto Ships 

  • Your shipping container is loaded onto an ocean liner or a container ship.
  • After this, the ship makes the ocean journey from the country of export to the destination location.
  • Upon reaching the destination port, the ship is unloaded and the containers are stored in shipyards.


Deal With Export Customs

  • Once the container is dropped in the yard, it goes through the customs authority of the destination country.

*Here, your cargo is subject to being flagged or randomly inspected, which may delay the process.

  • After clearing customs, your container is delivered to the ground shipping warehouse.


Ground Shipping

  • At the ground warehouse, the contents of your containers are separated and labeled. 
  • Then, they are shipped out on truck or rail to their final warehouses.