Once your product(s) have been produced and packed for export, the final stage is getting the goods to the destination country. This is likely to be either your warehouse, one of your distributors warehouse or directly into a multiple retailers warehouse.
To arrange the shipment, the manufacturer/shipper of the goods will make contact with your nominated freight forwarder, who normally will have an office/agent based at the shipping port where they goods will be loaded. This office will then make contact with their counterpart office in the destination country, who will in turn, make contact with yourself to confirm whether or not you are happy for the goods to be shipped.
Once confirmed, the goods will be loaded onto a container which will either be a 20ft, 40ft or 40ft HQ which are the 3 main container sizes. Where the consignment does not reach the volume of a 20ft (approx 27 cubic meters), the goods will be consolidated with others clients goods to make up the space. This is known as less-than-container load (LCL). LCL consignments normally have a longer transit time, due to the additional handling involved at both the shipping and destination ports. Find out about pallet shipping too as another option. It is important to note at this point, that if you decide to manage the shipping process yourself, it is advisable to have Marine Insurance in place to cover the potential loss of the goods at sea.
Green Van Lines Moving Company support says that once the goods are on the vessel, the shipper will issue a Bill of Lading which is proof that the goods have shipped and on which date they shipped and the vessel name. They will also provide a packing list giving details of exactly what shipped and an invoice for the goods. These documents are then used to clear the goods at the final destination port. Once the goods have docked, you will be contacted by the freight forwarder to notify you of the arrival. At this stage, VAT & customs duties on the goods (if applicable), will need to be paid before they can be released and delivered to the final destination.
When shipping we make sure that we use great liners too so if you need high quality container liners for your business shipping then have a look at those as they are just great. Sorcit deal with shipping & logistics elements on a daily basis, so for maximum peace of mind and minimum hassle, we can provide the full service shipping direct to your warehouse. And if you do a lot of shipping then have a look at this amazing supplier of pallet shipping supplies as we have used them a lot recently and they are just so good. This is level of service is known as DDP – Delivery Duty paid.
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