We are an international freight shipping company with shipping lines sailing worldwide. We have 25 years of experience in international container shipping. When shipping containers overseas, product ranges from shipping Consumer Goods, Capital Goods, Foods Feeds & Beverages, Industrial Supplies & Materials, and Automotive Vehicles (Cars, Parts, and Engines). Every situation is different especially when it comes to export & import compliance. This webpage will provide the most relevant information for your container shipping needs. Giving you a container shipping quote is the easy part for us. Helping you to streamline your exports from USA is where we differ from the competition. If you are a USA based company exporting commodities or goods to an international buyer, let us know the pickup location and the destination city. We will send a truck driver to your location who will arrive with an empty container. Once the container is full, the truck driver will go to the assigned shipping dock. The container will be loaded onto the ship and sent to the destination country. You will have all the information to update your happy buyer, if requested. Every country has its own import duties and we try helping our customers in this area by providing contact information for the proper import authorities of the destination country.
Shipping Container Measurements – 40 Foot and 20 Foot
There are different container sizes to meet your needs. The 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC (High Container) containers are the most common. The image to your right illustrates the height difference between a 40ft container and a 40ft HC. Here are our shipping containers’ dimensions. For companies with larger scale operations, transport by train is the best option to get containers to the departure port. Some companies, normally manufacturers, ship 20 containers at a time and have them brought to the shipping docks by railroad.
Import Duty Information –
All countries have different import regulations. In addition, import duties are different for the types of products a person or company is importing. This can be looked at from two perspectives.
1) A person/company based in USA exporting a container – Many people don’t need any special licenses to export a container. If more information is needed regarding licenses, we will tell you once you fill out the quote form and get your ocean freight rates. Alternatively you can go to the US Customs and Border Protection website. If you need to find help in the US, then find the Embassy of the country you are shipping to. Normally they are all in Washington DC so do a Google search for something like: “the country + Embassy Washington DC”.
2) Person/company importing (receiving) the product – Normally the person or company “receiving” the product is responsible for paying the import fees once the product arrives to the destination port. So if you are the person or company shipping the product in the US, you don’t have to worry about import duties since the receiver pays for it, unless of course there is something prearranged.
Transport Information within USA –
We have a nationwide network of transport trucks throughout the United States. If you are shipping a container overseas and need us to pick up your container, we can easily coordinate the pick up. If a company is shipping many containers, we can assist on getting you lower rates by railroad. This option is available only for multiple quantity containers.
Marine Insurance -
Shipping product in containers can be very lucrative. However, accidents can happen while out to sea. Ships WILL rock and your product may shift inside the container if not packed properly. If you have fragile items like electronics or anything that may break, then you should always purchase marine insurance. As courtesy, we will provide the optional Marine Insurance in the quote. You do not have to get it, but we provide it to cover any damages to your product while shipping containers overseas.
Additional Information –
The United States CBP (Customs and Border Protection) is the government body responsible for enforcing that all goods exiting the US do so in accordance with U.S. laws and regulations. Although the CBP enforces export rules and regulations for many other government agencies, specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements should be directed to that lead agency.
Agency information, telephone numbers, and basic commodities which may require export licenses can be obtained by viewing either the U.S. Department of Commerce (the most common), Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Foreign Assets Control or the Bureau of the Census websites. These sites include information from numerous other agencies with export control responsibilities.
For those of you new to international trade importing/exporting containers, this is a great source to learn from: US Customs & Border Protection – Basic Importing and Exporting
Why choose us over the competition?
We have a solid track record and are an Accredited Company registered with the Better Business Bureau. Click the BBB image to the left to validate our A+ Accreditation. When shipping a container, an owner should only work with a BBB Accredited business.
We are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Click the image to the left and Select “Organization Name” and type in “Ship Overseas”. Here is proof of our FMC Certification (also known as a NVOCC License). Never use an international freight shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.
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