Container Shipping to Puerto Rico
It is our pleasure to handle all of your container shipping needs from the U.S. to Puerto Rico. We have been doing this for a long time, nearly 26 years. With our shipping lines departing from all major ports, our extensive experience allows us to ship goods ranging from Consumer Goods and Capital Goods to Foods Feeds & Beverages. In addition, we also provide shipping of items like Industrial Supplies & Materials, and Automotive Vehicles (Cars, Parts, and Engines). Most of the container shipments heading to PR are going to depart from Florida.
Here's how it works:
First, you fill out a quote form, informing us of what you’re planning to ship, which container size, the location, and the timeline. Once we receive this we will let you know the price tag to ship a container to Puerto Rico. Once your credit card is authorized, we will send our truck driver to the location with an empty container. The authorization is just to ensure the funds are available. We won’t actually charge your card till later. The truck driver will wait while the goods are loaded into the container, then, upon finishing, the driver will take the sealed container to the assigned departure port for shipping. The container is loaded onto a ship destined to Puerto Rico. You must first mail the original Bill of Sale – notarized – for a Customs Clearance to our offices. A copy of this will then be given to the truck driver, along with a dock receipt that we provide. Once all the formalities are done with, payment can be arranged. We take many forms of payment, such as credit card, check, or bank transfer.
It’s important that you’re free to run your business operations and not get bogged down in logistics stresses. That’s why we take over all the details involving obtaining the appropriate documents to meet export compliance standards put forth by the US government. It’s our mission to handle all your container shipping needs so you don’t have to. We are proud to provide our prospective customers with relevant information on container shipping to Puerto Rico, through convenient shipping quotes and even tracking information (if needed). Aiding your business in efficiently shipping containers to Puerto Rico from the USA is how we separate ourselves from the competition and come out on top.
Information For USA Based Companies -
If your company is shipping a container to Puerto Rico, you must handle license requirements beforehand. This involves checking to see if your company needs a license in regards to exporting your particular type of commodities/goods. We can help with this. Just fill out the quote form in detail and we’ll look into the matter for you, letting you know if you indeed require a license. As an aside, import duties are the responsibility of the importer (receiver) at time of product arrival at port.
While it is true that the United States Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the governing body responsible for making sure laws and regulations for all goods exiting the USA are followed to the letter, sometimes the CBP allows other government agencies to hold authority for certain commodities or goods. Therefore, companies need to refer to that lead agency in regards to commodity licensing requirements. A pharmaceutical company, for instance, will need a special license to export prescription drugs when shipping a container to Puerto Rico.
There are several websites you can turn to in order to learn more about government agency phone numbers, as well as basic commodities/products requiring you to obtain export licenses. Those websites include: U.S. Department of Commerce; 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; and the Bureau of the Census. Look to these websites to learn which other government agencies feature export control responsibilities. New to international trade importing/exporting containers? Check out this link: US Customs & Border Protection - Basic Importing and Exporting.
Customers requiring a quote to ship a container to Puerto Rico can simply fill out our easy-to-use quote form to learn if their shipment requires a permit or license for export. Then, click the green "Get Rates" button.
Information for Puerto Rican Based Companies -
If a Puerto Rico-based company is considering importing controlled goods, it too must find out if a license is necessary. If the receiving company in Puerto Rico is not well versed in the latest import duties and/or permits, this could slow things up or stop them altogether. Please keep in mind that the receiver is in charge of paying import duties in Puerto Rico upon pickup. We STRONGLY urge the receiver to contact the PR Customs Office to know what the import duties will be.
Puerto Rico Customs Office:#1 La Puntilla Street, Room 214
San Juan, PR 00901
General Phone: (787) 729-6850 | General Fax: (787) 729-6678
Operational Hours: 8:00 AM-4:30 PM (Eastern) Weekdays (Monday-Friday)
Shipping Container Measurements - 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC
You may not have a clue as to which size container you may need. You don’t want one too big or too small for your needs, right? Here’s where we come in. Consult our handy container dimensions here, which are helpful in choosing which size to put on your quote form. Our sizes are: 20ft, 40ft, and 40ft HC (High Container), with the height difference between a 40ft container and a 40ft HC illustrated in the right-hand picture. You may find it helpful to know that our most common container sizes are the 20ft container and the 40ft HC. Be sure to include container size in your quote so we can better assess cost.Marine Insurance - Protecting Your Product
The benefits to marine insurance, while optional, are two-fold. First, if your equipment is broken or lost in shipment, the person or company on the Bill of Lading is entitled to the stated value of their shipment. According to COGSA (Carriage of Goods by Sea Act), if there is no insurance, the person on the Bill of Lading is only entitled to a $500 entitlement. This can translate to a major headache if you, say, ship a container full of computers worth $200,000 (USD) and it is lost or damaged. Second, marine insurance provides peace of mind for you and your receiver, knowing that should something go wrong, which is rare, the container will be insured. And because the high seas do get rocky, t’s also crucial to properly pack your fragile and other items to keep them from breaking during the trip. How much you pay in marine insurance depends on the overall value of your product and how much of it you have.
Opt for the marine insurance to cover yourself if any damage or loss should occur during the trip.
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 to Puerto Rico, both the sender and receiver 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 car shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.
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