Container Shipping to the Middle East from USA
With more than 25 years of experience shipping containers to the Middle East, it’s no wonder we have the container shipping process down to a science. As an experienced and reputable international container shipping company, we boast many shipping lines sailing to all coastal countries in the Middle East, with products ranging from automobiles to industrial supplies. Consumer goods, capital goods, food and beverages, and car parts are just a few more examples of what we ship. The following information is helpful for both the company sending the container and the company receiving the container, outlining critical components of the container shipping process. We provide you with a quote for container shipping to the Middle East, but our big impact is in helping your business streamline the container shipping process through a stress-free experience. We handle all logistics and even provide tracking information to you if you’d like. Our truck drivers will pick up your product using an empty container of your choosing. Once the contained has been filled, it’s off to the shipping docks for loading, on its way to its destination port.
Information For The Exporter (USA Based Companies) -
Often times, a special license is needed when exporting certain types of commodities/goods. If your company wishes to ship a container to the Middle East, let us know what you’re shipping and we'll let you know, after you fill out the quote form, if a license is a necessity in your case. It is the responsibility of the receiving company, not the sending company, to pay the import duties. These are paid upon product arrival.
The United States Department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the governing body responsible for enforcing laws and regulations for all goods exiting the USA, often times bestows this authority on other government agencies for certain commodities. In this case, commodity licensing requirements are at the discretion of the lead agency. Take, for example, a pharmaceutical company looking to ship prescription drugs to the Middle East. This company first needs to obtain a license by the Drug Enforcement Administration to export these goods.
You can view many websites which include information from numerous government agencies with export control responsibilities. This information may range from agency information and phone numbers to basic commodities/products requiring export licenses. Check out the U.S. Department of Commerce (this one is 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. If you’re new to the international trade importing/exporting container business, read up on US Customs & Border Protection - Basic Importing and Exporting.
Information for the Importer (the Middle East Based Companies) -
Knowledge about import duties and/or permits are vital in this business. Don’t get caught up in import hassles because you didn’t brush up on the import regulations, of which there are many throughout the Middle East. Each country features its own distinct import regulations and import compliance rules. We can help you, though. If you want import duty information for a specific country in the Middle East, go to the "Container Shipping" tab to find your country. With import duties varying widely on the type of imported products, keep in mind that these may change. All import duties are paid by the company receiving the product.
Those who need to ship a container to the Middle East, can find contact information for their Customs Department on the web to inquire about exact import duty rates for products. Customs can advise you if you need to obtain a permit to import goods.
Shipping Container Measurements - 20 Foot and 40 Foot
We have provided container dimensions here to aid those companies in deciding which size container to go with. We have a long history of helping companies worldwide ship containers to the Middle East. We can therefore let you know whether it’s best to use a 20ft, 40ft, 40ft HC (High Container) container. If you look to your left, you’ll see from the image that there is a definite height difference between a 40ft container and a 40ft HC. In our many years helping companies export containers from the USA to the Middle East, we have found that the most common container sizes are the 20 foot container and the 40 foot HC.Marine Insurance - Protecting Your Product
If the receiving company wants to protect its products from possible damages during shipment, it has the option of adding marine insurance prior to paying. This is a good idea, as the ship is guaranteed to rock while out to sea. Packing your product securely and safely before loading it in the container is a must, especially when it involves fragile items. We can help you calculate the amount of insurance you’ll need, which depends on the value of the product. Damages are rare, but they do happen.
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 Middle East, 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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