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19 May

7 steps of international shipping

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If you are going to ship an overseas shipment, whether personal items or a commercial shipment you have to foresee under what conditions and through which processes your cargo will complete its journey.

We have summarized the basic information you will need to reach the destination address without any problem, the cost of the shipment to be made by a company or person. We explained all the stages of an international post in 7 steps.

1- International Shipping Procedure Research and Preparation

First of all, our first advice is to determine what country you want to send. Is there a precondition, document request or restriction for your shipment to be accepted into that country? Likewise, do you have to do anything other than standard export procedures to get these products out of your country? In short, if you are going to make a personal effect or a commercial post, do preliminary research first.

For example, during the Covid19 pandemic period, there are countries that restrict the export of some medical products. On the other hand, request extra certificates from importers and impose restrictions.

2- Choose and Organize The Transfer Vehicle

If you are making an international shipment, be it a personal item shipment or a commercial shipment from a company, You need to determine what kind of shipping vehicle you should use according to the volume of the cargo to be shipped, the deadline, the geographical location of the destination and your budget.

So the first thing you have to do is learn the weight and dimensions of your load, the number of parcels, the total load volume, and decide how it should be transported. Your load may be a few parcels of several hundred kilos, ie a partial load. A complete house can be in a container full of goods, or it can be a goods transfer consisting of dozens of containers between companies.

3-Inland Transport (Inland Haulage in the exporter’s country)

When calculating the cost of a shipment, take into account the intermediate shipment between the original shipping vehicle and the point where the material is located. For example, you loaded the products in your factory into the container, then the container will need to be transported to the port. Intermediate transportation should be planned considering the properties of the product to be loaded and the physical conditions of the first loading point.

For example, you brought a container on the truck to load heavy pallets. However, if the container on the truck requires an additional forklift to load the pallets and you have not planned this from the beginning, the operation will be disrupted. Another example is that you have brought containers to transport your household goods, but the street where your home is located is not suitable for unloading the container or entering a container truck.

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4- Export Customs Clearance & Procedures:

If you are going to make an international shipment, you will definitely need a customs broker service. Some shipping companies, especially freight forwarders, can help you in this regard. whether you’re shipping personal household items or commercial goods. Ultimately, you need help to prepare offical papers that should be prepared by a customs broker. Before a declaration can be made, you must get a customs broker service.

5- International Shipment:

The process that takes a ship leaving the customs point in your country, for example the port, until it reaches the customs point in the country of shipment, for example, a port. The ownership of all loads on the transport vehicle is determined by a document called bill of lading. CMR for road vehicles, AirwayBill for aircraft loading and Bill Of Lading for sea freight. On this document, there are details such as the names, addresses, name of the transported cargo, type, parcel number and weight of the buyer and seller company.

Ships are the most used shipping vehicle worldwide and container transportation is the most preferred form of cargo transportation. If the delivery point is in a city that does not have a coast, the loading types that allow the container to reach the delivery point from the nearest port and include transfer vehicles such as additional roads and railways are called multimodal loading.

6- Import Customs Clearance & Procedures:

When the freight reaches the destination country, for example, in a port or airport. Customs procedures are carried out in order for the international shipment to become the property of the importing company or person and nationalize. In order to carry out import customs procedures, usually, a bill of lading, invoice, certificate of origin and packing list is required.

Depending on the product type and customs regulations of the importing country, extra documents and certificates may be requested. In order not to have a bad surprise at the last moment, the preliminary research, which we explained in the first step of our article, should be done well. The most accurate method is to consult the importer company and the customs broker in person to get information about the required documents.

7 – Inland Transport (Inland Haulage in the importer’s country)

If the exporting company has not made a port delivery agreement. Delivery terms; If it includes address delivery shipping obligations specified by abbreviations such as CIP, DAT, DAP, DDP, you must also organize the intermediate transport in the country of destination in advance.

If you are organized the delivery for such as personal effects, or vehicles such as personal cars. You will need to organize internal transport to the destination port and destination country to the address where your residence or belongings should arrive.

Global perspective, Local service quality

The international shipping business takes place effortlessly and safely as long as you get service from a specialist company: different destinations, different transport requirements, different people. The common point is that they expect a fast, economical, high quality and safe logistics service. At this point, Sydney International Freight stands out as one of the most preferred companies in maritime transport and aircraft loading, specialized in commercial and personal shipments.

Sydney International Freight is one of the leading freight forwarder company, which is Australia based with more than 40 years of experience of overseas shipments and innovative service systems.

We offer options between Australia and all ports, airports and customs points in the world. Sydney International Freight is at your service for your FCL (full container load) and LCL (less than container load), all types of parcels and personal goods delivery options by seaway, airline and multimodal loading options.