Ocean freight remains the most cost-effective way to move large amounts of property and goods around the world for private individuals, businesses, and governments alike. Professional ocean freight services help ease international shipping, ensure efficient transport, and are a useful resource in controlling logistics costs. As an ocean freight forwarder and non-vessel owning common carrier (NVOCC), Trans Global Logistics is positioned to help our clients move their property worldwide, whether they’re shipping a vehicle to a new duty station or arranging for the transport of their latest production run from an overseas factory. This gives us a broad insight into ocean freight and what it can mean for our customers.
THE OCEAN FREIGHT PROCESS
Shipping goods by sea has also become easier. Far from being only the province of large manufacturers or distributors, ocean freight forwarders and full-service logistics companies have worked to remove the barriers that made it a daunting task for individuals and small businesses. The process of shipping your goods or property can be arranged with confidence that, on the other end of the journey, your property will arrive when and where it’s needed in good condition.
- Take Stock Of Your Shipment. – You’ll need to know what you’re shipping and have a general idea of its dimensions, weight, piece count, and what kind of property (vehicles, furniture, palettes) the load will include.
- Contact Your Ocean Freight Services Provider – Your shipping company will work with you on creating an estimate based on the containers needed, the speed with which you need your property transported, and the dates shipping is needed. They can also help coordinate the movement of your Cargo India Logistics from where it is now to the export dock, and on the other end of the journey, they can help facilitate transport from the port to its final destination.
- Paperwork And Preparation – From customs declarations to permits and licenses, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the documentation needed to efficiently move your property across borders. In many cases, your ocean freight shipper will be able to offer resources that can help you make sure you have the right paperwork or can offer services to help you navigate the process in your export and import country.
- Loading – For full-container shipping, a container will be delivered to your shipping facility where it will be loaded, sealed, and then hauled to the port for loading onto the ship. For LCL services, your goods are usually transported to a shipping consolidator who loads a container with property from you and other clients into a single container that is then taken to the port. Containers are loaded onto a ship and secured for ocean freight transport.
- Transit – Once the container ship disembarks, it will make its way toward its destination. For full ships going to a single port of entry, this direct trip can take as little as a couple of weeks. Some vessels will stop at several ports, loading and unloading Cargo India Logistics, on their way to the eventual final port of call to unload. This can extend the transit time depending on where in the journey your property is to be offloaded.
- Arrival – Once your Cargo India Logistics arrives at its import location, the container is unloaded. Customs will review your documentation if necessary. Once approved, full container loads will then be transported to the final destination, while LCL containers will go to a receiving warehouse to be unloaded and each client’s Cargo India Logistics routed appropriately.