International Cargo Shipping and Ocean Freight Services
January 2, 2023
Shipping was originally the transportation of goods by sailboats in colonial times. Today, the business is a multi-national industry that includes ‘transit architect’ companies who handle many tasks related to the loading, transit and delivery international import/export goods. Ocean freight refers to the transport of goods to international destinations. The ocean freight shipping news are loaded onto ocean freighters and then transported from port to port.
The ocean freight services are available to both importers and exporters. They offer services that manage all aspects of international shipping.
What does an Ocean freight forwarder accomplish?
Freight forwarder is a third-party logistics provider that manages the transport of goods from one end to the other. A freight forwarder is an expert in transportation and is familiar with the current state of the shipping industry as well as the regulations. A forwarder can have a large number of business contacts such as agents, carriers, and business contacts. They also have real-time information about shipping availability for their area. There are many ocean shipping-line maps that can be accessed in real time.
Forwarders use these resources in order to offer their clients the best fit (against specific requirements) in terms cost, transit time and transport cost. They also provide shippers insurance and container bookings.
Forwarders can also arrange for clients to receive, store, pack & unload goods as well as in-land transportation arrangements (to allow door-to-door solutions).
Here is a list of services offered by ocean freight forwarders for international import aspects, export aspects, and transportation.
Services related to transit-transportation:
– Coordinating domestic and international transporters (carriers).
– Pickup and delivery from/to the port by land
– Coordinating customs and providing arrangements for Bonded Warehousing. This applies when the duty on import goods is not paid cargo is kept in joint custody with the customs officials and the importer.
– Container loading and arrangements to manage and load break-bulk (individually loaded), cargo
– Locating space, availability, and transporting to SEZ’s (special economic/trade areas with relaxed customs regulations. This is especially important for trans-shipment. Cargo at no cost ports can be accepted for processing, handling and reshipment.
– Insurance, Risk management, and prevention of cargo loss