There are two basic types of ocean freight for shipping: full container load (FCL), and less-than-container load (LCL).
This type of shipping moves your shipment in an ocean container with other shipments. Packaging in boxes and pallets are required, so that the cargo can be handled easily by dockworkers The ocean pricing is set by volume (per cubic meter/cubic foot) Transportation to the consolidation warehouses can be arranged through your Freight Agent. Customs clearance and delivery is available at all destinations through us or through your own broker. No matter who does the clearance for customs, you are responsible for checking to see if the items you are sending can legally be brought into the destination country, as well as duties and taxes.
Full Container Load
Ocean containers are stacked beneath and on top of the deck of a ship. There are various kinds of ocean containers, but the most common are the 20-ft. and 40ft. containers. The interior dimensions of each are as follow:
20 ft standard: 19'5" long x 7'8" wide x 7'9" high
40 ft standard: 39'6" long x 7'8" wide x 7'9" high
You cannot load a container at a port. For local intermodal shipping (between the dock and the pickup location) a truck and trailer will bring the container, which will 48 inches off the ground. The driver will wait for a standard 2 hours while you load the container or will leave the container and pick it up on another day.
FreightForwarding.com can also arrange services at many destinations, such as unpacking, two man deliveries, and other arrangements to make your transportation a success. Contact your Freight Agent regarding these additional services.
An automobile needs to be dropped off at the port city when specified. You cannot ship anything in the car. It will be driven on and off the ship by dockworkers. You must pick up your car at the docks in the destination country. If your car is financed you will need authorization from the finance company before we can relocate your automobile.
Insurance for Ocean Shipments
FreightForwarding.com acts as the broker for major cargo insurers. We can offer full door-to-door coverage for your shipment. Speak with your Freight Agent regarding additional coverage.