Shipping a container load of freight can be a complicated process, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're looking to ship only part of a container or move an entire shipment, understanding the steps involved in arranging full container load shipments can help ensure that your freight arrives on time and on budget.
Research Your Shipping Options and Prepare the Containers.
Before you begin the shipping process, it's important to research your available shipping options. Ensure that all of the necessary paperwork is in order and take note of any special requirements for loading or unloading. Additionally, prepare your containers for shipment. Make sure they are free of debris, are properly sealed, and have the correct labels affixed. Gather all relevant detailed information about your cargo, including exact weight and dimensions as this will ensure that you receive competitive quotes from carriers.
Determine All Necessary Documentation for Your Cargo.
Once you have your containers prepared, the next step is to check if all of the required documentation to ship your goods is in order. Documents such as commercial invoices, shippers’ export declarations, packing lists, dangerous goods certificates, and insurance documents need to be included for shipments outside of North America. Make sure any non-standard requirements for your shipment are taken into account when planning ahead.
Confirm Final Retail Prices for the Different Services Offered.
Once all of the paperwork is ready, it’s time to choose your service provider. It’s important that you confirm all final retail prices with them so that you know how much each step in the process will cost. This includes any extra fees for optional services such as customs clearance or special cargo handling. Taking into account all of these details ensures that there are no surprises when preparing for a full container load shipment.
Find a Suitable Container Freight Station (CFS) or Carrier That Can Accommodate Full Container Loads.
The next step in the full container load (FCL) shipment process is to select a suitable carrier. This will involve looking for a CFS or direct carrier that can offer an all-in quote for wrapping, loading, stuffing, shipment, and other services. Ideally, you should compare multiple quotes so that you can find the most competitive and reliable option. Once you have chosen your service provider, all of the necessary paperwork will need to be completed.
Track Your Shipment and Resolve Any Issues that Arise Along the Way
After completing all of the paperwork, you’ll be able to track your shipment and ensure it reaches its destination safely. You should also keep an eye on any potential issues that arise along the way. If you notice any differences from the agreed terms or if there are any delays beyond what was negotiated, you should contact the carrier or their agent in order to resolve them quickly and make sure your cargo is delivered without incident.