Shipping Containers Overseas: A How To Guide

How Does Shipping A Container Overseas Work?

Did you know that 2022 is the year of global shipping? After pandemic delays, the industry is back on its feet and expected to carry more cargo than ever. This means there has never been a better time to ship overseas. 


So how do you start the process? Read on to find our essential guide on shipping a container. 



International Shipping Process



The process for shipping a container has seven stages. Five of these are physical movements, while two are sections for checking documentation. 



Export Haulage



This is the section where goods move from the origin point to a packing center. All of the items get packed and padded ready for the container, or in a designated crate if you are using our service. They then go by road to a warehouse. 


Arranging transport at this point is the responsibility of the shipping companies or the sender. If the shipping company has organized it, you may find it outsourced to a third party. With our company, we will pick the crate up at your door.



Export Customs



Customs declarations must take place before the cargo can leave the country. The process involves declaring all goods included and the purpose of the shipping, be it for business or private use. Only designated officials that hold customs licenses can perform this task. 



Several people can appoint an official such as the freight forwarder or an agent under their request. In some instances, it may even be the person doing the shipping itself that hires them.  






This section covers all handling of the goods. It starts when the consignment travels from its mode of transport at the hub and gets loaded onto a shipping container. Internal handling ends when the goods leave the port. 



Once received, the cargo has an inspection. From here, a plan is made regarding how to load it onto the container. If it is being shared with other cargo, they will join together. 



After this, the crate gets loaded onto the container and sent to a port. All this is the responsibility of the freight forwarder. The shipper or the consignee may pay for this, and this should be discussed in advance. 



Ocean Freight



At this point, overseas shipping begins its journey between countries. The freight forwarder will have chosen a shipping line, and the container goes onboard. 



This section is covered financially by the shipper or the consignee. However, there will be costs present other than the transport across the ocean. Bunker adjustment fees and currency adjustment will all apply. 



Import Customs



When the cargo arrives at the destination, it must be checked for import customs before it can leave. Technically, this process can begin before it even arrives at the destination country. At this point, import taxes may be added.



Handling at the Destination



This involves removing the cargo from the ship and transporting it to a forwarder’s warehouse. Removing the contents from the container ready for collection also falls under this section. 



Import Haulage



The goods are then sent by road or rail to the property of the consignee. All fees must be paid before the goods can be handed over. This may include tax, destination charges, or handling. 



What Volumes Can You Ship?



There is no limit on the amount you can ship, either by dimensions or weight. UPakWeShip has an easy method that makes it easier to visualize and pack how much you will need.



Our smallest of the creates is the U-Crate 50. This is a 50 cubic foot crate that gives 40 cubic feet of packing space. This can be increased to a U-Crate 100 and 200 model. 



We even offer a pallet service. You can pack your pallet up to a height of 72″, which is ideal for a few boxes and items of furniture. There are discounts available for multiple crates and pallets.



What Can’t You Ship?



Several items are prohibited from shipping. These include, but are not limited to, firearms, certain chemicals, taxidermy items, and flammables. You can read the whole list here



What Documents Do I Need?



There are documents you will need to provide during the shipping process, and some that you will receive. UPakWeShip will help keep you on top of these. The most important are listed below:



  • Packing List
  • Copy of ID/Passport
  • Power of Attorney Form

One very important document in the process is the Bill of Lading. This has the owner of the shipment recorded on it and must be present to receive goods at the port. When you use our service, we will take care of this for you. 



Shipping a Container



Now you know the process of shipping a container, begin to estimate how much you need to move. Take a look at our services and see which is best for you. 



If you need more assistance, then don’t be afraid to ask. UPakWeShip is an expert in international shipping and has worked hard to make the process as smooth as possible for our customers. Click here to contact one of our team members regarding your next shipment. 



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