Cost of Shipping Cargo Overseas

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I often hear the question: “I need to ship some cargo overseas. Can you give me a price with everything included?” Well… it’s almost like going to a restaurant and asking “How much do you charge for a dinner everything included?” It depends on the type of wine you order, starters, main course and a desert. The price will vary based on the options you choose.

It’s not much different when it comes to international freight shipping. Here is the explanation of charges that should be accounted for when you need to ship cargo overseas:

1. Pick up from the manufacturer, distributor, seller, auction, etc. This is the first link in a complex chain of international freight shipping. Before cargo gets loaded onto the ocean vessel it must be picked up from its current location. You can utilize the regular trucking company to move it from origin to the export packing warehouse or directly to the port. If you have a full container load then shipping container can be delivered directly to your door and you can load your freight at your location.

2. Loading charges. Some of the freight requires special handling: high-value machinery, automobiles and motorcycles, household goods, etc. In this case the help of a professional export packing company will be required. They can provide crating, building ramps to load multiple cars in one container, flat rack container loading for oversize cargo and others. The cost of the loading services will be included in the international shipping cost.

3. Ocean shipping. There a few methods used in international ocean cargo transportation: container service, roll-on roll-off shipping, flat rack container transports, lift-on lift-off shipping and breakbulk transportation. Each method works best for specific commodities. General cargo is for shipping inside the ocean containers; oversized cargo, vehicles and equipment are suitable for roll-on roll-off shipping or flat rack containers; LO/ LO and breakbulk – for volume cargo. This is the biggest chunk in the overseas transportation cost.

4. Handling of the paperwork. This cost involves preparing the export declarations, issuing ocean bills of lading, handling letters of credit, clearing vehicle titles with Customs, providing certificates of insurance, etc.

5. Destination port handling and delivery charges. Once the cargo arrives to the port of destination overseas it needs to be unloaded from the vessel and delivered to the buyers. All ports will charge their fees for unloading and handling. These charges must be included in the overall cost of international freight transportation. Container unloading charges, inland or intermodal transportation cost, unpacking fees are the final link in the chain of global logistics.

The above points should give you a good idea on how the international shipping costs are calculated. If you have some cargo to move from USA to destinations overseas and need some pricing estimates – please, use the contact forms on this page.

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