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International Shipping By Sea
When it comes to shipping your household belongings internationally, there are two ways this can be done, by air, or by sea. Transporting by sea on a cargo ship is the most common. Understanding the process of international shipping and what it entails will assist you in making knowledgeable choices.
Shipping By Sea
Transporting your belongings by sea is a less expensive method to shipping internationally. However, the delivery time is far greater. You can expect delivery to be between 4 -12 weeks.
When shipping by sea, your items are loaded onto a container, which is then loaded onto a boat. There are three ways your items can be loaded onto the container and each has a different cost associated, with the least expensive being port to port and the most costly, door-to-door.
Port to port - You take your belongings to the port and load them onto the container. Once your items arrive at their destination, you then pick them up from the port and transport them to your home.
Drop and fill – A container will be delivered to your home at origin and loaded by you. The shipping company will then pick it up. Upon delivery, the container will be delivered to your new home, where you will unload it prior to the empty container being picked up.
Door to door – Like a Full Service Movers, the container will be brought to your home and loaded by the moving company. It will then be unloaded at destination.
As the individual transporting your personal belongings, you are the shipper. You will also become both the exporter and importer, as the move is international. As the shipper, you have a legal responsibility for the shipped goods and any import duties or unforeseeable charges that could occur as a result of such things as: a customs inspection, or a port strike. You are also responsible for supplying paperwork. Before shipping your belongings, make sure you know the International Customs Guide for the country you will be entering.
The Shipping Company
In most situations an international moving company is used when shipping overseas. These specialized companies oversee international shipments and assist with custom forms. They are also responsible for clearing your belongings. The international moving company will be your contact for the duration that your items are in transit, and beyond, in the event there are any claims to be made for damages. You will sign the moving contract with the moving company, and pay your bill to this company. Any questions, or requests for updates, will be done through this company.
There will also be other entities involved with your shipment. To make it easier, it’s a good idea that the moving company you have hired will also be performing these functions. These include, but are not limited to:
Knowing that employees perform the above services, or subcontractors of your chosen international moving company, will make things far simpler for you, and provide direct responsibility of your shipment to the shipping company. In addition to these services, there are numerous components that take place when shipping by sea. You will be unaware of many of these processes, especially if using a professional shipping company. Listed below is a brief description of what’s involved.
Ship lines have special privileges, some of which are listed below. Although rare, it’s advisable to be knowledgeable and aware of these allowances in the event that you might need to pay extra.
If you’re considering other options to ship your belongings internationally, check out International Shipping by Air.