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Factors that Affect the Cost of Shipping

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When you are looking to use a shipping container to export cargo overseas, it is hard to give a definitive answer as to the actual cost. There are many factors which are going to affect the overall cost for exporting shipping containers around the world, and all of these factors need to be assessed beforehand. Here are some factors for you to consider when shipping containers full or cargo overseas:

  • The Nature and Quantity of the Cargo
  • The Port of Origin
  • The Port of Destination
  • The Company Used

The Port of Origin

The port of origin is going to determine if there are any export duties to be paid. This is something that you will be able to research yourself on the internet. This is going to be affected by the nature of the cargo as well as the quantity of cargo that you are exporting. Getting all of the correct paperwork in order and making sure that you have all of the required documentation can be a veritable minefield, especially if you have not gone through this process before. You can speak to a freight forwarder and get advice as to the costs involved. Or you can do some research and look on the Australian Customs website where you will be able to find all of the information that you require about documentation needed and export duty tariffs.

The Port of Destination

Just as you may have to pay export duty, when you cargo arrives at its destination port, you will also need to pay import duty. Again, this is going to be affected by the nature and quantity of cargo as well as the final destination. You will need to find out the import duty that you will have to pay as well as any customs clearance fees. You may be able to find out this information yourself using the Internet, but if you do struggle with it, you can try contacting a freight forwarder again to get their advice and what their costs would be, which will give you a rough indication as to what to expect. Different ports have different cargo handling fees so choosing the best port to send your cargo to can affect the price.

A Minefield of Paperwork

There is so much to consider when exporting cargo overseas that without the knowledge and experience, you could end up having a costly mistake. One way to avoid this is to book the services of a freight forwarder who can take care of all of the details for you. They can arrange collection of the cargo and paperwork. They will ensure that all of the paperwork is in order, and they can also arrange payment for all export duties. They will then arrange transport of your cargo and deliver it to the port of your choice, whilst also taking care of the import duties which may be owed. You may be able to save yourself a little bit of money by taking care of everything yourself, but without the experience and knowledge, you can also end up with a stressful and time-consuming situation. So if you are looking to ship cargo overseas and do not have any experience of this, it would be advisable to use the services of an experienced freight forwarder who will be able to take care of all of the details for you, leaving you free from stress and worry.