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The Documents Needed when Shipping Cargo Overseas

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If you have never tried to export items overseas before, then it can be a veritable minefield if you do not know what you are doing. There are many factors which are going to affect the cost of
exporting items overseas in shipping containers, so you will need to do plenty of research beforehand so that you do not make any potentially very costly mistakes.

  • What s the port of origin?
  • What cargo are your shipping and how much?
  • Where is the port of destination?
  • Are there any restrictions in transporting the type of cargo you are shipping?

Finding answers to these questions as well as others will enable you to do the correct research and find out exactly what documentation is going to be required.

The Port of Origin

The first research you will need to do is on the port of origin, or where you will be shipping the container from. When you have decided on this, you will then be able to look at any duties and taxes which may be levied against the goods you are exporting. You will also be able to check to see if any special licenses are required as well as what paperwork is going to be required in order for your shipment to clear customs. As this is most likely going to be done in your home country, this part of the process can be the easiest as there are lots of people that you can contact to get advice and information from. If this is too much of a daunting process for you, you can even get a freight forwarder to give you a quote for taking care of the entire process for you. There are many companies out there that offer this service, and you should also find that the pricing is pretty similar.

What is your Cargo?

This is going to be the biggest factor which affects the documents that are going to be required in order to export your shipping container. You may be shipping lots of the same items or lots of different items; but whatever you are shipping, you will need to make sure that you list everything accurately. If you make a mistake, customs may pick up on it, and you could end up getting yourself in trouble. Not only that, you could end up losing money. You can contact the customs department to find a full list of duty prices on items, so that you will be able to get an accurate idea of the export duty that is owed.

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The Port of Destination

By choosing the port of destination, you are going to be able to find out all of the handling costs at the port of destination as well as also work out the import duty that is going to be owed on your shipment. Finding out this information accurately can be a lot harder if you are shipping to a country where there is a language barrier, but it can be done with some perseverance and by using the Internet. You will need to get confirmation on all of the documents which are required to import your cargo and also check if a license is needed at all. It is impossible to give you an exact list on what is going to be required as this is all going to depend on what you are shipping, from where, and where to. It can be a daunting prospect if you have never done this before, so you may be best using the services of a


freight forwarding


company who will be take care of all the documents that you require. Such a provider can also give you an exact overall price, including duties owed, for shipping your cargo.