How to Ship a Container Overseas: International Full Container (FCL) Shipping from the United States

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Do you have an overseas customer interested in buying your products? Need to understand the logistics of international shipping from the USA? International shipping companies have numerous international shipping services available to help you safely move your cargo worldwide. One of the most popular methods of international shipping is ocean container transport. International shipping companies can provide you with ocean freight rates detailing the full costs and terms of your container shipping request. What does full container load (FCL) overseas shipping entail? How do I ship my cargo overseas? Trust K International Transport to provide you with premier ocean container shipping services. We will guide you throughout the entire international container shipping process. Below we provide you with a brief guide to international container shipping.
How to Receive the Best Container Shipping Quotes
Have a customer in China and need an ocean freight quote to close your business deal? Not sure what information container shipping companies need in order to receive your freight quote? Overseas shipping companies can provide you with international freight and sea rates. When requesting a quote from international freight shipping companies, such as K International Transport, keep the following details of your commercial shipment in mind:
-What commodity am I shipping?
-How much commercial cargo am I shipping? What container size will I need? Do I meet the legal weight limits?
-What are my international buying and selling terms?
– Do I have a cargo loading dock at my facility? Will I be able to securely load the cargo inside the container properly within the loading time limits?
-To what international port should this cargo go?
-What is the value of this cargo? Should I buy ocean cargo insurance?
The type of cargo you are shipping is very important when calculating shipping costs. Commodity rates are standard in the overseas transport industry and will help your cargo and freight shipping company correctly calculate the best ocean freight rate. Keep in mind international shipping companies offer the following standard container sizes: 20′ container, 40′ container and 40′ high-cube container. 40′ high-cube containers are the same standard inside length and width of a 40′ container (39’5″ long, 7’8″ high) but it offers an additional foot of height (8’10”). General international container legal road weight limits in the USA are 34,000 lbs for 20′ containers and 44,000 lbs for 40′ containers and varies by state. Have heavy cargo and need to know if you will still be able to ship your cargo overseas by container? Ocean freight carriers have overweight allowances for ocean cargo containers and you must confirm with the international shipping company if they can handle your cargo’s weight.
Not sure of your international buying and selling terms? Familiarize yourself with the INCOTERMS rules. K International Transport will make sure to provide an international shipping quote based on your agreed upon buying and selling terms with your customer.
If your facility has the capability to load 20′ and 40′ containers for ocean export transport we will bring the container to your door and you will have approximately 2 free hours to load and secure your commercial products. Are you not able to load your commercial cargo at your door? Our licensed and bonded warehouses can professionally and securely pack your cargo in the ocean container for you. We have container stuffing warehouses at all the major ocean freight ports including New York, Boston, Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Miami, Port Everglades, Seattle, Oakland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Houston and more. Located in the mid-west or in another inland state? K International Transport can provide international ocean transport from all the major rail hubs including rail yards in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Kansas City, Memphis, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Minneapolis and more. Once your customer confirms the final port of arrival we can provide you with competitive international shipping quotes. We can also provide you with door to door service utilizing our wide network of trusted international shipping agents. Our overseas shipping agents can provide customs clearance at the port of arrival and international and domestic inland trucking to the final destination.
Interested in ocean cargo insurance to cover the risks of overseas ocean freight shipping? International shipping cargo is available in two forms: FPA (free of particular average) insurance and All Risk Insurance. FPA insurance covers against the risk of total physical loss due to certain catastrophic perils such as sinking of the vessel during international shipping. All Risk marine insurance which covers against risk of physical loss or damage from any external cause and is available for new cargo only. Is the risk the same if my container is under-deck or above deck? Your container is always considered under-deck liability and risk wise.
Looking for an international freight shipping company? Trust the premier services of K International Transport. We are a licensed NVOCC and freight forwarder specializing in commercial container shipping services from the United States to Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Australia, South and Central America and Oceania. For more information concerning our international shipping services please contact us at (212) 267-6400 or visit our FCL ocean shipping rate request page and receive your free sea freight rate today.