International Shipping Companies – In Depth: Shipper’s export Declaration (Part 1)

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When you ship your car overseas, one of the first areas of concern is how to comply with United States Export regulations. For any export valued at over $2,500.00 per schedule B number (the number assigned to exports based on what they are), the U.S. government requires that you file a Shipper’s Export Declaration. As a licensed Freight Forwarder, K International Transport can file the SED on your behalf, making international car shipping that much easier for you. K International Transport is an international shipping company that is ready to listen to your concerns, and guide you through shipping your car overseas.


In this part of this series, I will cover the “General Shipment Information” section of the shipper’s export declaration that must be filed if you want to ship your car internationally.

  • General Shipment info
    • Departure Date 
      • Must be filed ~48 hours before departure date to avoid any difficulties
    • Booking Number 
      • Referred to as Transportation Reference Number
    • Origin State 
      • Where the cargo begins its trip
    • Country of Destination
    • Export Port
    • Mode of Transportation 
      • For International Automobile Shipping, options generally are: VESSEL; VESSEL, CONTAINERIZED; AIR
    • Carrier SCAC 
      • Standard Carrier Alpha Code, a unique four-digit code used to identify transportation companies
    • Vessel name
    • Routed Transaction?  (Y/N)
      • A routed transaction is when the Foreign Principal Party in Interest is the one who authorized the Forwarder (e.g. K International Transport) to file the SED, and not the United States Principal Party in Interest
    • Are USPPI (shipper) and Consignee Related?  (Y/N)
      • For example if someone is relocating overseas and shipping their furniture and/or car to themselves, the answer to this would be YES.
    • Hazardous?  (Y/N) 

If you are interested in discussing international LCL shipping costs, please do not hesitate to contact us either, as a Shipper’s Export Declaration is also required. For an international car shipping cost, please visit our rate request page, send an email to inquiries@kinternational.com, or call us at (212) 267-6400. We are also available via Skype at kinternationalny.

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