We can handle oceanfreight worldwide on your companies behalf, streamlining the export process from origin thru destination.
FCL/LCL , RoRo, Customs Clearance, Trucking & Warehousing, Car & Boat Shipping, Project Freight, Freight Insurance
Airline Cargo Services Inc. has many years of experience and knowledge to handle virtually any type of cargo to and from any point worldwide operating within the global shipping network. We provide high quality customer service with competitive rates to meet our customers’ demands.
If you are shipping by Sea, we will need to know what type of service you require:
- Consolidation: Also known as buyer’s consolidation, if we are going to consolidate cargo for you at our warehouse and then ship everything out together in an LCL (less than container load) or FCL (full container load) method. For this mode, we need to know if you are going to deliver the cargo to one of our warehouses or if we are picking up the cargo from each supplier. If we are picking up the cargo, we need to know the full pickup address of each location and cargo details.
- LCL (less than container load): This mode is when we are shipping your cargo in a consolidated container with other shipper’s cargo. We need to know if we are picking up from the supplier or if you are delivering the cargo to our warehouse.
- FCL (full container load): We need to know if we are delivering the container to the supplier, we need to know the full address and whether it is a business or residential location. We also need to know if you require an overnight drop of the container (aka drop and pull). Please keep in mind the container will be sitting on a container chassis which makes the bottom of the container 4 feet off the ground.
- RORO (roll-on roll-off): this is generally used for cargo that is drivable and sometimes static (not rolling) and is oversized for containers.
- Heavy-Lift, Break-bulk or Project Cargo: if you have oversized, out of gauge (OOG), and/or complex requirements, we will need to know complete details of the project including cargo details and the start date of the project.
ISF Filing for Ocean Shipments
Importer security filing (ISF 10+2) is a mandatory U.S. Customs and Dept. of Homeland Security sponsored program that all importers to the United States must adhere to when shipping goods into the USA. ISF 10+2 informs U.S. Customs of all details of your import shipment before it arrives within the borders of the USA. This program is mandatory for all inbound ocean shipments to the United States.
Exports of physical goods that move between bodies of water can be expensive and risky if not done properly; therefore, in every scenario, the exporter must be aware of the export documents used to ship the goods. Understanding these common documents is crucial to your success abroad and below is a list of some documents that could be required:
1. Bill of Lading
The bill of lading is usually the first common document used in international shipment and it is a contract between the owner of the goods and the carrier. It will state what goods are shipping, where they are going and where the shipment started. In addition, once the shipment is picked up, the bill of lading serves as a receipt issued by the carrier.
2. Certificate of Manufacturer
This is a notarized document certifying that the goods have been produced by the manufacturer, fulfills the general product requirements and is ready for shipment.
3. Certificate of Origin
This document is prepared by the manufacturer and is certified by a government entity or chamber of commerce. It’s used to identify the country of the manufacturer where the goods were made. For example, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration requires a certificate of origin for every product imported to the US.
4. Commercial Invoice
When the international sale is complete and goods are ready to be shipped out, a commercial invoice is the document used to describe the entire export transaction from beginning to end including the shipping terms. It is one of the most important documents because it provides critical information and instructions to all parties involved: buyer, freight forwarder, U.S. and foreign customs, import broker, banks, carriers, etc. Many countries may require specific invoices or licenses, so if not done correctly, U.S. businesses will incur fees or delays in shipments.
5. Consular Invoice
A consular invoice is a form available through a consular representative of the country you’re shipping to and it certifies the shipment of goods. It is not required in every country, but is used to help many emerging nations facilitate customs and collection of taxes.
6. Dock Receipts
The purpose of this receipt is to provide the exporter with proof that the delivery of goods to the international carrier was successful and in good condition.
7. Inspection Certificate
These inspections are usually done with industrial equipment, perishable merchandise and meat products. It certifies the items were received in good condition and that the shipment contained the correct quantity.
8. Insurance Certificate
For export shipments, this document certifies you have bought an insurance policy for cargo on board. Insurance may be purchased because liability and large losses are a concern to the exporter.
9. Packing List
A packing list is similar to a shipping list in that it lists the goods being shipping, information on how it was packed, how the goods are numbered, and weight/height dimensions. Even though it’s not always required, it’s an important document used by freight forwarders to prepare a bill of lading and to understand how much cargo is needed.
10. Electronic Export Information (EEI)
A required government online form for all exports in excess of $2,500 or ones that require an export license. The EEI must be filed with the U.S. Census Bureau to collect trade statistics and apply export controls.