International Shipping Basics


International Shipping Basics

Every business has to start somewhere, that first shipment of products leaves your storefront, factory, or warehouse and heads off to its next stop where consumers will purchase it for their home or business. Arranging shipments within the state, region, or country can be relatively straightforward, as long as there are no additional stops or unusual requirements involved. As business and demand grows, it comes time to move your products across borders, and that’s when things start to seem a little daunting. If your business ships internationally on a regular basis or you are looking to expand your business overseas, you’re in the right place. Whether it’s by ground, air, or ocean, check out these tips on international shipping logistics.

What are your international shipping requirements?

Do you need an expedited air shipment?

Do you have multiple containers that need to go halfway around the world?

Do you have a full container load or less than container load?

Does your shipment require door to door or port to port service?

It’s a lot to think about.

You could coordinate your international shipments yourself, or you could work with a third-party logistics company who can handle the arrangement of your international shipping logistics on your behalf. Here’s some things that we can do for you:

  • Communicate on your behalf with customers and clearance
  • Provide access to US customs-bonded storage while your shipment is being cleared by customs
  • Provide you with a large network of C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certified compliant carriers

What information do we need about your international shipment to get a quote?

Have an international shipment that you do regularly or that is upcoming and want to get a quote? Here’s some of the information that we need to get you an accurate quote:

  • Commodity
  • Weight
  • Dimensions
  • Piece count
  • Value

When you request an international quote, we have a form that you can fill out to give us the necessary information about your shipment. As international quotes are a little more intricate than a U.S.-only truckload, less-than-truckload (LTL), or intermodal shipments, an international quote takes a little longer.

Not shipping overseas? We can help you with shipping to Mexico and Canada

Whether you need to ship truckload, intermodal, or LTL across the border, we can help navigate the complications of shipping from Canada and Mexico to the U.S. or vice versa.

Read our blog about the basics of international truckload shipping to and from Mexico for more information.

Have questions or need a quote?

Have more questions about international shipping logistics or want to get a quote? Fill out our form and our team will get back to you.

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