Going on holiday usually involves shopping and purchasing souvenirs in the holiday destination. However, not always are the souvenirs small items that you can carry on the plane with you. At times, your souvenirs are large items such as furniture, large carving, and statues. Such bulky and heavy items necessitate the use of sea freight as it is the most efficient means of transporting such items. Herein we will explore how to move such time using sea freight.
The Steps Involved
Typically, there seven steps involved in the shipping of item from your holiday destination to your home country. Each step costs money and since you are the shipper and the consignee of the cargo, you will have to settle each of the payments.
Step #1. Export Haulage
This is the first step in a series. It involves the movement of the items “your cargo” from their physical location to the freight forwarder’s export consolidation center. Freight forwarders are logistic handling companies that you will contract to handle the process of moving your items from your holiday destination to your home country. Typically, you can opt to use forwarder services to for this step or you can contract a third party.
Step #2. Export Customs Clearance
This is a document handling step, where a declaration of your cargo is made and the relevant documents are submitted to the relevant authorities. For this step, you can use your freight forwarder or contract a custom house broker. Either way, this step must be fulfilled before the items are allowed to leave the country.
Step #3. Origin Handling
This step involves all the handling of the items in preparation for sea freight.
As such, it involves every activity right from the time the item reaches the forwarder’s consolidation center until the items are loaded onto the ship. Therefore, payments for this stage cater for the packaging of the items, special handling and packing in the container.
Step #4. Ocean Freight
This part of the process is exclusively handled by the forwarder. They contract a shipping line that will best meet the shipping timeline. Typically, you will not have to come into contact with the shipping line itself at any given point.
Step #5. Import Clearance
Import customs clearance is the process of declaring the goods you are about to ship into the country as well as submitting the relevant document to authorities. It can be performed by a freight forwarder, an agent contracted by the freight forwarder, or you can contract your own freight forwarder. This step allows authorities to register the items as well as levy any applicable taxes.
Step #6. Destination Handling
This bit is similar to the export handling process. It involves the unloading of the container, unloading of the items from the containers as well preparing the items for the truck haulage to the final destination.
Step #7. Truck Haulage
The final step in the process is the transportation of the items from the forwarder’s warehouse to your home. You may contract the forwarder to arrange the items to be shipped to your home, or simply arrange the truck haulage for yourself.