Overview of Import & Export Documents and Procedures

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The United States exports billions of dollars’ worth of goods every year, and we do it on a global scale. The sheer number of items moved from country to country is massive, and each of those items must be stored, inspected, moved, and accounted for.

To ensure that items that leave the country and items that come into the country are safe and meet standards of quality before and after shipment, our government and foreign governments enforce rigorous standards through requirements for documentation and accountability for import and export procedures. The standards must be thorough; without them, the movement and shipment of dangerous goods and poor care of goods during shipment would otherwise become commonplace.

But requirements for U.S. import and export documentation and procedural standards can be a challenge to fully understand. Handling the logistics of shipments in and out of the U.S. often requires the assistance of experienced shipping logistics consultants to avoid delays and complications.

Familiarize yourself with some of the common import and export procedures and documentation below. Not all documents and procedures are necessary in all circumstances.

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Marine Transportation Meeting New Challenges

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International shipping over the ocean is still one of the U.S.’s most well-used methods for shipping goods port-to-port. Among transportation methods, it is one of the safest and most reliable, and ships can transport relatively large amount of goods at lower financial and resource costs when compared with air transport vessels.

But changes in our understanding of fuels, environmental impact, and economy are also shifting the way the overseas freight shipping industry operates. The evolution in marine transport is significant; the industry is still responsible for the largest amount of shipped goods among developed countries.

Modern marine transportation suffers most greatly from some of these challenges:

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How to Ship Cargo Internationally

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International shipping has unique rules and regulations to ensure all imports and exports to countries around the world are safe, accounted for, and protected. There are various methods of international shipping, including ocean freight and air freight. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, including speed, cost, and safety for different containers.

Shipping containers across the globe may seem complex, but at Global Shipping, we make it easy for our customers. We offer a range of freight forwarding services worldwide and customize a solution to meet your needs. Global Shipping has the resources to ship your merchandise at a competitive rate when and where you need it. We’ll work with you to plan, coordinate, and execute your international cargo shipping, including air freight and ocean freight.

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