The importing and exporting process can be a maze to those unfamiliar with the documentation, shipping procedures and various roles involved in the movement of goods from one country to another. Even for the seasoned importer/exporter, doing it all alone can be a hassle. That’s why Global Shipping provides consulting services for our clients. Our import/export consultants have worked in every aspect of the business, and not only can we help advise importers and exporters, but we also provide customs brokerage and documentation services. A little advice can go a long way to help you get your international business up and running with fewer bumps in the road.
There are several roles involved in the export/import process, and these roles can be filled by multiple agents, or just a few players that can do it all. In addition to the importer and exporter, these roles include shipping agents, freight forwarders, customs brokers, banks, warehousing, government agencies and distribution or delivery services. These are a few of the basic entities involved (besides shipping) and their responsibilities:
With our years of experience in the field, we make this process as easy as possible, giving you export and import advice to deal with these entities and get what you need in a timely manner.
Perhaps the most complex and time-consuming part of the import/export process is getting the proper documentation in order to move your goods from point A to point B. Just a few of the documents you might need include an import or export license, letter of credit, insurance certificate, bill of lading, 10+2 filing, packing list, pro forma invoice, EEI or export declaration, and certificate of origin. As mentioned above, several entities are involved in issuing and processing this documentation, and multiple requirements must be met to proceed. Having a consultant to help you complete the documentation process without delays and ensure that everything is done properly means no bureaucracy-induced headaches.
Certain shipping regulations must be met depending on what type of goods you’re exporting. Additionally, you must determine the best mode of transport for your goods and the appropriate container sizes. You must also ensure that everything is properly packed to ensure that the goods are secure and stay intact. It is normally the responsibility of the exporter to supply proper instructions for the handling of goods in the country of origin as well as overseas. We can advise you on the best way to ship and distribute your goods so that they arrive to their destination securely, on time, and in optimum condition.
With experienced freight forwarders and brokers as your export/import consultants, your products will get to their destination as effortlessly as if they were being delivered in your own country. Contact Global Shipping Services to speak with a professional and get started doing business in international markets as painlessly as possible.
"We have complicated international shipping requirements and tight schedules to maintain, GSS has always gone above and beyond to meet these requirements and ensure we have the information needed to keep things running smoothly"
Director, International Operations, OSG Lightering LLC
"In my 16 years of service to industry, I would highly recommend this company as a reliable broker and shipping company to cover any logistics scenario that could arise with professionalism, attention to detail & accuracy. Our representation has been nothing but superb from Global whether a simple shipment is brokered through customs or multiple containers are negotiated to our project sites direct from Germany this company delivers on time at competitive rates every time."
Senior Project Engineer, Geda USA Elevator & Material Lift Company
"Presmer has been working with Global Shipping for over 3 years now and the service they provide is excellent. They go above and beyond the call of duty to ease your shipment hassles. They take the frustration out of the process with their knowledge and relationships. Forever grateful."
"This company truly puts the customer first. They are always ahead of issues and their follow-up and communications with us has been exemplary. They made what used to be a horrific part of our work, something that is now almost effortless.
Thank you for having the highest work ethic, great industry knowledge, reasonable rates and uncompromising customer service. We appreciate you!"
President, Superior Building Supplies