International Shipping

The 7 steps of international shipping

Transportation of products mainly happens through ocean freight. And due to the increasing amount of demands of online businesses, online stores, and e-commerce, international shipping becomes more valuable than ever before. International shipping also in need because of an increasing number of goods. China holds the world’s most significant manufacturing market value, and there are thousands and millions of containers shipped every year containing goods and items.

How iShip it Right will help you with international shipping.

We will help you with everything from getting an initial survey about the move. Therefore documents needed to flight affordability. Our agents will assist and guide you through your shipping process to make everything smooth.

  • Your schedule: When do you need to be in the next country.
  • Real estate plans: Will you be buying or renting a property?
  • Your household size: Are you moving with your family?

If you are dealing with cargo shipping and you have too many amounts of products in hand. Also, you are not in hurry to deliver them, then you will be needing an ocean freight transfer. This is called LCL, less than container load.

Read more: LCL vs FCL

Four key players in LCL shipping: Shipper, Consignee, Freight Forwarder, and Shipping Line.

This article is mainly for the community who love sending their products or items internationally. If you have an e-commerce store or amazon store, you must know how your items are shipped. Sometimes retailer, manufacturer and even the customer complains about the delivery of the product. There are almost seven steps involved in your shipping procedure.

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Export Haulage

Export Haulage is mainly the first step of international shipping. It involves the shipper and forwarder. So, it can also affect the forwarders warehouse place. When the shipper sends the product to the forwarder, he needs to store it somewhere before sending it to the next level.

The goods would typically move on the road (by truck), rail, or a combination. If we agree that the shipper is responsible for this part of the transportation, it would typically be arranged through a local transportation company. If, however, the consignee is responsible, it often makes the most sense to use a freight forwarder who can offer export haulage as part of international transportation.

Custom Clearance

When you are shipping a product to another country, there are two custom clearance services involve. One is at the export level, and the other is at the import level. Here we will be talking about export customs clearance.

For every shipment leaving a country, customs formalities must take place to meet regulatory requirements. Customs clearance is a transaction whereby a declaration is developed, and required documents are submitted to authorities. They can only be performed by companies holding valid customs licenses, so-called customs house brokers.

Origin Handling

Origin handling is a step in which physical handling and cargo
inspection involves.
There are many steps carried out under origin handling by many different parties, but all that is coordinated and the freight forwarder’s responsibility or an agent appointed by the freight forwarder. In short, when the cargo is received, it is inspected (tallied), planned for loading, consolidated with other cargo, stuffed into a container, and moved to the port where it is loaded onto a ship.

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Ocean Freight

As we have talked about before that we are dealing with LCL less than container load. Most of the time LCL involves an ocean freight system to ship the product to the next country.

The freight forwarder decides on a shipping line to perform the ocean freight from origin to destination to meet the shipments’ required timeline. The freight forwarder and the shipping line have a contract of carriage for the container, and the shipper or consignee, in this case, is not subject to any direct interaction with the shipping line.

Import Custom Clearance

After the ocean freight reaches its destination, the port has its custom clearance. And forwarder has to follow all the rules. The taxes and GST are involved at this stage. A thorough inspection is also done at this stage. The custom then clear after verifying everything then forward the product to the next step.

Destination handling

For the origin, cargo handling is also required in the destination before being released to a consignee. In short, destination handling includes transferring the container from the ship to shore and from the port to the forwarder’s destination warehouse. It also provides un-stuffing of the box and preparing the cargo for the consignee to collect.

Import Haulage

Basically, this is the last step that involves international shipping. It is a process in which the product will reach its final consignee.

A freight forwarder or a transportation company usually takes the responsibility for the delivery of the product. A shipper arranges this type of transportation from his end, it would normally make sense to use a freight forwarder which can also arrange for import haulage. The import haulage typically covers transportation to a specific address, but not unloading from the truck, which is the responsibility of the consignee.

Packing Tips and Requirements

Before you make your final decision, it would be best if you took precautions measurement. Traveling to a new country is difficult. Therefore, causing it to the final step; please check these tips to make your move easier:

  1. Moving Day – Confirm your dates of action.
  2. Professional Packing: Hire professional packing teams. Such as iShip it right will do this for you.
  3. Get your documents ready and stamped.
  4. Cost of moving – please keep in mind. That what are the total expenses before making your final decisions?
  5. Make sure your moving company Insured your move.

Read more: Shipping to the U.K! a complete relocation guide

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Shipping heavy machinery overseas


Transporting all cargo types can be easy if you are selecting and trusting iShip it right for it. We can shift smoothly and efficiently ship construction equipment. Agricultural equipment, mining equipment, and more! No matter how bulky, large, or plump the cargo. A reliable freight forwarder can help transport any materials to and from virtually any port in the world.

Moving Heavy Machinery

Shipping heavy machinery is often a complicated process. It involves careful planning, attention to detail, and professional movers’ skills. Industries looking to move their heavy machinery need to understand that this task is not easy. They should ease their minds because an experienced company knows what to do.
Whether you are shipping assembly line machines, industrial robots, or large vehicles, you want your investment to arrive in pristine condition. Hiring heavy machinery moving company with experience in packaging and shipping large equipment is the most effective way to achieve successful outcomes and prevent a work stoppage.

There are few tips you might need before shipping heavy machinery overseas.


The first and far most important thing will be documentation. You will need proper documentation of your machinery, items ownership documents, and much more.

  • A certificate of title or original bill of sale to prove ownership of the equipment.
  • A packing list that details all of the equipment
  • Identification information of both the shipper and consignee.
  • A power of attorney form allowing iShip it Right to handle the shipment legally.

A freight forwarding company may also expect prepayment in the form of a deposit or payment in full before shipping construction equipment overseas.


The next thing you will need is a complete checklist of what type of construction items, heavy machinery, or any other item you can ship overseas.

Different heavy items that can be shipped are mentioned below:

  • Excavators
  • Motor Graders
  • Dump Trucks
  • Continuous Miners
  • Cranes
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Scientific Equipment
  • Mining Equipment
  • Stone Trenchers
  • Stone Cutters
  • Large Parts

Usually, we transport equipment via container (typically 40 or 45 feet), roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessel, or flat-rack. 

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Container Shipping for heavy shipping machinery overseas

Shipping your heavy machinery and large items through container could be a good idea too. Shipping containers contribute on a large scale when we talk about shipping cargo. If the moving company you are hiring does not have RORO services, you can ask them to ship your items through shipping containers. 

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However, transporting via container mandates that the client dismantles the equipment into separate parts that will fit in a container. Note that this requires someone to put the equipment back together again when it arrives at the destination port. 

Often, transporting equipment via shipping containers can provide savings in lower freight costs and duty rates. However, if the shipper is not dismantling and reassembling the equipment themselves, they may have to pay for these services. 

Roll-On/Roll-Off (RORO) Transportation Vessels

Roll-on/Roll-off is transportation vessels mostly made for cargo shipping. They are specially designed to carry wheeled cargo such as cars, trucks, trailer trucks, etc.

RORO mostly drives the equipment on and off the ship. This service usually uses a wheels vehicle, such as self-propelled modular transporter. RORO differs from lift-on/lift-off(LOLO) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

Similarly, a reliable freight forwarding company like iShip it Right can help clients determine the best shipping method based on their circumstances, the type and dimensions of the equipment, and the client’s budget.


Upon cargo arrival, you have to take these tips in a note.

Once the cargo arrives at its port of destination, clients should be aware that destination ports have their requirements and cargo regulations, including specific cleaning and inspection requirements. If you do not meet these requirements, your cargo will reject.

Read more: Things to consider while shipping internationally.

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