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Ocean Freight Forwarding

Shipping your goods internationally can be complicated and confusing. Businesses face multiple obstacles in their shipping process. Hence, working with a qualified international freight forwarder is very essential. The right ocean freight forwarder ensures that your shipping process is efficient and standardised. So, if you’re looking to understand the step by step ocean freight forwarding process, you’re in the right place.

What is Ocean Freight Forwarding?

An ocean freight forwarding popularly known as sea freight forwarding is moving freight through cargo ships. These freight forwarders have specialisation which enables them to efficiently ship your goods from one destination to another.

Role of Ocean Freight Forwarders

Ocean freight forwarders are the logistics partners responsible for the facilitation of the shipping services throughout the world. Although freight forwarders do not ship goods themselves, they are much more specialized in the entire project forwarding process. The ocean freight forwarders understand the entire international trade and the regulations of trade. At New globe group we offer you flexible, reliable and secure ocean freight forwarding solutions. Also, you get additional benefits like:
  • Spacious warehouses
  • Highly advanced state-of-the-art infrastructural facility
  • Excellent Machinery and equipment.
The New Globe Group offers the entire ocean freight forwarding process in compliance with the set industry norms and guidelines. Our expert ocean freight forwarding team not only follows ethical working habits but also focuses on providing flawless services. Moreover, our team is efficient and capable of solving any of the problems faced while shipping. Because of this reliability, flexibility, feasibility, and standardization of services, today we are one of the most renowned international freight forwarders in India.

The Ocean Freight Forwarding Process

Let us now take a look at the step by step ocean freight forwarding process.  

Step 1: Documentation process and obtaining the letter of credit

The first step in the ocean freight forwarding process is when the importer orders goods from a supplier and asks for the quoted price for the goods. As soon as the quote is approved, the documentation process is done and a letter of credit is obtained.

Step 2: Issuing of Commercial Invoice

Later, the supplier provides the importer with an order confirmation and a commercial invoice is made. This invoice is a key document with details of the price and quantity of the sold goods. It is vital for the importer to keep the commercial invoice safe as it provides evidence and proof of sale. It is essentially required for customs clearance purposes as well.

Step 3: The Freight Forwarder arranges an export

Here comes the role of the ocean freight forwarder. The supplier approaches his ocean freight forwarding partner and arranges the overseas export of goods. At this point, there are various documents which are needed to be prepared by the supplier.
  • The Packing List: The supplier needs to prepare a packing list which will highlight all the information regarding the freight which is being transported.
  • The Certificate of Origin: The supplier also prepares the certificate of origin. This will be used to certify the location of goods in which they were produced.

Step 4: The right sized containers are packed

The goods you want to ship must be packed in containers of the right size. The container specifications are as follows:
  • 20 ft. dry shipping container
  • 40 ft. dry shipping container
  • 40 ft. dry high cube shipping container
  • 45 ft. dry high cube shipping container
  • 20 ft. flat rack shipping container
  • 40 ft. flat rack shipping container
  • 20 ft. open top shipping container
  • 40 ft. open top shipping container
  • 20 ft. ventilated shipping container
  • 20 ft. refrigerated shipping container
  • 40 ft. refrigerated shipping container
  • 20 ft. tank shipping container

Step 5: The Goods to travel to the international port

Once the goods are packed and ready, they will be transported to an international port for export and the goods would be shipped.  

The Bill of Lading

When a carrier arrives to pick up the goods overseas, a bill of lading is issued. A bill of lading confirms that the goods were received by the carrier in a good condition. The supplier will then need to provide the bill of lading to the importer. You don’t need to worry as this shall be coordinated through your ocean freight forwarding team.  

Step 6: The Goods will be processed through export customs clearance and placed in transit.

After the bill of landing is issued, the goods will be processed through export customs clearance. This is where all documentation is reviewed and checked by government agencies and then be placed in international transit for shipment.  

Step 7: Goods arrive in the importer’s country and have to undergo import clearance.

At this stage the importer’s goods arrive at the final destination, the goods undergo an import clearance.  

Step 8: Goods are transported from the port to the buyer

Once the goods pass through customs, they will then be delivered to the buyer. This process is known as the export haulage. This process can be facilitated by the freight forwarders or the importer can also choose to collect the cargo himself. The overall process is broken down into pieces to help you understand better. But, it is not as easy as it sounds. For a smooth shipping process, a well established, professional and renowned team of freight forwarders is very essential. Also, in reality, the task might seem daunting to you, which is why freight forwarding firms are crucial to your company’s success. New Globe Group has 70+ years of expertise in freight forwarding and provides expert ocean freight forwarding services. We are one of the best sea freight importers in India/ sea freight exporters in India. Our aim is to give befitting solutions so that customers can focus on their core business, and not worry about the logistic process. We have covered multiple destinations in India and worldwide. So no matter what the destination is, your freight would reach the destination on time. To know more, get in touch with our expert team today.

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