At DocShipper, we operate internationally to provide you with all the support needed for purchasing and logistics services globally. You will discover that import and export have never been easier!
Because it is quite hard to find useful and relevant information online, this guide will help you to get a better complete knowledge of the various methods of shipments and the regulations for importing goods to the USA.
It doesn't really matter whether you're a big company, a mid-size company, a start-up, or a single person. Our DocShipper experts will review, identify and suggest the most appropriate solution for your shipment.
Docshipper services in The US
Sea freight from/to US
Ocean transport is a trusted way to carry high volumes, with a variety of options that are designed to handle different load sizes. Here are the two most common shipping options To give you better advice on which method of shipment to choose!
These two options are the Full container Load (FCL) or less than container load (LCL).
The FCL is intended to cover deliveries where all cargo is carried in one container owned by one person.
The LCL means the cargo for multiple senders or Importers packed and transported together as one container.
A company's needs, as well as inventory requirements, will determine the purchase and ship-out decision, plus other factors like costs and goods types.
As an example, an LCL allows for smaller cargo, while the FCL is more adapted to high-volume products.
Airfreight from/to Us
If you have to transport cargo rapidly, then air shipment is the preferred option when compared to ocean shipment. This method also provides the most security when it comes to the risk for your goods to be damaged.
Two different ways exist to deliver your goods by air: Traditional air cargo and rapid air cargo.
The difference between the two options:
Conventional air freight can load your merchandise with the available capacity of the commercial flights of Scheduled Airlines like American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates...
Express airfreight is managed through networks of courier firms who provide door-to-door services, for example by DHL, UPS, FedEx, and TNT…
Express Courier Services can deliver a parcel or cargo in person to any place around the world. This is an "all inclusive" service, with lower value items often not requiring any customs release or clearance.
Additionally, there are savings on transportation fees for lower quantities of under 1 CBM, making the shipping mode more cost-effective than the LCL method of shipment.
Road freight from/to US
Contrary to both of the other two options, which usually are not complementary, freight by road is usually mixed with another option. Whether it is from airport to workplace, or from your storehouse into your house, truck freight is commonly used to connect the various terminals.
The door-to-door is the most popular and easy method of dispatching cargo. The client is released from the entire process of delivery. We will handle all the processes from scratch, starting from loading and gathering your goods, to customs clearance, moving them to/from your U.S. port/airport. And finally, the shipment is being delivered right to your house and/or depot. This approach helps you to save both time and money.
Post-Transport Service in US
Do not know where to keep all your cargo? Looking for temporary or permanent warehouse locations for storing your goods? DocShipper offers you a multitude of post-transport logistics solutions in the US, including the possibility of packaging assistance to ensure that you don't face unexpected situations, something you should consider when dealing with international logistics! Neglecting this phase of the process may have serious negative effects for the rest of the transaction, so do not ignore it.
Customs Clearance services in US
Because the US imposes certain restrictions that prohibit and/or reduce the import of products that are manufactured in multiple countries. Check the list of countries on, U.S. Department of the Treasury website. In this section, we will walk you through the requirements and regulations you need to know before shipping goods to the United States
Company registration and licenses
If you intend to enter the US as a foreign trade firm, you have to fill out the State department's SNAP-R corporate application form, Generally, U.S. Border Control and Customs Protection (CBP) will not ask for licenses and permits importing products into the U.S. But other government agencies or local departments may ask them for particular goods.
Customs duties in the US
Custom charges in the US have to be paid through any electronic technology or by credit cards approved by the Customs Commissioner.
Customs valuation in the US
When calculating the customs fees, the US measures values by using the method of valuation CIF, which means" Cost, Insurance, freight ", as most countries.
US Procurement services
Finally, the only thing left to do is the final step: procurement. This is the most important step in the logistics operation. For this reason, DOCShipper expanded its personalized procurement services, giving you a service that saves you the trouble of looking for a suitable vendor and appropriate materials.
Below you will find a shortlisting of the services offered by the company :
Obviously, we will manage the entire logistics process all the way to the warehouse.
The Quality Inspection
Our experts will analyze the goods based on two principal elements: the amount of products to be checked and the level of inspection needed to be achieved.
Your Products have to meet the Regulations of the market, and this is a very important thing to consider!
Do you need to analyze the material before starting to manufacture it? If so, we can send you samples immediately.
Our experts have many years of practical and valuable experience in import and export, allowing us to negotiate prices for you.
We will find the suppliers that are right for your project.
Operational capabilities Across Us
Logistics services in Los Angeles
The second-largest city in America, LA has the country's most busy port. Starting out very slowly and quietly in the handling of containers, the harbor has become a world leader in the handling of vessels.
Some key drivers behind this rapid expansion were an economic boost in many countries of the Asia Pacific markets combined with the Panama Canal which opened at the beginning of the 20th Century and gave LA better and cheaper connections to European and/or African ports.
Not very far from the harbor stands the very crowded LA International airport, which, combined with five additional commercial airports in the greater area, gives LA a huge amount of airline transportation capacity.
LA international airport is one of the most crowded airports in The US, With a huge amount of airline shipping capacity. If you want to have to know and understand airfreights, check our page about Air freight process.
Logistic services in Houston
A major shipping hub for so long, Houston gained greatly from the growth of tripartite business among the United States, Canada, and Mexico as part of the North American free-trade agreement (NAFTA). The growth in Houston as a center of commerce and transportation has also been driven by the Caribbean basin movement, which gave Caribbean nations better exposure to the U.S. market.
In addition, Houston's harbor has been one of the busiest maritime portals of America, with its George Bush Inter-Continental airport dealing with massive volumes of external trades.
DocShipper Tip :
Freight by sea is the most effective method to transport high volumes, with a range of different choices. Houston's Port is one of the most active maritime hubs in America. So if you plan to import/export goods to/from US, it is important to know more about Sea freight.
Transport Terminals in US
International Ports in US
The port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles is situated in the Pacific coast of the US and is the most active harbor in the country with a 9.46 million TEU of traffic in 2019. This is the 3rd year that the port has achieved its highest record level for General Freight, which has made it the most important harbor in the Western Hemisphere.
At the beginning of the year 2020, it said that it was continuing to handle volumes successfully regardless of the risks of the U.S. and China trade conflict,
A major entry point to global trade, it is an essential part of trade routes that connect the United States and China, along with many other leading countries in the Asian continent, particularly Japan and South Korea.
The port of Long Beach
One of the biggest harbors in America, with over 8 Million TEUs of traffic per year, it is known as the most eco-friendly harbor in the US and one of the largest ports of the world in terms of cargo capacity.
The newly implemented Infrastructure and policies have reduced both diesel and gas releases by 87%.
Located within a few kilometers from one another, both the Port of the Long Beach and that of Los Angeles is considered a key portal for transactions across the Asia-Pacific and is vital for the U.S.
Commercial exchanges with the world's most rapidly increasing markets. It also serves as a key entry point for U.S. trading with the world's leading economy and one of very few harbors around the world with sufficient space to handle some of the world's biggest ships.
The Port of Savannah
Savannah port contains one of the most expansive single container terminal systems in the entire Western Hemisphere, with two deepwater terminals. It is located on the eastern coast of the US and has a capacity of 4.35 million TEUs per year.
A plan of $230 million for a railway system was announced by the authority of Georgia port together with the Saint Louis Regional freight ways to boost the efficiency of the supply Chain, This was part of the $3 Billion projects initiated by the port to expand its cargo capacity up to 8-9 million TEUs by 2030.
International airports in US
John F. Kennedy Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport is a worldwide airport situated in New York City. The airport is the busiest international gateway in North America, the 20th busiest airport in the world, the sixth-busiest airport in the United States, and the busiest airport in the New York City airport system, having handled more than 62.5 million travelers in 2019.
Over 90 carriers are operating directly from the Airport, with direct and non-stop flights to countries across all 6 continents.
Located in the Jamaica neighborhood of Queens, 16 miles southeast of Midtown Manhattan. The airport includes 6 flight terminals with 4 runways. It is a major gateway for both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines,
It was named after John F. Kennedy International Airport as a tribute to the 35th president. There are a wide range of numbered administrative, government, and air cargo facilities at the airport.
Los Angeles Airport
The Los Angeles International Airport, also known as LAX, is the main International airport for Los Angeles and its surrounding greater metropolitan area.It is in the Westchester district of LA, 20 miles to the Southwest of Downtown Los Angeles, with the residential and retail sector in Westchester to the north as well as the Town Of El Segundo to the South along with the Town of Inglewood to the east. The most proximate airport to the Westside and South Bay is LAX. During 2019, the airport received 88,068,013 travelers, ranking it the third most frequented airport globally and second after Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as the largest in the US. The second largest and most heavily visited of US west coast international airports, it is an extremely efficient and popular entrance to the USA, linking passengers with many other countries It also ranks as one of the Top 5 U.S. airports for both freight and/or passengers. As a major city and hub airport, it is served by more passenger carriers performing flights than any other airport in the state.
Hartsfield-Jackson, Atlanta airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Also known by the name of Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson international airport, Atlanta airport, Hartsfield, Hartsfield-Jackson or by it airport code ATL, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is also commonly known by the name of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the airport or by its airport code ATL, is the principal and main International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, the US. It is situated at a distance of approximately 11 kilometers from the south of downtown of Atlanta, and was named after the previous city mayor of Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson,
The airport extends over an area of 1902 hectares with five runaways in parallel. I It used to be the most crowded of the world's airports on the basis of its passengers' movements during the period between 1998 and 2019, but it lost that title in the year of 2020 by the impact of the CVID-19 pandemic in the US, which was surpassed by the Guangzhou International Airport as a result.
DocShipper Advice :
We help you with the entire sourcing and shipping process, so don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, Our team will study your case to provide you with more precise information concerning within 24 hours!
FAQ | Freight forwarders and sourcing supply agent in US
So how does docshipper maintain the whole product lifecycle?
At DocShipper we maintain a unique business structure consisting of three major categories: sourcing Services, Cargo and 3PL Services. In the Sourcing department, we handle all your procurement needs, including finding the supplier, arranging the prices or MOQ, controlling the Quality, and ensuring that all products comply with all regulations. Next, our freight department handles the entire logistics process in the U.S., from packing services to sea and/or air freight, to customs release and loading. Lastly, the 3PL takes charge of all ecommerce activities, including stock management, fulfillment, and the delivery of the last distance.
So, how long does it take to ship to/from the US?
There are three methods of moving goods from the United States. Transportation by ocean requires an average of 19 to 45 days, including the time needed for the load and discharge of the goods at each port, plus the time to deliver the package to your home.
Is there any way for DocShipper to consolidate my goods from multiple suppliers?
Working in the industry for more than 10 years, we have developed an excellent and clear understanding of Customer needs and requirements and the components of freight logistics. . We have built a successful reputation based on working with other people in the same way. In addition, we have a high attention to details, which enables us to verify your grouped goods.
What should I do to get a quick quote?
We have the best vision towards delivering a high-quality Service we propose customized and unique solutions, working on each individual case. This means that all dimensions, weigh and quantity, the packaging criteria, the departure and arrival places and the type of material are necessary to obtain a rapid quotation of the goods to be transported.
What is the most affordable way to ship To/from US?
This of course will depend on many factors, like the volume, weight, the country where the product is made, and the final destination and type of goods. Keeping into consideration that weights and sizes are the major factors, we recommend senders to choose the express carriers ( for example DHL, FedEx...) when shipping under 1.5 cubic meters. Once you have reached a volume of less than 1.5/2 m³, standard air freight is likely the preferred option. More than that amount, sea cargo should start to be the affordable way to go. Remember there are 2 options of ocean freight: the LCL ( container consolidation) which is cost-effective up to 13-14 m³, more than this size you may have to use FCL (Full Container) regardless of whether the container is semi full or not.
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