Many people have a vague understanding of the long and complex process that their belongings go through once
their items leave their door. This is because virtually almost every step of the moving process is organized
for those who are relocating.
Understanding this process and its many key participants is a very smart and proactive thing to do if you
are moving your life abroad or even if your just shipping a couple of boxes. Even more importantly, it clues
you in on why exactly some quotes from moving companies may vary amongst each other.
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The cost of a shipment can be affected by the amount of space that it occupies on an aircraft, rather than
the actual weight. This is the volumetric (or dimensional) weight.
So What is Volumetric Weight?
The volumetric weight of a shipment is a calculation that reflects the density of a package.
A less dense item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. The
volumetric or dimensional weight is calculated and compared with the actual weight of the shipment to
ascertain which is greater; the higher weight is used to calculate the shipment cost.
When your cargo spends a week or two on the ocean, you want a service provider that has access to
information and competitive rates. Arc Professional Movers and Packers is your ultimate choice for shipping
Our Sea freight Team is available to meet the challenges and deadlines of your overseas shipping itinerary;
we can ship FCL (full container load) or LCL (less than container load) shipments anywhere in the world -
door to door. If you are looking for import export shipping through Sea, we are here to help you.
FCL (Full Container Load):
Based on carrier routing options, FCL is our best transit-time-to-cost combination product for full
container loads. FCL offers complete schedule flexibility, a high frequency of sailings per port-pair, and
availability of equipment. Annually, Arc Professional Movers and Packers handles more than 10,000 TEU, across
international key markets, as well as via individual transportation solutions to remote places.
LCL (Less than Container Load):
A competitively priced consolidation product, LCL offers the highest levels of schedule integrity. Due to
our freight consolidation expertise and regular worldwide connections from point to point, LCL provides you
with reliable performance and a lower supply chain cost.
Annually, Arc Professional Movers and Packers handles more than 16,000 CBM of LCL's, across international key
well as via individual import and export transportation solutions to remote places.
This initiative will also encourage shippers to improve packaging efficiency by using more compact and
environmental-friendly packaging, thus reducing shipment volume and resulting in reduced shipping costs.
Below we have detailed several key people/companies that are involved in your international move and will
provide helpful tips regarding some of them (even though you will most likely have direct contact with only
one or two and no contact with the others).
1. The Shipper - That's You
You are the shipper/exporter who ships your belongings from an origin country. If you are already at your
destination country but are still having your goods shipped to you then you are the importer.
As a person shipping in either form, you are responsible for adhering to rules and regulations for the
shipment of all your items. In addition, you are responsible for any import duties, paperwork, and, most
importantly, any charges that might arise in the event of some unusual occurrence like a port strike, a
customs inspection, or an unusual delivery situation. Before having your belongings shipped make sure to
know the rules and regulations of your destination country.
2. The International Moving/Shipping Company (Move Management)
The International Moving/Shipping Company that you have chosen is responsible for managing multiple
aspects of your move. They will oversee your shipment, give you the contract/agreement that you have to
sign, and will be sending you your invoice for your international move. They are the main company you will
be corresponding with the International Moving/Shipping Company in the event of any damages, updates on
your shipment, details about your moving insurance, and about any general concerns regarding the shipping
Everyone else listed below who is involved with your shipment will most likely be subcontractors of the
International Moving / Shipping Company. Many of these subcontractors have specific functions. However, we
advise our relocators (that’s you!) to try choose international moving companies who perform some of these
functions themselves. For example, try choose an international moving company that also functions as a
freight forwarder, origin agent, or destination agent. We advise this because:
- It simplifies communication amongst all parties handling your belongings
- It centralizes responsibility to one party should anything go wrong with your move.
- It can save you money. Since your international moving company might also function as a destination
agent or freight forwarder, you won't be charged with extra handling fees that you would have
When you are in contact with several international moving companies, ask them how much of the moving
process do they handle themselves. Do they also function as the freight forwarder, destination agent,
origin agent, and consolidation warehouse?
3. The Origin Agent
This is a local company responsible for performing a visual survey of your move. This is where the company
sends in a representative to quickly go through your house or apartment and takes notes of what is being
moved. This gives a more accurate quote for your entire move. In addition, they are responsible for
packing and loading your belongings for shipment.
4. The Freight Forwarder
Simply put, a freight forwarder is the company that arranges the importing and exporting of your
belongings. They take care of every organization aspect of the importing and exporting. This includes
shipping consolidation, cargo insurance, booking cargo space, preparation of shipping documents and much
more. What they DON’T do is actually move your belongings (freight/cargo) itself.
The freight forwarder acts as an intermediary between the shipper and many transportation services. In
many cases, the international moving/shipping company also acts as the freight forwarder. This is ideal
for movers like you because freight forwarders have extensive knowledge on documentation requirements,
efficient transport of cargo from and to various destinations, transportation costs, and local
regulations. They also have established relationships with various transportation agencies which helps
them negotiate better prices for a particular shipment.
5. A Consolidating Warehouse
Your belongings will undoubtedly end up in a container for shipment. If your belongings are not big enough
in volume to be considered a Full Container Load (FCL) they will not be exclusively shipped in one
container. Rather, they will be consolidated and stored in a consolidating warehouse where they will join
other Less than Container Load (LCL) cargo for eventual shipment. Once the volume of all these cargos
combined (including yours) fill up an entire container, your goods are set to be shipped.
If all your belongings together considered LCL a shipment that can mean two things for you. First, you
will have to potentially wait longer for the shipment of your belongings to arrive. This is because they
will only be shipped when there is enough volume consolidated to create a FCL shipment. Sometimes certain
consolidation warehouses don’t experience much traffic to create FCL shipments quickly. This means you
will have to wait even longer. The second scenario is that you ship your belongings regardless of their
volume in their own container. This means you will have to pay for the difference. That price difference
will depend on many scenarios so its best to ask your international moving company about it.
Note: There is the possibility that the company organizing your shipment does not
consolidate at all and will, therefore, charge you the full price of a Full Container Load shipment.
6. The Export/Origin Port
Once your personal effects has been loaded into a container and sealed, then it is taken to the port to be
loaded onto a shipping lines vessel for exporting. The port is called your Export Port, Origin Port, or
Origin Port of Departure (OPD).
The important thing to know is whether the Origin Port Fees and Origin Terminal Handling Charges are
included in your quote from the International Moving/Shipping Company. They will usually be listed as
"Origin Port Fees" or "OTHC" (Origin Terminal Handling Charges). These fees are sometimes regulated,
relatively low and a majority of the time are always included. Always double check with your international
moving company to make sure.
7. The Ship Line
The Ship Line is basically the company that owns the ship transporting your belongings. It is in charge of
issuing the "Master Bill of Lading" - a document that serves as a receipt for the transfer of a shipment
and a summary of all contents that were shipped.
Note: It's a good idea to ask which ship line your belongings will be transported on so you can be sure
your moving costs were quoted on actual rates, and to ensure you can track your belongings online.
Ship Lines move everything from house hold goods to commercial cargo and automobiles to military
equipment. Needless to say, they play integral roles for the world economy. Because of this, Ship Lines
have certain privileges and exemption rights which are important to keep in mind as they may apply
directly to you the shipper.
- If there are damages to your belongings during transit or if there are any damages to your
belongings because of late arrival of the shipment, Ship Lines may not responsible to compensate you
for these damages
- Like airlines, Ship Lines have the right to overbook your cargo to the next available ship. Should
this happen, you must pay for the additional costs.
- If the ship is in danger of sinking due to damage, the Ship Line has the right to throw your cargo
overboard and is not liable for the losses associated with that.
- If the destination port of your cargo has become unavailable due to an employee strike, war, or
other uncontrollable event, it can declare what's called "End of Voyage". Should this happen you must
pay for the corresponding costs.
- Mandatory changes in routes, schedules, or almost anything come with it additional costs. You may be
required to pay for these costs
- Ship Lines have to be paid for their services before any release of cargo.
All that said, don't be discouraged by the prospect of any of these events as they are, in most instances,
rare. What's more, you can confirm the occurrence of any of these events through the Ship Line Bill or by
asking the Ship Line directly. The most sound advise regarding this matter is to insure the safe arrival
of your belongings.
8. The Destination Port
This is where you goods will be unloaded and go through one final check at customs. The processes at the
destination port involves lots of coordination, sometimes manual labour, and yes, paper work.
Nevertheless, you won’t have to deal with any of that. You will, however, be paying a certain amount to
customs usually called “Destination Port Fees” and “Destination Terminal Handling Charges".
Note: It is very important to know that these very fees and charges mentioned SHOULD be
included - or at least noted that they will be in included– in your price quote. When in doubt, ask your
international moving company if their quote includes this or not. Also noteworthy is that these specific
Destination Port Fees are to be paid in the currency of the destination country.
There are the rare cases where you simply can't see these fees in advance (this is common for third-world
countries). If this applies to you one useful tip is to contact a international shipping company at the
destination country and see if they can clarify what kind of fees to expect. You can also maybe organize
your shipment through that company. In the event you can't find all this information beforehand, expect
Destination Port Fees within a range of $1,000-$2,000 (US) which applies to any size shipment.
9. The Customs Warehouse
This is where your belongings will be stored until you clear them with customs. The most important point
here is that how these items are cleared varies with every country. In some countries you will have to be
present when your belongings arrive, while in other countries an entire container can be cleared through
customs at once (even if there were numerous shipments in that one container). Find out through your
international moving company which process applies to you and then plan accordingly. The last thing you
want to happen is to be hit with extra fees because you did not plan this well.
10. The Destination Agent
The company that deals with all the processes your belongings have to go through at the destination
country. This includes clearing customs, other port-related activities, and of course the delivery of your
belongings to your door. It is routine for people to use the international moving company of origin
country to arrange their entire move. If the country you are moving to has unclear laws and regulations
for personal imports, or if it is a country that speaks your native language, then using the destination
agent to arrange your entire move might make sense.
If you are having an international moving company from country of origin arrange your move it's still a
good idea to familiarize yourself with the destination agent that they might be collaborating with as the
destination agent might know more about local restrictions and regulations, import taxes, and exemptions.
For example they might know that your destination country has standard elevator sizes that will make it
difficult to accommodate some of the over-sized items you bought in your origin country.
We hope this article has shed some light on the international shipping process for our relocators. If you
are moving soon or are interested in getting an early start to organizing your relocation abroad, the best
thing to do is get quotes on your move. Getting quotes is the fastest and most simple way to get an idea
of what your moving costs would be as you would be getting quotes from real international moving
companies. The best part? It's free.