Prepare for Overseas Shipments

At Cratex we can handle all of your transloading needs.Using a cargo liner to ship items overseas is a complicated process. In order to be successful you need to have many things lined up properly in order to make sure your shipment arrives safely, legally and in the correct location. Failing to prepare for overseas shipments can result in the loss of an entire shipment and quite a bit of money along with it. Here are some things to keep in mind when you are preparing a shipment for overseas freight.

The Question of Customs

Customs are the last people that might take a look at your shipment as it leaves your nation’s port and the first people who may look at it at the arrival port. Not filling out the proper customs forms, not following regulations or not paying the fees can get cargo impounded. Start the process by checking with customs in both the exporting and importing nations. Make sure to check:

  • Customs regulations for shipments to and from both countries
  • Customs fees that apply to the cargo and what the right value of the cargo to use is
  • What is required to clear customs in the destination port and release the cargo


Customs fees and tariffs are two completely different fees. A tariff is a tax that is charged by the countries involved in your shipment. Many shipping lines will include national tariffs in with their shipping charges. Make sure to get an itemized list of what you are paying to whom. Check with the countries involved to make sure of their tariff rates and that the shipping liner is charging you properly.

Shipping Containers and Product Packing

When shipping overseas, your products are going to be packed inside of a shipping container. Depending on what you are shipping, those products might require additional industrial packing in order to make them ready to be placed inside of the shipping container.

Using an industrial packing service like Cratex Group can help you to ensure that your products are properly packaged and prepared to make the long journey overseas. They can also help you load those packaged goods into the shipping container and onto the ship via transloading services. Check out Cratex group for assistance in industrial packing and transloading if you are shipping out of the Vancouver area.

Shipping Times

Shipping things overseas is a bit different than using a ground carrier to overnight a package to the other side of the country. Transit times can be quite lengthy. Before you ship using a specific shipping line, check the transit times for your cargo. This will allow the receiving party to be prepared to pick up the cargo when it arrives and avoid any additional fees for storage or handling.

Get Insurance

One of the most important things you can do is to make sure that your shipment is insured. Overseas shipping insurance can be expensive. The amount of risk involved when using a shipping line is high. Insurance helps to ease the costs associated with cargo damage.