You take the time to box up and get your shipment ready to be moved out to its destination, but when the shipping line shows up to load your cargo do you take the time to inspect what it is being loaded into?
The condition of the container that your shipment is being moved in can have adverse effects on the cargo it is carrying. To ensure that your items are going to make it to their destination on time have a checklist of things to inspect prior to loading your cargo into a shipping container. Here are some ideas of things to have on that list and what to look for when inspecting them.
Thinking of getting started in the importing business? There are a lot of things to consider when deciding to enter the world of imports. Part one of our article started out by giving you some details on picking suppliers and forwarding agents. Part two takes a closer look at other steps to consider when importing cargo.
If you are thinking of getting into the business of importing, you may need some ideas about where to start. Importing can be tricky. There are some initial things that you should look into before you begin.
This is a good guide of practical advice for first time importers or people who are new to the business.
Visit Your Customs Office
Customs are going to be the keepers of all the legal aspects of your cargo. Because of this, a visit to your local customs office can tell you a lot about what you need. This includes:
- What sort of licenses or registrations you might require in order to import goods
- What the Duty structure is
- If there are any special permits required for the cargo you are thinking of importing
- Is the cargo allowed to be imported at all? This can be very important for goods like food, lumber or wildlife.
Your customs broker should be able to answer all of these questions for you before you begin planning the next steps of your importing business.