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 freight shipping methods 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. Free freight forwarding quote in 24h
Docshipper freight forwarding services in the USA
Sea freight services from/to the USA
Ocean transport is a trusted way to carry high volumes, with a variety of options that are made 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.
Air freight services from/to the USA
If you have to transport cargo fast, 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 freight and express air freight.
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 air freight 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 the 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.
DocShipper info: Ship your goods with peace of mind and without having to be involved in any stage of the process by using DocShipper's freight forwarding services from and to the Unites States of America. Sea, Air or multimodal freight: we take care of everything. Get a free quote with no commitment in less than 24 hours.
Procurement & sourcing 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 :
- Sourcing: We will find the suppliers or the manufacturing company that are right for your project.
- Cost bargaining: Our experts have many years of practical and valuable experience in import and export, allowing us to negotiate prices for you.
- Product samples: Do you need to analyze the material before starting to manufacture it? If so, we can send you samples immediately.
- 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.
- Conformity: Your Products have to meet the regulations of the market. We will make sure the products will get through customs.
- Worldwide distribution: we will manage the entire logistics process all the way to the warehouse.
DocShipper Note: As a procurement specialist, DocShipper leverages its database of vetted companies in Asia and Europe to find you the right partner based on your specifications (MOQ, price, dimensions, etc.) Tell us more about your needs today.
Logistics services across the USA
Logistics services in Los Angeles (LA)
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.
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 : Ocean freight is the most effective method to transport high volumes or even low volume thanks to LCL freight. Houston's Port is one of the most active maritime hubs in America. So if you plan to import/export goods to/from US, don't hesitate to ask for a free shipping quote.
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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