Sea freight is the mode of transport that moves the world & facilitates global trade. There is more cargo transported by sea than any other mode of international transport & with ship becoming bigger & more efficient this is only going to increase.
Cargo shipped on the sea either falls under FCL (full container load), LCL (less than container load/ groupage), OOG (out of gauge), BB (breakbulk cargo) & bulk cargo.
Our sea freight team is highly experienced & well versed in solving & tackling issues if & when they crop up (such as ships bypassing ports due to congestion or weather).
Sea freight process:
1) Request a quote from our team & choose whether a LCL or FCL option would be more suitable. For the quote we will need the to know what the cargo is as well as the weight & the destination .
2) Once the options have been presented & quote accepted we will book the cargo & give you the vessel & routing details details as well as the ETA (estimated time of arrival). Before the is turned into the port we need to arrange the container to be weighed so we can get a VGM (verified gross mass) certificate, this is law & the port will not accept containers without this certificate. We will also need to do the customs clearance before the container can be turned into stack. For the customs clearance we will need a commercial invoice & a signed clearing instruction that contains your customs exporters code (cuscode), incoterm & other relevant info. If you do not have a cuscode we can send you the SARS forms required to apply for one. From the time the container is weighed till the truck arrives at the port is not a lot of time (it can be as little as 10 minutes) so we need all your paperwork timorously
3) Once we have processed the documentation we will track it from there & inform you of any delays. Delays can happen & the best we can do from our side is keep you updated. Please liase with your clearing agent at destination & give them the documents & info they require.
4) The cargo will arrive at the destination. If we quoted to port only then this is where our responsibility terminates. You will be responsible to liase with your appointed clearing agent at the destination. Your appointed clearing agent will pass the customs paperwork & arrange collection & delivery of the cargo. If we have quoted & are handling the cargo through to a delivery address we will liase with our agents to ensure everything runs smoothly & keep you updated