What you need to do before shipping:
1) Negotiate the sales contract with seller/buyer. Pay special attention to Incoterms. Consult with our sales, if you’re unsure what Incoterm suits you best. Remember to count in all costs and compare different options, if you’re using other freight terms than EXW/DDP. If it looks too cheap, you’re most likely missing something.
2) Define packing details as accurately as possible. Estimates are better than nothing. You need at least rough estimation of outer package size, weight and number of outer packages. Use enough packing material and never use retail packaging alone. Outer packages must be seaworthy. Palletizing is highly recommended to avoid damages and losses, but pay attention to max limits set by equipment. Make sure the pallet is stable and can’t fall/break. Making packages stackable will save you money on transport costs. Wooden pallets must be ISPM 15-compatible.
3) Check exact pickup and delivery addresses and contact details (phone+email) for each. Remember also possible opening hours and other limitations (need for tailgate, need for specific loading time etc.).
4) Get necessary documents. All chemicals, batteries, magnets and electronic devices usually need MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet). Carrier may require MSDS even though goods are not classified as dangerous. Carrier will decline to transport goods, if documents are missing or incomplete. Some goods require specific import/export permits or documentation for Customs or product safety officials. Some countries and companies may also be on international black lists. Check possible document requirements from our sales and officials before booking!
5) Temperature controlled, high value or fragile goods can be transported. Consult with our sales for most suitable transport method.