Freight forwarding companies coordinate the shipment of goods from one location to another using a variety of carriers, including air freight, ocean freight, road freight and even railway freight. The process can be daunting if you are unfamiliar with it, but here we answer some frequently asked questions to help you.

What Do I Need To Know About Customs?

Every importer and exporter must have customs clearance. Your freight forwarder expedites this process at origin and destination by assisting with import declarations, export declarations and in-transit declarations.

Ensure that all of the paperwork for transporting your goods is completed. This is an important step to reduce the risk of your items not being released from customs.

If I Am Shipping A Vehicle, Can I Pack Other Items Inside?

Although it is legal in some countries to ship items in your vehicle, most countries do not allow it. Either way, companies recommend that you do not due to the risk of theft or damage during transport. It can cost more to ship your vehicle with items inside because the shipment has a weight limit based on the make and model of the car.

If items are stolen or damaged, you would be liable.

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Who Is Responsible For Incidental Charges Assessed By Foreign Governments?

Exporters and importers must be aware that there are additional shipping costs that may not be included in the quote. There are various incidental charges, some of which might apply to the shipment only under specific circumstances, making them impossible to anticipate.

Should I Purchase Insurance?

Purchasing an insurance policy that covers your vehicle, goods and shipping charges is highly recommended. If you are wondering whether your current insurance coverage will cover your shipment, whether goods or vehicles, while on the water, the answer is no. A full coverage policy is best. Called a marine policy, it covers the entire door to door shipment. 

To save you unnecessary expense, while your goods stay in Master Movers stores waiting on a groupage or shared load shipment, the best option is to stick with your existing household insurance policy.

If you are looking for a move that takes place with minimum disruption, on time and within your relocation allowance or personal budget, contact the International Relocation Specialists at Master Movers today. We will further answer all your freight forwarding questions with pleasure.